10-storey building coming to Camana Bay

| 02/01/2020 | 188 Comments
Cayman News Service
Camana Bay

(CNS): The Cayman Islands’ biggest investor has been given the green light for the first ten-storey building in its flagship development, Camana Bay. At the last meeting of 2019, the Central Planning Authority approved two new buildings for Dart’s town, where construction is expected to begin this month. The CPA has approved a five-storey office block and a ten-storey residential building.

According to the planning applications, which were submitted under Cayman Shores Development, one of Dart’s many registered companies, the two buildings will cost around $75 million. The larger building will be made up of 89 apartments and some 14,000 sq.ft of retail space and is expected to be completed in 2022.

President of Business Development at the conglomerate, Jackie Doak, said in a press release that the new buildings were driven by demand because the town centre’s Class A office space was nearing capacity and the residential apartments are all leased.

“The fact that larger commercial tenants are choosing to relocate to Camana Bay and existing tenants are expanding into more office space is testament both to the strength of the local economy and the appeal of the amenity rich environment that Camana Bay offers,” she stated.

“We are also experiencing significant demand from international companies looking to establish a physical presence for economic substance or just to create a foothold in the Cayman Islands,” she added.

Both of the buildings will be located to the west of Dart’s headquarters on Nexus Way.

Justifying the decision to make the apartment block ten storeys, the release stated that “taller buildings at Camana Bay are an essential component of scaling” to meet a growing population by maximising density while keeping development footprints small, reducing sprawl, increasing energy savings and conserving resources.

Meanwhile, it is understood that Dart has also made an application to have land it owns behind the Kimpton resort near the junction of the West Bay Road rezoned from neighbourhood-commercial to hotel-tourism to pave the way for another major project. While the CPA has considered the proposal, it will actually be decided by Cabinet and then voted on in the Legislative Assembly.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow it seems everybody hates development because they don’t own it or can’t control it. Well, one doesn’t have to worry this island is not that small. Why not go East? All of it can have Panning passed by Cabinet that buildings not be any taller than two stories. If that is truly a problem, stop building anymore Government projects in George Town. Schools opening after holidays is really slowing down traffic isn’t that true? Let’s build to the East past Bodden Town. All of that area to build more Solar powered farms is a good area. Why not build an Industrial Park between Pease Bay and Breakers? Dart wanted to build a Landfill area. At least that shouldn’t catch fire. What about Rubis and Sol? The Cargo Dock could be built there also. The next expansion of a two runway airport definitely won’t be at Owen Roberts. The only place it can be is the Central Mangrove Swamp. OOPS, I said the bad word, we need to go East.

    • Anonymous says:

      You say go East . Silly people this is only an Island – we cannot continue at this speed – if we don’t slow down! Then what. We are in a big, big mess right now. Got To Stop.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There’s a duppy haunting the Cayman Islands, and I am glad for it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Y’all don’t worry their is a NEW CAPTIAL unfolding under your nose and you don’t even realize it!

  4. Anonymous says:

    “We’ve been conditioned to think that only politicians can solve our problems. At some point, perhaps one day we will actually wake up and recognize that that it was those same politicians who actually created our problems in the first place.”

    This has never been so profound and relevant as it is now in Cayman. We have consistently over the years sat by and let our politicians do as they please. They cause the problems and four years later come to us to tell us they can solve the same problem they have spent years creating and for some reason like sheep to the slaughter we trust them again and again with our vote. Most of us don’t even bother with the turkey and hams anymore….What a sad situation we as Caymanians have allowed ourselves to become involved in..

    A ten storey residential tower that will most likely not have one Caymanian living or working in it..Why and for whom?

    Who is this being built for? Who will live there? Alden, Moses, AL’T, I know you all hate hard questions and I know you prefer that we write them down..Well, I don’t have piece of paper right now so I hope this will work for you and one or all of you can give us an answer…Methinks though there is none forthcoming…

    • Anonymous says:

      If someone likes high rises, why won’t they relocate toMiami? What makes a tropical island Paradise is the absence of high rises. It is earth’s surface that balances negative and positive charge in a human body. That is why walking on a beach and living closer to earth’ surface therapeutic. That is why people prefer vacationing on a beach. The higher you get the more positive charge your body accumulates.

