Cayman making wrong decisions

I just returned to snowy Washington from Grand Cayman after my 12th visit in as many years.

I wanted to write and express my concern about a few things i noticed while on Island.

While Cayman’s main attraction for me has always been its beautiful reefs and marine ecosystem, it seems as though poor decision making is leading the Island to become yet another of a long string of island ports geared toward cruise ship passengers.

My last visit was more than two years ago and in that time Cayman has become home to a swim with dolphins programme. I believe the Island would be much better suited to teaching people about the sea life and reefs that are already in the ocean and available to them rather than keeping animals captive for their entertainment.

The recent approval of a floating bar at Stingray City is also a major concern. Why anyone would think it would be a good idea to allow drunken people to interact with wild animals is beyond me.

I am very worried that Cayman will soon become yet another Cancun or Dominican republic by pandering to tourist dollars. There is a right way and a wrong way to take advantage of tourism and the cruise ship industry and Cayman is taking a turn toward the wrong way quickly.

Something must be done if you want to preserve the heritage, spirit and ecosystems that generations of Caymanians and visitors alike have enjoyed.

Alex Alterman

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