to put a channel in the North Sound to accommodate mega yachts and build a
cargo port in East End are really an excuse to build a quarry, Member of the
Legislative Assembly for East End, Arden McLean told legislators Friday.
McLean, taking part in a legislative debate, said he had seen plans for the
development and believed that the construction of the dock and the roads that
would need to be built to carry huge container trucks to and from George Town
would mean enormous amounts of aggregate would be necessary.
said the landowner, Rob Imparato, had shown him plans for the development,
which Mr. McLean said showed there would be a 600ft channel that would extend
1,500 feet with the channel going 2,000 feet past the main shoreline, next to
100 acres of government land.
will go straight up to government property, and government would put all their
facilities there,” he said.
McLean said the landowner had told him that 14 or 15 million yards of material
would be dug up, which the MLA said would cost $7 to $9 per yard to take out of
the ground and which would be sold for $19 per yard, creating a $100 million
insisted the project was an attempt to “mislead” the people of Cayman. “It’s a
quarry, and it’s about money, and it’s about profit. That’s what business is
about,” he said. “It will not be done at the expense of the people of East
I asked about the road to facilitate this big development, he said government
would deal with that. Now, I wonder where the government will get $150 million
to build that road up through there?”
former minister for works, who had been in charge of roads in the previous
administration, said a new four-lane highway from East End to George Town would
have to built to accommodate the container trucks.
trucks are extremely large. You’d need to fix the road in such a manner that
they do not destroy it, to accommodate axles with 10,000 and 20,000 pounds of
weight on them,” Mr. McLean said, adding that some of the trucks carried
between 60,000 and 80,000lbs, compared to ordinary cars that weigh 2,000lbs.
legislator, who has previously said that he would lie down before a bulldozer to
stop the development of a cargo port in East End if his constituents opposed
it, said he had calculated that container trucks would make 150,000 trips a
year from East End to George Town.
McKeeva Bush said in his budget speech last week that there was a private
sector plan to build a cargo facility in East End and this would soon be discussed
in Cabinet. He said: “A channel for the North Sound is an absolute necessity if
the country is going to ever get business from the mega yacht industry. Bearing
this in mind, government will be seeking investors to do a necessary channel.
discussion will take place; environmental impact adhered to, so that any agreed
work can keep damage to the minimum.”
to Mr. McLean’s comments on Friday, the premier said he had not seen any full
plans for the cargo dock in East End.
I have substance to talk to the good people of East End about, I cannot go to
them about the dock,” Mr. Bush said. “I have not seen any full plan on my desk.
I know about the idea, I have done background work on it, but I have no plans
on my desk.”
insisted that he would consult the public about the dock once plans were in
Bush said Cayman has a chance to attract transhipment business, adding “I like
to believe that putting shipping here could be a third leg of the economy in