Young protestors challenge Dart over site clearance

| 29/11/2019 | 173 Comments
Protect Our Future protests the loss of natural habitat at the Dart site cleared for the one-off festival, KAABOO Cayman

(CNS): The clearance of more than seven acres of mangrove and natural habitat in West Bay, removed by the islands’ largest developer for what turned out to be a one-off event has stirred up the young activists from Protect Our Future, who are questioning the move. The area cleared to provide space for the KAABOO Cayman festival has left an ugly scar in the Seven Mile Beach area and the students have challenged Dart about why nature was sacrificed for limited profit.

The organisation, which was founded by young people in Cayman who are extremely worried about the impact that over-development here combined with climate change will have on their future, asked why ecosystems are being destroyed for monetary gain.

“What used to be multiple acres of thriving mangrove ecosystems, a home to multiple species of birds and fish, is now an open lot of dirt and rocks,” the POF activists said, as they highlighted the site in their latest social media picture campaign.

“In order to be able to host a one time music festival, almost seven acres of mangroves were sacrificed. It is clear that our government and Dart believe that making money, even from one event, is more important than anything else,” the young people stated in their awareness campaign.

The students demanded an end to those sacrifices, given that it is their future environment that this type of destruction is impacting. They believe that the greed of some people today is destroying their future and want to see legislation to protect native habitat and species.

The activists said these attacks on nature and the loss of natural habitat not only leave us all vulnerable to storms but also undermines the attractiveness of the islands to visitors and represents a loss of culture and heritage.

CNS understands that Dart had received planning permission on the site for a sub-division several years ago and ultimately the clearance for KAABOO, which was quite dramatic. But the Central Planning Authority did not enforce the recommendations made by the Department of Environment, where they had advised the developer on a less destructive way of making the site suitable for the festival.

With the young activists calling attention to the state of the site, CNS has contacted officials at Dart to ask why it opted to clear the site so dramatically, if there are plans to re-wild the location, and what the company intends to do to curb its impact on the natural environment. We are awaiting a response.

Meanwhile, as they continue their efforts to raise awareness about the need for everyone to do more to conserve natural habitat, and in particular our marine environment, the POF is hosting another peaceful eco-protest this evening (Friday 29 November) at 5pm at Hog Sty Bay in George Town.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Leave Mr Dart alone the only thing stalling the development here are the politicians. What these kids need to do is go to the old tower building and glass house sites…they are a disgrace! What’s Govt doing about them!

    • Anonymous says:

      2:43, So you really want to see a 50 storey hotel / condo building on that site? I certainly don’t. The 50 storey building will be a disgrace on our dinky island.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It was the Kaaboo organization that went bust internationally, and had to be bailed out days before their Kaaboo San Diego event. (Just look at the Google News stories in November discussing the collapse and subsequent lawsuits between parties).

    The 2020 Cayman event wasnt cancelled by Dart; Dart pulled out and the event cancelled after the Kaaboo collapse in summer).

  3. Money is not everything says:

    I fully support the Youth’s initiative. I also wonder if Anthony Eden’s cosmic revelation to the Minister of Tourism that KAABO “has satanic origins” had anything to do with the decision not to host it here again. We all need to become more aware and active; we already lost 7-Mile Beach and if we do not join together to save Cayman, we will be left fishing out of man-made lakes.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Government upgrade Port Facilities is Cayman last stand to own a major project in the Cayman Islands.
    If this project is rejected, the door is open and there is no return for Mr. D to make his demands. This is where, very soon we find out why he has not been able to keep into any of the countries that he invested.
    Turn the people against a Government project that he cannot get his hand on.
    Then make them fight at each other in the name of saving the environment.
    While he obviously destroys everything. Including purchasing land in Downtown and shutting down the business.

    Wake up Cayman. This upgraded Port Facilities is the last chance.
    Watch as he reclaim the public beach. Its happening already. Never ending adjustment as if his intentions to keep the people away.
    Comments before have noted that the Kaboo was a sham to clear the land. And as much as that could be far fetched. It makes a lot of sense now how that was done.

