The underwater environment in Cayman has always been under threat from forces outside of the Cayman Islands.
At first, they ate all the turtles. Then, lobsters and conch slowly vanished. The mangroves that protect the island from the sea are no more. The parade of crabs that used to cross West Bay Road are gone, smashed by the cars. The fish pots are no longer tended, yet are full of dead fish – a perpetual killing machine.
The influx of tourists will get huge with a new dock. Mount Trashmore will grow. The silting of the coral on your famous seven-mile-long beach. A mere seven miles! The underwater sound of a cruise ship will be deafening to the divers and the fish.
Bob Soto and then my dad, Ron Kipp, and others showed people the underwater world around Cayman. People wanted to visit. It was a destination. In a few years, you will have to relocate your dock, and real estate will plummet.
I am sure you do not want this. They will quit coming if you destroy what was founded upon the seas.
Brad Kipp and the Kipp family