‘I don’t want to be a politician’ writes: The truth about the port is that no one can truly assess the environmental damage impact that dredging will have on 7 Mile Beach. A review of sea current action and wind patterns over the past 20+ years indicate a strong probability that silt sediment (and there is no effective way to control 100 percent) will be swept towards 7 Mile Beach during the periods of dredging, which ostensibly will start and stop due to inclement weather.
The other important factor is that the $200-300 million is not and cannot be cemented, for in this type of construction process there will be delays due to weather, due to unexpected breakage, slow downs by workers, etc. A not too far-fetched figure considering all the issues that could arise is $500 million, including the builder’s profit margin.
So, the question arises as to how will government fund this venture The Kirk crew don’t want upland development for it will supposedly detract from their business, the government can’t borrow the money on its own and so we don’t know and haven’t heard where the money is going to come from. Shouldn’t the people be told? Indeed they should if potentially they may be saddled with debt.
Now we know the cruise ships are frothing at the mouth to get their hands into Cayman, making veiled threats that if you don’t build it then your numbers coming in will reduce, and so this is the driving force for government to pursue this huge development: the money gained with increased numbers through the big ships — the everlasting float that government depends on to fund the Cayman Islands budget.
People, at least 450 cruise ships per year may provide some of the funding for this proposed cruise dock, but that number cannot be completely guaranteed and will never be guaranteed in an agreement as there are too many varying factors that come into play. Besides, Cuba is here to stay with cruise ship docks all around the island, massive attractions and people trained to speak various languages, thus able to accommodate not only American cruise tourism but also European.
So the question at the end of the day always will be the same, no matter how you twist it: Can the Cayman Islands and its people, present and future, afford this project? Can other means be sought to increase the numbers without having our shoreline and town line become unsightly by these monstrosities and the town itself become a bedlam of uncontrollable masses, as there is really not much space to hold the numbers anyway? Are there going to be more attractions created to spread the numbers or will places like Sting Ray City be completely obliterated by sheer numbers?
Ask your politicos ask your so-called representatives. Make them come out and tell you how — the full details. Don’t wait until March 2017. These that are in power are doing the same thing they criticized the previous government for: not telling the people anything. Is this right?
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