Dart submits PAD for new ‘town’

| 08/02/2021 | 199 Comments
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(CNS): Cayman’s largest and wealthiest developer is about to expand the group’s footprint on Grand Cayman after submitting a Planned Area Development (PAD) for a new town. Already the biggest investor, hotelier and commercial landowner, the developer of Camana Bay is building another ‘community’ astride the Esterley Tibbetts Highway between Salt Creek, Yacht Club, Vista Del Mar and Governor’s Harbour.

In a press release, Chief Executive Officer Mark VanDevelde said Dart was moving ahead with a new “mixed-use resort and residential neighbourhood”, which would help stimulate the economy during difficult times.

The full details of the project have not yet been released and no date has been set for the Central Planning Authority hearing. Once the date is set, the public can expect the detailed documents of the PAD to be posted online.

VanDevelde said this neighbourhood would be anchored by the Kimpton hotel on the west and the Cayman Islands Yacht Club and Marina on the east. The Dart CEO said the design of a PAD requires a comprehensive approach, including the consideration of adjacent uses, accessibility, public spaces and community amenities. He said that a PAD “gives people comfort and reduces uncertainty, while still providing flexibility to evolve with changing conditions”.  

But with increasing concern about over-development on Grand Cayman as well as Dart’s domination of land ownership in the Cayman Islands, the announcement will likely be met with a mixed response. The impact on the environment, the additional strain on the public beach area and questions about who will be able to afford to live in this new community will be raised, even as some will embrace the business opportunities it will create.

VanDevelde claimed Dart was also concerned about the environment, despite the amount of development the company has been responsible for. However, he pointed the finger at government for not properly managing development and called for the creation of a management framework to balance environmental concerns with the social and economic interests of the community, providing landowners with a clearer roadmap for sustainable development.

Environmental activists are calling for a moratorium on development, especially around the coastline, but Dart shows no signs of slowing down, even as the CEO touted the idea of sustainable development. While VanDevelde said that there are habitats that are highly sensitive and of significant environmental importance that absolutely need to be protected, he implied there was also land that was ripe for development. He said a plan was needed to manage what was in between.

VanDevelde said a comprehensive framework, informed by all stakeholders with a shared vision for the future, would provide clear guidance on how land could be developed, managed or protected. “The lack of clarity leads to uncertainty and creates an unnecessary polarisation in the community,” has said, adding that “the division is more intense than it needs”, as he claimed the “majority of the community wants the same broad outcomes”.

Although the company’s bottom line has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, VanDevelde said that because of Dart’s “benefit of having a long-term perspective and the wherewithal to see it through”, it is pressing on with a number of other development projects, including an extensive refurbishment of The Ritz-Carlton and an overhaul of the Comfort Suites to a new Hampton by Hilton in preparation for the return of tourism.

“At Camana Bay, we have several projects already underway: our newest commercial building 60 Nexus Way and OLEA, our for-sale residential joint venture with NCB; and Kapok, our for-lease, residential project,” VanDevelde said as he claimed Dart’s investment will lessen the negative impacts of the economic downturn.

See Dart’s full press release on its website.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    We all know that the application is only a formality; the deal is surely already a done deal. Remember our now leader saying no stopping development no matter the cost to the environment. Greed is truly a very harmful thing

  2. Anonymous says:

    How about developing homes for Caymanians which are affordable? What benefit is it to Caymanians who cant afford to live here. The average Çaymanian cant afford the homes and condos that are currently being built. The other issue is these homes and condos that are being built aren’t currently occupied at this time, so I don’t see the complete sense in having all these condos being built. Government needs to put a cap on the number of condos being built here on the island.

    • Anonymous says:

      7:24 check with the Premix and Block Factory!

    • Anonymous says:

      How about Caymanian parents start to teach their offspring about the importance of an education so their kids can work at making a self responsible living like most of us? The average Caymanian is undereducated for the worlds job market and it shows. If not for the welfare system most Caymanians would not be able to compete with anyone and would be left begging for food and housing. Ignorance is truly a very harmful thing.

      • Caymanian says:

        It’s sad – but I agree with this. There is not enough emphasis on geography, travel, and understanding the World. A formal education isn’t critical but knowing one’s place in the world and how to make it work for you is a good thing.

    • Anonymous says:

      7:24 Is that a Dart Problem?