    Who else builds bridges over dry land? Who builds roads that turn into nowhere? So many road outlets ending to the bushes. Who buys up land with business and closes them down with good intentions?

    Don’t be fooled Cayman. If this group of people protesting the Port Project wanted to save anything in Cayman, they would have started at Mr. D projects. One single Developer has destroyed more of the environment than the whole country did in 50 years.

    • Anonymous says:

      What are you trying to say? That people of the Cayman Islands have no minds of their own and are being manipulated by Dart?
      Hmm…I don’t think so.
      The Dump would be next. Because capping and burning are not waste management solutions of 21-22 century. It would be like treating gangrene with bandaids. Unless it is done the way the do it in Japan, an island country by the way, it would be waste of the money.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hmmm…. are you seriously suggesting that Dart is behind CPR and Protect Our Future?

      • Anonymous says:

        That exactly it. There is a certain sector of our society that wants to blame Dart for everything – irrespective of how illogical it is.

        That Dart would promote a conservation group – who then protest his clearance of mangroves – just to stick a finger in the eye of the port development makes no inherent sense, but the equation goes a) I don’t like something b) I don’t like Dart and think others don’t iether, so if he is on the other side of my issue then people will agree with me c) therefore anything I don’t like must be being manipulated by Dart.

        Same logic being applied by those that say Dart is behind the descent of public beach into the vendor infested nightmare it is – whilst he is trying to run a luxury beach resort next door. Or the dump – its Dart’s fault its not been sorted yet, even though he has the most to gain with his property developments nearby – must be his fault, couldn’t possibly be that idiot Seymour of the government.

        Plenty of things Mr Dart is responsible for that we can point fingers at without descending into blaming him for everything, and in the process losing any credibility over the accusations that have merit.

        • Anonymous says:

          we need another DART !

        • Anonymous says:

          It was Dart who stated their intention to build a 50 storey building. Is that really logical on Grand Cayman? So yes, I am blaming Dart for such stupidity. Of course, developers rule on this island.

    • Anonymous says:

      And we’ve protested all along the way. If you recall, the WBR sale was taken to court.

    • Anonymous says:

      11:00 one more Dart and Cayman will be fine !

    • Anonymous says:

      11:00 I would have think you would have had an idea what those “outlets ending to the bushes” was for!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone gone to Madrid environmental summit?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dart really is disaster in terms of erasing the character of the Cayman Islands that originally attracted people here. If you want an East Coast transplant destination moved to the Caribbean we’re here with Cayman authenticity no longer a stain in pursuance of the ‘new ideal’. I drove through Caymana Bay the other night, what a soulless entrapment that is, the tunnel driven through most days drumming & echoing a picture of trashy urban city betterment, and now Fosters, – their hand moved to the sterile and characterless gossamer veil foot printing the billionaire vision. The Land that time forgot, – The Land that allured us but couldn’t accommodate our pretension.

    • Anonymous says:

      How ironic that it is Caymanians that sold out to him.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not ironic at all- I do not understand what part of the comment is ironic… It is what it is and they are still selling their family land to him. Better hurry if you want your share of the Dart pie!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Grand Cayman is coming to a Grand Halt. Dart’s development is part of the reason for it, as is all the other development. As is the naivety (corruption?) of successive governments and various boards. We have not yet over developed, but we are clearly on a course to do so, rapidly. And worse, without anywhere near sufficient infrastructure or rules to cope. There is zero control on development. There is an appalling lack of vision regarding traffic flow. There is no plan for waste and garbage. We are soon to collapse under our own weight. One morning soon, we will have gridlock and we’ll wonder why and how.
    All development should be paused. Rules should be brought in/enforced regarding vehicles. The dump and other dump sites must be addressed/implemented. Our aging society must be planned for. Health care. Education. Etc.

    If it takes the kids with a few signs to wake us up, so be it. We need to wake up fast.

