Rough seas close downtown George Town

| 24/01/2017 | 25 Comments
Cayman News Service

Debris from the sea closes the waterfront area of George Town Tuesday, 24 January

(CNS): George Town’s tourist hotspot was virtually deserted Tuesday morning after high waves and debris from the ocean closed the roads leading to the waterfront. Police said the closures would be in place until further notice as the rough seas were expected to continue for a few more days. Harbour Drive was blocked and drivers were asked not to use the waterfront road to reach the centre of the capital.

Shedden road was blocked from Elgin Ave to the waterfront and only a right turn was being allowed off Mary Street at North Church Street. Only a right turn was being permitted from Boiler’s Road at the waterfront junction and again just a right turn was allowed from Fort Street.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    They are dredging by less than 2 feet in most of the proposed dredge area

  2. Anonymous says:

    so we really need a bigger/ other port? We have been talking about this for the past 30 years, obviously it is not a priority. Take all that money and get our people educated, develop a proper trade school, get the new airport up and running, upgrade the hospital and health services and fight crime. I appreciate the cruise tourists but we don’t need more. George Town is too small to accommodate a huge cruise port, everything is just squished up as it is. They are bumping into each other as it is. Most of the cruise people can hardly buy anything while in port just as we locals finding it hard to buy groceries other than beans and rice. There have been so many starts and stop, I think we just need to stop.

  3. Anonymous says:

    All us furreners responsible for the waves too mon. We should leave.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The plans for Red Bay were perfect actually… with five berths — two, possibly three, for Oasis ships – and a 2,000-foot x 3,000-foot turning basin and 20-slip mega-yacht marina behind an eight-foot breakwater, will eliminate the need for the foul-weather Spotts Landing.
    Connected by new road links already gazetted by the National Roads Authority and bypassing Grand Harbour’s congested 37,000 vehicle movements per day, the 16-acre island in South Sound includes cargo-loading areas a heliport, hotel, 135 condominiums, immigration and customs, and a bus-taxi transport centre to disburse traffic both eastward and towards downtown, where streets can be pedestrianised with trees, lighting and benches.

    Unfortunately, politricks over common sense is the rule of the day.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What about Red Bay? Best option.

    • Anonymous says:

      Red Bay is a horrible idea. Why ruin all the untouched marine life in the replenishment zone? Dredge the west side of the North Sound as it’s already dead from CUC hot water run off and dump leaching.

  6. Anonymous says:

    hate the weather mon! cant fish…..

    • Anonymous says:

      You hate the weather? Please!!! I woke up to snow and my car encased in ice. I’d take Cayman weather any day!!

  7. KIrk PPM Bot Eq says:

    Hush up ya mouth 12:34 unnah foreign nationals need to stay out our business or worry about unnah own problems.

    • Jotnar says:

      You don’t know the poster is an expat. Anyway, does it matter what they say if they are right? Given how often the weather blows out the harbour, what makes you think GT is the right place for a dock?

  8. Anonymous says:

    What happens to the size of the waves when you dredge the bottom beneath them deeper?

    • Chris Johnson says:

      Good point but it demonstrates that the Appeals Tribunal were correct in refusing the planning permission to build the rinky dink purple building near the fish market and the dreadful dangerous car park. Both should be knocked down. Everyone knows what Northwesters can do. Obviously the developer has a select memory.

  9. Anonymous says:

    And yet the dumb asses can’t see or understand that, that is not the best place for a DOCK.

    • Anonymous says:

      The best place is the North Sound. Or would it be too sensible to have cargo ships drop their containers off in industrial park? Dig up the reef and dredge the North Sound if you have any balls, CIG.

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly. The north sound is a better location; its been dredged numerous times plus CUC is dumping thousands of gallons of hot water to cool the reactors.

        My major concern would be the potential impact on stingray city. Still not sure why this option can’t br explored.

        • Chris Evans says:

          Actually, there was a plan in the late 60’s or early 70’s for a dredged island in North Sound put forward by the late Sir Anthony Jenkinson. My recollection is that it was intended as a port and airport. Not sure why it didn’t happen as environmental concerns were not an issue then.

          • Chris Johnson says:

            Actually Chris Sir Anthony came up with the idea in the 50s. I think raising the money was a big issue. He also wanted to use it as a major transhipment port.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Which is exactly why Spotts should be developed as the cruise port since it provides ALL WEATHER access… Anyway, go ahead and build your port, so generations of future Cayman residents will be stuck in a quicksand of import duties and the high-cost of living, just to pay for this ill-conceived port disaster.

    • Anonymous says:

      You do realize Spots is rough when GT is calm, right? …Which is about 99% of the year.

    • Anonymous says:

      prevailing winds are from the east to southeast during the summer months making the spots dock rough on occasion. by comparison why do you think we have sandy west coasts in the caribbean? because it is the most sheltered coast.

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