The Cayman Islands public has heard quite a bit of talk –
some may well be weary of it by now – about the who, what, when, where, why of
the now-failed negotiations to build a cruise port in George Town.
Many of our readers will have seen the back-and-forth blame
game between former Premier McKeeva Bush, current Tourism Minister Cline
Glidden Jr., countless MLAs and political hopefuls, former project manager
Alistair Paterson, China Harbour Engineering Company, GLF construction, Dart
Enterprises Construction Company etc, etc, etc, etc.
We at the Caymanian Compass are somehow less interested in
the Silly Season accusations and more interested in moving forward with a
project that just about everyone in the country believes we need to expand and
improve our tourism product.
To that end, we are glad to read the following in today’s
edition: “Behind the scenes, a team of civil servants and consultants have been
laying the groundwork for proper procurement of the cruise port.”
Last week, government released a strategic outline case for
a cruise berthing facility.
Essentially, what they are asking for is sensible
submissions on a business case for the cruise port project. Once that is
developed, then the project will be put out to bid for interested contractors.
Government civil servants are not deciding or attempting to
decide, in the final hours of a hamstrung interim administration, who will get
the cruise port contract.
They are simply trying to put the country on the right track
to enacting a fair and transparent bidding process.
To the extent this effort can move the country’s tourism efforts
forward now, we applaud it wholeheartedly.
With regard to this cruise port berthing issue, we believe
the time for debate over who is at fault is officially over.
It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get it done.
Thanks, civil servants, for helping us get on the correct