Last week, local activists gathered once again to oppose the
government’s proposed deal with the Dart Group which would, among other things,
lead to the closure and transfer of a section of West Bay Road.
One of the activists said that valuations commissioned by
him and his associates indicated that the section of West Bay that is being
transferred to the Dart Group is worth $600 million.
The value of all real estate sales, including home,
condominiums, commercial buildings and raw land last year was $632 million and
we have people trying to tell the public that a 4,200 foot section of road
corridor is worth $600 million?
Let’s assume that the activists are correct in their
estimate that the length of the road going to the Dart Group is 4,200 feet
(which is debatable). Let’s assume that the road corridor is 60 feet wide
(which it isn’t). If that is the case, Dart is getting 5.78 acres of land and
the activists would have us believe this land is worth more than $100 million
Last week, the local activists complained to another local
media that they fear the end of the Easter camping tradition because of the
potential closure of the section of West Bay Road.
First of all, Dart owns the beachfront land they say they
won’t be able camp on. Even without the road closing, if the Dart Group wanted
to prevent people from camping above the high-water mark they could – because
they own the land. Where did anyone get the idea they have the right to camp on
any else’s private property?
Second of all, there’s plenty of other land to camp on. How
is closing a section of road going to put an end to Easter camping?
What we have here is classic fear mongering. In their
fervour to oppose the Dart deal, the ‘activists’ are apparently willing to say
anything to gain supporters. We don’t know if they are purposely misleading
people or if they are just so blinded by their cause that they have lost their
senses. But foolishness even for a cause is still foolishness and it’s time it