If the Port Referendum Bill is speedily drafted by Cabinet, perhaps the proposed huge mega-cruise ship dock and cargo facilities in Hog Sty Bay will be brought to a vote soon. Is such expensive berthing for mega-cruise ships in the heart of George Town in the national interest of the Cayman Islands?

Scientists aware of our Caribbean environment during this time of climate-warming have posited that even the sands of Seven Mile Beach (and beaches all around Grand Cayman) will be adversely affected by the dredging up of sand and coral in the Bay. An expensive attempt to move and restore the precious sand and coral in some other area will not succeed, no matter what the government ministers promise.

In their haste to push through their initiative and build the enormous concrete dock, is government aware that cruise ship passengers will not bring significant treasure to Cayman? The dream of many more thousands of tourists rampaging through narrow traffic-ridden streets of George Town daily may well be a nightmare.

Will Caymanians vote for pie-in-the-sky progress over the Caymankind way of life that their forebears cherished? Answered prayers, such as proposed expensive improvements to tourism in all the islands – like the ferris wheel and the iconic tower in Camana Bay – do not bring happy outcomes.

Immense mega-cruise ships have put in to many ports of call around the world. They are not geese that lay golden eggs.

Nan Socolow

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