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Analysis of alternative routes for EWA underway

Analysis of alternative routes for EWA underway

| 04/03/2024 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The National Roads Authority has created a website explaining the environmental impact assessment process for the controversial East-West Arterial Road extension. Officials said the site, Your EIA in action, provides information to the public about the EIA, such as why it is being conducted and what topics it is studying.

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Cayman eroded

Cayman eroded

| 19/02/2024 | 66 Comments

MDR writes: The Cayman Islands, with its stunning coastline and pristine beaches, has been a popular destination for tourists and expatriates alike, most of whom have become Caymanian by way of status. The allure of living or vacationing in close proximity to the ocean has resulted in the development of shorelines throughout the islands. However, […]

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Sports field threatens wetland oasis in 7MB area

Sports field threatens wetland oasis in 7MB area

| 15/02/2024 | 149 Comments

(CNS): A planning application by Dart to build a professional-grade AstroTurf football pitch with a 710sqft pavilion, changing rooms and a practice field poses a direct threat to one of the last areas of wetland in the Seven Mile Beach corridor, and local activists are calling for the project to be stopped. The site acts […]

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79% call for stamp duty increase in CNS straw poll

79% call for stamp duty increase in CNS straw poll

| 13/02/2024 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The policy U-turn by Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly on a proposal to increase stamp duty in areas with a high concentration of luxury development, such as Seven Mile Beach, is not supported by the majority of CNS readers. According to the results of a straw poll posted here last week, 79% of those who took […]

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DoE stresses problems with current coastal setbacks

DoE stresses problems with current coastal setbacks

| 12/02/2024 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has undertaken a review of properties damaged by last week’s powerful Nor’wester, which brought high seas and near galeforce winds. The damage to these coastal structures caused environmental, financial and personal loss, and the DoE has received footage and inquiries about the vulnerability of these properties. In many cases, when […]

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Premier U-turns on luxury property duty increase

Premier U-turns on luxury property duty increase

| 06/02/2024 | 112 Comments

(CNS): Plans to increase stamp duty on luxury properties appear to have been dropped just a few weeks after it was suggested by Premier Julianna O’Connor-Connolly. The possibility of increasing stamp duty was raised in parliament in the UPM leader’s budget address in December, with the implication that the new government was considering raising the […]

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Trust backs NCA as development outpaces conservation

Trust backs NCA as development outpaces conservation

| 02/02/2024 | 13 Comments

(CNS): The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has hit out at those claiming development is being fettered by conservation legislation. The long-established non-profit organisation, which has a permanent seat on the National Conservation Council, has said that it is difficult, if not impossible, to see how the National Conservation Act is stopping development, given […]

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Ministry seeks public help to shape housing policy

Ministry seeks public help to shape housing policy

| 31/01/2024 | 84 Comments

(CNS): UPDATED with consultant costs. An open public consultation has begun to help shape a much-needed policy to address the chronic shortage of affordable housing and other challenges in the local property market created by the ability of overseas residents to buy property here with no restriction or annual taxes.

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DoE director continues to fight misinformation

DoE director continues to fight misinformation

| 30/01/2024 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The director of the Department of Environment is continuing to correct misinformed critics of the DoE and the National Conservation Council who accuse them of delaying development. Gina Ebanks-Petrie has said, again, that the issues relating to planning delays are a result of the Central Planning Authority’s inaccurate interpretation of the National Conservation Law […]

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Traffic to be diverted for downtown project

Traffic to be diverted for downtown project

| 19/01/2024 | 52 Comments

(CNS): New diversions will go into effect in Central George Town mid-morning on Tuesday as the National Roads Authority (NRA) begins the next stage of Phase 2 of the George Town Revitalisation Initiative’s Central Business District Enhancement Project (CBEP), according to a release from the infrastructure ministry. This stage of the works is expected to […]

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Delays on EIA for Port Zeus due to developers

Delays on EIA for Port Zeus due to developers

| 18/01/2024 | 98 Comments

(CNS): Frank Schilling, the developer behind the proposed Port Zeus (Brac Marina Village), has incorrectly claimed that the Department of Environment was responsible for delays in producing an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project. However, the DoE explained Wednesday that the nine-month delay to the establishment of the project’s Environmental Assessment Board was due […]

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