Speaker calls for Cayman skyscraper

| 01/01/2019 | 218 Comments
Cayman News Service

McKeeva Bush, Speaker of the House

(CNS): The speaker of the Legislative Assembly has said he wants the Government of National Unity to allow at least one building of 50 storeys for tourism, residential and commercial businesses “to make a mark” and encourage “the wealthiest among the wealthy” to live here and set the Cayman Islands apart in the region. In his New Year’s message, McKeeva Bush, the CDP MLA for West Bay West, told the people that the country should be providing for “the wealthiest who want something different”, which will bring a new economy, protecting Cayman from the threats from powerful countries. 

In an address that covered many topics, he pointed to successes and improvements and his continued support for the Unity government, but also raised concerns about the society being divided. Bush said there was an “increasing tendency” of influential people to conduct “themselves with arrogance rather than humility”.

“I think that far too many of the people themselves are divided, more than ever it seems, and one challenge above all else that faces us right now is how to recapture a sense of unity and harness the forces that strengthen us rather than those that divide us,” he said.

The speaker nevertheless said that statistics indicate that the country is making progress, with economic growth and low unemployment. “No one can reasonably argue or deny that the feeling of optimism and hope in our society is on the up and up,” he claimed, saying this was down to hard work by government.

Bush said that as speaker, he did not attend any party meetings or caucus and had chosen to stay away from the day-to-day politics, as he justified joining the coalition government after the 2017 election — because “voters wanted a change from the usual political fighting” — and defended the government’s record.

“I know the coalition is working for the benefit of our people – the day I feel otherwise, I will say so,” he said. “The economy is booming, so our people are benefiting.”

Acknowledging the challenges facing the offshore sector, he said the premier and financial services minister were working hard to deal with that issue.

He also noted what he believes is a need to allow 50-storey buildings, “even if only for one building”, and the need to address the traffic from the Eastern Districts, saying that “government will have to put the East-West corridor on the front burner” in the New Year.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You know why Mac gets what he wants? Because y’all take him for a fool. Unna need learn play smarter.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s a joke.
    Dart probably wants a 20 story next.
    20 sounds better than 50.
    Fools he thinks we are.
    Fools lots of us were. (Past tense)
    Who will be the winner?
    Dear Lord, please for once, not the sinners.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Too many “ House Slaves “ in this country that have sold us out.

    Mr Speaker take an example from Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the US House of Representatives who recently said “ We must be champions of the middle class and all those who aspire to it – because the middle class is the backbone of democracy.”

    What about the Caymanian middle class, how will they benefit from this and what is happening to them now?

    • Anonymous says:

      Nanzi Pelosi is without credibility. Sorry.
      The statement is correct, but her adherence to its spirit is woefully lacking.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I for one would love to see a 100 story high rise here. And I pray they build it on a soft bottom so we can watch and count the floors as they sink into the ground due to the weight of the building. When the 100th floor has sank, we can hold a national day of celebration to stupidity and ineptitude.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am waiting to see if anyone would buy new construction $$$,$$$,$$$ luxury condos at the foot of the Dump. May be Compass employees.

  6. Anonymous says:

    When will all of you wake up to realize that Mac is really the Senior Co-Premier in the Unity Government.

    Alden is the Junior Co-Premier!

    • Anonymous says:

      Poor Mac, his puppeteer tells him what to say just to set their already designed tower in motion.

  7. Anonymous says:

    “…and I’d like the penthouse please, just for making the suggestion”.

    • Arthur Rank says:

      Or you could sell the penthouse apartments, and then get another four floors authorised above by the LA and sell those as well?
      No that would be seen as misuse of your position in the LA, I think, well, would it?

    • Anonymous says:

      @12:34 pm Start practicing jumping with a parachute. It might come handy.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The property manager, real estate agents and lawyers are all working together. The beneficial ownership register would have revealed the true gap between work immigrants and locals/residents.

    • Anonymous says:

      UBO register doesn’t reveal the dozens of law firm partners on million plus retainers on errand for the central back-room dealer. Nor does it reveal the interconnectivity between their development arm, current/former Planning colleagues, and aspiring recruits willing to do things for a taste.

  9. Sabotage says:

    Dearest 1:56pm let me elaborate even further to explain why the Colonial master has allowed us to vote: Because it is and instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and to wreck or destroy his country! Good enough for You?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I suppose it would be an option if there is not going to be a decent supply of gated communities to protect professionals from the local criminals.

