While the country is debating the closure of West Bay Road for Dart’s latest project, I have yet to hear anyone suggest a possible resolution to this pending issue. I am a proponent of change and development in the Cayman Islands.
As a young Caymanian I have learned that many of my fellow Caymanians are simply afraid of moving forward and making changes to what we have known as our home. However, with progress there must be a change of mind and more opportunities for us and we should not fear development.
With that being said I want to be clear that I am not in complete agreement with the closure and I do understand that the main reason is to benefit the construction of a hotel that many fear will not have any positive affect on Caymanian individuals, but I would like to suggest another route and ignore the propositions of more land for value that what we are giving up and point your direction on an actual possible solution.
First the question; Why do we really need to close this portion of West Bay Road?
If we are truly honest we will find there is no good reason to close this area off completely and there is no way our developers can prove different because keeping this road access will not hinder the development of a three, four or five star hotel.
I am not the developer and not involved in constructing this; therefore, I do not know his vision. However if I were, the first idea that comes to mind would be a traffic calming type of improvement to the West Bay Road area starting at our Public Beach and ending at Yacht Club Road. In this area why can’t we build a pedestrian friendly zone where a vehicle can still drive through, but limit the speed to 5 – 10 mph, which will allow pedestrians to walk easily and the person who wishes to drive this direction will still be able to have the scenic route. I’m thinking of single lane carriageway, divided by a centre island landscaped with lush tropical plants that can weather the salt and sand, cobblestone paths at ped-crossings at every 100 feet, a sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. This will allow drivers and pedestrians to enjoy this area simultaneously.
Why has this option not been mentioned?
I hope this provokes some thought in disputing this issue for everyone from the developer to the average concerned Caymanian citizen who wants to understand.