I have recently returned to Grand Cayman after a 12-year absence.
I write this letter as a person who in 2004 was invited back to help in recovery of the island after Hurricane Ivan.
During an earlier 2-3 year contract, I was impressed by Caymanians’ love of the islands and what it meant to them.
One wonders how many more high-rise apartments, hotels and shopping developments the island needs. Seven Mile Beach and the overall fabric of the country begins to look like all other tourist outlets in the world. The individuality, along with Cayman identity, is being lost.
Proud of its heritage, Caymanian society is intrinsically linked to its environment. If the island has been changed irrevocably, then so has the heart of the people.
You may be about to undertake the building of a port and berthing facility which can only exacerbate the overall environmental decline.
I perceive that a section of your younger generation is ready to make their feelings felt about how their future is being auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Despite being a septuagenarian and easily described as an ‘outsider’, if I were a Caymanian, my instinct would be to throw in my lot with the divergent element of the Caymanian youth. They have more reason to think long term than those involved in the decisionmaking at the present time.