Don’t rush to build cruise port

We must heed the wise words of retired Master Mariner Paul A. Hurlstone regarding the building of a $200 million concrete berthing dock for mega cruise ships in the roadstead of Hog Sty Bay.

Mr. Hurlstone stated that Hog Sty Bay, in George Town, is a roadstead, and that a harbour is different from a roadstead. That there is no harbour downtown.

Caymanian mariners are renowned the world over for their superior seamanship and handling of great merchant ships of commerce for many countries. MM Hurlstone also questions the merit of the designer of the proposed concrete dock building it.

The unseemly rush by the Cayman Islands government to build an extraordinarily expensive cruise ship dock, and to use the country’s monies to promote the referendum a few days before Christmas, is a mystery.

Why is it so urgent for government to build the dock and trample on the Caymanian peoples’ wishes to not increase tourism, but to rein in mega cruise ship passengers from George Town’s streets? Bigger isn’t better.

Nan Socolow

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  1. Don’t rush to build cruise port…. LOL… I have never seen anything rushed on Cayman…. Everything is on Island time…. Nobody alive today will ever see the completion of this port project…. How many years was the Ritz Carlton under construction? and that was rushed…. LOL..

  2. Beginning construction and the number of years under construction are two different things. I believe there is an urgency to stop the momentum that will lead to BEGIN this project. I agree if it does pass and they begin construction, it will take longer than anticipated. This may indeed mean someone alive today will not see it completed. Unfortunately we have the younger generation nobody is considering who will ultimately have to live in a future of a wasted eco system for profits sake.