    • Anonymous says:

      People like you need to leave our island as we need much more development. You must be a communist

      • Anonymous says:

        6:10, Believe you must be a capitalist pig feeding at the Cayman developer money trough regularly.
        Nobody is talking about nationalization or taking over the means of production.
        People who support sustainable development are not communists so please enlighten yourself.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think the comment was about sensible development and maybe taking a pause to properly plan for the upcoming developments that will no doubt occur in the decades to follow…i didn’t sense anything communist about it at all…and where did the commentator say they were not a caymanian therefore should leave ‘our’ island?

        • Anonymous says:

          Trouble is we have a scarcity of leaders with sense and if they do have some it’s soon traded for a payoff.

      • Anonymous says:

        I love how people like you want to speak for all of Cayman. As if we are not capable of speaking for ourselves. Go play in traffic, keep you wannabe American politics to yourself.

    • Anonymous says:

      somebody said they would like the dump in their back yard “it wasn’t me”

  8. Anonymous says:

    their intentions are good.
    but maybe they should take some pictures outside their own neighbourhoods and ask what was there before it was developed.
    dart followed the rule of law as usual.

    • Anonymous says:

      I sure as hell don’t need a 50 storey building in my neighborhood.

      • Anonymous says:

        More of you rich folks who have it but do not want us Caymanians to get some of the money. Build what you want Mr Dart and build the port too!

        • Anonymous says:

          But you really want a new refrigerator or your driveway paving before May 2021 comes don’t you? You don’t realize that it’s because of people like you that Caymanians are being forced out by selling out.

        • Anonymous says:

          East end going to be all cement next right after the Kimpton project is complete. So disturbing.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s a bit of a erroneous statement. Dart has often had the laws retroactively changed in order to fit his requests or had his requests granted after the fact when unaproved development has already begun.

      Its not that he is following the rules, its that those in change of enforcing them have bent them to fit his will, a courtesy which has not been extended to the rest of us.

      • Anonymous says:

        probably because the rest of us don’t have the means necessary to facilitate such welcome treatment from by those in power!

      • Anonymous says:

        10:48 when you save a couple Billions those in charge will bend too!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a nice spot to build a 50 floor building.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Yes exactly! The greed to protect the richness of one monopoly, over the economical benefit of thousands lower income people.

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly how were the thousands of lower income people going to make money off the pond and mangrove that was there before? I don’t like the environment being torn up but at least be logical in your complaint. Levelling that pond has nothing to do with earning opportunities- the labour in clearing it probably did generate jobs, and if he builds a hotel on that the construction opportunities will do too. Whether that’s worth the environmental destruction is another issue, but there is no way development detracts from lower income opportunities. You just sound jealous, not logical.

      • Anonymous says:

        The thousands of lower income households are themselves imports and were brought to meet the demands of developers.

        • Anonymous says:

          3:58 That simply means before you look around for some body to blame for y’all problem you have to stop dodging the root problem.

    • Anonymous says:

      You jerks need to shut up as Mr Dart does so many great things for Cayman. This nonsense is getting out of hand now. We need more development not less.

      • Anonymous says:

        More development to get more housing for rich foreigners and more minimum wage jobs for more Jamaican construction workers?

        What exactly are Caymanians getting out of this (apart from traffic, skyrocketing cost of living, and being ostracized in their own home)?

        • Anonymous says:

          So what, we sold it to Mr. Dart and the other high dollar developers and we need the cheap labor for our business owners to make a profit. Quit complaining and get a business license so you can get in on the building boom!

          • Anonymous says:

            Provenance properties and Decco are already licensed. The architects are not, but they are not here. The manufacture of blocks and concrete are near monopolies, and the labor brokers are controlled by politicians.

            Where is the gap to fill?

        • Anonymous says:

          2:08 Blame your Daddy!

      • Anonymous says:

        more DARTS!

    • Anonymous says:

      11:59 who are y’all blaming for not being RICH, blame your DADDY

  11. Anonymous says:

    I hope that they themselves do not have to clear land to build homes or destroy the environment in anyway.

    • Anonymous says:

      There’s a world of difference between a resident clearing their own small plot of land in a residential area to build a home for their family and a multi-billion dollar conglomerate clearing acres of prime land to build something only rich foreign non-residents will benefit from. Don’t play dumb.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What is the future of a culture that is ten years behind the present?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I applaude the young generation coming up. Stand up for the envorinment and don’t take drink the kool aid that these greedy politicians have been ramming down our throats for years! The tide is changing our electoral leaders…..what a fresh of breath air!