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not really darts issue. The government has every chance to fix the public education here as well as move the civil service all the way to Bodden Town and beyond so that the island has more opportunity spread around. That also means more people move out that way so now there is more room for the place to grow and not seem like we’re overcrowded. That being said we can’t take anymore traffic through the Hurleys roundabout at this moment so they do need to come up with a plan for all those current developments that are going to hinder everyone trying to get to school or work. This place is run by incompetent greedy criminals is what I’m saying.

    • Anonymous says:

      Obviously they’re trying to run us out.

      • Caymanian says:

        Ridiculous. You don’t know how lucky you are or have forgotten what it was like here in the old times, which always look better when viewed in the rear view.

  3. Anonymous says:

    First, fix the dump.
    Then clean up the old Hyatt property.
    Then and only then, should new projects be awarded approval to Dart.

  4. DBH says:

    Oh goodie more development, exactly what we need. Maybe Dart will build another tunnel, wouldn’t that be awesome? [read with sarcasm]

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dartania has a ring to it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Multiple choice:

    Pick one:

    A) In Alden I trust
    B) In Ezzard I trust
    C) In rich Caymanian families I trust
    D) In the UK and its representatives I trust
    E) In Dart I trust

  7. Tom says:

    Dart own most of Cayman so he can do any thing he want. And no one can stop him as he control the economy as well. So for the ppl who just watch and does not act or work plz stay home and stop watching dart and other ppl work hard.

  8. Who says:

    This is outrageous as soon as Allan say he not going to stop the construction dart took advantage of the Cayman Islands is gone to the dogs might as well government should sell their asses too in the same process. We need to fight these kind of people we need to start a riot and burn all of dart shit down this not the Cayman I was born in Cayman Islands government should be ashame dart town took gt off the map

    • Anonymous says:

      9:14 Dart dont have to wait on Alden, i think you mean.
      You should really see the Plans!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Cayman has sold its soul

    • Anonymous says:

      Praise to the Dart organization as without them Cayman would be nothing. CPA do whatever is needed to get this or any other Dart project fast tracked and started as we need the high paying construction jobs. All Dart projects are world class and beautiful.
      Thank you Mr. Dart!

      • Anonymous says:

        I pledge allegiance to the Dart verdant Isle and to the capitalist extremism for which it stands, one nation under Ken, divisible, destructive and disregard for (if not all), many.

        8:27 purely for inquisitiveness I genuinely would love to meet you sometime and find out ‘what you’re all about’ – besides fealty 😞

  10. Anonymous says:

    Focus should be on another pension fund withdrawal since the ultra right wing Cayman Government isn’t providing stimulus cheques. There’s a lot of struggling families during this nontourist lockdown. Need funds to feed the kids

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is a much better investment than the cruise ship port. All those ships are more harmful to your ocean environment, and those types of tourists spend little on the island in comparison to “heads-on-beds”. More investment and ingenuity needed on transportation infrastructure to relieve traffic. Spreading out development to other parts of the island and providing them with the same level of services is sorely needed.

    • Anonymous says:

      ‘all those ships harmful to the ocean environment’

      pick your poison 9:36, and the land development isn’t ?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Any affordable housing planned for locals in that development or is it only for the rich again?

    • Anonymous says:

      Affordable housing is in Bodden Town. Please have a go at your government for not trying to make that the place all government agencies operate out of, push for a private school to be build out that way as well as a Camana bay type zone so more people will be spread throughout the island. Everyone is stuck on walkers rd and SMB.

    • Anonymous says:

      Someone has to pay for it!

    • Caymanian says:

      There’s no free handouts for locals. Go East.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Are they going to name this development Kaboo?

  14. Anonymous says:

    It would be nice to think that Alden/Govt has a plan (either foresight, anti-trust or anything) in place with all of this proposed development but the numpty has already declared last week that he doesn’t/or there isn’t, – ‘to say you can’t make this stuff up’ is a poor misrepresentation of real lunacy that goes on here.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I just watched super stylish espionage/con-man thriller on Netflix “Smoke&Mirrors”. Recommend to watch.
    From the movie:
    A long time ago Laos was known as Lan Xang which can be translated as the Land of a Million Elephants. Unfortunately less than 500 of them are left today.”

    I wonder what could be said about Grand Cayman 20 years from now? It was an island with turquoise water beaches and laid back lifestyle. Unfortunately, only toxic Dump, concrete “jungles” and bumper to bumper traffic are left today.

