Port Vote 2019

Campaigners celebrate court decision

Campaigners were celebrating Tuesday following a court decision to delay the port referendum to allow a legal challenge to take place. Shirley Roulstone, a leading member of CPR Cayman, said she had brought the challenge to ensure a fair vote on the $200 million cruise...

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Campaigners celebrate court decision

Campaigners were celebrating Tuesday following a court decision to delay the port referendum to allow a legal challenge to take place. Shirley Roulstone, a leading...

Elections Office pushes pause button on referendum preparations

The Elections Office has suspended its preparations for the 19 Dec. referendum following the court's decision to delay the vote on the government's cruise berthing and cargo project.

Government cancels public meetings amid referendum delay

Premier Alden McLaughlin said Tuesday that his concern that the referendum on the cruise and cargo project would be delayed had been realised. In a...
Nadia Hardie, executive director, National Trust

National Trust heads to court over cruise referendum

The National Trust will be in court Tuesday morning for the first phase of its legal challenge to the referendum on the port project, according to the organisation’s executive director, Nadia Hardie.

How a small campaign snowballed to force a referendum

The movement started in Katrina Jurn’s living room: six people gathered together after work because they didn’t like what they were hearing about a proposed cruise ship berth being built in George Town Harbour.

PR firm paid $70k for pro-port campaign

Public relations firm Kelly Holding won a $70,000 contract to support government’s marketing push in support of the cruise port development, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Law.

Tour encourages voters to judge harbour for themselves

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands embraced the ‘show, don’t tell’ philosophy on Sunday morning, taking dozens of guests out on the Nautilus submarine to witness sites in George Town Harbour that many have only read about.

Brackers following port debate from afar

Cayman Brac may be removed physically from the impact of the cruise berthing and cargo project but residents there are paying attention to developments with the facility.

Environmental activists take port message to waterfront

Protesters lined the George Town waterfront on Friday, as part of a growing environmental movement driven by student activists.

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell makes his case for cruise piers

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has been one of the leading figures in the push for a cruise berthing facility in Grand Cayman. In a featured interview, we asked him to answer some of the key questions around the development and explain why he believes it is in the island’s best interest.

Student activists turn the lens on Cayman’s growing pains

A new campaign by the student group focusses on the issue of greed by highlighting sites such as the landfill, the cleared KAABOO festival grounds and other locations that demonstrate the strains of development in Grand Cayman.

Documents reveal 2012 mega-ship tender plan

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines were in advanced talks with the Port Authority in 2012 to tender an Oasis-class mega ship, according to documents seen by the Cayman Compass.

Port business case: Little certainty over economic impact

Over the last six years government has published a slew of reports analysing the potential pros and cons of a cruise berthing facility in George Town harbour. Cayman Compass business editor Michael Klein waded through the documents to provide a comprehensive analysis of the available data about the case for and against the piers.

‘We may never see a deal like this again’

As the owner of one of the companies which formed the consortium bidding to build a new cruise berthing facility in 2010, I feel there should be more public support for the current port project.

Financing model analysis: Who is paying for the cruise berthing facility?

A government video released earlier this year that promotes the planned cruise berthing facility offers a simple answer to the question of who would pay for the project: “It is the cruise passengers who will be paying ..."

The promise of repairing our reefs

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is responding to the letter sent to the Cayman Islands media on 22 Nov. by Polaris Applied Sciences, questioning the information in the presentation that was made by CCMI President Dr. Carrie Manfrino, at the Cayman Port Referendum launch on 21 Nov.

Polaris: ‘We expect strong survival of relocated corals’

As the marine biologist from Polaris Applied Sciences Inc who attached the corals at the Tatoosh anchor damage site in West Bay, Grand Cayman, and the container vessel Saga grounding at Eden Rock, Grand Cayman, I am responding to the statements made by Dr. Carrie Manfrino at the official launch of the Cruise Port Referendum campaign on Wednesday, 20 Nov. 2019.

Carnival CEO: ‘We’ll be very respectful’ of referendum decision

Carnival Corporation CEO and president Arnold Donald flew into Grand Cayman this month for a quick stopover. Before a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and government officials, Donald sat down with the Cayman Compass to answer some common questions about the cruise port.

‘Young people would vote no’

"Long after the ballots on the Port Referendum have been counted, we shall be the ones who will face the consequences," student group Protect our Future writes in a guest column for the Cayman Compass.

Interactive map: How the port will impact life in the harbour

Much of the debate around the cruise berthing facility has centered on the potential impact on the wrecks and reefs in the harbour. Amid conflicting reports about the health of the marine life in the impacted area, we enlisted the help of underwater photographer Courtney Platt and produced an interactive graphic to demonstrate exactly what lies beneath the glassy surface.

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