Residents warned of WB road move

Although
an agreement has been reached to maintain Public Beach access over the long
Easter weekend, West Bay residents were warned Tuesday to “be wary” about future
plans for that beach.

Both
North Side MLA Ezzard Miller and local boat Captain Bryan Ebanks told about 100
people gathered at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School Tuesday night that they
didn’t trust any pronouncements on the issue coming from the Dart corporation
or the ruling government.

“Don’t
take anything for granted,” Mr. Miller said. “The premier has stood in
parliament…[and] announced that the road is going to be moved.

“Be
very careful in spite of what they might tell you now, that it is not an accomplished
deal. I am fairly certain that I saw drawings in the LA of where the road is
going to be moved to.”

Members
of a concerned citizens group in West Bay met with Dart representatives Monday.
Group member Alice Coe said she was encouraged about continued Public Beach
access, but noted the group would “remain vigilant” about proposals to move the
road further back from the beach.

Mrs.
Coe read a statement Tuesday night concerning the moving of West Bay Road. The statement
was compiled from notes by Dart representative Ken Hydes taken during Monday’s
meeting with the West Bay group: “Dart…does not currently have any set plans or
designs that can be shared with the public.”

Mrs.
Coe said the company indicated it remained open to discussing the road
relocation with the Caymanian people.

Representatives
also noted that it was never Dart’s intention to restrict pedestrian access to
the beach, only to restrict vehicular access to the beach.

In
an earlier statement, Dart indicated it was concerned about individuals
removing sand from the Public Beach area and noted it had installed posts with
chain links between them to prevent that activity.

Spirited
protests by members of the West Bay citizens group led to the removal of those
posts last week.

Please
read more about this story in upcoming editions of the Caymanian Compass…

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10 COMMENTS

  1. WHY DOES DART HAVE TO BE EVERYWHERE? PEOPLE OF CAYMAN, DART IS ONLY A PAPER CAYMANIAN WITH TONS OF MONEY. ARE WE GOING TO ALLOW HIM TO MAKE CHANGES ON THE ISLAND WHERE HE IS NOT CONCERNED? BUT WITH MCKEEVA BUSH AS HIS COUNTERPART HE GETS WHAT HE WANTS. EG. BOUGHT OUT THE GOVERNMENT…HA! COME ON! DART DOES NOT OWN THE ISLAND, IT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF CAYMAN AND THE BEACHES ARE PUBLIC! LEAVE THE ROAD WHERE IT IS…

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  2. While I agree that Dart usually does a good job in all their endeavors I agree that they are getting way too big in their influence and presence on the island. It is dangerous for us to let one or two companies take charge in things we have no control over.

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  3. It obvious that Dart is controlling the mind of the Premier. IF that’s not the case then the Dart group is heavily subsidising this Govt.

    Caymanians are some of the weakest people on the planet. The chat, chat, chat, and when it comes to doing something they back down. Don’t they realize that these people with money and influence know this? So Caymanians should shut up and take the licks they are getting. They are just weak and spineless to stand up for the greater good of this country. They blame everyone else but themselves for doing nothing. If you want to fix this Dart issue, stand up to this man and the Premier and say ‘enough is enough’. Otherwise use the internet to blast the name Dart and the name Mckeeva Bush all over it in disgust and an all out attack against them both for what they are doing and maybe someone in England will see and come to our rescue, but don’t hold your breath.

    Moving the road, that’s the nail that will seal the coffin up for the UDP Govt. but they may not care anyway if they figure they won’t win the next election, so that’s why they are hastily making all these changes, amendments without the public’s input. But whom are we fooling, it’s Mckeeva.

    Stop chatting Caymanians, get up off your butts and do something, get petitions going to stop this road from being interrupted. Save the beach for the future generations. Finally, put Dart in his place along with Mckeeva and let them know that they cannot do as they wish in this country and get away with it.

    There’s only two of them, it’s 40,000 of us!!!

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  4. I’m not going to comment on Premier McKeeva Bush or Mr. Dart but I will on the West Bay Rd.

    The road immediately in front of the Public Beach is an accident waiting to happen.

    The road has been in place for many years. But when it was put there, Grand Cayman had a smaller population, less buildings and less traffic.

