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.
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.
take anything for granted,” Mr. Miller said. “The premier has stood in
parliament…[and] announced that the road is going to be moved.
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.”
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.
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.”
Coe said the company indicated it remained open to discussing the road
relocation with the Caymanian people.
also noted that it was never Dart’s intention to restrict pedestrian access to
the beach, only to restrict vehicular access to the beach.
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.
protests by members of the West Bay citizens group led to the removal of those
posts last week.
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