Minister predicts $200m price tag for port

| 20/07/2016 | 94 Comments
Cayman News Service

Cruise ship in George Town Harbour

(CNS): The tourism minister has dismissed speculation that the development of a cruise berthing facility in the Cayman Islands would cost as much as $350 million, as has been suggested by local pundits, and he predicted that proposed changes would bring what was once a $150 million estimated bill to about $200 million. While government has been relatively quiet recently about progress on the controversial and costly project, Moses Kirkconnell revealed that a company has been chosen to redesign and cost up changes to the project that would see the piers moved into deeper water as a way of mitigating the damage to the reefs in George Town Harbour.

The minister told the local media at a tourism press briefing Wednesday that Royal HaskoningDHV, an international engineering firm based in Holland, has secured the government consultancy contract to examine the port project plans and redesign them to accommodate longer piers.

Kirkconnell said he expected that the work to reshape and cost out the project would be completed within the next few months, paving the way for government to examine the most suitable financing model for the project, which the Progressive government remains committed to.

The tourism minister said the goal was to still ensure that the country retained ownership of the cruise port and that, despite the growing price tag, it would be financed through cruise passenger fees without placing any liability on the Cayman government for the tab.

Facing uncertain times both economically and politically, given the situation in the UK and its departure from the European Union, Kirkconnell did not feel that the UK would necessarily be even more cautious about its contingent liabilities regarding the territories but that the FCO would want to see the CIG act in accordance with process and prudently as it moved towards the enhancement of the cruise sector.

He said the UK supported the principle, given how important cruise berthing would be to the future of that element of Cayman’s tourism product.

“We continue to do everything that is prudent,” the minister said, as he pointed to the continuing development of the airport project, which has been heralded by the current administration as the way that a major public capital project should be managed. Kirkconnell said that example was also being followed in the cruise berthing project, taking one step at a time to achieve the best outcome and create jobs and opportunities.

Although the cruise project has taken some three years to get to this stage, Kirkconnell appeared confident that the PPM administration would have an agreed financing model in place and a signed contract with a marine developer for the project before the general election.

The minister also revealed that while air arrival figures have fallen a little in the first six months of 2016 compared to 2015, which was the best year ever for Cayman tourism, he said that cruise passenger numbers were up by an impressive 7%.

Despite not having any piers, with cruisers still visiting Cayman using tender vessels from ships at anchor, 973,305 people came via ship in the first half of 2016 already — 60,000 more passengers than during the first six months of 2015.

According to a statistical report published by the Department of Tourism, the current average spend of cruise passengers is more than $96 per head.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh come on people. Do not be so cynical. Moses will ensure that his people receive the maximum benefit.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Watson, Webb & Assoc should pay for it….or the minister that project managed the High School in Frank Sound

  3. Anonymous says:

    section 18(1) of the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities, which declares that the “Government shall, in ALL its decisions, have due regard to the need to foster and protect an environment that is not harmful to the health or well-being of present and FUTURE generations, [albeit] while promoting justifiable economic and social development”

  4. Sharkey says:

    How ungrateful and how selfish some are , we should not spend a dime of taxpayers money on SAVING CORAL . Do we know that the beautiful CORAL was given to by nature natural , no man didn’t put it there or payed for it , and it has helped Cayman and Caymanians make millions of dollars from it in the pass and. present .

    If I say anything spend the money on protection of the marine environment, not the politicians .

  5. Anonymous says:

    Spending this $200 M as part of the George Town Revitalization Plan is a sad tragedy upon the Caymanian people.

    On one hand government has assisted Dart with hundreds of Millions of dollars to build up the Caymana Bay and the other developments to come, to move business activity away from George Town.

    Now government is going to saddle the Caymanians people with the burden of more debts to pay while the Billionaires reap the profits.

    The unbalanced Cayman Islands economy will one day reach the tipping point and there will be unforeseen results and consequences.

  6. Anonymous says:

    We should not spend one extra dollar of our tax dollars to save a handful of coral, let the save cayman self interest group pay for the cost to move the piers into deeper water.

    • Anonymous says:

      Idiotic, self-interest statements like this exposes the thinking of most tourism related businesses.

      Damage to the No. 1 Cayman Islands attraction for both air and cruise tourism, the natural environment – “As long as I get what I want” – natural environment does not matter is their thinking!

      Successive Tourism Ministers have been environmental destructors.

