Chamber of Commerce poll: Turtle Farm ripe for privatisation

Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce members gave highest priority to the privatisation of the Turtle Farm, Cayman Airways and Cayman’s airports, according to a recent online poll. In the same survey, the vast majority of respondents also indicated support for the proposed Shetty hospital, Dart Group hotel/convention centre and special economic zone. 

Regarding public sector projects, the survey respondents gave highest priority to the cruise ship berthing facility, landfill remediation/relocation and expansion of the airport. 

From highest to lowest priority, respondents ranked public services suitable for privatisation in this order: Turtle Farm, Cayman Airways, airports, garbage disposal, Water Authority, CINICO, public sector pensions, Pedro St. James, National Roads Authority and public works. 

More than 83 percent of the roughly 85 survey respondents said their business or organisation supports the creation of the Shetty medical tourism hospital (which would be called the Narayana Cayman University Medical Centre), the Dart Group’s hotel/convention centre and Cayman Enterprise City. 

Meanwhile, only 26.5 percent of respondents supported the East End seaport concept, and 10.8 percent approved of putting an oil refinery near the CUC property in George Town. 

From highest to lowest priority, respondents ranked government proposals in this order: cruise ship berthing, landfill relocation, Owen Roberts International Airport renovation, airport runway extension, new high schools, Spotts cruise landing, East/West Arterial road, Cayman Brac hurricane shelter and renovation of the old Government Administration Building. 

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The Cayman Turtle Farm is high on the list of Chamber members to be privatised. – Photo: File
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