Consultants and government officials will host a public meeting next week to present plans for revitalizing central George Town, answer questions and collect public input.
The meeting is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the town hall in George Town. Roadwork has already begun to set the stage for the plan, with the completed Godfrey Nixon Way project and the ongoing work on Smith Road.
The biggest feature in government’s revitalization plan is the cruise port, which the premier recently said government will support. Numerous questions remain about the potential environmental impact and how government will be able to pay for the project.
“This is an exciting time for our capital, with the plans calling for the beautification and modernisation of George Town. We are already a world-class centre for tourism and finance, and we hope that with input and partnerships from the public and private sectors, the result will be a revitalised capital that reflects our international standing,” said Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts in a press release.
Design with Nature International, a company owned by two former Cayman islands planning directors Kenneth Ebanks and Carson Ebanks, are developing and managing the project.
Planning minister deputy chief officer Tristan Hydes said in the release, “Local business leaders were very receptive of our launch during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon event in May. Since that time, we have begun fact-finding meetings with stakeholders, and interest has continued to grow amongst the business community.”
The Planning Ministry also plans to collect feedback on the plan with an online survey and by email at [email protected]