The Government of the Cayman Islands is telling us it is going to dredge a huge channel on the western side of the North Sound.
The proposed channel description was placed on the radio and shows the dimension as 200 feet wide by 60 feet deep and it runs from outside of the reef down into the area of the George Town barcadere. That is putting it fairly close to CUC.
Now I don’t need to tell you of the destruction Hurricane Ivan made in Cayman in 2004. At that time and up until now the water depth in the western part of the Sound is only eight to 10 and 12 feet deep and at that depth during Hurricane Ivan we still had in some areas on the western side of the Island up to nine feet of water in homes and properties.
If we allow this channel to be dredged and a hurricane with even less force than Ivan should pass through, we would have 12 to 20 feet of water going across West Bay, Seven Mile Beach and George Town.
Your homes, land and yourselves would be in grave danger.
Everyone on the Island depends on CUC’s electrical plant; that would be wiped out.
Now something that we all are familiar with is a northwester around the Cayman Islands and we have all seen what it does to George Town and the Seven Mile Beach road.
The Iron Shore in and around George Town is four to five feet above sea level. Now imagine if this channel is allowed to go in , we would be faced with three times the height of the waves in the North Sound and just remember that, in the North Sound, the water and the land is at a level. One of the first disasters that you can think of by this channel would be even in a northwester.
All the homes and businesses, including CUC would be destroyed by water.
I will explain why this is so…if a wave is rising 10 feet, it has the same 10-feet revolution below the surface.
Not to mention the hike of insurance on your properties, if it is even possible to get insurance.
So let us join hands and hearts and bodies together to stop this terrible destruction in the face of development.
Yes, we may need development, but we do not need it in such a destructive manner.
Cayman still has a lot of underdeveloped, good, hard, dry land.
We may have to plan a march on the Glass House or when the Legislature is in session.
Please folks, I ask you to let’s save Cayman.