Letters to the Editor: A tragedy at Beach Bay

I
am deeply saddened to see that the ancient Cayman Dry Forest just off Beach Bay
road has been sold off and divided into small residential lots.

Frangipani
and other rare hardwoods hundreds of years old are being hacked down with reckless
abandon, taking with them indigenous orchid species, cacti and animals found
nowhere else on Earth.

The
home owner ideal over there seems to be to clear the lots of ALL vegetation in
order to build houses that neighbours who have had the same idea can see
directly into. It defies logic to not at least save at least a few of the trees
on your property, I guess shade and privacy is overrated.

There
are a few exceptions where clumps of trees have been preserved by some but
nowhere near enough. The developers and owners should be working with the
National Trust and Department of Environment deciding on the best way to find a
balance between conservation and the need for more residential space. Could
some lots not be left alone completely so that residents and birds could still
enjoy some of the beauty left or is this area destined to be another dreary,
bare suburb devoid of any nature?

This
is another tragic example of Cayman selling its soul and destroying its
environment for short term financial gain. Ask the Easter Islanders how it
worked out for them after they chopped down every last tree on their island.

Dylan
King

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