Comment after comment has been verbalised and posted on various social media sites claiming that the majority of the people in the Cayman Islands are against the deal the Cayman Islands Government struck with the Dart Group.
Fortunately those statements are exaggerations and this past week’s caycompass.com online poll proves them to be false.
In fact the majority of the people who responded to our poll support the Dart deal because they know that without it Grand Cayman is in serious trouble, especially when it comes to the George Town Landfill, better known as Mount Trashmore.
While admittedly not everyone likes everything about the deal, those with common sense and level heads realise that the trade off will put the Cayman Islands in a better economical position.
The second largest section of respondents said they like some of the deal but disliked other parts with some respondents in the group saying this deal is better than the East End Seaport idea.
No one can make the argument that Dart does shoddy work. Everything they have touched – from Camana Bay to the district parks – has been top-notch and professional.
Some $18 million that would be given to the Cayman Islands Government under the agreement will go for new school building construction, affordable housing and educational training programmes. Money from Dart would also help pay for vocational and technical training for students – something regular callers to radio talk shows ask for weekly. These are all things Government would not have been able to do because of budget constraints without the deal. In addition to improving education and the general quality of life in the Cayman Islands, development and construction associated with the deal will create jobs, especially in this country’s foundering construction industry.
And did we mention Mount Trashmore? If Dart hadn’t stepped up to the plate only God knows how long that environmental disaster would be allowed to continue to pollute the North Sound. It appears the majority of those in their right minds agree, the Dart deal has much merit.