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7MB erosion worsens after Ian batters structures

7MB erosion worsens after Ian batters structures

| 29/09/2022 | 144 Comments

(CNS): The passage of Hurricane Ian this week has revealed the seriousness of the erosion problems on Seven Mile Beach and how seawalls and hard structures, far from solving the problem, are making matters worse. In some places where there are no hard structures on the dynamic beach, the ocean delivered new deposits of sand. […]

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CPA sticks by NCC order over turtle lights

CPA sticks by NCC order over turtle lights

| 20/09/2022 | 47 Comments

(CNS): The Central Planning Authority has said it is obligated to follow a National Conservation Council direction to find that a condition of planning approval for turtle-friendly lighting at a proposed luxury beachfront house in Rum Point had not been met. During its meeting last week, the CPA said the recent court ruling meant they […]

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NCC and CPA facing another potential battle

NCC and CPA facing another potential battle

| 14/09/2022 | 66 Comments

(CNS): The Central Planning Authority and the National Conservation Council might be engaged in yet another dispute over the council’s powers to curtail unsustainable development. This time, in one of only five projects where the NCC has issued a directive, the pending conflict is over a developer’s failure to submit an adequate turtle-friendly lighting plan […]

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Grand Harbour remains NRA’s main challenge

Grand Harbour remains NRA’s main challenge

| 13/09/2022 | 101 Comments

(CNS): The director of the National Roads Authority has said that Grand Harbour presents a significant challenge when it comes to addressing traffic congestion. Edward Howard said it’s a constrained area for traffic and the only way to go east. But at the same time, the area is becoming busier, with new commercial development and […]

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Activists launch wetlands campaign in face of EWA

Activists launch wetlands campaign in face of EWA

| 09/09/2022 | 64 Comments

(CNS): Sustainable Cayman, which became an official registered non-profit organisation just three months ago, has begun a new coordinated campaign to protect the Cayman Islands Central Mangrove Wetlands and raise awareness about the socio-ecological importance of this ecosystem and the threat to it posed by the extension of the East-West Arterial Road (EWA). The activists […]

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Caucus and Cabinet to ponder PlanCayman proposal

Caucus and Cabinet to ponder PlanCayman proposal

| 08/09/2022 | 49 Comments

(CNS): The Central Planning Authority reviewed the proposal for PlanCayman and at a special meeting on 24 August and voted to forward the document to the government. According to the minutes, the board found the “National Planning Framework document acceptable and resolved to present it” to the planning minister to put before Cabinet. The document […]

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Ruling hasn’t changed developer-tipped scale

Ruling hasn’t changed developer-tipped scale

| 06/09/2022 | 32 Comments

(CNS): The court ruling in the judicial review of the dispute between the National Conservation Council and the Central Planning Authority has not altered the balance between development and conservation in favour of the environment. Despite inaccurate claims being made by some developers, the judgment has only confirmed the NCC’s existing powers to make orders […]

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CPA will appeal Boggy Sand judicial review ruling

CPA will appeal Boggy Sand judicial review ruling

| 02/09/2022 | 143 Comments

(CNS): At a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, 30 August, the Central Planning Authority (CPA) resolved to appeal the decision by Justice Alistair Walters regarding the power of the National Conservation Council to direct planning refusals in certain circumstances. The ‘Boggy Sand case‘ pitched two government entities against each other to clarify the legislation, but it […]

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Destruction of slave wall a crime, say witnesses

Destruction of slave wall a crime, say witnesses

| 26/08/2022 | 122 Comments

(CNS): The destruction of a stone wall believed to have been built by slaves more than 200 years ago has further highlighted the inadequacy of heritage protection in Cayman. The historic wall was knocked down to make way for a proposed project just off Walkers Road, but witnesses say the demolition was a crime because […]

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CPA makes terse response to Boggy Sand ruling

CPA makes terse response to Boggy Sand ruling

| 26/08/2022 | 85 Comments

(CNS): Central Planning Authority Chairman Ian Pairaudeau issued a terse statement on Thursday about the Grand Court ruling in the judicial review of the ‘Boggy Sand ‘case indicating that the board’s lawyers are reviewing the judgment but made no comment on the findings. The ruling found that the CPA had acted unlawfully when it ignored […]

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Court confirms NCC powers in Boggy Sand case

Court confirms NCC powers in Boggy Sand case

| 23/08/2022 | 128 Comments

(CNS): The National Conservation Council does have the power to direct government bodies when their actions could have an adverse effect on protected areas or species, the Grand Court found in the long-awaited ruling in the ‘Boggy Sand’ judicial review, which was released Tuesday. The judge also found that the NCC can delegate that power […]

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