Tag: Department of Environment

DoE stresses problems with current coastal setbacks

DoE stresses problems with current coastal setbacks

| 12/02/2024 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has undertaken a review of properties damaged by last week’s powerful Nor’wester, which brought high seas and near galeforce winds. The damage to these coastal structures caused environmental, financial and personal loss, and the DoE has received footage and inquiries about the vulnerability of these properties. In many cases, when […]

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Brac, NWP, GT harbour, Sth Church St pummeled by storm

Brac, NWP, GT harbour, Sth Church St pummeled by storm

| 07/02/2024 | 59 Comments

(CNS): Government officials began ariel damage assessments on Tuesday afternoon in the wake of the winter storm and found that Cayman Brac, North West Point in West Bay, parts of South Church Street and the George Town Harbour had borne the brunt of the huge waves. Pictures and videos of the sea surge and flooding […]

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Colourful African lizard poses new threat to natives

Colourful African lizard poses new threat to natives

| 29/01/2024 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is issuing an alert over the first recorded sighting of a red-headed rock agama (Agama agama) on Grand Cayman. The small invasive lizard, which is a native of sub-Saharan Africa, was spotted last Thursday in the industrial centre of George Town, next to the container yard where international shipments have […]

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Delays on EIA for Port Zeus due to developers

Delays on EIA for Port Zeus due to developers

| 18/01/2024 | 98 Comments

(CNS): Frank Schilling, the developer behind the proposed Port Zeus (Brac Marina Village), has incorrectly claimed that the Department of Environment was responsible for delays in producing an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project. However, the DoE explained Wednesday that the nine-month delay to the establishment of the project’s Environmental Assessment Board was due […]

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DoE warns CIG and developers to stop building on beach

DoE warns CIG and developers to stop building on beach

| 16/01/2024 | 49 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government wants to spend CI$250,000 installing parking and toilet facilities as well as cabanas and a concrete wall on a turtle nesting beach in East End that it acquired for public use. But the Department of Environment is warning all developers, especially the CIG, what will happen if they alter the […]

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Beachgoers warned to watch out for toxic man-o’-war

Beachgoers warned to watch out for toxic man-o’-war

| 15/01/2024 | 13 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is warning people that it has received a number of reports of Portuguese man-o’-wars (Physalia physalis) washing up on South Sound beaches as a result of the recent weather conditions. The highly toxic siphonophores, which are not jellyfish but complex colonies of organisms, should never be touched.

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UPM mulls changes to conservation law as CPA and DoE face off

UPM mulls changes to conservation law as CPA and DoE face off

| 12/01/2024 | 56 Comments

(CNS): The United People’s Movement caucus is understood to be planning changes to the National Conservation Act due to pressure from developers and others over false claims that the law, the National Conservation Council and the Department of Environment are stifling development. This comes after the Central Planning Authority has, once again, falsely claimed that […]

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CIAA seeks designers for first phase of general terminal

CIAA seeks designers for first phase of general terminal

| 10/01/2024 | 65 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Airport Authority has begun the procurement process for designers to draw up plans for the controversial proposed upgrades to the external areas of the General Aviation Terminal at Owen Roberts International Airport. An invitation to designers has been placed on the government procurement site looking for consultants to work on the […]

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CPA begins 2024 with packed development agenda

CPA begins 2024 with packed development agenda

| 03/01/2024 | 36 Comments

(CNS): The Central Planning Authority will review almost three dozen applications during its first meeting of the year, including a hotel with a rooftop pool along the Queen’s Highway, a mixed-use development at Grand Harbour, a more than 54-lot subdivision in Bodden Town, and nine National Housing and Development Trust homes in East End. Several […]

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MPs use fund to pay for DoE’s general budget

MPs use fund to pay for DoE’s general budget

| 28/12/2023 | 42 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government is disputing allegations it raided the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), which is paid for by fees collected from tourists and ringfenced for conservation, to fund part of the Department of Environment’s general operating budget over the next two years. Despite the denial, MPs did vote to use the fund in […]

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MPs mislead the country about conservation law

MPs mislead the country about conservation law

| 19/12/2023 | 123 Comments

(CNS): The National Conservation Act was targeted by several MPs in parliament over the course of the Finance Committee hearings last week, some of whom misled the public and other members of the House by suggesting, incorrectly, that it has hampered development. Some MPs, including McKeeva Bush (WBW) and Chris Saunders (BTW), as well as […]

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