Letter: MLA responds to criticism over beach disabled access comments

The National Trust describes Smith Cove as 'a beloved area of great historic and cultural significance.' - PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

Following a July 10 community meeting regarding the redevelopment of Smith Barcadere at South Sound Community Centre and the ensuing comments made through various forms of media, I want to assure the people of the Cayman Islands that I have the best for my people at heart.

I want to take this opportunity to clearly state that I recognize the importance of accommodating the disabled, handicapped and elderly. The responsibility of our Government is to encompass all citizens when providing facilities, amenities or services. At no time during the meeting was it the intention of any member of the panel, including me, to appear to be insensitive and disrespectful to anyone.

Those of you who know me well can attest to the fact that my greatest passion is for the people of these Islands, and more importantly, to the most vulnerable.

My Committee, together with the Government, will strive to do what is best for Smith Barcadere and explore all options in terms of accessibility for ALL people of the Cayman Islands.

Barbara Conolly, MLA,
George Town South

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  1. Citizens have decided that it is BEST for Smith Cove to be left in its natiral, unenhanced state.
    The committee, together with the Government, can now focus on more urgent and important issues and completely leave Smith Cove alone.