  11. Anonymous says:

    “Wealthiest of the wealthy”

    My fellow Caymanians, it’s that attitude that started this long decline in decay and absurdity for the people of Cayman. It started with the loss of 2 valuable hotels. The Holiday Inn and the Galleon Beach.

    These were two perfect low to middle class attracting hotels that catered to people who truly spent money here. Those once in a life time vacations where you buy lots of t-shirts and trinkets for the folks back home. People who would explore the island and truly mingle with the locals, and where we mingled with them.

    These two pearls were lost in favor of attracting a “higher class of people” with 2 supposedly 5 star hotels. It was the start of a tourism campaign that would have repercussions for years to come as the government blindly began selling Cayman block and parcel in hopes of attracting money to the island.

    Yes it has attracted the wealthy but I ask you. Is Cayman richer for it? No we’re not.

    All it did was to start to widen the gap between the haves and the have not. This was bad enough but over the years as these wealthy people stayed long enough, spent enough, they began to become paper Caymanians and the CIG continues it’s war against Caymanians even to this day.

    Look at the proposals being suggested, a 50 story building to attract the wealthy? How about a 50 story building with reasonably and realistically prices apartments for Caymanians?

    Look at the rate our available land is being allowed to be developed and marketed for non-Caymanians. And yes it’s being marketed for non-Caymanians. Look at any real estate magazine or ad. Nothing below $500,000 is available. How many Caymanians can afford that type of housing? I think I know personally 1? Out of everyone I know?

    We as a people are being regulated to reservations, just like the Americans did to the Native Americans, the only difference is we’re not being herded off at gun point like cattle. We are voluntarily going to the reservation because the continue to follow the misguided whims of a very select group of people who under the false pretense of upholding a democratic government, is indeed running and supporting an oligarchy.

    Cayman ceased to be a democracy many years ago, to be honest I don’t think the current MLA’s know exactly what that term means anymore, let alone know how to practice it.

    Through a campaign of mis-information, deflection and preying on the fears of the people while kissing babies and handing out very small favors for political gain, the people of Cayman have been subjugated, divided and conquered. Yes we are a conquered people, conquered by our own politicians we entrusted to lead and guide us to a better day.

    The worse part of the whole fiasco is that election after election, the same people are voted back in because the wool has been pulled so far down over our eyes that I honestly believe we don’t know any better.

    When a government flat out, blatantly flat out refuses to enact a law voted in that forces good governance like the Standards for Public Life, the ultimate confirmation of hypocrisy and corruption becomes so apparently that one cannot help but to shake one’s head and laugh.

    When a government continues to allow the wholesale of it’s country to foreign hands and allows and entertain foreign powers to come in to take control of key areas of the country, for example our only major port. Most other countries would see this as borderline treason but in Cayman it’s just another Thursday.

    Jobs are scarce for Caymanians, even qualified Caymanians. I had a friend ,a born and raised Caymanian. Educated in Canada, has a masters, spent a year and a half of searching for a job in Cayman only to be passed up four times, out of the 6 interviews he had, because people from foreign offices or a lighter flavor coffee were given the job.

    Greg now lives in England, got a job after 2 months after arriving there, has an amazing apartment in London and has been there living and working happily for the last 4 years.

    Is this the fate and future of our youth? The skilled young Caymanians having to leave and find new lives in other countries because they feel that they have no future in their own? Is this what the reward for the years of “growth and prosperity” promised to us by the same politicians over the last 20 plus years?

    Wake up Cayman, wake up from the nightmare pushed on us by those we trusted to lead us to a better place before the definition of the term Caymanian is completely and truly changed and we are but a group of cowed and beaten natives on a barren reservation.

    • Anonymous says:

      “How about a 50 story building with reasonably and realistically prices apartments for Caymanians?”
      Totally agree! Why isn’t he making these suggestions?

      • Anonymous says:

        Because you don’t sell apartments, no immediate gain and that is what they want, not the long term gain from years of renting.

        • Anonymous says:

          Because he doesn’t really care about you and your kind. He figured the only thing you need is a fridge or stove every few years.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      Very good post. You got everything right. Well done.

    • Anonymous says:

      I know 2 extremely wealthy couples who travel extensively. They travel to exotic islands with very few people and stay in giant villas with personal chef, housekeeper, gardener, pool staff, driver , overlooking the sea or ocean. Cayman is not even on their radar ( too crowded ) and they would never stay in a 50 floor tower… absolutely never.