  5. Anonymous says:

    He need build free trade schools for caymanians and hire the CAYMANIANS into his companies straight out the schools of he want to do something “constructive” for cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      7:48 why cant caymanians get together and build something for them selves!

      • Anonymous says:

        entitlement culture….which leads to laziness and poor work ethic…and employers not wanting to hire locals. classic vicious circle.

      • Anonymous says:

        Same reason they cannot fix the DUMP and make certain garbage pick up is regular.

        • Anonymous says:

          Need to also fix the attitudes of those that send the garbage to the dump.

          Reduce Recycle Reuse Repurpose Rethink – stated for the dumbnut that is likely to ask what to do.

      • Anonymous says:

        DARTBOT we see you are active from the beginning of 2020!

      • Anonymous says:

        10.32pm… idiot we did… that’s why you are living here. We did it all OURSELVES thats why you and Dart are here. Stupid.

    • Anonymous says:

      Only a fool hires fools to do a mans job. Dart is no fool. He is an intelligent and successful man. Look at what he has done. Now look at what you and your Caymanians have done. Now you also know why you hate him. End of story.

    • Anonymous says:

      You should be ashamed coming on here begging free things. Dart isn’t perfect but they hire plenty Caymanians stop talking nonsense.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Look if they make a building that tall their view will be of the dump. Hah!

    • Anonymous says:

      Not if all the windows face West and North.

    • Anonymous says:

      Anything over 3 stories and they can see the dump fool. It’s the first thing the cruise ships see when they look for Grand Cayman. You can’t see it if your living in a hole.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Dart …. you have proven be the ‘asset’ that Cayman needed and as a Caymanian, I thank you wholeheartedly for building such a well planned and excellent town and buildings. Your generosity and giving are also much appreciated. See folks, that wasn’t so hard at all.. a simple thank you sometimes is all that is required.

    • Anonymous says:

      There’s very little giving & generosity from K Dart. He is a billionaire & everything he does is for a profit. The family foundation does provide a few scholarships/sponsorships but no where near enough giving from this man who is more concerned about increasing his profits & his life span (he will spend money on any thing that might keep him alive longer). Nothing altruistic about that.

      • Anonymous says:

        So so true, every cent Ken Dart spends is calculated for how much public relations benefit he will gain and which politician will be rewarded.

        2021 soon come.

      • Anonymous says:

        7:49 Lazy People will always expect MORE!

      • Anonymous says:

        He literally just donated $50k to Special Needs Foundation Cayman and $25k to eight other Cayman NPOs, what did you donate last year? You will never get anywhere with that negative and entitled mindset you have I promise you that!

    • Anonymous says:

      Brown nose DARTBOT at work again.

    • Anonymous says:

      DARTBOT how much are you paid?

      Every dog has his day, Dart too, but time longer dan rope!!

    • Anonymous says:

      squeezing blood from a turnip is easier then getting a thank you from a Caymanian. Dart would have to give them a job doing nothing(CIG) Then they would be his willing slaves.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The CPA has to go!! The dismantling of this Authority is worth marching for

    • Anonymous says:

      Why? You against change?

      • Anonymous says:

        No, but against One Man Rule, he controls all politicians and businesses who depend on his existence, change will come to correct the system we have of pay and you get governments.

        Yes, I am for change of our type of government, Mr. Miller was right revolution soon come.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not against change but I am opposed to 50 storey buildings and the promotion of over 100,000 people here in the near future. There is a limit to how much change we can take here. Of course, if one is a developer, change means big money.

  9. J .A. Roy Bodden says:

    Let me begin by hoping that the political directorate or their sycophants are reading the responses to this announcement … ten story residential complex. How is that going to benefit the honest hardworking Caymanian middle class .?

    The more I read is the more I realize that my perennial question “For whom are we developing ?” which was first raised in my infamous article in 1978 and more recently in my local best seller …The Cayman Islands in Transition … remains to be answered.

    Income inequality ,a failing public education system , lack of accessible health care for a growing number of indigents, failure to address the landfill situation , congested roads , no acculturation policy for the increasing numbers of economic migrants ,a sterile and corrupt bureaucracy and short sighted leaders make for a volatile cocktail which will be our undoing.