    • Anonymous says:

      8:13 I am a little confuse here, when I listen to talk shows in the mornings this is PARADISE, is it because of “the kool aid ramming down our throats” how can this be!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Dart clears land (That belongs to him). CIG builds a huge (Mountain) of raw garbage right in the middle of the island, upwind of town and who is the bad guy here? We get it. Dart, rich, successful, smart, Bad guy. Caymanian leadership, poor, incompetent,ignorant,fails pretty much at everything, but loved by the people, good guys. We feel your pain.

  15. Anonymous says:

    What’s the minimum age to run for elections? I’d rather vote for this new generation of youngster as opposed to any of the boomers now in office.

  16. Anonymous says:

    So all this bullshit now about this piece of property? When they were tearing out them mangroves for a concert we should have been there trying to stop the tearing down of these precious metals.

    The poorest countries in the world kicks out their leaders when they ready for dirt, greed and corrouption. So why the hell we cant do it??

    Writing to CNS daily with our dumb comments is doing nothing. We need to get up stand up and throw these losers we called a government Out!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    DART wants to stop the GT port so he can build his own cruise and cargo dock in Breakers. He owns 2000+ acres there. Big enough for 3 Camana Bays. Be careful Caymanians, you’ll soon all be DART employees and servants if you allow him to stop the dock.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I guess these kids won’t be getting their Dart scholarships now!

  19. Anonymous says:

    So let me see if I got this straight. Mr. Dart decides to invest in all three of our islands. He legally buys the properties and develops them.

    Some of our more prominent and wealthy Caymanian families have decided to either sell their businesses/properties to him or relocated their businesses to Camana Bay. So why is everyone blaming Mr. Dart – when it is Caymanians who are selling to him and Caymanians who are making deals with him.

    Unna need to look yourself in the mirror and not blame Mr. Dart for everything. And everything that Mr. Dart is doing . . . can’t it be done by the same prominent and wealthy Caymanian families?

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      Is there a point in which a single entity should be stopped in their acquisition of property? 15% of the developed real estate? More? Less?

      Yes, Caymanians are selling. That’s exactly the point. Every property owner certainly has the right to sell their property, especially when the uber-wealthy can afford to offer incredible prices. That is also their right.

      A single entity or conglomate/team should not be able to purchase a country, state, city or in our case, a Territory.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Dart and his team and his enablers are a perfect snapshot of why there is little hope for the cessation of the destruction of this planet, which belongs to all of us, not just the greedy, ignorant hoard that are labeled as ‘successful’.

    • Anonymous says:

      Communist much. Google “tragedy of the commons” or look at how well centrally planned countries, which are usually totalitarian, treat their citizens that are not part of the ruling class. I’ll take capitalism and democracy even with its warts and faults.

      • Anonymous says:

        Clap. Clap. Clap. Now get back in your cage and count your money. It will make your hands soft and velvety. Don’t you worry a bit about people whose lives are made miserable to support your world, it’s cocktail time.

      • Anonymous says:

        8:49, In reality you would go for fascism and capitalism. You are obviously a developer.

  21. Anonymous says:

    People with significant money dictate everything that happens in the Cayman Islands. This will become more evident as these young adults get older.

  22. Anonymous says:

    They could start protesting at home as we all know which demographic Kaboo was marketed to. Some of their parents and friends probably bought tickets! But now after the event its a problem.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s a problem because for once DART did something everyone could enjoy and then they yanked it away. I’m sick of them playing chess with our very limited remaining undeveloped land.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Let’s act fast before the whole of Cayman is just concrete. Reminds me of the movie The Lorax, we’re gonna have to start buying oxygen at this point!

