Decide on dredging with all the facts

To dredge or not to dredge – that is the question.

Like many issues over the years in the Cayman Islands the decision of whether to dredge the North Sound for a deep-water channel has evoked many emotions in many people of late.

On the one hand the Government and Premier McKeeva Bush are tasked with ways to bolster the economy in the Cayman Islands.

The Observer on Sunday does not envy them their task.

It seems that no matter what ideas are pitched, there are naysayers waiting in the wings to shoot down ideas.

Unfortunately much of the talk is being done without benefit of proper information.

Mr. Bush, in his address to the country on 3 March asked residents in the Cayman Islands to limit their discussion about projects until they have all the facts.

We have to agree.

Too many times in this country an idea is floated and before it can become a reality people have formed negative opinions and refuse to listen to reason, often making the idea dead.

We can take a look at the Cayman Islands Constitution, which was approved by voters in the general election of 2008.

There was much talk for and against the constitution before the issue went to the polls. We have to wonder how many people voted for the document because of what they were led to believe and, more importantly, how many people voted against it because they listened to others instead of doing their own research and even reading the document.

As far as dredging the North Sound, we have heard from many people on talk radio and seen comments on news websites; people who have already made up their mind one way or the other without the pertinent facts.

Thankfully Mr. Bush has promised the country that no dredging will take place in the North Sound until a proper environmental impact study has been done.

We need to know what any dredging and eventual channel will mean to the future of the North Sound and Grand Cayman in general.

Will a canal in the North Sound harm the future of that body of water and the Cayman Islands in general? We don’t know. Right now no one does. Let the studies come and then we can make good, informed decisions.

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