I have not been involved in any debate about the proposed dock but in my opinion we do not need this facility as I mentioned in one of my previous letters. All these years cruise ships have been coming here with our present facilities.
We do not need to be like the rest of the world. Grand Cayman is a small island, and I believe that the majority of tourists appreciate visiting our islands as they are. They do not want to visit some place that looks just like where they are coming from. We have to continue with our uniqueness. Believe it or not but our uniqueness will put or keep us at the top of the “Best Places to Visit.”
I also keep hearing or reading about how much in debt the Cayman Islands are. We do not wish our small islands to look like other places, and it seems like it is going to cost a fortune, too. Our Caymanians will not benefit from this in terms of employment either, as is always claimed. Caymanians need to get the jobs that are available now but they could not have.
Now I am hearing and reading about relocating our coral reef which will be affected by the construction of this “dock.” God forbid! We do not want to do that; we must not trouble our coral reefs that God gave us to help protect our islands from damage during hurricanes. Whose idea was this anyway?
The cruise ships will continue to come here because of our uniqueness; however, there are improvements that can be done to the port that would make it more easier for passengers and enjoyable, too. I have written about these things in the past.
And as for the mega cruise ships, we do not wish to have them come here; not only can we not accommodate them but, as a lady said on the news a few weeks back, we do not need them. Whose idea was this?
I believe from what has been happening in our islands for quite some time now, the majority of MLAs have disappointed the voters, to a great extent.