    • Anonymous says:

      God bless you and you money first, all concrete, soulless world. I hope you get everything you want. May you reign as master of all things great and small.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Premier and Mr. Kirkonnell, it could not possibly be any blatantly more clear what the people of this country want, and indeed what is in the best interests of the people of this country, in spite of those who so self righteously and so obnoxiously oppose it, and indeed do their utmost to castrate you in their own greedy, ignorant self interests. Please proceed with the dock.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Moses is obviously very naive – NEVER quote a figure for the probable cost of a Capital project . The chances of you being right are NIL, and you will end up looking stupid.
    The cruise ship docking project is not viable, and any Cayman government that tries to do it will bankrupt the island.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Moses for Premier!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Cruise ship business was up during the winter season but very down during the summer season. The stay over hotel guest are not seating at the bar 6 days or nights drinking $9 rum and cokes . They are not stupid. Bars are paying US$ 6 per bottle then 200% duties making US$18 per bottle with near 22 shots . Even if they really give a shot and a half the profits on one bottle is ridiculous. Why would anyone pay so much for a drink? Rest. food prices the same , that is what killing Cayman. Plus don’t forget they add 15% grats. on top of that.
    We need the new dock cause our quality of passengers is going down. But of course how would you all know that? You all don’t work in the cruise ship business.
    As has been said over and over and over before the reef will not be effected. If you own a boat, don’t you clean the bottom of your boat? Why do you that? Because coral never stops growing

    • Anonymous says:

      You have coral growing on the bottom of your boat? Do you actually own a boat?

    • Anonymous says:

      “We need the new dock cause our quality of passengers is going down.”

      Very true self-evident statement.

      And a new dock will not change that fact – cruise tourism has become the poor indebted peoples preferred vacation.

      More of the same, is more of the same, only more and more poor quality cruise passengers.

      These people do not buy expensive jewellery.

      If cruise tourism was so profitable for the shops then why are so many closed?

      Over 20 years ago we got less cruise tourists and downtown merchants were fighting for space, now many shops are closed and the remaining are struggling.

      Mr. Tourism Minister an inescapable fact “…our quality of passengers is going down.”

      Please do not put us Caymanians into more debt just to satisfy your political supporters at our expense.

    • Anonymous says:

      9:30 You are seriously that stupid? You have coral, growing on the bottom of your boat? Yeah, you are that stupid…

  11. Anonymous says:

    The tenderBOTS are busy again! Wish you guys could have some compassion for the rest of us that have to work for a living and need the cruise passenger business. We don’t have money rolling in from a government monopoly like you tender boat operators do.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Amazing how the owners of the tenders have cleverly hidden behind the scenes trying to keep our country from moving forward.

    Well if I was making the millions they are from the tenders I wouldn’t want the pier either.

  13. Pokeman says:

    If the Kirkconnells want a dock, why not let them fund and build the project? They good for it?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Will the honourable minister stand by his words and resign from public life if it goes over 200M?

  15. Anonymous says:

    I really don’t think that anyone protesting the dock really understands what an atomic bomb it would be to Cayman’s economy if we don’t get this built asap. If this isn’t built, and SOON, there is going to be serious problems in our future.
    Congratulations to the PPm for taking the initiative to make it happen for all of us.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nothing is happening for the local people now. Why is it we always have to spend more millions on promises? If that’s the case then let the atomic bomb go. We gonna need the marine life out there saved to survive on.

      The cayman people of culture already have a head start on adapting to survival to just live through day to day. If hard times come, locals were warned of them long time ago you found us on the land of the sea we will forever survive from it… Without the $400m dock.

    • Anonymous says:

      really?….ppl have been saying that for 10 years….yet in 2016 we have record cruise numbers……

  16. Anonymous says:

    Quite true – but the Kirks will get a whole lot richer. Get your priorities right please!

  17. Anonymous says:

    The real shame and greed here is that the tender owners have duped so many people into thinking that save cayman is an environmental cause and not just a push to retain the monopoly cash cow. There is hardly anything of significance in the area where the dock is being built. This will not affect a wide area and they know it. They just want to try to trick people into supporting their profiteering.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Got to be the stupidest idea since Mac suggest building islands in the North Sound!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t all of this- the consultants, the plans and the tendering process- already happen a few years ago? Probably cost a few million too.

