Tag: Cruise Port Referendum

Panton warns of tourism conflict

Panton warns of tourism conflict

| 16/01/2019 | 83 Comments

(CNS): Former environment minister Wayne Panton has expressed concerns that the proposed cruise berthing development in George Town and the number of passengers needed to support it could cause serious conflict within Cayman’s tourism product. Panton is well respected for his knowledge of conservation issues and, as a Cabinet minister in the last administration, steered […]

Continue Reading

CIG given almost 3,000 free ads for port promotion

CIG given almost 3,000 free ads for port promotion

| 14/01/2019 | 51 Comments

(CNS): Radio Cayman has confirmed that the government received almost 3,000 free advertisements on the publicly-owned station between early October and the end of December. Responding to a freedom of information request from Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller, the information manager said the station broadcast the public service announcements on behalf of the tourism ministry for […]

Continue Reading

Speaker criticised for taking sides in port debate

Speaker criticised for taking sides in port debate

| 10/01/2019 | 79 Comments

(CNS): Mario Rankin, one of the organisers of the Cruise Port Referendum campaign, has taken aim at the speaker of the Legislative Assembly, who, despite his supposedly neutral office, has been weighing in on the polarising debate about the project and dismissing the campaigners. In response to comments by McKeeva Bush suggesting that campaigners will […]

Continue Reading

CS boss declines to host referendum petition at GAB

CS boss declines to host referendum petition at GAB

| 08/01/2019 | 49 Comments

(CNS): The battle to get civil servants to sign the petition for a people-initiated referendum on the cruise port project will not be getting any help from civil service management after it declined to host the petition at the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue. Kenneth Bryan, the MLA for George Town Central, had approached […]

Continue Reading

Government secrecy and deception is a slippery slope

Government secrecy and deception is a slippery slope

| 05/01/2019 | 66 Comments

Johann Moxam writes: The Ministry of Tourism’s refusal to release the FOI requested information on the cruise berthing project speaks volumes. Does anybody remember the public meeting hosted by the ministry on 26 Sept 2018 at the Family Life Center? The participation of the cruise lines’ representatives at the public meeting and the failure by […]

Continue Reading

Activist groups aim to create future vision

Activist groups aim to create future vision

| 04/01/2019 | 37 Comments

(CNS): A number of increasingly active community groups engaging in campaigns and stirring public discourse on environmental and the socio-economic issues are hosting a public awareness community event later this month with the view of creating a new 2020 vision for the country. Save Cayman, Save Barkers, Saved the Cove and the Cruise Port Referendum […]

Continue Reading

No sign of plan during port construction

No sign of plan during port construction

| 03/01/2019 | 39 Comments

(CNS): The opposition leader has expressed further concerns about the government’s continued plans for cruise berthing piers in George Town in the absence of any contingency plans for the actual construction phase. Ezzard Miller has said this could have a serious detrimental impact on the entire tourism industry far beyond the two years or more […]

Continue Reading

Governor believes port process above board

Governor believes port process above board

| 18/12/2018 | 48 Comments

(CNS): The governor has said the government plans for a cruise berthing and cargo facility in George Town is a matter for the elected officials and he will not interfere with the current process. Martyn Roper told CNS last week that this is an economic policy issue devolved to the local government, and while he […]

Continue Reading

Referendum petition goes on the road

Referendum petition goes on the road

| 07/12/2018 | 74 Comments

(CNS): Volunteers who are organising the petition for a people-initiated referendum to enable local voters to make the decision about the proposed cruise berthing development are going on the road on Saturday to some of the busiest locations around George Town and Seven Mile Beach in a final push to get as many signatures as […]

Continue Reading

CIG spends $55k promoting cruise port

CIG spends $55k promoting cruise port

| 15/11/2018 | 104 Comments

(CNS) The Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism has admitted spending more than CI$55,000 of public cash advertising the cruise and cargo port project and engaging a public relations company to promote the controversial proposal, largely via social media. Following what is believed to be several freedom of information requests about how much government has spent […]

Continue Reading

Minister: Cruise lines to provide port cash

Minister: Cruise lines to provide port cash

| 14/11/2018 | 60 Comments

(CNS): Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has suggested that the cruise lines will be financing the development of the proposed cruise pier facility and cargo expansion in George Town, if the project goes ahead, regardless of which of the three groups of bidders is selected to undertake the development. During an exchange of parliamentary questions in […]

Continue Reading

SIGN UP FOR THE CNS NEWS LETTER, SENT EVERY WEEKDAY STRAIGHT TO  YOUR INBOX