    In the 1960’s Norman Mailer … the celebrated American author in commenting on the social and political conditions which led to the upheavals which followed coined the phrase “There is a s..t storm coming “.

    Batten down the hatches Cayman …I give it ten years and Norman Mailer’s 1960’s observation will be as relevant to Cayman as it was to the United States.

    • Anonymous says:

      “A failing public education system”. Must we really remind you as to exactly when that downturn started?

      • Anonymous says:

        Pardon me but J.A. Roy is not to blame for failing educational system. The blame lies at the feet of parents who paid no attention to their children, you know those who refuse to attend PTA meetings, reporting sessions and to ensure that their children were taught at home that they were going to school to learn and not to interrupt those who wanted to settle down and learn. My children went through the public educational system and they did real well. They were accepted to some of the finest universities in America and the U.K., after high school on island and I am very much proud and pleased with their accomplishments. Stop blaming the system and do your part, maybe it is too late for your children but the grandchildren would benefit.

    • Anonymous says:

      “Income inequality ,a failing public education system , lack of accessible health care for a growing number of indigents, failure to address the landfill situation , congested roads , no acculturation policy for the increasing numbers of economic migrants ,a sterile and corrupt bureaucracy and short sighted leaders make for a volatile cocktail which will be our undoing.”
      SO what did you do when you had the opportunity? These issues have not arisen recently.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      Well written comments from Dr Roy. You cannot deny he is correct. The gap between the have and have nots has widened considerably over the years and is staring us in the face. Government needs address this as a matter of urgency but it will require the wisdom of Solomon. Unfortunately he is no longer around.

    • Anonymous says:

      11:45 “For whom are we developing” the question is late,should have asked the Mosquitos 50 years ago!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Just another day in Dartistan.

  11. Bob says:

    wow…and i just got turned down by planning to build my 10 foot long 4 foot high fence!!!

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      Hmmmm. Interesting story. Did you know that if you make your fence 42″ instead of 48″, you aren’t required to have Planning permission?

    • Anon says:

      Look and learn. Build up the soil in the general area. Then plunk your slightly under the height requiring planning approval fence on top.

  12. Slacker says:

    Great time for Tony Eden to stop worrying about the “Gay Agenda” and start concentrating on the “Dart Agenda”. Energy and emotion better spent.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Anyone know what’s the maximum height CIFS rescue equipment can reach if there’s a fire in one of these high-rises?

    • Anonymous says:

      10 storeys.

    • Anonymous says:

      You do realize that there are buildings throughout the world greater than 10 stories, and that fire suppression techniques dont involve shooting a ladder outside a building?

    • Dan says:

      They wouldn’t approved to build 10 storey if firemen can’t reach by ladder!

    • Anonymous says:

      We might wishfully assume 10 storeys, but a PWC report commissioned in 2017 (marked “Private and Confidential”) established colossal gaps for inspections and risk assessments, staff training, and appropriate standards of operation per UKNOS for full time career fire fighters.

      Colour-coded competency mapping charts on pages 36-37, outline the vocational struggles beyond driving the equipment around:

      http://www.cifs.gov.ky/portal/pls/portal/docs/1/12582395.PDF

      There may be a ladder on the truck, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the crew know how to extend it, hook up hydrant supply lines to a the pump truck, affix high hoses, or find any of the unmapped, uninspected property hydrants buried in post-Ivan overgrowth on properties that may never have had to submit to a proper annual fire inspection.

      • Anonymous says:

        2:30 And, as a fire on part-completed development that I attended in 2007 showed, fire safety standards here are a joke. Someone welding handrails in the stairwell had set fire to styrofoam insulation. In it’s unfireproofed state this material had been been banned for interior use in the UK for years. When I got there CIFS were struggling to contain the fire and that building was only three stories!

        • Anonymous says:

          Sorry, that should have read, ‘In its unfireproofed state,’ with no apostrophe. I’ll get this corrected before the grammar police start on me again.

        • Anonymous says:

          Grenfell Tower residents definitely agree with you. They have it all correct in the UK.

