Tag: Cruise Port Referendum

Tourism spent $3.5M on cruise port in 2019

Tourism spent $3.5M on cruise port in 2019

| 04/08/2020 | 73 Comments

(CNS): The tourism ministry spent almost CI$3.5 million of public money on the now abandoned cruise berthing project last year, according to the chief officer. Stran Bodden told Finance Committee the cash was spent on promoting the project and professional services. Meanwhile, the private sector consortium selected to build the controversial dock said this week […]

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$220k spent from port vote $1.32M budget

$220k spent from port vote $1.32M budget

| 28/07/2020 | 10 Comments

(CNS): An additional CI$1,320,000 was budgeted for the people-initiated referendum on the cruise port project, but in the end the Elections Office spent only $220,000 on the verification and early prep work. Deputy Governor Franz Manderson revealed that, since it was a non-election year, the office had needed the $1.32 million above its 2019 budget […]

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D.I.S.C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D.

D.I.S.C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D.

| 21/07/2020 | 28 Comments

Michelle Lockwood writes: I read the comments that the premier offered in response to the Cruise Port Referendum and the word that came to me was ‘disconnected’. He just seemed disconnected, not only from the issue of the environmental concerns of CPR but also from the social issues that have been plaguing Cayman for far […]

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Port petition ‘dead’ along with project

Port petition ‘dead’ along with project

| 13/07/2020 | 64 Comments

(CNS): The petition requesting a people’s referendum on the construction of the cruise berthing facilities in George Town harbour is “dead” along with the project itself, Premier Alden McLaughlin has told CNS. Despite calls from the Cruise Port Referendum campaign that they want the vote to go ahead on Election Day, McLaughlin does not believe […]

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Port petition was not specific, says CPR

Port petition was not specific, says CPR

| 08/07/2020 | 30 Comments

(CNS): Activists from the Cruise Port Referendum campaign have said that their successful petition asking for a people’s referendum on the proposal to construct cruise berthing facilities in George Town was never specific to any project. Responding to the premier’s comments that his administration will not hold a referendum this term, the CPR said the […]

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Premier: ‘No we won’t’ hold port vote

Premier: ‘No we won’t’ hold port vote

| 03/07/2020 | 87 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has said that his government will not hold the port referendum vote on General Election Day, even though those who campaigned for and secured the necessary signatures to trigger a people’s referendum have asked that the vote goes ahead. Asked by CNS on Friday if his administration would organise that vote, […]

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Appeal judges criticise gov’t on port vote law

Appeal judges criticise gov’t on port vote law

| 02/07/2020 | 45 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal criticised the government’s false starts over the cruise port referendum law and for creating an uneven playing field, despite finding in its favour on Thursday. The senior justices said that, given the circumstances of the case, they understood why the judge in the judicial review, which was brought […]

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CPR has ‘won’, no matter what

CPR has ‘won’, no matter what

| 02/07/2020 | 65 Comments

(CNS): Shirley Roulstone said the Cayman Islands owes a debt of gratitude to the founding members of the Cruise Port Referendum campaign for the petition that ultimately stopped the controversial project. Despite the appeal court’s decision Thursday to allow government’s appeal over the constitutionality of its referendum law, the people “have won so much more […]

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Appeal court overturns JR ruling on port vote

Appeal court overturns JR ruling on port vote

| 02/07/2020 | 39 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has found in favour of government on the constitutional question surrounding the cruise port referendum law. According to a brief summary of the decision, the senior justices said that the government’s port referendum law, which was quashed by the Grand Court, was in fact constitutional and did not […]

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QC stresses untruths over port marine damage

QC stresses untruths over port marine damage

| 12/05/2020 | 52 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government engaged in what was “little short of a propaganda campaign”, misleading the public about the impact the proposed cruise port development would have on the marine environment, a lawyer representing the National Trust argued last week. Tom Lowe QC told the appeal court that the Trust “was shocked” by this […]

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CPR lawyers defend judge’s ruling

CPR lawyers defend judge’s ruling

| 08/05/2020 | 8 Comments

(CNS): The judge presiding over the successful legal challenge by Shirley Roulstone, a member of the Cruise Port Referendum campaign, to the bill government passed last year paving the way for a people’s vote did not get it wrong when he found it was unconstitutional, lawyer Chris Butler said Thursday.

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