East End port plans revealed

Port to include cargo, cruise and mega yacht facilities


Plans to build a port in East End
have been submitted to government, according to its developer.

Joseph Imparato said he had
submitted a proposal for a “modern, world-class seaport” in the High Rock area
of East End to the government for consideration and that he would hold a series
of public meetings in coming weeks to inform the public about the project, called
East End Seaport.

In a press release, Mr. Imparato
said the port would incorporate five marine-based commercial facilities,
including a commercial cargo port, cruise ship home port, luxury mega yacht
marina, hydrocarbon storage facility, and transhipment of cargo containers.

Detailed plans of the project have
not been released.

The developer has already started
clearing paths on his property to allow access for preliminary site works prior
to the commencement of an environmental impact assessment.

The proposals have already stirred
controversy among residents of East End and their elected representative Arden McLean
of the People’s Progressive Movement, who questioned how Mr. Imparato had received
planning permission to clear those paths.

“What I am concerned about is the
fact that Mr. Imparato can be so presumptuous about this going through that he
admitted clearing this property in the press release. How did he get planning
permission to do that?” Mr. McLean asked.

He also voiced concerns that the
United Democratic Party government would try to push through legislation to
rezone Mr. Imparato’s land as a port development zone. “That would be dangerous
because, what it would be doing is circumventing the involvement of the populace
and, more importantly, those who are affected physically by the project will
not be able to do anything about it,” he said.

Mr. McLean said he had personally
been opposed to the development of a dock in East End “ever since it raised its
ugly head early in this government’s tenure”.

He said he had invited Mr. Imparato
to a public meeting he was organising for early next month at which he wanted
the developer to explain to the people of East End the details of the plan.
After that meeting, Mr. McLean said he planned to launch a petition to gauge
the support or opposition of his constituents to the port.

If they oppose it, “I will be first
to lie down in front of the first bulldozer,” he said.

In the statement regarding the
dock, Mr. Imparato said the port would be developed on privately owned land and
would be privately funded. Its facilities would be managed by the Port
Authority and not by a private entity. He also denied allegations that there
would be an oil refinery at the site.

He added that the results of an
environmental impact assessment would “inform the design, engineering and
construction methodology of the seaport”.

The developer plans to launch a
website with details of the proposed port prior to beginning a series of public

“The East End Seaport is an
infrastructure project that allows for genuine economic diversification and
expanded socio-economic benefits of this new project for decades to come,” the
statement from Mr. Imparato said.


The East End port project includes plans to build a mega yacht marina.
Photo: File


  1. I believe that a port of this magnitude can make the
    Cayman Islands a World Class destination.It would be like a ‘Monte Carlo’ in the Caribbean.

  2. I personally don’t think that we need another port, but if the one in GT is closed maybe this will boost the money flow in the Eastern districts. Bright side if they do close the GT port, no more tourists or tour guides crossing the streets straight of the dock in a reckless manner. Or even make down town GT into a pedestrian only zone. Who knows what’s going to happen?

  3. I can’t see much call for yacht or cruise berths in the east end – there is nothing else there for the users of those vessels. They will want to come into Gerogetown where there are facilities for them to use. If we want a tourist based economy there’s no point shipping the tourists out to the remotest part of the island.

    Shifting the cargo port out to the east end makes sense though, as it is currently just disfiguring Georgetown and helping to cause congestion. A new purpose built facility would be more efficient than the existing one and would free up space in GT that could be more usefully used and more aesthetically appealing.

  4. Dredging the North Sound would most likely have a serious impact on Stingray City, one of Cayman’s signature tourism offerings not to mention a possible impact on North Wall diving…, another signature draw. If done, you might as well go ahead with building a road from West Bay to Rum Point.

    As for the port at East End, I will be surprised if we aren’t having this same conversation for many years to come…

  5. As a boy who grew up in Grand Cayman in the 1960’s, I view the proposed marina and deep water port at East End another scourage on our beloved Island and its communities. No amount of unabated development such as this project will ever make Grand Cayman as glorious an island home as it once was decades ago. Ths project would kill commerce in Georgetown, create more congested in the more rural East Distric and demand more services from the government. Enough already! The Cayman Islands government should concentrate more on Village, land preservation and marine conservaton.

  6. The super-rich could care less about Cayman or its people. They’ll treat the island like a parking lot and a gas station. Caymanians will pay a terrible price for this, and get little in return.

  7. I cannot say that I was born into a time when the Cayman Islands were still known as the island time forgot, but I have still been alive long enough to see the changes that have taken place.

    I wonder sometimes if the government even pays attention to exactly what is happening to the island. I understand that yes with the introduction of this port it would create a lot of job openings and move us further into a more developed country, but does that necessarily mean it would be good for the people of Cayman? Would the majority of jobs actually go to the Caymanian people or would they be offered on a first come first serve basis? If the Cayman Islands intend to play this catch up game with the booming countries of the world, I think they should first learn how to take care of their people and preserve their heritage. However it is a sad fact that the majority of these jobs would not be held by the people of Cayman.

    Needless to say job holdings is not the only concern with this new port. Imagine the environmental impact of such a port: the erosion of the land, the mixing of salt water and fresh water, the farming industry, the destruction of our main attractions, or the destruction of our natural sea flow (channels). Do you think our government actually understands the fliers that appear worldwide? The same fliers that speak of East End being the more quiet and tranquil part of the island. What would happen during hurricane season? Imagine how far the sea would now come in, the flooding and destruction it could cause.

    Even if the aim of this project is to collect fill, shouldn’t there be another alternative considered? One that doesn’t involve destroying the island, opening the door to further immigration, increasing the number of unemployed Caymanians, or devastating our prized accomplished crystal clear waters. There is always another way, and it should be the decision of the Caymanian government to consider all possible alternatives.

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