          • Anonymous says:

            Grenfell Towers is a classic example of why you shouldn’t build high-rise when the buildings regulations can so easily be bypassed. Think about it – that happened in the UK, where they supposedly have very strict building controls, and this is being built in Grand Cayman where building control depends on who you can pay off. You’ve made the OP’s point, haven’t you?

            Also, when you referring to Grenfell Towers consider this – that fire was apparently started by a defective electrical appliance. We don’t have any electrical safety standards here, you can import and sell any kind of junk you want including appliances that are clearly marked, ‘Not for sale in the USA.’ Would you want to live in one of these places in a situation like that? I lived in TI for a while and, despite the rules, people had LPG cylinders and even mopeds stored on the balconies. Do you really think that won’t happen here? It’s a death trap.

            • alaw says:

              6:18 every morning I watch the news from the great USA there is a building on FIRE usually with the lost of lives, give a sensible reason.

    • Anonymous says:

      7:01 I think they could borrow the one for the BURJ KHALIFA!

  14. Anonymous says:

    See I told you all not to worry about the dump! Problem fixed. Now if I can get my garbage collected !! Fools we are!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Don’t worry when Dart turns Cayman into south beach or little New York and the tourist stop coming cause it’s damn too expensive, he will find some other pathetic, corrupt and weak politicians/country to control and buy them out! He’s actually killed our iconic George Town and intend to make it a ghost town. Yet the CPA and our politicians are blinded by the $75m cause why? Guess the hardware stores and contractors who all sit on CPA Board will surely benefit. Don’t worry time longer than rope….the dump is getting higher, cancer rates are higher, seven mile beach is overcrowded, stingray city overcrowded, traffic is horrible, very expensive to shop here and the natural beauty of cayman I.e. caymanians in the hospitality industry is replaced by work permits is now dead! Every where you go now you are served by other nationals that bring their cultures into the work place. Now you are being tended to by a Canadian with a Canadian accent and Canadian culture. Tell me as a tourist how do I really experience Cayman again?

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is most excellent news! I cannot wait till this new building is built!

  17. Anonymous says:

    For all their deep-pockets, purported “expert urban planning”, and bike-passion work culture, they seem to have made no effort to provide bike lanes on any of the roads in or around Camana Bay. They expect this biking-friendly urban community to magically appear to weave through pedestrians on the sidewalk, like an afterthought. No NRA lanes in or out to their property THEY designed themselves.

    • Anonymous says:

      Seriously… even if you had fully fenced off bike paths everywhere, how many people are actually going to cycle to work? One out of a thousand maybe? And hopefully your office has a shower?

      People arent going to cycle to work in athletic gear in 82 to 90 degree weather with their office clothes in a backpack and get dressed out work.

      • Anonymous says:

        That is exactly what they do in Bermuda, even though they ride scooters. I walked in Bermuda, but ladies in my office would bring everything to wear during work days with them, then go to the company bathrooms and change. No showers were in our professional office. It rains 5 times a day in Bermuda. Rain gear, helmets etc. yet they are dressed nicely and clean in the office.
        So speak for yourself only.

        • Anonymous says:

          It is true about Bermuda. They also have a superb bus system too.

          • Anonymous says:

            All of Bermuda is 3 1/2 times smaller than Grand Cayman alone. They have it easy with a bus system.

            • Anonymous says:

              All roads in Bermuda lead to Hamilton while here they all lead to GT. Same type of transportation problem.

  18. Anonymous says:

    When is Dart closing Calicos?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Piers for four mega cruise ships, 10 residential storey buildings, 50 storey iconic tower to come…tell me again who are we building Cayman for?

    This Planning Board is out of hand and the Government needs to go. The first thing the new government needs to do in 2021 is dump the entire board. They are all conflicted and they are making money hand over fist with their por decisions, leaving us to suffer.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      You raise the most important point of all. Who is benefiting from this. Certainly not the poorer Caymanians.

      Government needs to sit down and figure out how all this development can benefit the
      underpriveleged. The gap between the haves and have nots has changed significantly over the past twent years.

      In my opinion this is the biggest problem facing our island. The next government needs fix it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Chris, how can you not see who is benefitting? I’ll give you a hint: It is those who dance to to the music of a very rich person. It’s part of the golden rule……. “He that has the gold, rules”?