  20. SSM345 says:

    So without the piers, cruise tourism is already up for the first six months of 2016?

    Pray tell Moses why you are spearheading this again because the argument that we are losing cruise business is absolute BS.

    Can you also tell us where the billions upon billions are going to come from to build the infrastructure required when you triple the tourists coming ashore? Are you building another SMB, sand bar or turtle farm as well?

    How many new Kirk Freeport shops or centers does your family intend to open in GT? Are you putting a new shop on these piers?

    • Anonymous says:

      Truth be told , the islands infrastructure is now at the maximum with the tourism numbers we have in place in 2016. Go to the sand-bar ( Stingray City) on a big cruise day and watch the mayhem. Too many boats & people. Aggressive West Bay operators bullying other boat operators for prime position , on smaller boats, literally anchoring on top of others with no regard, courtesy or etiquette. Also no management of the sand bar by DOE or the police marine unit. Now imagine doubling of tripling these cruise numbers? North Church street traffic with buses trying to get to Tiki Beach and the Public Beach bedlam.

      What say you, Moses?

  21. Anonymous says:

    We really should focus on stay over tourism and not mess around with a dock. The cruisers get in just fine as it is. Cayman Airways needs to rush the new planes and fly 2 new stops on the West Coast USA.

    • Port Can Wait says:

      I agree that we should focus on the Airport and Stayover Visitors. The cruise dock may do more harm than good if it destroys the marine life. Also, what would the additional tourists be coming to? The George Town Revitalization Plan is a joke as there is no proper plan to ‘revitalize’ anything. All they’re focused on is moving roads, adding parking lots and correcting their own bad city planning. For the life to come back to GT, there needs to be people living here. As it is, there are few dine-in restaurants in town with ample parking, all the shopping centres are crammed with the same ol’ hair salons, cheap clothes, cheap electronics and mini marts, and DCI is cracking down on NATIVE CAYMANIANS selling coconuts and crafts to tourists.

      I say we hold off on the port. Forget about being able to compete with Cuba. It is 100 times the size of Cayman, has a richer culture and will be the 1st stop out of Miami when it opens cruise tourism.

      Focus the energy/budget on making the airport the BEST IN THE CARIBBEAN, give us the jetways dammit and find ways to make Cayman Airways profitable.

      • Michel says:

        Let’s not forget Mt. Trashmore as it’s the first thing cruise ship passengers see. Not impressive sight before they come ashore. Fix the Dump !

  22. Anonymous says:

    When Cuba opens up tourism to the “Driftwood” people like me (American) -Cayman will not have to worry about cruise tourism, because the mighty yankee dollar will be chasing cheap food, liquor, women/men – just like we did in the 1950’s.

    Moses Trump, whatcha gonna do about Cuba opening up to the people up north who basically control what happens here (sorry Motherland, but realistically if the US put an embargo on the Cayman Islands it would suffer much worse than Cuba).

  23. Anonymous says:

    This government has accomplished more for our people than any other for the last 20 years. We’re actually getting the new airport, getting the new cruise and cargo port (somehow everyone seems to forget that every single thing we need to live comes from the port and we need better docks for that regardless of cruise), and they are moving on the dump. Anyone that calls them the do nothing is either blind, deaf or just a political opponent trying to cause false information.

  24. Tenderbot SS#1 says:

    KirkBots are BAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!

  25. Anonymous says:

    If we don’t get this built now we are going to lose everything to Cuba, we already risk our air and stay over to them and the only way to stay on the itinerary when those new big ships come is to have a port and docks not the obsolete tender boats that take hours to move people. No tourists want to wait in the hot sun and in hours of lines like that, no matter what the tender company and the diving hotel manager tell you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, so the long dock is going to have shade??? Weather they cook in George Town, or cook standing in line on a long dock, there is still going to be a line.

    • Anonymous says:

      I wish that the fair weather friends would all go to Cuba.
      We need people of integrity here in Cayman, not itinerant money whores.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Comparing Moses to Big Mac is ludicrous. Mackeeva’s port would have closed down the whole of George Town. This piers are going to help all of our actual local businesses and revive our captial

    • Anonymous says:

      Moses is more like the veggie option. Looks good on the outside, nice and plump, but just never satisfies.
      Just go with the Big Mac.

  27. Anonymous says:

    If Cayman spent $50Million on a family entertainment park to attract new tourists you’d see overnight AND cruise passengers increase. Why come to the island now? Beaches? You can get those everywhere. Cayman needs a fun, modern, distinct attraction.