    • Anonymous says:

      The problem is your entire world view and apparently your education as well, are limited to the Lorax

  24. Anonymous says:

    Politicians don’t immediately need to be concerned about the threat of losing their jobs because of today’s youth rebellion. By the time these young ones get actively involved as voters these older leaders will be long gone into retirement, some funded in luxury from means unknown. Youths’ best strategy for immediate impact is to put pressure on their voting elders, make their dads, moms, uncles, siblings aware, educate and make sure they have their vote heard.
    Dart has brought a lot of economic value to this country, but it has come at a price. We have lost a lot of “they way it use to be”, for the status quo. (Mind you, I would rather walk through Camana Bay today then run through bug infested swamps of yesterday.) Dart’s company does not employ people to make Caymanians or visitors content, they are hired to develop enterprise value for Dart, and they get paid handsomely for their ‘success’.
    When changing the path of West Bay Road, Dart fought unhappy residents, built the highway around his Seafire property and won an explosion in value as he created a massive ‘on the beach’ resort. So the locals were and are unhappy, the tourist and the bankers are doing just fine.
    Camana Bay, The Dump, the old Hyatt Hotel, the angry Britannia property owners, the list goes on and on. Dart is a “Developer”, that’s the normal life of almost every large development company. One side of the scale sees a “Developer” another side sees a “Destroyer”.
    Strong local resistance can have some effect of moderation, but be assured, without strong local controls government leadership finds it much more beneficial to say yes to a developer, win the favour of and benefits from the developer and his/her leadership team and also reap higher revenues to fund their next re-election promises.
    When is enough, enough. Cayman seems on the cusp of that position now. A government should not have the power to materially change the core assets, the entrenched way of life or the eco and economic future of all citizens without a clear mandate from the country’s citizens. Whether it is a major change to the port lands, the erection of a monster tower 50-70 stories high on Dart property, the bullying of residents, the blind eye to the Hyatt eyesore, the only way this Developer will be controlled to development and not licensed for rampant destruction at will, is for the voters to step up, tell leadership what indeed they do want and not want, and if government doesn’t get it, let them know what the outcome of their failure to represent brings.

    • Anonymous says:

      Excellent article. Sound, balanced logical advice. Only one guy I know is smart enough to write like this. Surprised that Dart has not hired him.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Not sure which button to click, yellow smile to big up the youths for standing up and making their voices heard (they are our future) or red angry face at Dart. So posting this instead with heartfelt respect and gratitude to these youngsters. Hopefully their generation of politicians will do better. Can’t come soon enough.

  26. Anonymous says:

    May be these young activists could bring attention to the derelict and disgusting informal auto repair mess that is on Sound Road.

    This is a place festering with waste oil and settling water happily polluting our precious environment. It appears that this area does not fall into any of the 19 electoral consistencies as not one of our lauded politicians in George Town appears to have ever taken any interest in discouraging this type of development. I won’t even mention DEH or Planning as neither of these entities are ever funded enough for enforcement. Of course, that is even if our laws to protect the environment and ensure proper development had any teeth! Drive by and have a look, is this our Cayman?

    Young people, don’t limit your voice to the cutting down of vast swathes of mangroves and destruction of coral, look around at the informal and substandard commercial/housing structures that our civil service, neighbours and politicians appear to be too paralysed or uncaring or afraid or unable to see and bring those to light as well. You have the momentum now!

  27. Anonymous says:

    If Mr Dart had an ounce of respect for Cayman he would restore this site to its natural state. It has been proven over and over again, our climate is totally dependent on the natural habitat of the place we live

  28. Anonymous says:

    CIS was built in mangroves too, wasn’t it?

    • Anonymous says:

      As was Camana Bay, the Ritz Carlton, and the neighbourhoods where many of these kids live. They are not wrong to be protesting, but a little recognition of some core ironies may be in order.

      • Anonymous says:

        Interesting point, quite a few of these young ones enjoy the financial benefits of their parents’ developments in areas of large mangroves and agriculture land. Displacing millions of local birds, reptiles and other flora and fauna in the process. We cannot keep everything in our natural environment as it is forever however I do agree we should do our best to mitigate damage caused when essential infrastructure is required. Cayman will need its port expanded at some point and at that time some of our precious underwater treasures in GT Harbour may need to be sacrificed. Moving the port elsewhere will cause significantly more damage.