    • Anonymous says:

      Which is why we left. I never believed it would happen in my lifetime. I was wrong.

      • Anonymous says:

        Did the plane door hit your rear on the way out? I’m just wondering because it seems to be a big concern when people leave Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ever heard of Miami, pal?

    • Caymanian says:

      Uh.. Some people actually like it the way it’s coming along. Maybe a move to little Cayman or Roatan in your future (you can get started right after you finish that Frapacino in the beautiful blossoming concrete garden and your kids finish playing in the fountain.)

  16. Anonymous says:

    wanting people to look after us is teh reason why so many us are suffering now. we need to change our mentality. the world don’t owe us anything. we can’t even control our local government. let’s start there and work our way up.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are absolutely correct, 5:26 pm. Our “local government” is only interested in enriching themselves….. which is one of the few things they are good at.

  17. Anonymous says:

    We need low income housing.
    That is the way to help people.

    • Rodney Trotter says:

      Indeed you do but it isn’t the job of Mr Dart to provide low income/social housing. It is, however, the job of your government, so perhaps have a word with your local MP…make sure you ask for the free microwave or fridge at the same time.

      • Anonymous says:

        Let all the developers build…covid dictates the world now, and if less people are living here that means there will be a huge surplus in real estate..supply will exceed demand resulting in lower rent and real estate market overall. It could be years before anything is back to “normal”.

      • Anonymous says:

        But it is his and other developers’ “jobs” to pay the portion of building permit fees related to Low Cost Housing. Pity our government keeps giving them away in concessions.

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe tell your government that.

    • Anonymous says:

      Put some apartment blocks back in by the dump, that is good enough for low income people. Thank you Mr. Dart & the Honorable Premier.

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t worry; Dr. Frank has the answer!

    • Accept defeat? Or prepare to compete? says:

      @08/02/2021 at 5:20 pm “We need low income housing”. This is a defeatist’s mentality. Instead of begging our political machine for “low income housing” and refrigerator hand-outs, why not DEMAND that our public education system be restored to providing world-class education to all Caymanians, particularly those that are less fortunate? Why not demand that your tax dollars (and yes, Caymanians DO PAY TAXES) be used to provide Caymanian children with a world-class education, so that they can take advantage of the best career opportunities in their own country? Caymanians that are today in their 50’s and are partners in law and accounting firms and running their own successful businesses; they are mostly the product of public education. We used to educate our own, so they could take care of themselves. Now we want “low income housing”? I agree that low income housing is necessary. But it shouldn’t be the answer. Low income housing should be available to those that are unable to compete due to physical, mental and ability restrictions. Lets prepare our people to compete, that way they can take care of themselves and won’t need flipping hand-outs!

      • Anonymous says:

        There is nothing wrong with the Education system. The problem lies with the parents and students who do not take advantage of it. There are more resources in the Cayman Island Education system for all kids than in 90% of the countries around the world. But instead of using these resources to educate themselves, they squander their time on social media and games that leave kids and parents ignorant.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s a pretty presumptuous and arrogant comment 9:05, the philosophy of pressured to compete or be a defeatist save for a few ? – really ? Ideological plutocrat culture enshrines your stereotype well

        • Accept defeat? Or prepare to compete? says:

          @09/02/2021 at 9:56 pm – I don’t see anything presumptuous or arrogant about empowering people with quality education and encouraging them to fend for themselves. I see nothing wrong with demanding that OUR OWN public purse be spent to prepare us to be able to compete in our own country. I see nothing wrong with promoting education and hard work as a way to improve the quality of life for all Caymanians, rather than relying on handouts. Pressure to compete? That is what life IS for most people! Most Caymanians (heck, most people on Earth!) have not had the benefit of privilege. Most of us have lived with adversity our entire lives. So yes, compete or accept defeat.

      • Anonymous says:

        We spend more per student on education than every country on earth bar one and considerably more than most.

        • Accept defeat? Or prepare to compete? says:

          @10/02/2021 at 6:23 am – My point exactly. We spend more money on education than just about every other country, but still our people leave secondary education NOT ready for the work force and NOT ready for tertiary education. Clearly, the QUALITY of education our children are receiving does not match the cost.

      • Caymanian says:

        Smartest comment in the thread!

