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Carnival raises more cruise port concerns

Carnival raises more cruise port concerns

| 19/03/2019 | 73 Comments

(CNS): Local activists opposed to government’s proposed cruise berthing facility have raised concerns about the latest actions of Carnival cruise line both across the region and here locally after it dropped a Caribbean island from its itineraries and pulled out of business with at least one long-standing local watersports company in the Cayman Islands. Last […]

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Traders to get slots in public beach revamp

Traders to get slots in public beach revamp

| 18/03/2019 | 64 Comments

(CNS): Local traders who are currently touting their wares on Seven Mile Public Beach will be given designated slots in a “designated vendor village”, according to a statement about the start of a $3 million project to enhance recreational areas at the beach. The work started Monday morning and is expected to take around four […]

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Hotel developers borrow cash in Bahamas

Hotel developers borrow cash in Bahamas

| 10/03/2019 | 25 Comments

(CNS): The developers behind a proposed five-star, 350-room hotel on the seven-acre Pageant Beach site at the southern end of the West Bay Road have borrowed $22.5 million from a financing company based in the Bahamas, according to a press release from the lenders. The bridge financing is coming from a fund managed by Sterling […]

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Airport opens bids for runway project

Airport opens bids for runway project

| 05/03/2019 | 67 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Airports Authority has begun the search for a contractor to upgrade the airfields at Owen Roberts International Airport, which will include extending the runway. As Cayman’s overnight tourism numbers go from strength to strength and public opinion shifts towards favouring the growth of the more lucrative stay-over side of the islands’ […]

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Premier: Stability can’t be taken for granted

Premier: Stability can’t be taken for granted

| 05/03/2019 | 69 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has said the Cayman Islands may be a stable and peaceful place when compared to many other countries around the world at present but we cannot take that stability for granted. He said government needed to “work tirelessly” to maintain the stability and be vigilant against instability, as he outlined Cayman’s […]

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Rivers says Barkers proposal ‘not acceptable’

Rivers says Barkers proposal ‘not acceptable’

| 28/02/2019 | 44 Comments

(CNS): The representative for West Bay South, Tara Rivers, has said that an application by Handel Whittaker for a coastal works licence in relation to a controversial proposed development in the Barkers area is “not acceptable”. In contrast to comments made on Monday by her Cabinet colleague, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell, who predicted a successful […]

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DoE warns against Barkers seagrass removal

DoE warns against Barkers seagrass removal

| 27/02/2019 | 83 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has said that removing more than four acres of turtle grass in Barkers will adversely affect essential habitat for protected species, that it will destroy live coral and lead to beach erosion, among many other problems. Following comments by the tourism minister that a controversial coastal works application by the […]

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GT hotel grows a floor and secures luxury tag

GT hotel grows a floor and secures luxury tag

| 26/02/2019 | 17 Comments

(CNS): The NCB Group’s proposed boutique hotel project on the George Town waterfront is still on track and due to open in late 2021, the developer has confirmed. Although work appeared to have stalled on the site, NCB told CNS that it is now ready and fully prepped for construction to start in April. Work […]

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Minister hints at Barkers bar ‘success’

Minister hints at Barkers bar ‘success’

| 26/02/2019 | 129 Comments

(CNS): The tourism minister has given the first indication from a Cabinet member that the application by the owner of Calico Jack’s to clear turtle grass and build a dock in Barkers, paving the way for a new bar and tourist facility, could get the green light. Moses Kirkconnell alluded to possible “success” for Handel […]

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Minister fuels further cruise confusion

Minister fuels further cruise confusion

| 25/02/2019 | 86 Comments

(CNS): Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell spent more than two hours on Monday morning talking about the tourism industry, but failed to address the questions surrounding the controversial cruise and cargo project. Despite claims that his ministry had been “as open as we can possibly be”, Kirkconnell did not explain the increasingly confusing financing model. He […]

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Quarries threaten protected wildlife pond

Quarries threaten protected wildlife pond

| 20/02/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Meagre Bay Pond in Bodden Town, an important feeding site for resident and migratory herons, egrets, waders, ducks and other water birds, is being “adversely affected” by two quarries because access routes between them and the pond are being inundated with water from the quarries, the Department of Environment has warned in detailed submissions […]

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