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry, Chris. The newbies in the new government will likely be as money-hungry as the present bunch.

  20. Anonymous says:

    great news…. no better developer to this than dart.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh yeah, look at the spectacular former Hyatt from 15 years ago, and Brittannia entry blanketed in darkness and rusty chainlink – what a showcase of development efficiency that is! DART appear to want each of their nominee shell companies to be viewed by CPA as stand-alone new corporate applicants, while the same emissaries, power drunk, and holding obvious sway over that room, purportedly representing these entities (without having to be challenged to provide supporting documentation), proudly tout that these are all part of the unified mothership. DRCL/DECCO shouldn’t be having it both ways, and the CPA Committee isn’t sophisticated enough to challenge these applications on those grounds. They shouldn’t be granted ANY MORE CPA permissions until they have submitted a full development plan and timetables for all of their various land holdings. We can’t pretend these are all stand alone applications. CPA needs to look through the corporate veil and see that these are all the same signatories. They should also be made to post a forfeitable performance bond to support all of these various plans and land holdings they have failed to manage, and fined for ones left to burn in dereliction (like any private citizen might be).

  21. Anonymous says:

    What Dart wants etc etc etc. No balls or moral compass in Cayman Gov to stop him. Bye Bye Paradise.

  22. Anonymous says:

    How come Dart can find the $75m to build shiny new buildings, yet the monstrosity of an eyesore at the old Hyatt lies derelict next door whilst the government’s spineless politicians won’t fine him $25,000 a day like he should be paying. Maybe CNS could ask Jackie Doak and Joey Hew their thoughts on that.

    • Anonymous says:

      Being left until the Britannia residence s come to heel. Dart doesn’t get his permission to build on the golf course, they get to live with the wreck of the Hyatt blighting their property.

      • Anonymous says:

        That may be the case but it’s not the law. Last time I checked he wasn’t above it

  23. Anonymous says:

    setting the tone for the new hotel at palms. Westshore plaza also been bought by the DART group for development.

    • Anonymous says:

      Get out of town!? Is it the truth that he bought Westshore, too?

      • Anonymous says:

        Burger King, the gas station too will soon be gone.

        • Anonymous says:

          No great loss with Burger King.

          • Anonymous says:

            Every property, no matter what, sold to Dart is a great loss.
            You are just another clueless sheep zombie

          • Anonymous says:

            Burger King is already on his land & leased to Peanuts. Happened in the 90’s when Dart first showed us their Disney style plan on their ‘charabank’ tour ( not sure Mr V knew what it meant)…

        • Anonymous says:

          Sad, I always expected better from the Rutty’s but then again money is always King if Burger King..We never thought the Kirkconnells would sell out Royal Palms either but before Capt. Charles could get cold that was sold to DART. The Rutty’s started with Comfort Suites and A

          What these old Cayman ians families don’t understand and I guess Caymanians in general that there will be nothing left for our children and grandchildren if we continue to sell it off to DART.

          Our children and grandchildren will have to live in government sponsored projects like in inner cities of the USA that will make Frank Hall homes look like palaces, either that or we will join Alice sleeping under one of DART’s bridges..

          The future for Caymanians is bleak and sombering. We are like the old people used to say, “crabs in a bucket, ” always clambering to get on top of each other instead of reaching a hand out to help another out..We have become dependent of the government for handouts and the government keeps us uneducated and throws us a turkey or ham to keep us happy to keep voting them in..We have sold our land and soul for the almighty dollar and they are no longer ours…What a shame! Not the Cayman I grew up in or ever wanted to see it become..

          • Anonymous says:

            As far as I can see, ALL the property Dart buys is sold to him by Caymanians. The architects (excuse the pun) of their own downfall. Dollar is king on Cayman. Can’t blame us ex-pats for this one.

            • Anonymous says:

              Unfortunately, you are so correct, it is us Caymanians that have sold out. We will never ever get it back. It used to be just the poor people needing money to survive that would sell to DART when he sent out his minions but all of that has gone and now it is in the high level boardrooms with the Kirkconnells, the Ruttys and the like…

              They too have children and grandchildren that they should be leaving some legacy of their Caymanian heritage but I see that a lot of their kids have been sent off to boarding school, likely not to return but the millions earned from DART will be sent to them overseas..