    • Anonymous says:

      Ah yes, the projects in Cayman.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Dart does own the Yacht Club.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Without Dart we would be doom.There’s no other person or company that’s investing like Dart. I say let him develop.The premier just said last week that we need more development then let him develop.

    • Anonymous says:

      Anonymous 5:04 pm, I am inclined to think you are a hireling of Dart, but I suppose you could just be stupid. There seems a lot of that going around.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, let the wealth land baron drive housing prices up more so the local BORN Cayman population become more and more like the native people of Hawaii, subjugated to projects.

      • Anonymous says:

        What is a “born” Caymanian? Last time I checked, Mr. Dart has Cayman status. Perhaps you mean “generational Caymanian”?

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you think the Premier’s announcement has anything to do with the anticipated topic of this article? Seems he knew this was coming. Obviously, such a large development would not be unknown to him, so it is very interesting why he chose to make such a statement.

  20. Anonymous says:

    It’s very convenient that last week Alden states we need more development then this week we find out about Dart’s plan for this proposed new development. It’s almost as if…

  21. Anonymous says:

    Does Dart own the Yacht Club?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, they have for over a decade.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not sure it’s that long – but they acquired it – along with practically all the land between it and West Bay up the ETH – from the wreckage of Stan Thomas’ estate ( you know, the one Max arranged planning for). The more interesting question is what land does Dart NOT own between George Town and the Northern tip of the island.

        • Anonymous says:

          January 2011 – you can look it up on the internet. I know; time flies.

        • Anonymous says:

          “what land does Dart NOT own between George Town and the Northern tip of the island”
          *Soon meme

          Back when the WB ladies were trying to stop the road being cut off Ezzard Miller (I think it was EM) showed a colorized diagram showing the swaths of land that is owned by Dart and his many many umbrella companies which hide who the owner really is. It must have been a LOT of work to dig down to see who actually owned each parcel. Guess what!!?? Not even counting Little Cayman and the Brac, the % was shocking. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said it looked like over 60%.
          That diagram has never been seen again since.

          This island is too small to allow one man to own over half of it.

          But who am I to say?? I’m sure it isn’t a problem…

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep “Active Capital” I believe that’s the name of his company that owns it

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes. Bought it years ago.

    • Anonymous says:

      For a decade now. Bought it as part of the Courtyard Marriott (now Kimpton) property.

    • Anonymous says:

      Some may not remember that the Yacht club development was pretty much a disaster for years after the Japanese economy went into the dumpster in the 80’s. Back then the naysayers were concerned about Japan taking over the world and Cayman. You all need to get a life.

      • Caymanian says:

        These people have no clue how good they have it in this Country. We are surrounded by a region of have-nots with little to nothing going on. Here we have a group investing to make everything better and they do truly berautiful work. If you don’t like it here and want rot live in the bush move to Honduras. Move to Cuba. We are the lucky ones and the quality of the projects and the finishes is without precedent in our region. We need to roll out the red carpet to welcome more of this not try to stop it. I can’t believe how incredibly short-sighted and frankly stupid some of these comments are.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Please define the meaning of Air Parcels because everything I google about it makes no sense to this context.

    • Dottie Parker says:

      See section 2 and section 22A of the registered land law, 2018. It’s defined there as a ‘volumetric parcel’.

    • Anonymous says:

      The meaning is that Dart gets to build on top of the bridges he built over the ETH and West Bay Road, and sell space in those buildings even tho they are literally directly above the Crown owned road.

  23. Anonymous says:

    great news. another quality development on the way with hundreds of jobs created and hundreds of millions to be invested into local community.
    dart’s track record speaks for itself…pure class.
    the best developer and investor cayman ever had!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Dart Corporation for your continued positive outlook for my islands.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Welcome to Dartistan. Please don’t feed the locals.

  26. BeaumontZodecloun says:

    Sad to watch. If you have tons of money, you can build what you want, wherever you want, augmented by local politicians and local planners and there will never be anything in your way to stop the construction of your personal playground.

    Some of us ants might even scrabble for a crumb or two that falls from the picnic table.

    We used to proudly pass our land down to our heirs. Now we sell it for the personal good life. We have sold out more than that. We have lost our collective spirit.

    Next up, high rises and more construction and smaller public access to the sea until we are all just shut out.

