Tag: Department of Environment

Approval sought for 2-year-old shoreline work

Approval sought for 2-year-old shoreline work

| 08/10/2019 | 60 Comments

(CNS): More than two years after a developer, without permission, ripped up a slice of the North Side shoreline close to a turtle nesting area, he is now seeking after the fact approval for the assault on the coast. According to the Central Planning Authority agenda, to be heard Wednesday, the Rum Point Club is […]

Continue Reading

DoE: Mangroves could have been saved

DoE: Mangroves could have been saved

| 24/09/2019 | 96 Comments

(CNS): A property owner who cleared her land without a permit and before planning permission has been granted for a home removed healthy mangroves that the Department of Environment said could have been saved. In submissions to the Central Planning Authority for an application to be heard Wednesday, the DoE sounded the alarm, again, about […]

Continue Reading

Baby turtles at risk from ‘rescuers’

Baby turtles at risk from ‘rescuers’

| 23/09/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Misguided rescuers put a batch of baby turtles at risk when they disturbed a nest and encouraged the hatchlings to head towards the sea in broad daylight. The Department of Environment said a video that circulated on social media earlier this month showing people in the Cayman Islands digging up the nest in what […]

Continue Reading

Minister paints false picture on coral relocation

Minister paints false picture on coral relocation

| 16/09/2019 | 40 Comments

(CNS): Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has said that CI$10 million has been earmarked for coral relocation from the $200 million budget for the proposed cruise and cargo facility in George Town, despite warnings from the Department of Environment and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) that such a venture is doomed to fail. Kirkconnell has […]

Continue Reading

DoE raises concerns over Beach Bay hotel

DoE raises concerns over Beach Bay hotel

| 09/09/2019 | 22 Comments

(CNS): A controversial $167 million resort project proposed for the quiet residential community of Beach Bay has not only raised significant concerns for the residents in the area but also the Department of Environment. The DoE has said that the National Conservation Council does not require the developers to conduct an EIA because local experts […]

Continue Reading

Cullers race to combat iguana hatchlings

Cullers race to combat iguana hatchlings

| 09/09/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): With 885,383 green iguanas in the proverbial bag, the army of local cullers are now racing to keep pace with the invasive reptile’s breeding season. After a drop in the numbers culled during July and August, the Department of Environment is keen to ensure the cull remains on track now that the animals are […]

Continue Reading

Planning law needs to support conservation law

Planning law needs to support conservation law

| 05/09/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): As government reviews the National Development Plan and the planning law and regulations, Department of Environment (DoE) Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie says that changes to planning legislation were always needed to help support the goals of the National Conservation Law. But there are fears in the community that not only is government going to gut […]

Continue Reading

Real protection needed to stop mangrove clearance

Real protection needed to stop mangrove clearance

| 03/09/2019 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is hoping that if Cabinet accepts the recommendations of the National Conservation Council for a species protection plan for mangroves, it will help curtail the constant clearance of these important plants for development. With a number of sites, from West Bay to Snug Harbour, being cleared of mangroves in recent […]

Continue Reading

Lionfish culler bitten by nurse shark

Lionfish culler bitten by nurse shark

| 31/08/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS Local Life): A diver taking part in the Cayman United Lionfish League (CULL) tournament today (Saturday, 31 August) was bitten by a nurse shark, suffering a serious injury to the back of his knee. Paul Egleston (70), who is a CULL board member and experienced diver, was hunting lionfish when the shark began aggressively […]

Continue Reading

Future of Boggy Sand Beach in jeopardy

Future of Boggy Sand Beach in jeopardy

| 27/08/2019 | 70 Comments

(CNS): The shifting sand on one of West Bay’s most famous beaches has caused considerable public concern this summer as large parts of it disappeared. Beaches are dynamic, with sand coming and going depending on the time of year and seasonal weather conditions, but the recent disappearance of a swathe of Boggy Sand Beach has […]

Continue Reading

Cullers bag over 850,000 greens

Cullers bag over 850,000 greens

| 21/08/2019 | 52 Comments

(CNS): The nationwide cull aimed at making a very serious dent in the invasive green iguana population has seen more than 850,000 carcasses taken to the dump since the project began some ten months ago. Despite a surge in cull numbers through May and June, with around 222,000 iguanas killed over those two months, wet […]

Continue Reading

Please support independent journalism in the Cayman Islands