        Wonder if some of these young ones know who the parties were that fervently supported the oil refinery prosposed next to CUC around 2012 or the famous oil transshipment/cargo/cruise port proposed for East End near to Health City some time in the mid 2000’s….

    • Anonymous says:


      As was Camana Bay, Hyatt, Ritz, Kimpton, and many more developments around SMB and Grand Cayman!

      And the Dump….

    • Anonymous says:

      So was your house

    • Anonymous says:

      Good point! Why are they not protesting there?

    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanians have cleared most of the land on Cayman to build their houses and businesses but its not OK for some to do it to their own land? Is this a Kingdom where every citizen is royalty? They are just crying because they have not yet figured out how to keep up with modern man.

    • Anonymous says:

      While CIG schools (that are still failing) were built on swampland. What is your point here?

    • Anonymous says:

      It is also the school the student activist are students at.

    • Anonymous says:

      Almost the whole West Side of West Bay Road was mangroves until the 70s and 80s. Almost all of the north side of Shamrock Road from George Town to Prospect – including all the housing developments, Grand Harbour, etc., were mangrove until the 80s and 90s. Dart might be the biggest of the developers, but he was not the first and by no means the only developer to take out mangroves. But none seems to complain when it’s born-Caymanians who did it to line their pockets. And lest we forget – all of this developed mangrove land was owned by born-Caymanians who sold their birthright for a bag of gold. The hypocrisy around here is sickening.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a moonscape with plastic palm trees in concrete. And this is incomprehensible on the 2 x 4 rock where every inch of REMAINING land must be valued at premium and preserved in its natural state for future generations. Instead, it is being sold/destroyed as if there is no tomorrow.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s the Dart way. He can do this because he controls our government.

      • Anonymous says:

        Caymanian voters are responsible for and in control of what passes for government here. Do your part and quit blaming someone else.

        • Anonymous says:

          Not a fair comment if certain persons give large amounts of cash to certain politicians who distribute some of it to their uneducated flock.

    • Anonymous says:

      Could be worse. You could have a 50 story iconic tower!

    • Anonymous says:

      Our government is totally out of control. They are only interested in what they can get for themselves. The sad part is we do nothing about it. I don’t know why we don’t vote them out……….. Do You??? The Protect Our Future group seems to be the only ones who care!

  30. kissmai as says:

    Kaaboo site was cleared a long time ago. Why protest now. Why only a handful of protesters. Perhaps as a detraction from the Port referendum? Blaming big bad Dart always going to get a reaction

  31. claire m kennedy says:

    What a shame!! I’m from the US and hate to see this happening! It would definitely give me pause as a “tourist” to visit there. Keep the pressure on!!

  32. Anonymous says:

    You GO!!!!! SO SO SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU!!!!!

  33. SKEPTICAL says:

    CIG better pay attention to these protest groups. One day these youngsters will be able to vote and our current politicians will be out of a job.
    Ordinary Caymanians should also beware – when Dart has turned the whole island into a desert, there will be very few visitors, and even fewer jobs for locals – just watch the crime rate climb when people cannot earn money to feed their families and/or their drug habits…..

  34. Anonymous says:

    You think they protesting now wait til he kills George town and the gt dock and then files to bore a 1000 ft hole into the reefs in bodden town and pipe all the boats into camanabay #2

    • Anonymous says:

      Or builds a mountain of trash higher than any building in the middle of the island? O wait. Wasn’t that CIG? And isn’t Dart the only one on island who both wants to fix it and is competent enough to fix it? I lost you at mountain of trash didn’t I?

    • Anonymous says:

      Dart has a lot of real estate to fill in George Town, what have you been smoking?

  35. Anonymous says:

    All three multi-billion dollar businesses work the same way. They take from everyone, with government help, and give little back. They think 10 steps ahead of our idiot politicians and lie about their plans to get the permission, destruction, and money they want. If their whims change, we have to suck it up and accept we were duped, again. Peas in a pod. Don’t try distinguishing them because it doesn’t wash.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is so true. And the fact that it is so true and yet continues to be the status quo is the reason I’m glad I’m 68 years old and wish I was 88. The world is screwed for humans now and it’s a sad and scary thing to witness.