    • D. Truth says:

      Beau, I gave you a “like” because your comment is about as factual as it could be…… but I don’t like it because I hate to see a greedy rich man take control of my part of the world. If Dart is not stopped, he will own the Cayman Islands and we will just be share croppers! It does NOT look good.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Dart bought the land, prob from the gov.
    Gov let dart clear it for kaboo for Caymanians.

    Kaboo cancelled,

    Dart owns land, makes it into a level up camana bay.

    No matter what dart does he just can’t seem to make a loss in Cayman.

    Caymanians giving opportunities to foreigners to profit on their country since 1940s while feeling grateful to work for dart.

    Is this real life?

    • Anonymous says:

      He bought it from a previous developer, Stan Thomas, who went bust. He didn’t clear it for Kaboo – he cleared in anticipation of building a hotel, but changed his mind when he couldn’t get permission to clear the beach rock. Kaboo was an alternative idea to make money by using it as a concert site – rumor’s are he lost money on that, but either way it was not profitable and not “for Caymanians”.

      As for not making a loss – would be surprised if that was the case. His hotels are at tiny occupancies, and Camana Bay took years to get to any decent level of commercial occupancy, and even now struggles with retail. But you miss the point that the man has billions from his family funds and his vulture capital ventures – he doesn’t need any of this to make money. He can lose money on it all – it still all looks nice and shiny because money is not the limiting factor. Cayman is his personal sandbox and he can shape it to look the way he likes without any regard to making a profit, as long of course as the government lets him – which doesn’t seem to be a problem.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are correct in that he has billions and doesn’t care about losses necessarily. He wanted to build a ‘country’ of his liking, the way he wanted it. Even his estranged wife says that they (the family) calls Cayman his island.

        He tried it in Belize and in Bahamas (seems like there was one other place but can’t remember). Neither wanted anything to do with him. Surprised at that but anyway, Keke welcomed him with the keys to the island. So we can be thankful for that.

        I still can’t believe that people have never bothered to do a google search on his through the years.
        I have and can tell you that much of it has been scrubbed. He has the money to do that too!

        • Caymanian says:

          Belize and Bahamas are dirt-holes and corrupt as hell.. Cayman is safe, decent, beautiful and the people (anonymous coward commentators here notwithstanding) are lovely. After hurricane Ivan Cayman was decimated and Dart really helped her bound back by beginning to build Camana Bay. He had the decency to wait until locals rebuilt their homes so he didn’t take too many resources. He helped in many ways. The only people who hate Dart group today are 1. Jealous 2. Stupid 3. Mean. There is just no reason to cast light as dark. They are a good group, much larger than the man. And the man is a visionary and dreamer who should be applauded. I do.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Dart Enterprise, PLEASE do a development on the east side….somewhere where you would have to build a proper d%$n road. We are tired of waiting for Joe to actually give a crap about solving the traffic issue on that side of the island.

    And before someone comes in here about “building roads won’t solve the problem”, I suggest you recall what it was like before the new bypass on the western peninsula was constructed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t worry. Dart is going East. Sat on a plane with one of his higher ups and saw the blueprints. Guy told me that all the green in the East will be gone in a few years built up with hotels and condos. What I saw was frightening.

      • Cheese Face says:

        Hmm, I smell something…..

      • Anonymous says:

        Sure you did!

      • Anonymous says:

        Keep watching helipad in east will likely come first…

      • Anonymous says:

        Right – Dart high-ups whip out blueprints on a plane and share them with random people.

        • Anonymous says:

          Believe what you want. I call them blueprints, but it was on computer. Probably showed me because I was random… and still am, but was shocked at how much development was going to happen.

      • Anonymous says:

        No, first watch for three wise men coming from the east, probably riding donkeys with Mary. One will wield a nine-bladed sword – not two, not five, not seven, but nine blades! – which he will wield on all wretched sinners, sinners just like you, sir. There shall, in that time, be rumours of things going astray, and a friend shall lose another friend’s hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o’clock.
        Any questions?

  29. Anonymous says:

    Government should say no to all new developments by Dart until they deliver their promises on the dump and sort out the Hyatt. No breaking new ground until they’ve fulfilled their old promises.

    They’ve maxed out their credit and need to pay down their debts to the people of the island.

  30. Brenda says:

    We love to visit this island over others (4x) because of snorkeling and feeling safe,but we aren’t wealthy and can’t afford the Ritz $$$ hotels.

    Camana Bay shopping area is pretty, dinner in evening nice, but shopping is too expensive.