    • Anonymous says:

      your whole speech could be copied and paste anywhere in the world and it would ring true. many of the ‘light flavor coffee’ professionals came here for the very reasons you highlight. it’s a grim reality but like our forefathers we have to look beyond these shores for prosperity.

  12. Anonymous says:

    more brain farts from Ma Keeva and his cohorts again!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Poor fools all think this is a new idea. Mac been saying the same thing for at least two years.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, but you notice every time he suggests the idea he adds another twenty stories?

  14. Mac's Tower = Donald's Wall says:

    If the Speaker cannot refrain from remaining neutral and apolitical, and instead pushes his own political agenda, then perhaps it is time he is declared incompetent, and removed from his current position.

  15. Anonymous says:

    So the premier is pushing the port, the “speaker” is pushing for skyscrapers. Well we the people say you can’t have all two so let the games begin !
    Plot twist- after they eradicate themselves in the ensuing power struggle both projects get crushed…. hey a man can dream right ?

    • Anonymous says:

      I think these issues should be settled with a cage match. Sell the fight on pay-per-view, and everybody wins except the out-of-shape MLAs. I would pay $50 to see that.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Let me see if I can get this straight and determine what if any goals have been set for us by this government of national Unity?

    “(We presently have a long commute time going into George Town especially coming from the eastern districts due to massive traffic congestion.)
    Where is our quality of life heading, and what is an acceptable commute time for our people?

    What is the wait time set for our public hospital.?

    How long is it to get a dentist appointment?

    What is an acceptable national unemployment rate?

    What are the Country’s educational goals for the populace?

    What is the minimum income for a comfortable retirement.?

    What is being done to retrain local people away from construction?

    What is a comfortable level of tourism to ensure the experience is good for tourists coming by sea and air.?

    Only when we get these issues established and others considered should we consider increasing our population. In other words Mr. Speaker, where is the plan for Cayman?

    Where is the study to support your pipe dream?

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you forgot :

      1. The excessive waiting time at GT HSA Pharmacy.
      2. The parking issues around George Town.
      3. The absence of a proper public transportation system for the current population
      let alone the obvious increase.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Did anyone see the picture in the compass of the “skyscraper”? The Kimpton already looks out of place and the picture in the Compass looks ridiculous!

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps aptly echoing the timeline of McKeeva’s style and career, Dubai’s “Sail hotel”, Burg Al Arab Jumereirah, was gaudy in 1994, and completely unimpressive now.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m surprised no one is trying to remove/exterminate the true source of why the skyscrapers are going up. Remove him/the family, then no more Mac/Alden puppets to repeat the stupidity that adversely affects Caymanians and only benefits this vulture capitalist.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Don’t agree with this idea (or any variation of it) but you have to give Hon. Bush credit that he has an articulated vision for the future of Cayman. While many rail or have railed against it until other politicians put forth a counter-vision (and not just a ‘not that’ reply like mine) Cayman will stumble down the road towards something like the high-rise future.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Sweet, The Cayman Tower. I love it. They should make it at least 100 stories though. Parking at the bottom levels, shopping levels, office levels, penthouses and restaurants at the top level and outside observation deck at the very top. Charge a special stamp duty for the observation deck and it’s endless $$$$$ to support local infrastructure, schools, police. AWESOME idea. And almost all of it coming from cheap cruise ship passengers.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Every government that gets elected says the economy is booming because it was their doing.

  22. Anonymous says:

    First, as the Speaker of the House, Mac should not be calling for anything. By convention he should shut up.

    Second, his message espouses everything that is currently wrong with Cayman and the direction we are heading.

    Third, Cayman should not be a playground for the wealthy from other parts of the world. We have enough examples where citizens are relegated to third class when they make way for the rich.

    Fourth, when will be learn to elect representatives that have the best interest of the Caymanian people at heart? Tower(s) left face it, one won’t be enough and the port are not it!

  23. Jacky Boatside From Oldbush says:

    Mac say you can only build this tower if a statue of him is put to the very top so his prayers can be heard by the Good Lord! because the devil keeps answering his prayers all the time. Really Bad connection up down here !!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    True Story: back in 1991, while the English-speaking Caribbean along with places like Turkey, the USSR and Georgia were finally commuting and abolishing death penalties (previously abolished in the UK in the 1960s), a younger McKeeva Bush shocked the world by calling for a conference with his counterparts in the hopes that the Cayman Islands could somehow retain the ability to hang people in George Town square. One of the first in a long (and seemingly endless) series of headlines involving this so-called “devout Nation-building Christian” who is now positioned and sworn to neutrally officiate Cabinet behavior.