  28. Anonymous says:

    The lunatics are running the asylum. Why do we keep voting for people who are driven by money, lust, power and greed to rule over us?
    My needs are simple. I need a roof, a bed some food, family and friends. I work for these things but I know that are many thousands here in Cayman worse off than me and they work hard too.

    • Anonymous says:

      Haha, I’ve been Kirkbotted! Maybe someone has an outsourced voting team in India?
      “Hey boys, here is the link. Pass it on. It is $5 per thumbs down, $3 for an up and $7 for a troll.. Choose wisely.”

  29. Anonymous says:

    According to the Dept of Tourism cruise ship passengers are spendind around S200 million a year on the island. Where does all this money go? ( and this does not include the port taxes they pay to Govt).

  30. Anonymous says:

    How much money are the cruise lines going to put up towards this?

    As for the drop off in air arrivals there’s probably a very simple reason for that – they’re going to Cuba and that trend can only increase. What Moses isn’t admitting is that we’re losing ground in the Canadian stayover market and our impact into UK/European tourism is so pathetic it’s not funny any more. For years our tourism policies have been dictated by a bunch of people who apparently couldn’t find their backsides with both hands and a map so what do you expect?

    • The reason air arrivals are down is due to the cost of the flights these days. I use to fly Continental Airlines out of Houston once a year on vacation to Grand Cayman. We would get two bags and a third “sport equipment” bag (scuba gear) free. Today that would add almost $300 to the cost of the flight. We have visited the island via Carnival three times in the last 5 years and still dive. I do miss our week long stays and the different diving adventures thru such shops as Red Sail Sports, Bob Soto and Fisheye. Now we hop off the boat and do a quick 2 tank dive that doesn’t compare to the ones we use to do.

    • Anonymous says:

      Could it be that you are almost correct. It could be that the amount of people traveling to Cuba via Cayman is down because they can now fly direct out of the US. Therefore less arrivals in Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      You have no clue what you are talking about. The reason that air arrivsls are down in 2016 is the same reason that they were up in 2015. To pad the numbers in 2014 and 2015 Moses was counting the Cuban Americans who travel to Cuba twice, when they pass through going to Cuba and when they pass through going back home, as Cayman stayover tourists just becsuse they travel by air.

      It is all a big lie that is coming home to roost.

      These passengers can now fly direct from the US to Cuba and now that they no longer fly through Cayman, Moses is loseing two “stayover tourists” from his statistics for each Cuban that flies direct to Cuba.

      Your comments about Canadian and UK/European tourists now going to Cuba, only serves to highlight your ignorance about Cuban tourism.. There has always been direct flights from Canadian cities such as Toronto, Winnipeg and Montreal to Cuba. As for Europe, there are, and always have been for the past 10 years, at least 10 jumbo jets landing at Cuban airports every day direct from Europe and that includes every European capital including Moscow, who never come to Cayman because of our Miami gateway, so no harm there.
      This is to say nothing about the millions from South Americans who do not visit Cayman because of the necessary Miami connection.

      Cuba already has more stay over tourists, without catering to criise ships, than the rest of the Caribbean countries combined (google it).

      Cuban hotels are running over 80% averages year round so they do not have the capacity to act like a vacuum and suck out all the Cayman tourism business.

      What is not being said is that Moses has been lying to the Caymanian people when he told everyone that we would lose cruise tourists without the new $350M dock.

      The cruise statistics are proving him wrong again as they are increasing while using the tender serviced, which means that more cruise ships and cruise ship companies are signing up to stop at Cayman.

      What is most frightening about this lie he told the country is that he knew it was a lie when he was telling it. The cruise ship companies write their itineraries a year ahead and publish them to Tourism Ministries in the countries they intend to visit, so, Moses had direct knowledge that what he wss saying was a lie. The actual statistics are proving him wrong a year later and will continue to do so until they slow down because of the massive construction project right in the middle of town to build the dock.

      Again I say, improve the tendering service like I set out before and forget this stupid idea of spending $350 million thst we can ill afford.

      What we really need are multi tiered tenders with multi tiered landing docks with air conditioned arrival and departure lounges for our cruise visitors like we are providing for our guests that arrive by air.
      We could provide three of these for about $75million, with no dredging and the private sector should be required to provide the custom built tenders to meet the design demand of government.
      This would either have to be done, to Government specs, by the present providers or open the tendering service up to someone like Dart who might appreciate the lucrative tender contract.