              People, just go on the Lands and Survey website and see how much large acreage across all three of the Cayman Islands is owned by DART. There is very little left, even the swamp land behind Bodden Town and North Side now belongs to DART..

              Such a shame!

              Caymanians have sold their birthright…

  24. Keep-Cayman-Green says:

    There is a simple solution: nationalise Camana Bay!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Just because this mega wealthy individual spends his money in this way does not make him a good person or his company a good person…..

    • StopTheCrime says:

      It doesn’t make him bad either.

      • Anonymous says:

        Dart owns Dart Management, “one of the best known of the so-called vulture funds.”[12] The strategy of vulture funds is to buy government debts at sharply reduced prices when weak governments are in crisis, and eventually force these governments to pay the full amount of the debt. Dart employed this strategy in 1994 by acquiring Brazilian debt instruments and eventually generating a profit of about $600 million.[13]

        In the Greek financial crisis Dart was a winner by forcing the Greek government to pay €436 million in 2012, 90% of which went to his fund.[12][13][14]

        In the ongoing attempts to resolve the Argentinian financial crisis of 2001, Dart and Paul Singer rejected Argentina’s restructuring offer in contrast to most other investors and brought their claim to the US court system.[15] In response to Dart’s holdout strategy, the then Argentinian ambassador in the US, Jorge Argüello, rebuked Dart’s activities,[16] while in the Argentinian press Dart was named “Enemy Number One of Argentina”.[17]

        In 2012, a New York State judge ruled in favor of the holdout creditors ordering Argentina to pay $1.3 billion and Argentina’s appeal of the ruling at the US Supreme Court was rejected in 2014.[18] The rulings forced Argentina to miss bond payments in July 2014, which caused the country to be declared in selective default by Standard & Poor’s and in restrictive default by Fitch Ratings, meaning that Argentina failed to meet some of their obligations while meeting others.[19]

        • Anonymous says:

          How does collecting on a debt make you a bad person? Defaulting on debt is usually not the fault of those that lent the money, rather if you borrow you should make good on your commitment to repay.

      • Anonymous says:

        ROTFL!! Do your research.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes it do!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Next one coming up for approval at Camana Bay is the 50 storey building which will get approval by the Planning authorities by the end of the year. So much for sustainable development.

    • Anonymous says:

      WOW. Won’t the traffic be incredible with a new 50 storey building and all the other new buildings around Camana Bay. Traffic jams like no one has ever seen in the Caribbean.

      • Anonymous says:

        all depends on infrastructure and plublic transport. Unplanned sprawling low level development would be even worse.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah, let’s go with 50 storey high rises all over. Will be wonderful. Love traffic jams.

      • Anonymous says:

        I have to agree. No sense in building something you can’t get to. I guess we can use our police force and park them at the Camana Bay roundabouts, but I feel as though it’s becoming disrespectful to have police acting as traffic bots at every roundabout on the island…..

      • Anonymous says:

        1:13 the traffic jams are not on DART ROADS!

        • Anonymous says:

          Yet

        • Anonymous says:

          They lead up to them and those roads around Camana Bay are terrible. Whoever thought merging the lane the traffic should be staying in into a lane designed as a passing lane was a good idea should be fired. It just encourages everyone to drive in the passing lanes and nothing is being done to educate people about this.

          • Anonymous says:

            Totally agree. Can we please have signs on our roads ‘drive left & over take right’

      • Anonymous says:

        Congestion is not inevitable Anon 1:13. What if the ground floor is all retail and each level is only 2 ultra luxurious units owned by a majority of high wealth individuals or families who only visit occasionally?

        • Anonymous says:

          Obviously the ground floor will be retail but there is absolutely no way there would only be 2 unit’s on each floor. Dart is in the business of making big profits and the ROI would be very low with only 2 units as the infrastructure costs for a 50 storey building would be very high. Of course, the CIG could always pick up all the infrastructure costs in return for some nice favors. That is always within the realm of the possible.

      • Anonymous says:

        1.13pm … you forgot to recognize the increase in vehicular crashes. Only God can help us.

    • Anonymous says:

      Already a done deal. (same as the port) The power station being built nearby makes a big statement..