    • Anonymous says:

      I do not agree with McKeeva on practically anything but I detest that England forced Cayman to abolish the death penalty. They want to exit the European union as they say they impose rules on them yet they impose on us and hd been imposing for centuries on other places.

      • Anonymous says:

        Imposing law and orderly behavior was also unpopular with the Jamaicans who went for independence and got what they deserved. Lawless corrupt society.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah – damned English. They forced us to ban slavery too!


      • Anonymous says:

        What? Am I hearing you correctly? You would still like to watch hangings in George Town square? The reason the death penality has been abolished is because firstly it is has been proved not to be a deterrent, secondly, innocent people are often put to death and thirdly, it is barbaric!

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m sorry but I believe there are people who cannot co-exist in society with the rest of us and life long incarceration is expensive. Why should society pay once by having it’s members killed then pay again to house and feed the killer. Yes it’s barbaric but a barbaric end to a barbaric life and yes the innocent are sometimes put to death by accident but I say how the lawyers and detective parties accountable if that happens for not doing their jobs right. What about those who are put in jail for their entire lives only to be exonerated right before they die. Wasted life there too and no one is held accountable so there is no difference.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can’t disagree with him on that one. Bring back the gallows!

      • Captain B says:

        The only way I would bring back the gallows or death penalty, is if I see an improvement in our law enforcement detection of crime. That it can be found beyond reasonable doubt that this or that person murdered somebody. Or else, if there is no improvement in our system of justice, alot of innocent people will be put to death!

        And then, I Captian B, will go further: How would you define a person? You wouldn’t want me to be the head of your state. Because I will define a person as an unborn child. And the whole liberal media will be in uproar! I will see to the execution, anyone who deliberately does an abortion!

        So I suggest you think real hard before you start quaking about there should be gallows and justice. Many of you don’t know what real justice is!

    • Observer says:

      We can clearly see that McKeeva is incapable of thinking about what is best for the country. Apparently Dart is planning a 32-storey building and so McKeeva floats the idea of a 50-storey building– if “only one.” We know which one that will be. But never mind — when are we going to put what is good for the country ahead of developers’ bank accounts?

      And can somebody please tell the Speaker that in his current role he is bound to maintain political neutrality? He “had chosen to stay away from the day-to-day politics”? It is not a choice — it is a requirement .

  25. Anonymous says:

    the frightening thing about all this is ‘who in the hell is there to take over the reins from these jokers that are sending Cayman to hell in a handbasket?

    • Anonymous says:

      Official Elections.ky Register for Jan 1, 2019, of shows 21,141 registered Caymanian voters. We should be able to pick any of the best leaders from that universe willing to serve. Unfortunately, the system criteria is artificially biased, by those same “party” leaders, currently unwilling to leave office or enact Standards in Public Life – against those competent professionals that might otherwise stand to serve. We need to fix those ex-pat or non-grandparent disqualification criteria: see sections 90,91 and 61(3) of Schedule 2 to the the CI Constitution Order 2009, or nothing changes and the same buffoons keep cycling spots forever. The standard is so low that “no account shall be taken of a sentence of imprisonment imposed as an alternative to or in default of the payment of a fine”. Pathetic!

      • Anonymous says:

        What makes you think the voters are all Caymanian?

        • Anonymous says:

          Because, in order to be registered, you are required to present proof of Caymanian status, or ancestry documents with grandparent lineage. BOTC passport is not sufficient, unless it carries the Status stamp and signature of Chief Immigration Officer.

      • Anonymous says:

        12.33pm Very bigoted, racist and biased comment..So the only people good enough to be in the LA have to come from overseas?Wow. I guess you really want expats to rule.

        • Anonymous says:

          I really hate to say this and it took me a a minute to type but maybe they would do better. Certainly couldn’t do worse compared to the phuktards in power now.

          • Anonymous says:

            If they (expats) could do better then they would stay in their countries and make their countries good so they would not want to come to Cayman

            • Anonymous says:

              Maybe they think their countries are being ran good and only came here for money, or a change of scenery or married to someone who wanted to come here.

        • Anonymous says:

          No bias at all: “We should be able to pick any of the best leaders from that universe willing to serve” doesn’t specify any preference one way or another. We can see that having a grandparent that rode on the Cimboco hasn’t had any measurable positive impact on the creation of transparency or good governance or conflict-free policy. Disagree all you want, but accountable Caymanians that actually put country ahead of wallet, regardless of birth origin, would be an improvement!