    What G Cayman really needs is reasonably priced stores outside of Camana Bay and downtown Georgetown for those who come stay for a week.

    Fun stores like the Art house (can’t recall the name), normal clothes, and small locally made gifts to purchase to bring home (not another t-shirt shop or expensive bigbox tanzanite/Rolox store)

    You’d sell a lot more if you could bring in normally priced goods, clothes and decor rather than another “designer” shopping most of us can’t afford.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is no local product to speak of, and imports are automatically 20% more than Miami (except for the rolexes, gold and jewels.) Your plan does not fly, sorry.

      • BeaumontZodecloun says:

        Her plan might well fly, but we would have to invest in ourselves. You know, make trade agreements with vendors to deliver quality, but median-priced goods to various businesses.

        Maybe people in GT are tired of selling foreign-made souvenirs and t-shirts.

        What she is talking about is the working and spending middle class, who are in danger of being nudged out here. If we cater solely to the rich, we create sharp class divides, and that isn’t good for much of anyone.

        The working middle class has always been our bread-and-butter, our consistent investment. Yes, we need quality dining and luxury accomodations, but we also need more median priced accomodations for those who want to come here and really spend money.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you on the shopping. We have been going to Cayman for over 30 years, 1-2 times a year. We always walk over to Caymana Bay each trip, just for something to do. There is NOTHING I would ever buy in any of the shops because it’s way too expensive. Why would I purchase anything there that I can easily purchase in the US? Even if it were the SAME price? So, I don’t know how more shops are going to make it. Who is buying? It’s not like anything is unique. And, honestly your customs duty. I always thought, “Well, it’s an island. They have to import everything, it’s gotta be a bit more expensive.” A bit being an arm and a leg! Then I went to Sint Maarten and I could not BELIEVE how cheap everything was: Restaurants, booze, clothes. So obviously Cayman set up their customs duty the way it is, for whatever reason.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sint Maarten has income tax. Prices in Cayman (particularly for visitors) are reflective of the following:

        1) Local currency is pegged as more valuable than the US dollar which makes it strong against the US dollar and other major currencies.

        2) Shipping costs.

        3) Duty.

        4) Other costs of doing business, and lack of scale.

        It’s a system where we get to keep nearly all of our income, but what we choose to do with it costs more than it would elsewhere. Visitors don’t get that benefit, plus they bring a usually weaker currency here to spend.

        Another factor is that for us, anything available locally does not require travel or shipping or dealing with a courier or Customs. We will pay more for the item to avoid those things.

        There are other factors but that gives you an idea of how it works for us.

      • Anonymous says:

        I, too, visit Cayman a few times a year. I visit other islands as well. I never purchase anything for souvenirs from Cayman as it is just too expensive. On other islands, I love to purchase beach cover- ups, unique summer dresses, and other island gear at reasonable prices.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you referring to Pure Art?

  31. Anonymous says:

    Step 1: Illegal mangrove destruction, but not punished because its Dart.
    Step 2: Distract the general public with Kaaboo.
    Step 3: PAD approval.
    Step 4: 100-storey building rubber stamped.

    • Anonymous says:

      Might be nice if the island would open. All this building and these cement places just remain empty.

      • Anonymous says:

        Patient money often wins.
        Real estate is a long game, and they know how to invest in it.
        I wonder what we’ll say 10 years from now when we look back at their investment?

      • Anonymous says:

        5:37 that could be your Problem!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Despite the minority of close-minded nay-sayers, thank you Dart Cayman for continuing to show confidence in the Cayman Islands as an enviable place to live, do business and visit. And thanks for giving back….unlike most developers.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dear 2:19 pm, Screw you, troll!

      • Anonymous says:

        You realize the objective of trolls is to provoke angry and outraged reactions. You just swallowed, hook, line and sinker. Don’t feed the troll!

  33. Aunt Lina's Shelburn. says:

    Shelburn told me years ago that was the reason for the bridge in the first place.
    He had read a book called “The great iguana” by Rev. Redpath of the Presbyterian Church in the early 1900s. The book refers to the 4 Cayman Islands.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Funny how he wants to include public spaces in this new town but in the same breath he wants to develop the golf course at Brittania into residential property. Leave this already perfect green space as it is FFS.

    • Anonymous says:

      You offering to chip in for the upkeep?

      • Anonymous says:

        Dart doesn’t upkeep any of its holdings – including the Trojan Horse that is Camana Bay.

