Such a corridor would not only provide commuters with an alternative route to and from Savannah, but more importantly will open up to future development the last significant stretch of inaccessible seafront land that remains in Grand Cayman. After all these decades of Bodden Town residents protesting that their district has been left behind George Town and West Bay, perhaps it is finally their turn to experience a real tourism boom, and the accompanying employment and profit.
However, let’s not allow our rosy visions of the future to overtake the present reality. What is currently being proposed is for the U.S. developer of a proposed resort in Beach Bay to build the portion of the road verging on his property. The government would be responsible for completing the remainder, which would connect Beach Bay Road to Manse Road in Bodden Town.
Taken by itself, the new hotel will have a tremendous positive impact on the area. The new road will further amplify those economic effects, creating the opportunity to establish an entirely new tourism-oriented zone in Cayman. (“One Mile Beach,” maybe?)
It is most encouraging to see the government’s apparent support for the project and willingness to work with the developer for the benefit of the island. In September, George Town MLA Kurt Tibbetts, the public works minister, said the new road isn’t an urgent priority for the Progressives government.
With all the other things on the government’s plate, that’s understandable. But if we were Bodden Towners, we’d probably be pressing the four elected members from our district to bump this particular item a few spots up the agenda.