Premier hopes to start ‘in coming week’
Premier McKeeva Bush said he was hopeful that a “ground breaking” on the much-debated Dart group project would start construction works “in the coming week”.
During a meeting held Tuesday night at George Town’s Mary Miller Hall, Mr. Bush did not state what particular facet of the massive land-swap, construction deal he hoped to commence. However, he broached the issue in the context of providing local jobs in the construction and road building sector.
“[Government’s agreement with the Dart group] will create an immediate economic stimulus for the local economy led by the creation of jobs for Caymanians in a number of sectors, starting with the road works and construction industries,” Premier Bush said. “I’m hoping that we will soon be able to break ground and I’m hoping that we will have a ground breaking so that this work can start in…the coming week.”
The Premier stressed that the final agreement between government and Dart group had not been approved by the Cayman Islands Cabinet. However, he vowed to push one aspect of the deal, the relocation of a section of West Bay road through the upper end of
Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, through at all costs.
“It’s going to happen,” Mr. Bush said. “So understand that you’re not going to stop it, because it is the right thing for these Islands and a better thing for West Bay.”
The irony of the two statements was not lost on West Bay resident Alice Mae Coe, who attended the George Town meeting Tuesday night.
“[Moving the road] sounds like a foregone conclusion,” Ms Coe said. “I’m not sure how we can get into all of these discussions…if the final agreement has not been affected.”
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