      • Anonymous says:

        WaYaSay – You got no argument from me about the people flying through to Cuba. That’s been going on to my certain knowledge for over two decades. It certainly predates the CAL services to Havana, going back to the days when we saw Cubana Antonovs in ORIA. The old Seaview was a popular overnight stopover (they needed the hotel receipt in case there were any issues going back into the USA) for US lawyers and accountants doing business there in the 1990s.

        However, I’ll give you one very simple statistic about Cuban tourism from a UK perspective. A two-week all-inclusive (flights on a new 787 Dreamliner, transfers, full board and drinks) vacation in mid-September leaving from Gatwick and staying at Varadero currently costs about £100-£150 per person more than just buying return tickets on BA for Heathrow to ORIA. If you pay a bit extra you can even have ‘premier’ accommodation at the adults only Blau Privilege – trust me that resort is better than anything we have in the Cayman Islands. That price difference wouldn’t even cover your bar tab for a week on Grand Cayman let alone your hotel bill.

        The reason the Cayman islands is losing ground in the stayover market is because we are simply too damned expensive. We’ve been priced out of the market. All this ‘high end’ tourism stuff that comes out of DoT is bull when at the end of the day most other destinations in the region can beat us on both price and quality. There is nothing special about Cayman Islands’ tourism any more, we’re just another Caribbean island fighting unsuccessfully to attract business.

        The Cuban government is already embarking on a massive hotel building programme to open that market up to US tourists. Despite some very negative reports in the US media, they don’t seem to be having problems attracting investors from Europe and Canada to finance this. In fact most of the existing tourist resorts are joint ventures so the groundwork for expansion is already in place. Cuba also has the work force to build and run these new hotels, they don’t have to import workers to get the job done.

        You’re obviously entitled to believe whatever you like and interpret material sourced on Google anyway you choose. However, I can tell you for a fact that if a few people from CIG and the local tourism industry got off their backsides and took a long hard look at the Cuban all-inclusive tourism product from a tourist’s perspective they’d quickly realise just how far behind the Cayman Islands has slipped. My partner spent 30 years working in hospitality management with some of the big hotel names and even she is impressed by the standards in Cuba.

      • jezcuz says:

        You are right!! Besides, Cruise passengers are UP, so WHY doo we NEED to spend $350 m to get more ships that our infrastructure cant accommodate at a time when we are IMPROVING our numbers????

    • Anonymous says:

      The euro and pound are worth a lot less in dollars than they were. Cayman is much more expensive for europeans now. PR can’t really fix that. Also can’t fix the fact that Cuba is dirt cheap, but so are all the other latinamerican destinations, so no point in getting too worked up.

  31. Anonymous says:

    We can’t feed our hungry or house our homeless, but we can spend $200 million on a port we do not need?

  32. Anonymous says:

    A company has been “chosen”?

  33. Anonymous says:

    This level of desperation by Moses K and PPM reminds of the last days of Big Mac with the China Harbor

  34. AlanP says:

    I think everyone should re-read this CNS publication to see what Laws and Regulations could be violated had the Government proceeded with this project.


    -NEGLIGENCE? Foreseeable duty to prevent an increase in pollution from the visitors. Does existing infrastructure support the project?

    -BREACH of Statutory Duty? The Public Health Law (2002 Revision)oblige designated public officials to take what are, in many instances, actions clearly designed to be preventative or precautionary in nature. Perhaps statutory nuisance as defined in section 7(2) of the Public Health Law (2002 Revision)?
    section 18(1) of the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities, which declares that the “Government shall, in all its decisions, have due regard to the need to foster and protect an environment that is not harmful to the health or well-being of present and future generations, [albeit] while promoting justifiable economic and social development”.

    -Public and Private NUISANCE? The right to enjoy one’s property, interference with use and enjoyment of land? Claims for public nuisance are potentially available to a far wider group of claimants, including in particular for present purposes.

    -CLAIMS under the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities? the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009 has specific protection for the environment in its Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities. However, whenever the opportunity has presented itself, the government has been quick to seek to limit the application of this right, along with other rights which were included in the final document at the behest of the Cayman Islands and which go beyond those rights that the United Kingdom are themselves bound by under the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”) (see Coe, Multon, Smith and Ebanks v Governor and Four Others [2014 (1) CILR 251 and on appeal at [2014 (2) CILR 465] – the “West Bay Road Closure Case”).

