Sustainable and integrated policies on development will be the key to Cayman’s future, North Side candidate Derrington ‘Bo’ Miller stated at a campaign meeting in Old Man Bay on Saturday night.
Many people have asked, ‘Who are we developing for?’ Today Cayman is paying the price for unplanned development, Mr. Miller said. Signs include traffic, overcrowding of schools, a failed health care system and a lack of decent living accommodations.
‘When I speak of controlled growth, or managed growth, I am accused of being an expat basher,’ Mr. Miller acknowledged.
‘But I’m not bashing anyone…. There is such a thing as carrying capacity and we have to assess this now…. Our children’s future is our main concern. If this upsets anyone, I’m sorry – that’s not the intent.’
It had been said that there must be more development because government needs the money. But Government needs to go on a diet. The waste and debt this country has now will burden people’s children and grandchildren, he predicted.
Government needs better money management. To get that, voters must elect people who understand both money and management. Mr. Miller proposed a test: if voters would not hire certain candidates to run a business, they should not hire them to run the country – which is a half-billion dollar a year business.
Government’s job is not to compete with the private sector in providing services. Government’s job is to regulate, police, protect and create an environment for businesses to grow and be profitable. Cayman must create more Caymanian entrepreneurs.
Hurricane Ivan had exposed many of the vulnerabilities in the country and these must be faced. Insurance was number one. Cayman had created vehicles such as reinsurance and captives – why had these not been used for Cayman?
‘Protection of our environment is as important as the air we breathe,’ he declared. He proposed an Environmental Protection Agency, to bring under one umbrella the various government departments and authorities dealing with this subject.
The Ivan clean-up was another issue. He wondered how moving debris from one place to another and setting fire to it was so difficult that Caymanians couldn’t do it. He wondered how long the trash would be at the Frank Sound site, close to the Botanic Park which is a major tourist attraction.
North Side had never been consulted about the placement. Such a thing would never happen on his watch, he promised.
District projects he would work for included a comprehensive roadside beautification with rest stops and a roundabout at the Frank Sound Road/North Side junction
He promised to lobby for a national park on a piece of Crown land. He hoped the land was not being sold or earmarked for an airport or oil refinery ‘both of which we need like a submarine needs a screen door.’
Not everything that could be done costs a lot of money, he indicated. The primary school has 20 computers: older district residents should have access to them in a learning centre set-up.
He would compile a register of skills for all local service providers within the district, help small business owners develop a business plan and get a Junior Achievement branch started for young people to learn about business. He would support individual sporting activities such as tennis and swimming, since not everyone is geared to group sports.
He said he would not rest until North Side has full-time policing. Drug use and sales cannot be tolerated any longer, he declared. There must be help for those who want to change, punishment for those who do not. He would work with the churches and Canaan Land to address these social ills.