Should Microsoft billionaire pay for reef damage?

Paul Allen's yacht Tatoosh is blamed for anchor damage to the reef in the West Bay replenishment zone. - PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER
Paul Allen's yacht Tatoosh is blamed for anchor damage to the reef in the West Bay replenishment zone. - PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER

Last week, a 300-foot luxury yacht belonging to US billionaire Paul Allen, in one of his regular visits to Cayman, dropped anchor in the West Bay Replenishment Zone, damaging 1,200 square meters of sea floor, destroying 80 percent of the reefs in the area.

Allen says the Port Authority told him where to anchor and high winds nudged the craft “near a marine reserve.”

Who is to blame? Was the Port Authority negligent? Was Allen negligent? Should Allen be fined, and the boat impounded? Should Allen be required to reinstate the reefs?


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  1. No, Paul Allen shouldn’t have to pay . It is time that this island have proper infrastructure in place for yachts and ships coming to our shores. There is no excuse for a country that is not a third world country. There is no excuse for a country that has been in business for many years in the shipping business. There is no excuse for the Port to place a large yacht on a marine park without 360 degree anchor play especially in the winter. This island has had over 700 ship wrecks because of change of wind due to North westers. Open the North Sound and place yachts there its a natural harbour. Yes they will need to dredge but they have done so since the 60’s , nothing has happened.

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