    • Anonymous says:

      3:10 do you know who is the first to know when you are talking bull shit!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Dart could have leased this space for regular concerts every month, filling their Kimpton hotel, or hosting the Winter Carnival, or an Equestrian Event…anything. There’s not enough bandwidth in their organization to be given PLA approval for anything, until they demonstrate they will deal immediately with the eyesores on existing land portfolio. Old Hyatt is the perfect example of the depth of their neglect and limit of their attention span. If we don’t start getting tough on DART, we’ll still be looking at these holes in another 15 years.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Because Kaboo was a front to clear the land to begin with…

  38. Anonymous says:

    Keep on the pressure, yutes!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Oh my word….

    And many thoroughly enjoyed KABOO

  40. Anonymous says:

    Oh and dont forget all the plastic and Styrofoam!!

  41. Anonymous says:

    THIS! everyone should be protesting Dart, not the port which the island desperatly needs.
    HOw much has Dart done to ruin the natural beauty of this island?
    Why that monstrosity of concrete on West By road?? WHY??? I still dont get what the purpose of that is!
    Plus the hotels (just wait to the new one soon come)
    One-off concert
    Moving a BAR to Barkers
    I’m sure there’s much more planned we have no idea about it.
    Fight the real enemy Cayman

    • Anonymous says:

      This island does NOT need the port. I’m sure these young activists agree strongly on that matter!

      • Anonymous says:

        They should be protesting the 300 cars that are imported weekly from japan. Cars that are polluting the air and filling the already full landfill not to mention the horrendous traffic. Crazy that no one is protesting that when it affects your life everyday!

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you on much of your post, but find it baffling that you think the port adds to the natural beauty of the island. We do not need it and it is at least as destructive as all of the other things that you mention. None of these developments make sense as Cayman could easily have been developed in a completely different, more environmentally conscious, direction. But both Dart and government are blind to what could have been saved, preserved and cherished.

    • Nauticalone says:

      Come on now – learn to chew gum and walk at the same time.

      We’re against both!

    • Anonymous says:

      Compost pile approved for North Side. Soon be a dump there

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you on everything except the port. We don’t want or need it.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s already too late. The majority of businesses, land and politicians are all owned by mr. Dart.

    • Anonymous says:

      Both. Fight both.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not to mention the 27 storey tower which has yet to get full planning permission yet is already SCHEDULED to have foundations built in new year!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Dart. The real enemy of third world.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Fix the damn dump

    • Anonymous says:

      Dart trying to move it from his land out into someone else backyard so he don’t have to smell it or his overpriced school for expats

      • L.D. says:

        It does seem to provide an exemplary education compared to local and I understand that the local students cost about as much per yr. as tuition at CIS

      • Anonymous says:

        The reason the ex-pats go to the over-priced private schools is because their children are not allowed in government schools. Even though their work permits fees are paying for them.

        • Anonymous says:

          Whats your point ? Every time you vacation in the US, Miami for example, federal and state Taxes are taken out from everything from car rentals to dining and entertainment. Do you find out what those monies pay for before you leave the country ?

      • Anonymous says:


        #1 you MUST have another location to properly dispose the VERY MINIMUM that would be left if a proper waste management system is implemented, as they do it in Japan for example.
        * Advanced waste disposal technology makes Tokyo the cleanest city
        * Japan is offering service packages that include waste disposal systems, personnel training, and recycling, targeting the specific needs of individual countries.

        #2 can’t move The Trashmore. Can’t burn it either. Capping would accomplish next to nothing. Someone should start looking into mining- new technologies already exist.

      • Anonymous says:

        We need one more DART !

      • Anonymous says:

        Down Einstein.

        Caymanian kids go there too….

      • Anonymous says:

        Caymanians spend more per student than the private schools charge. And they are still failures. You came from one right?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes! Dart please help the poor fools and fix the dump for them.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dart is the only person on this island that has a reason to fix it and the ability to fix it. All of CIG could not fix a garbage truck. No wonder you all hate him.

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