      • Anonymous says:

        Therein lies the problem. All talk, no action. Quick to complain, slow to step up. Jealous. Crab in a bucket mentality. Killing the harmony that was Cayman!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Dart needs to have a PAD out East so we can get another road … !! DART save the Eastern side of the island too !!!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Omg we are a bunch of complainers. Love him or hate him Dart has invested here, created jobs and opportunities, yes he makes money but that’s the whole point isn’t it ?

  37. Anonymous says:

    Great news. It will be wonderful. However, everyone who can buy Cayman property should do so soon. The world is coming, and locals will need to be able to be owners.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Permit to officially change the name from Cayman Islands to Dart Islands coming soon…

  39. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps he should pay the fine he owes ($25,000 a day) for the eyesore that is the old Hyatt before he starts on new projects!

  40. Anonymous says:

    Build our monorail!

    • You already know says:

      Stop him now and his little mininion mouthpieces too! He hires everyday labourers from 3rd world countries with permits on infinite extension….never a chance for the indeginous Caymanian. Our days are numbered and we are being used as fools and the next generation will be buried in shame for what their ancestors allowed this man to get away with…

    • Anonymous says:

      Like a monorail, this comment has gone over the heads of at least 10 people.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Let me guess: this will include the entire area that they were allowed to clear ONLY because it would be a space for KAABOO.

  42. ELVIS says:


    Development on the island. we really need this 2nd place to visit and hang out at. Camana bay is a bustling business centre and shopping and entertainment area. cayman needs more of these as hanging out in plazas with a bar only in it is no fun at all.

    • Huh says:

      Have you looked at the state of Camana Bay lately? Overgrown shrubbery, pavements in need of repair and generally feeling unkempt and uncared for. It’s easy to build, but not so easy to maintain so it becomes an eyesore. I avoid it, apart from the cinema, and I haven’t been there in a while.

      • Anonymous says:

        Completely agree, it used to be well manicured and now it is definitely showing signs of neglect.

      • Anonymous says:

        “I haven’t been there in a while” and “have you looked at the state of Camana Bay lately” means you are either making stuff up because you are a hater or else you are omnipresent. I am betting on the former.

    • Anonymous says:

      Is this a Dart bot responding?

  43. Anonymous says:

    I hope these rich developers like dart put caymanians first instead of the rich like they always do!. This island will be overdeveloped and overpopulated in less than 10 years…

    • Anonymous says:

      How do you feel about all the Caymanians that sold their land to Dart and are now part of the “rich”?

    • Anonymous says:

      How do you mean? Do you want him to sell you the properties at below market?

    • Anonymous says:

      This island is over populated now, this man ain’t going to stop until he sinks this island into the trench.
      Remember people we are literally sitting on the edge of one of the world’s deepest waters and it drops straight down, anymore weight with steel and concrete will only help send us all to our demise, there have been many warnings.

    • Anonymous says:

      wanting people to look after us is teh reason why so many us are suffering now. we need to change our mentality. the world don’t owe us anything. we can’t even control our local government. let’s start there and work our way up.

  44. Dottie Parker says:

    So tired of the ruination of Cayman by Voldedart.

    Wonder if this is the project that will finally use the air parcels snuck into the land law amendments a few years ago?

    • Anonymous says:

      You say “snuck” into the law amendments. Convenient for anyone to say that if they don’t pay attention to proposed law amendments that are published for public comment.

  45. _||) says:

    KAABOO was just a distraction.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Mr Dart, why don’t you start on the eyeshore of the old Hyatt first FFS!

    • Anonymous says:

      They don’t want to direct funds towards that site until they’re ready to put down the 20 story building in 2025-2030.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why get after Dart about the Hyatt when Government has done nothing about dismantling the Glass House for the last decade?

      • Anonymous says:

        The Glass House is considered a historical landmark. Stay in the slow lane, please.

        I don’t see the oxidizing Statue of Liberty or crumbling Stonehenge being dismantled either.

        • Anonymous says:

          Oh dear.

        • Anonymous says:

          Where and when was it decided officially that it was a “historical landmark”, 9:03? Last I heard was the Kurt Tibbetts government planning on its demolition and the assigning of the land around to various potential purposes such as “green space”. Your comment about the Statue of Liberty and Stonehenge is priceless.

    • Anonymous says:

      12:41 That is Peanuts!

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