Tag: Department of Environment

Structures need moving to save Seven Mile Beach

Structures need moving to save Seven Mile Beach

| 02/12/2020 | 104 Comments

(CNS): The disappearance of chunks of Seven Mile Beach in the recent stormy weather has focused public attention on the erosion of the famous stretch of sand, and this slow moving problem is getting worse. Experts here are warning that some tough decisions about shifting back buildings and other hard structures must be made to […]

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DoE queries LNG as viable future option

DoE queries LNG as viable future option

| 01/12/2020 | 27 Comments

(CNS): In its initial response to a proposal to build a liquid natural gas depot in Bodden Town, the Department of Environment not only raised concerns about the negative impact it would have on the immediate environment but also the wisdom of choosing LNG. The DoE said the proposal must be considered against the National […]

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Hotel re-zone sought near Seven Mile Public Beach

Hotel re-zone sought near Seven Mile Public Beach

| 28/10/2020 | 69 Comments

CNS): The owners of Trafalgar Place, a commercial development on the West Bay Road, have applied to the Central Planning Authority to have the block and parcels re-zoned as hotel-tourism, which could pave the way for another major hotel development close to the Seven Mile Public Beach. The CPA was due to consider the application […]

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Fragments of endangered coral rescued

Fragments of endangered coral rescued

| 26/10/2020 | 8 Comments

(CNS): Researchers at the Department of Environment are hopeful that pieces of endangered pillar coral rescued from areas of reef infected with Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) in the North Sound can be saved. During the rescue mission last week in a heavily infected area by Rum Point, around ten pieces of this rare, […]

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Dangerous coral disease  closes dive sites

Dangerous coral disease closes dive sites

| 19/10/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has closed 45 dive sites, from Delia’s Delight in Cayman Kai across the North Sound to Bear’s Paw near the Gustus Channel, in an effort to contain an outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). This latest threat to coral was first spotted in local waters this summer. It […]

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DoE makes emergency baby turtle intervention

DoE makes emergency baby turtle intervention

| 07/10/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment’s Turtle Team went into rescue mode Monday, as they worked hard to move turtle eggs in nests that were in the firing line from Tropical Storm (later Hurricane) Delta. Organised by the team leader, Lorri Lamb, the DoE staff and volunteers excavated 18 nests under threat of being washed away […]

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FIN project in breach of planning approval

FIN project in breach of planning approval

| 06/10/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): Developers behind the FIN Grand Cayman luxury condominium project appear to be in breach of the conditions relating to their planning approval. The Department of Environment has not received the construction environmental management plan or the operations environmental management plan, both of which the developers were required to submit before any work began on […]

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After-fact primary habitat removal to be approved

After-fact primary habitat removal to be approved

| 29/09/2020 | 77 Comments

(CNS): Yet another after-the-fact application for the removal of primary habitat on a site off the Queen’s Highway is set to get the green light this week, with the landowner facing no more than a $1,000 fee for the unlawful clearance. The planning department recommended that an application by Eric James Bergstrom-Grant Management for the […]

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Visiting pod of killer whales caught on camera

Visiting pod of killer whales caught on camera

| 28/09/2020 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has posted captivating drone video footage of a pod of orcas about two miles off the coast of East End last week. There were at least ten of these ‘killer whales’ in the pod, which are infrequent visitors to our waters. The footage was taken by Chris Briggs and given […]

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Turtles still at risk despite record year

Turtles still at risk despite record year

| 23/09/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): This year’s turtle nesting season may be a record-breaking year for the number of nests but experts at the Department of Environment are reminding residents that there are still a number of preventable threats for turtles, particularly artificial lighting, which lures the babies as they hatch away from the relative safety of the sea […]

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Eden Rock coral smothered in boat incident

Eden Rock coral smothered in boat incident

| 16/09/2020 | 51 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is calling on all experienced divers to help save coral at Eden Rock today, following a recent tug and ship encounter in the George Town Harbour, in which a large amount of sand from the seabed was churned up and deposited on live coral, blocking out the sun. The sand […]

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