    • Anonymous says:

      At what point is enough enough concrete? When there is no place left to concrete over?

    • Anonymous says:

      wow…lets bash dart for something he has not even applied for…….zzzzzzzzzzz

      • Anonymous says:

        The big application is coming soon. 50 big ones. Dubai in the Caribbean.

        • Anonymous says:

          And when the construction industry has nothing to do in about 3 years when all the current projects are finished, we will be begging for it. Thousands of livelihoods will depend on it.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yes, let’s have 50 storey buildings all over the island so construction people can keep raking in the big bucks.

      • Anonymous says:

        Youre really oblivious if you think A. Dart needs approval to start building anything (case in point 10 storey building started from October 2019 which only just got approval by Planning Dec 18 2019 – note no buidling permits yet – and B. This iconic tower hasnt already been designed and approved!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        We know the application is coming as Dart said it in public last year as did the Great McKeeva.

    • Anonymous says:

      FACT: Decco already has a construction schedule for the tower. Stay there if you dont think thats already been given green light at Ministry level. You all need to stop focusing on the CPA members. They are just scapegoats – a rubber stamping committee for Ministry directives.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Dart is manifesting total control over the Cayman Islands. The politicians are totally powerless to stop this gilded juggernaut that rolls on through what was once Paradise, founded upon the seas by the benign Creator who bestowed good fortune and favour upon the early settlers.
    Alas, their children have removed the ancient landmarks of decency, morality and common sense that their forefathers had set.

    We are now considering changing our motto to “he has re-created it upon tons of concrete.”

    Caymanian people, I know that many of you are awake and more of you are waking up by the day to the the invasion of your home by these greedy locusts.

    It is evening now and the day is past. Night will soon fall upon us all. In this time of darkness, I can only point you to your Creator, His Spirit and your Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

    • Anonymous says:

      And who sold these “greedy locusts” as you call them the land to develop then?………I rest my case!

      • Anonymous says:

        I am sure you read the post and it was stated that the “politicians” gave away their country.
        Your argument that these “politicians” were elected by the people is true in that this is the only system the people have to work within.

        The system is totally broken. One night of voting cannot possibly determine 4 years of subsequent grief. There must be a better way.

        The populace must be engaged on a regular basis or all we have is a Lodge enclave.

        • Anonymous says:

          Another “Lodge” comment not grounded in reality.

          • Anonymous says:

            Says the Lodge man. We know you people. The worst part is when you shake our hands with that funny feel up the wrist with the index finger.
            I just pretend it means nothing to me and then ignore every subsequent lie that comes out of your mouth. You people think you have the keys to life, but your keys open the doors to hell.

            • Anonymous says:

              I don’t know about the whole keys-to-hell thing, but I can say that when the lodge had a recent weekend of events on the Brac, the members were respectful of our community and a pleasure to host. This is unlike some Caymanian “icons” who visit the Brac and spend their time here drunk, whoring and overall disrespecting our community. Doesn’t matter if it’s a “traditional Caymanian” fishing tournament or musical event, these guys tend to treat our island like dirt and expect to be repaid in gratitude for spending some time on the Brac. Naw, suh, you can just stay home — but send the lodge members over any time.

      • Anonymous says:

        Does it matter who sold what? At the end of the day it’s the CI Government in the form of Planning Department, who are giving the green light to this over-the-top development.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why don’t you and the rest of you cry babies pack up and leave since things are so bad. The man bought what was for sale and is developing it as he sees fit; this is not a communist country! Why didn’t you buy up some of these properties? No money?
      Get a life and let things keep going as we like it just fine; great country and a great goverment who know how to work with business people.

      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous at 1:43p.m. You are real pathetic. Yes he bought the land but that does not absolve him from being a conscientious business/ developer. He has the money but that should not translate into ” I will over develop your 2×4 Rock and there is nothing you natives can do about it” There is no legitimate reason why money and respect should not go hand in hand. Would it still be fine with you if he took his mega dollars to develop a nuclear reactor? Yes that would be extreme but according to your mindset he should be left alone as ” we like it just fine” please bear in mind that I am not included in the “we” that you seem to be representing”

      • Anonymous says:

        Q Q Q Q, 1:43 pm !