    With hindsight the road should have been further back from the beach as this will permit building on the beach side. On the NON PUBLIC beach land only of course.

    It now seems that the entire West Bay Rd. is too narrow for current traffic needs. But that is another issue.

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  5. say all the bad things you want to about Dart, but look at the realities of the big picture.

    Look at all the people he does/has or will hire, the money he puts into the Cayman economy is massive. His infrastructures will have a long lasting positive impact forever in Cayman.

    I think there should be some gratitude for what he has done.

    He bought the that empty old hotel across from public beach and wants to have west bay rd go behind it… big deal…. who really cares, is it really a big issue or are people upset because they just need something to argue about. In 5 years time, no one would even remember what it was like before the road moved.

    don’t fear change, embrace it!

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  6. Here we go again..lack of transparency from our leaders about what they really plan; lack of will from our leading non-political citizens to stand up for Caymanians and their future; unwillingness to accept that to keep a growing population reasonably looked after by Government expenditure means paying some price for development; and so on. The mixture as before, and the outcome? as before? One may live for a time in hope, but I fear the taste of ashes in our mouths yet again.

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  7. The proposed road relocation is reasonable. What is not reasonable, is to then sell the larger beachfront to a developer. When it’s gone, you will never have it back. Be vigilant.

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  8. The reason Dart is everywhere is because the Caymanians that owned the property originally sold it, and now it no longer belongs to them. It belongs to Dart and it is his personal Property to do with what he likes. People need to be happy that he seems to have good taste. If you want to cast blame on anyone blame your own forefathers for selling the land..As far as who owns that the land, whoever purchased the deed to a property are now the owners whether it be Dart a local Caymanian or ExPat. Privately owned property does not belong to the People of Cayman it belongs to whoever had the since to buy it. If the Cayman People want to own the whole island they need to stop selling the Land they purchased or inherited from their forefathers and start buying land themselves. There’s tons of properties for sale on the island and who do you mostly see buying it and who do you see seeing it. Take a close look, if you sell it, it no longer belongs to you.

    If Caymanian people feel that Dart is getting too big, maybe the Caymanian people need to start thinking of investing their own hard earned money into the island. How many local Caymanian owned investment groups take on big ventures like Dart has. These type of thing are always done by foreigners, why ?

    And guess what, it was not Mckeeva that sold the land to Dart, That land was sold to foreigners long ago. So stop blaming him for everything..

    Most people like to complain about other people success when it puts no money in their own pocketsThey are called HATERS.

    I myself purchased a huge piece of North side Waterfront Land that was on the market for 8 Years and no one seemed to want it, It was sold to me by a Caymanian who inherited it from his parents and said the land was useless. Well I used my hard earned cash to buy it, which mean now it belongs to me.

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  9. NJ2CAY…How many Caymanians can afford to purchase land on the scale of Dart? Stop talking nonsense. We the people of Cayman are not saying that they should no invest. We are asking them to not make decisions that affect the entire country such as the one above. How would you like it of the access road in front of your lovely new property that you own were CUT OFF by CAYMANIANS…who felt that it was in your best interest that they do it? With no regards to YOUR protest. IT’s Bullying at its highest and it has been allowed to happen…not by the sellers of the land but by the Premier! So if you do not feel any obligation to stand on the side of the people of this Island when they say enough is enough….shout up and go enjoy your controversy free water front property in Northside.

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  10. Missy , Point Taken..My Apologies

    Here’s a more positive twist on my thoughts.

    Although there may not be many Caymanians that have Darts financial resources. Investment groups of say 500 Caymanians would have significant resources if they pull their resources. I’ve seen it done plenty of times, A friend of mine started an investment group that now has 37 Members and they own properties that none of them could afford individually. It’s a good idea that can work if managed by the right people.

    A property like the Marriot worth 30 Million, could be publicly owned if there were 300 Caymanians willing to invest 100K each or 600 willing to invest 50k, you could even push the envelope a little further with 3000 only investing 10k each. Something like this would allow everyone involved to share in the wealth and earn a nice return on their investment instead of just one guy. I’m sure this could be done with a population of 40,000 Citizens, correct me if I’m wrong.

    A small business with the right people could advertise for local investors for a big project and I’m sure the Cayman People and the CIG would support it and help it succeed.

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