Dart executive calls for environmental management plan

Doak says Dart is a sustainable developer

Dart’s president of business development Jackie Doak made the the case for a national Environmental Management Framework to “provide clear guidance on how land can be developed, managed and protected” in the future.

Doak, speaking at the Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon Thursday, argued the lack of a national plan created confusion and contributed to “unnecessary polarisation” in the community.

She said the divisions within Cayman, perhaps, seem more intense than they actually are, arguing that the majority of the community has the same goal of sustainable development for the islands.

She said there are highly sensitive habitats in Cayman that need to be protected, but also land that could be developed to the benefit of all.

Doak added that a management framework would help create greater clarity around the land that falls between those two extremes.

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“We are not just a developer in the Cayman Islands, we are committed to the sustainability of these islands,” she said.

“We believe that an environmental management framework would help balance the country’s environmental, social and economic interests.”

Addressing questions raised in the community over “who are we developing for?” she said Dart is also asking, “who are we investing in?”

She said the company is investing in Cayman’s future and providing opportunities for “shared prosperity” in the community.

Doak added that Dart takes a sustainable approach to development, considering future as well as current generations. She said government and the private sector need to work together in the best interests of the islands, and Dart is prepared to play its part.

Though the company had been financially impacted by the pandemic, she said it was committed to Cayman long term, and had been and would continue to be an economic driver for the country in recessionary times.

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  1. Dart group is overdeveloping the Cayman Islands! The corporation does not take into account the Caymanian people and what it is doing to their once beautiful and charming island. 7 Mile Beach has been ruined by all of the high rises, breezes are blocked when walking on the beach and the ugly cement towers have destroyed the once beautiful beach and tranquil environment. Enough already, Dart group. Please stop!!!

  2. I am concerned by Ms. Doak’s comments to the Chamber of Commerce in which she calls for the government to have an environmental management plan or “framework” which “provides clear guidance on how land can be developed, managed and protected”.

    This, from the very organisation that has many Caymanians rightly asking “who are we developing for?” Perhaps Ms. Doak needs to be reminded that Dart was the organisation that took away the 7 Mile Public Beach and further wanted to test the sea bed there until the Department of the Environment stopped them and refused to allow it?. Does Dart believe that the Caymanian public has forgotten the appalling sight of the backhoe on 7 Mile beach?

    It is interesting that Dart is now concerned about “who we are investing in”. Such pomposity does not serve them well. Caymanians are a proud and intelligent people and do not appreciate being taken for fools. Many Caymanians may have sold their land to this particular developer but that act alone does not imply that we have somehow surrendered our future and our future as a people to them or any other organisation.

    We remain an independent, free- thinking people who should never be viewed as a commodity to be invested in, for the benefit of any company as investors.