    • Anonymous says:

      Jesus came to set the captives free. He paid the ultimate price for humanity and made a way for us to be with him and the father in the new kingdom. Hi Everyone, who is a parent of Caymanian children and foreigners. Train your children up the way they should grow. Cayman has good leaders and more on the way God will. I am watching up close by seeing the agitation of this very wealthy investor named Dart. Hold on to the faith people!! The Lord has won the battle for us already, we must press forward and be apart of the number that will live in the new kingdom.. Cayman wont be here forever.. neither is many other continents. Strive on people, be ready because Jesus is near!

    • Anonymous says:

      The rich only use this place to hide I’ll gotten gains and to avoid paying taxes in there country nothing but a bunch of money laundering white collard thieves!

      • Anonymous says:

        have you tried to open a bank account here? Thought not.

        • Anonymous says:

          So why is it over 1.6 trillion dollars in the banks here? The rich can open a bank account with ease but not the regular person apparently.

          • Anonymous says:

            The money isn’t actually here. It might spend a couple days languishing in the tropics but usually heads right back to work in some other portfolio somewhere else.

        • Anonymous says:

          With enough money you don’t actually need a bank account. It’s called trusts.

      • Anonymous says:

        Judging by your spelling/grammar you did not pay attention to English classes in school. If you can, try reading all the regulations here now about reporting (FATCA/CRS/QI) etc etc & tell me how the rich hide their assets here in this century?

        • Anonymous says:

          You seem to have never left the classroom kiddo…wake up and participate in the real Cayman.. that money aint clean fool.

          • Anonymous says:

            The Dart money is clean as are hundreds of thousands of other families money here There are corporate (offshore company) and family trusts. Not money laundering but asset protection.

            • Anonymous says:

              It may be LEGAL, but who writes the laws, crooked politicos for crooked business people, to legally conduct illegal business.

            • Anonymous says:

              Asset protection by buying prime real estate and luxury condos.
              A more sophisticated type of money laundering using family trusts.

  28. Louie says:

    This expanding elastic is going to break sometime.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Dart is killing off George Town so he can buy it at a discounted price. Very clever.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your very own George Town Revitalization Committee is killing off George Town.

      • Anonymous says:

        If RCCL & Carnival had their way they’d probably flatten GT and turn it into a cruise resort. In fact for DART that might not be a bad idea, then everything else could be relocated to Camana Bay. Maybe that’s the plan?

      • Anonymous says:

        What revitalization? Just more talk. When its dead, we might see some action, but likely just blaming someone else. GT could be a jewel with investment in parking, pedestrian friendly streets, public space, etc. Piers will kill it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed. Decades ago developers proposed mixed use properties with apartments in George Town. It was Cayman’s own planning authorities and politicians that stopped it. They signed the death knell of their own capital. Like most of our challenges, the death of George Town is self inflicted.

        • Anonymous says:

          Why is everyone commenting anonymously?Have some balls..

          • Anonymous says:

            We do not live in entirely free society. The political and business consequences penalties for unpopular speech, no matter how important or true, are too great. That is the inconvenient truth.

          • Anonymous says:

            Don’t want to lose my work permit. That is the reason.

            • Anonymous says:

              Or be told I’m not a real Caymanian (as I’ve only had status for 30 years) so keep my opinion to myself

          • Anonymous says:

            Says anonymous.

          • George DeLong says:

            Like you?

          • Anonymous says:

            This is the Cayman Islands, speak our against evil people and you are victimized.

            Our only outlets to speak the truth is Cayman News Service and Cayman Cross Talk.

            Speak the truth and then the evil people make your life hell in the Cayman Islands.

            I know.

    • Anonymous says:

      No non retail business will want to be downtown if the new port is built. No business wants to have to deal every day with thousands of cruise ship passengers walking around and dozens of buses with cruise ship passengers in them.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are correct. The noise already is ridiculous. People shouting, horns honking & the silly almost constant whistle blowing from our dancing policeman (holding up the traffic to entertain the tourists).
        Put him in CB & put real policemen back on the crossings in GT so that people can get to work in the mornings & have a peaceful day there

    • Anonymous says:

      cig(caymanians) have been killing gt slowly for decades.

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