    In addition, other fundamental rights that do feature in the ECHR, which are well established as the basis for environmental claims. These rights include the right to private and family life in section 9 of the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (the equivalent of Article 8 ECHR) and the right to the peaceful enjoyment of property in section 15 of the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (effectively the equivalent of Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the ECHR, albeit that the ECHR provision refers to the peaceful enjoyment of “possessions” and not simply property), which can be activated where a nuisance impacts such rights and interferes with their enjoyment.

  35. Anonymous says:

    yawn….another non-update from the do-nothing ppm….(udp were just as bad in their 4 years btw)….
    headline should be: after 8 years of udp/ppm….we are still at square one….

  36. Anonymous says:

    The reaction of KirkBots will be epic! LOL

    CNS prepare for the manipulation of the Likes or Dislikes feature

    KirkBots think it is a scientific poll as they sit at home hitting refresh button LOL

  37. Anonymous says:

    “The minister also revealed that while air arrival figures have fallen a little in the first six months of 2016 compared to 2015, which was the best year ever for Cayman tourism, he said that cruise passenger numbers were up by an impressive 7%.

    Despite not having any piers, with cruisers still visiting Cayman using tender vessels from ships at anchor, 973,305 people came via ship in the first half of 2016 already — 60,000 more passengers than during the first six months of 2015.”

    There goes the rebuttal to justify the project. Passengers arrivals are up

  38. I'm Awesome says:

    Bargain, let’s build two.

    • Anonymous says:

      If the pier is predicted to make government 20 million a year off cruise fees.
      And 4 years ago, it was estimated at 100 million to build a pier.

      Why did they build the government building first at 110 million?

      Why not stay in the old glass house one more year. Build the pier. Generate the 20 million a year, from the cruise fees. And use that as collatoral to build the new government building.

      By now, the new gov building would be almost paid off. Pier built and owned 100% by cayman.

      Meh….what do I know?

  39. Anonymous says:

    Must be election time

  40. Anonymous says:

    Alden and his comrades have not learnt any lessons from the last time in office when they went on a crazy spending spree in 2008. More expensive Construction Politricks brought to you by PPM just in time for 2017. SMH

  41. Anonymous says:

    So this 200m are new dollars? Are they made from the increase of passenger arrivals because we have a port, or merely taken from general revenue where the passenger fees end up now?

    It would be wishful thinking I am sure that 20 years ago (more?) when a plan for a dock was first floated that a fund of the passenger fees was created to pay for the future dock.

    Save the money. Build a tender dock in Spotts, another in Westbay, improve the landside experience. Get it done for 20m and move along.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Predicts???? When will they ever have solid figures?!

  43. Anonymous says:

    What a waste of money.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Signed contract for the project before General election – way to go Moses Trump!!!!

  45. Anonymous says:

    There should be laws in place to protect the coral from people who think they have power.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Killing coral = Crime. Coral only makes up 1% of the life in the ocean but is the homes for 25% of marine species.
    Killing the coral is a crime.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Let’s make a another prediction. We can predict that the outcome of the port will kill all the surrounding coral and release sediments which can cause a chain reaction of bleaching around the existing coral left. We can predict that 25% of our marine life won’t have shelter or food if you choose to destroy their coral home and will cause a significant drop in marine life along with the toursim for the diving community.
    We need to think about saving our coral, not contributing to the death of it. If any of you believe for a second that killing the coral is the answer then you have no respect for your environment or this island, not one thread of respect for nature and what it provides for you.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Let’s be honest we all know this won’t happen, typical Cayman chasing the dollar but years too late

  49. Anonymous says:

    Never forget PPM construction politics. Look at the disaster called John Grey High School eight years of waste and disrepair the same will happen in the harbor because PPM do not have the funds to finance this project. There is no such thing as a free lunch

  50. GT Voter says:

    Another example of Voodoo economics by Moses Kirkonnell the PPM and the GT retailers in the family business who are driving this process behind the scenes.

    The increase in cruise passenger arrival numbers proves that a cruise pier is not a priority and will become another financial white elephant left behind by the PPM’s political legacy of vanity projects increased long term debt and special projects that help a few friends of the party at the expense of the majority.

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