A loose coalition of community groups gathered on West Bay Public Beach on Saturday for one last push before sending their now-3,000 signature petition against the removal of West Bay Road to Governor Duncan Taylor.
An agreement reached earlier this year between the Cayman Islands government and the Dart Corporation calls for the closing of about a half-mile section of West Bay Road between Yacht Club Drive and the RBS Coutts building. The deal also calls for the extension of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway into West Bay from its current ending point at Raleigh Quay Road.
Officials broke ground on the project earlier in the year, but Captain Bryan Ebanks, one of the demonstrators at Saturday’s rally/procession along West Bay Road said that was “just for show.”
“This is the public’s land, Crown land,” Captain Bryan said. “The governor has the last say in how it is used.” Another demonstrator with the West Bay Action Committee, Ezmie Smith, said Saturday the coalition would probably wait until the end of November before delivering its petition against the road’s removal to Governor Taylor.
“We hope we can get 4,000 signatures,” Ms Smith said.
Premier McKeeva Bush has previously said the road’s removal and the extension of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, which the Dart group will pay for, is going ahead no matter what protest groups argued.
On Saturday, members of the coalition said they supported the extension of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway into West Bay, but they said the main road along the beach should stay open.