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A tugboat helped move a drifting cruise ship back into position in George Town harbour on Saturday.
The Verdant Isle Group was today announced as the preferred bidder for the new cruise port project in George Town Harbour.
The Elections Office will need to individually verify every single signature on the cruise port referendum petition before a vote can take place.
The Cruise Port Referendum Cayman campaign announced on Friday that it has received enough signatures on its petition to initiate a referendum on the government’s proposed cruise pier facilities.
We are at a crossroads in our economy, forcing Government to make an important decision.
Battle lines are being redrawn over the controversial cruise berthing project.
At the heart of the Opposition’s analysis is that despite so far avoiding the bandwagon mentality adopted by so many of our Caribbean brethren who have caved to cruise pressure to build piers, the Cayman Islands has maintained its No. 2 ranking among cruise ports in the Caribbean and Latin America.
A private member's motion calling for a referendum on the controversial cruise berthing project was voted down by government members after a lengthy debate in the Legislative Assembly.
The final bids from companies vying to build Cayman’s new cruise piers are not due until October and a winning bidder is unlikely to be selected until the end of the year, according to Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell.
Although his annual speech to the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce Thursday was short on specifics, Premier Alden McLaughlin said further “radical” changes to local immigration and labor policies would be forthcoming during his national unity government’s term in office.
There were no cruise ships in port Thursday after all four captains decided conditions were too rough to moor in George Town harbor.
The feasibility of relocating live coral reefs to make way for new cruise piers in George Town harbor will be put to the test in a trial excavation next year.
Last week’s announcement by Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell was, in reality, more of an admission: The Progressives government, led by Premier Alden McLaughlin, has failed to carry out what would have been one of its signature projects, the George Town cruise berthing facility.
In terms of tourism, is the Cayman Islands a “quantity” destination or a “quality” destination?
The clock is ticking on the Progressives administration. In the coming months, our elected government will be subject to intensified scrutiny as to what it has done — and what it hasn’t.
Last year was another record year for tourism in the Cayman Islands, though growth was marginal compared with the rest of the region.
Top stories of 2015 in the Cayman Islands
To our readers who may have found their commutes, er, somewhat extended this morning: Have patience, Christmas will soon come.
The pirates came ashore Saturday amidst the sounds of cannon and musket fire, quickly outnumbering the red-coated British soldiers assembled on the dock. Thousands of revelers awaited the landing along the waterfront, which turned out to be a relatively peaceful affair. Peaceful, that is, once the swashbucklers successfully kidnapped the governor – or at least the man playing the part of governor for the annual rite kicking off the Pirates Week parade.
Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell has refuted suggestions of a conflict of interest over Cayman’s cruise port project.
About 250 to 300 people, many of them holding placards expressing their objections, braved blistering-hot late-afternoon sun to attend the protest held at the waterfront across from Cardinall Avenue.
Grand Cayman is a small island, and I believe that the majority of tourists appreciate visiting our islands as they are.
Human beings are notorious for — and notoriously bad at — manipulating Nature to suit their temporal whims. In other words, playing God. Hubris has brought down greater and wiser men than we ...
Last week, the premier announced that the government will forge ahead with the cruise dock project. Today, we’d like our readers to turn their attention to Grand Cayman’s “other” port project – the expansion of the Owen Roberts International Airport.
The members of the Progressives administration like to style themselves as “a government that gets things done.” On the subject of the George Town cruise dock, they have lived up to that promise.
Plans for a new cruise port in George Town harbor will move forward, Premier Alden Mclaughlin announced Wednesday afternoon. Mr. McLaughlin said government had considered the environmental and economic implications and agreed to allow the project to proceed to the next stage.
"When we peer into the pier proposals" ...
The proposed George Town cruise berthing facility constitutes the largest public works project in the history of the Cayman Islands. The consequences of pursuing, or not pursuing, the dock will be with us for generations.
A recently published Caribbean Market Update has offered good news for the Caribbean economy.
At birthday parties, on bar stools and around the office water cooler, a popular topic of conversation in recent days has been the idea floated by a Cayman Islands businessman to bring cruise passengers into George Town via a sophisticated system of cable cars.
Consultants say there would be 20 times more environmental damage as a result of the dredging required if cruise piers were built in South Sound or West Bay instead of George Town harbor.
The withholding and late release of a section of the cruise berthing facility impact report has left the government open to allegations of manipulation and opaqueness, ironically, amidst a public consultation process intended to ensure accountability and transparency.
There are likely murderers (plural) roaming freely in the Cayman Islands, untried and unaccountable for their homicidal actions. This is directly attributable to Cayman’s prevalent culture of silence and perceived retribution.
Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell outlines the proposed cruise berthing facility project.
An argument for why the Cayman Islands needs a cruise berthing facility.
A historical look at more than 12 years of starts, stops, controversy and failure in the effort to build cruise berthing facilities on Grand Cayman
Building new cruise piers in George Town would mean significant further infrastructure investment would be required.
Internet stalkers, trolls and other online miscreants, beware: The veil of anonymity presented by keyboards and computer screens offers no legal protection whatsoever for misbehavior in the Cayman Islands.
The proposed cruise berthing facility in George Town Harbour could bring half a million more cruise passengers annually, but can Grand Cayman handle such an increase in visitors?
The members of the Legislative Assembly are not yet revealing where they stand on the issue of whether a cruise berthing facility should be built in George Town Harbour.
The exact cost and funding model of building new cruise piers in George Town will be determined through a competitive bidding process if the project gets given the green light.
Stakeholders are divided on the best way to achieve the country's long-term tourism goals.
A survey of cruise passengers indicates that while many would prefer berthing piers, most would not be deterred if they were not put in place.
Cruise berthing facilities in George Town harbor have been debated for so long that many Caymanians were either children or not even born when the issue was first considered. The Cayman Compass Special Report, The Dock Debate, looks at the issue of cruise berthing from a wide range of topics.
Caymanian Bo Miller makes an argument for why the cruise berthing project should not go ahead.
Cruise ship arrivals are continuing to increase across the Caribbean region.
Policymakers will have to weigh the value of dive and snorkel sites such as Eden Rock and Cheeseburger Reef against the benefits of cruise berthing facilities.
CITA threatens to erode its own credibility as an organization that is representative of the tourism industry in the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s announcement late last week that the majority of its members were opposed to the proposed cruise berthing plan has drawn mixed reactions.
Before the debate over George Town cruise berthing goes too far off the deep end, let us attempt to steer the conversation back toward calmer waters.
The stretch of asphalt connecting the Owen Roberts International Airport to Seven Mile Beach ought to be a grand entryway into Grand Cayman. Instead, we have the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. It's ugly. It's dangerous. And it smells.
A caymancompass.com online poll asking people’s opinions about the proposed cruise ship dock was subjected to more than 50,000 duplicate votes in a deliberate attempt to skew the results.
A new “public information” group has been formed by supporters of a new cruise dock for George Town in an effort to counter a growing campaign against the $150 million project.
How, and where, does cruise berthing fit in with plans for downtown, Grand Cayman’s tourism strategy, and the Cayman Islands’ lengthy list of major capital projects and other priorities?
The emergence of Cuba as a rival for tourists and investment dollars will change the travel landscape in the Caribbean forever, industry leaders have warned.
Cruise giant Carnival has signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four “next generation” cruise ships that will each accommodate more than 6,000 guests and are unlikely to use tenders.
When asked which issue the government should spend the most time and money resolving, respondents to a caymancompass.com online poll were almost evenly split between education, solving the landfill problem and fighting crime.
More than 83 percent of the respondents to a caymancompass.com online poll think it is inappropriate for the government to spend more than $38,000 for food and beverages as part of the National Heroes Day celebration.
A six-month progress update on the Ernst & Young government consulting report shows slow going.
More than six months after the publication of the EY report, it appears we have another "dust gatherer" in the making.
During a recent TV interview, Premier Alden McLaughlin issued what is, perhaps, an extraordinary warning in regard to the economics of the Cayman Islands.
Plans for a floating cruise dock are presented to business leaders as a credible alternative to dredging George Town harbor.
Around $1.5 million worth of drugs and guns went up in smoke Friday in a controlled disposal of contraband confiscated by customs officers.
Elected lawmakers should not be negotiating, agreeing to and supervising the execution of major projects.
A private-sector operated infrastructure investment fund will come on line this month.
Some reports deserve to gather dust on government's shelves.
The prospect of the Cayman Turtle Farm breaking even without cutting jobs and scaling back operations have been dismissed as "unlikely" in a report on the economics of the cash-strapped tourist venue.
Statistics for 2013, released Tuesday, show air arrivals soared to near record highs, while cruise arrivals sank to a 10-year low.
Fixing the George Town landfill necessitates a coordinated effort that includes all elected members, not just those who occupy Cabinet seats.
As the year 2013 winds down, we look forward to our country's ambitions and actions in 2014.
Cayman should approach cruise berthing negotiations with its eyes wide open.
George Town will remain the preferred location for Cayman’s new cruise dock unless it proves environmentally impossible, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell insisted, amid suggestions that government should consider other sites.
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