        • Anonymous says:

          Please continue to be very proud of your Caymanian history and lineage – but don’t think for a minute that ancestry removes blinding greed, ego and the persistent inferred corruption which plagues our legislature. Personal character is something learned rather than genetically inherited and not geo-tagged to any birth certificate.

  26. Anonymous says:

    What happened to his Christian tower? Has he traded in Christ for Mammon?

    • Anonymous says:

      A 50 stories building is a great idea, only lets make it 100 stories and two towers, one tower for the very rich and one for the very poor. The rich tower can subsidize the poor tower then everyone will be equal and all these posts will come to naught. That will be great and if we make them 150 stories on a clear day from a viewing platform at the top we may be able to see Little Cayman and Cayman Brac! Mac is a genius!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I believe it was Judge Judy that once said, “beauty fades, but stupid is forever”.

  28. Anonymous says:

    You either grow upwards, or take up more land sideways. If you choose neither, be ready to send your children overseas to make a living. Wait too long, when you become Jamaica, you won’t have any of these options.

    If you think your finance industries are here because of the beaches, you are one dam fool.

    • Anonymous says:

      People pretending that Cayman is about to run out of usable land are my favorite

      the only reason this island feels congested is because of piss poor urban planning
      from consecutive shortsighted governments

      This island could easily fit double or triple the current population, not that I am advocating for sudden massive population growth, just stating facts

      • Anonymous says:

        The reasons and benefits for going up instead of sideways are countless. Parking and be built into the building, less infrastructure required nationality , drastic property value increases, upward puts less demand to expand in national park zonings, less commuting amd the list goes on. There is a reason first worlds build upwards and it’s not to make a pretty skyline for people to take pictures of. Provide a very strict zone for tall buildings like in town. Lock down the crappy buildings and build a proper downtown that can sustain real growth. Or to your point, continue building in this complete idiotic chaos as is being done now and see where that takes you in the next 25 years.

        • Anonymous says:

          Are your u daft,,,,

          Look at any skyscraper, the highest floors with views are worth the most. That’s why we build up, to be above the rest and have unobstructed views.

          Let them fool you about land space. It’s about maximizing profits per sqft. Not what’s good for a particular location.

  29. Cayman Purge says:

    Anyone notice how really quiet our colonial master is it because this is exactly how some planned and engineered our demise. Caymanians are now a monority in every aspect of our very own society. The irony of it we have been led down this path by those they have allowed to hold political office our very own crooks and imbeciles and while they use false or deceptive initiatives like “constitutionally change “ we held more power and influence when we didn’t have it.Cayman continues to degrade rapidly everyday whilst some play mind games. Stop listening to this unity govt’s deception and false propaganda. Change direction Cayman cut support off for their stooges immediately.

    • Anonymous says:

      You do have all the power to stop this – you just need 25% of your people to agree with your sentiments…common sense is a bridge too far it seems!

    • Anonymous says:

      The “colonial master” gave Caymanians the vote and the right to appoint our own government. How is it their fault if a majority of voters continue to vote in the shame shameless self serving politicians and downright charlatans?

  30. Anonymous says:

    How is attracting the “wealthiest among the wealthy” not going to increase division?!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Just another trick to flood the place with thousands more immigrants. They won’t stop until Caymanians no longer have a place to lay their heads in their own country. Almost all the corrupt, globalist governments in the world have the same agenda and those that don’t are vilified as being racist.

    • Anonymous says:

      Discriminatory and prejudicial for sure, unless that hate also relates to language and skin colour? In any case, rich people are thankfully repelled by most of McKeeva’s “brainstorms”.

  32. "anonymousir" says:

    and encourage “the wealthiest among the wealthy” to live here … so the cost of living will only go up! cause only the “wealthy can survive here!” F-U Mckeeva and Alden!! for 2019 … F-U!

    • Anonymous says:

      social engineering to further marginalize Caymanians. Only the rich can love here.

      • Anonymous says:

        They are trying to eradicate the middle class and make us just like Jamaica… Another land of haves and have nots!!

      • Anonymous says:

        You do realize that we have imported so many poor that we have no choice but to bring in large numbers of rich to help pay for the consequences.

        • Anonymous says:

          Huh? The poor cannot qualify for PR, let alone Naturalisation, or eventually Caymanian Status. The work permit roll-over system is explicitly designed to weed them out and roll them on economic grounds. #fakenews

          • Anonymous says:

            If you think the poor cannot qualify for PR you better look at the points system. Have a kid with a Caymanian and you are about set.

