Tag: Department of Environment

Rejected NWP condo project returns to CPA

Rejected NWP condo project returns to CPA

| 24/11/2021 | 20 Comments

(CNS): An application for a luxury condo project along the coast of North West Point in West Bay that was turned down earlier this year for a list of reasons, not least its height and density, is back before the Central Planning Authority at its meeting today, Wednesday. But once again the proposed development is […]

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NCC secures JR of CPA’s Boggy Sand decision

NCC secures JR of CPA’s Boggy Sand decision

| 17/11/2021 | 50 Comments

(CNS): The National Conservation Council (NCC) was in court Tuesday seeking a judicial review of the Central Planning Authority’s decision to approve an application to rebuild a cabana and seawall on the beach along Boggy Sand Road, West Bay. Despite a directive from the NCC that it should be refused because of the serious adverse […]

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LC over-water bungalows ‘unacceptable’ says DoE

LC over-water bungalows ‘unacceptable’ says DoE

| 11/11/2021 | 47 Comments

(CNS): A proposal to build over-water bungalows in a marine park on Little Cayman at Kingston Bight is “fundamentally unacceptable”, the Department of Environment has said in a technical review submitted to Cabinet regarding a coastal works licence application by Peppercorn Investments. In the report the DoE urged Cabinet to refuse permission because of the […]

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Dedicated DoE team continues work on SCTLD

Dedicated DoE team continues work on SCTLD

| 09/11/2021 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The spread of the stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) across most of the reefs around Grand Cayman is of significant concern, and with very little known about the latest threat to the coral reefs, the Department of Environment now has a dedicated team of ten people solely dedicated to mitigating the spread and impacts on Cayman’s delicate […]

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DoE ramps up feral cats campaign

DoE ramps up feral cats campaign

| 08/10/2021 | 152 Comments

(CNS) Feral cats are causing irreversible damage to critically endangered native animal populations across all three Cayman Islands. As a result, the Department of Environment is ramping up its education campaign on social media, making the case for a humane cull. The experts say the cats cannot be allowed to continue to roam freely and […]

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Mangrove protection still limited by laws

Mangrove protection still limited by laws

| 30/09/2021 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Mangroves are still disappearing under the bulldozer, even after the National Conservation Council (NCC) adopted a Species Conservation Plan for Mangroves, because this protection is limited by the parameters of the conservation and planning laws, which do not prevent owners from developing their land in accordance with the planning laws.

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Impact of coral disease on spawning under review

Impact of coral disease on spawning under review

| 28/09/2021 | 0 Comments

(CNS): Researchers from the Department of Environment were out diving Sunday and Monday night to assess the impact that stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) is having on the annual coral spawning. The DoE team went on dives in East End and West Bay both nights with local scuba operators to monitor multiple species of […]

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CPA urged not to allow clearing of critical habitat

CPA urged not to allow clearing of critical habitat

| 28/09/2021 | 35 Comments

(CNS): The Central Planning Authority is being urged not to allow a developer to clear two separate plots of critical natural habitat, one in Breakers and the other in High Rock, East End, in the absence of any development plans, given the growing concern about the loss of primary forest and mangroves. An application going […]

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CPA dismissed DoE order on Boggy Sand cabana

CPA dismissed DoE order on Boggy Sand cabana

| 22/09/2021 | 101 Comments

(CNS): Minutes published this week from the Central Planning Authority’s meeting on 1 September reveal its dismissal of the Department of Environment’s legal directive to deny planning permission to a controversial application by Cayman Property Investments Ltd for a seawall and cabana along Boggy Sand Beach.

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DoE urges rethink of oceanfront setbacks

DoE urges rethink of oceanfront setbacks

| 15/09/2021 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has said the current blanket approach to planning applications to build on the oceanfront needs to be reconsidered because it is not climate resilient. The experts said the current high water mark setback rules are based purely on beach or ironshore and take no account of the variety of coastlines […]

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Hatchlings put on daytime show in Little Cayman

Hatchlings put on daytime show in Little Cayman

| 10/09/2021 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Volunteers with the Department of Environment’s Turtle Team on Little Cayman were on hand last week to catch on camera the rare event of baby turtles hatching from their nests during daylight hours. Sea turtles usually emerge from their nests at night to prevent them from overheating and to evade hungry predators on land […]

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