            • Anonymous says:

              So, on what arbitrary date or milestone do the legitimate parents of Caymanian kids earn your almighty moral blessing and acceptance; with the acknowledgment that fellow Caymanians selected those partners, procreated, and carried Caymanian children to term? Still not worthy? Expel them?

          • Anonymous says:

            Sorry bud. Check social services. You do not need money to get a cabinet status grant, marry a grantee, or be a child or parent or sibling etc. of one of them. That is just the start. Many hundreds if not thousands of persons who were not originally Caymanian are being sustained or supported at the public’ expense.

          • Lo-Cal says:

            Jajajajajaaaaa, Jajjajjaaaa, weez. Check NAU

  33. Anonymous says:

    What is here to see or do for the wealthiest among wealthy? The mount Trashmore? Roads congestion? Hordes of cruiseshippers?
    Those who preserve Caribbean feel, style and environment would be the winners.

    But frankly, you deserve what is coming to you, for you allow ineptness and dictatorship.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I am very tired of hearing about more “development” by these people. They only obviously consider the physical development of the country without the consequences. What about motivating our people to take their intellectual development more seriously, so that we can *truly develop*, or is it that they want some of us to always be in the dark ages.

    • Anonymous says:

      Developing our people’s intellect is too risky, they might finally STOP voting in these charlatans

  35. Anonymous says:

    Bush looking like a mascot for a fast food restaurant and spewing non-sense again.

  36. Anonymous says:

    To paraphrase a great quote from the movie Apocalypse Now, ‘The bulls**t piles up so fast in the LA you need wings to stay above it!’

  37. Anonymous says:

    Weird how the royal palms tunnel looks like it was designed to support a sky scraper…

  38. Anonymous says:

    After Noreiga was taken out of Panama, Panama is the best Latin American country. 2011, 165 skyscrapers 70 stories tall were added to the capital and sold in a small amount of time. Panama also saw its real estate go up all over the country. Their airport has become the hub for flights all over Central and South America. They have the best hospital in Latin America. They made their canal wider increasing more larger ships to go through their country.
    You know, if the young people who travel just to look for gambling and sex would actually see the changes around us they might see some of the opportunities other countries are moving forward with.
    The Eastern Caribbean islands that were hit by hurricanes are back and new. They are getting back their lost businesses for hotels and cruise lines. Wake up and smell the coffee.

    • Anonymous says:

      Panama, Noriega ? Same country that jus put offshore business back 100 years with the the recent “panama papers” fiasco ? Laughable at least, comparing apples to oranges dude. If it’s so great then invest in Panama where you can have your skyscrapers.

    • Anonymous says:

      As financial industry KYC and due dil piled up post-9/11, the illicit hot money from offshore has flowed to those jurisdictions (and property sectors) that still aren’t asking uncomfortable questions of their clients. Hence property booms in London, Panama, Vancouver, Toronto…etc etc. Even during and after the property crashes elsewhere…still going strong! We have a wonderful all-cash buyer from “China”, they proudly exclaim. Chinese nominees are easy to find, and nobody asks any questions!

  39. Anonymous says:

    He REALLY needs to be sent back to cutting lawns. At least he was halfway decent at that. He has no business trying to pass himself off as intelligent.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Dart has plans for a 32 story tower. They are in the later stages of the design process. This is a fact. The planning department doesn’t want to revise the height restriction on buildings because the infrastructure can’t cope, which is also a fact. Politicians and the naive wealthy developers see otherwise though. The real estate market north of GT is v profitable at the moment for everything above mid income housing and there is major room for growth. Big mac is trying to prime us (the public) for his next political platform of course. Dart will support him with his company votes and XXXXX. Isn’t he supposed to be politically neutral by the way? I’m disgusted daily at how our natural bounty of an island are being taken over by a super-capitalist culture run by dummies. Book-smart lawyers and ‘developers’ are equally involved.

    • Anonymous says:

      Note: if the Standards in Public Life were to be enacted (finally), it would CRIMINALIZE the back-room behavior that is still going on. Developer collusion, fabrication of public reports, spin-doctoring with foreign promo companies, accepting cash and in kind payments…all of it. People would be going to jail. We need to see that happen to have any faith in our governance. Particularly in relation to the endless unfounded pursuit of big-buck development projects – neglecting the good governance of everything else.

      • Anonymous says:

        Look at the amount of property sales on Sister Islands. Look closely at the buyers, brokers, sellers. Look with an investigators eye. Two votes in Cabinet.

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