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Royal Caribbean boss ‘undecided’ on Cayman cruise pier project

Royal Caribbean has not completely abandoned plans for new cruise berthing facilities in Grand Cayman, the company’s CEO Michael Bayley said Wednesday.

Port referendum question ‘tweaked’

Government says it has "tweaked" the question it plans to use for the referendum on its proposed $200 million cruise berthing and cargo project.
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Public reactions of holiday still on

With everything that’s at stake with the proposed cruise berthing and cargo port project - millions of dollars in public spending, the health of...

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.
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Referendum Day holiday gazetted

The 19 Dec. date was gazetted this week and will facilitate the vote on government’s $200 million cruise berthing and cargo port facility, which Premier Alden McLaughlin announced last week.

Cruise line boss claims piers could mean 2.5 million passengers

A new cruise berthing facility in Grand Cayman could see visitor numbers surge to 2.5 million per year, the president of Royal Caribbean International said this week.

Elections Office urges voters to register

If the cruise port referendum is held this year, eligible voters who have not already registered with the Elections Office will not be able to cast a ballot in the historic vote.

Cruise campaigners want referendum next year

Campaigners are calling for the people-initiated referendum on the cruise port to take place in January at the earliest.

Cruise port referendum: Campaigners deliver petition to Cabinet

The Cruise Port Referendum Cayman group delivered its port petition to the government on Wednesday.

Cabinet to begin drafting port referendum bill

Government will seek to hold the referendum on the cruise and cargo port “as quickly as possible”, Premier Alden McLaughlin has said.

Campaigners call for release of reports before referendum

With a referendum on the controversial cruise and cargo port project now looking inevitable, campaigners are calling for the release of detailed information about the project before a vote takes place.

Government spends $130,000 on cruise project ad campaign

A freedom of information report has revealed that the Cayman Islands government has spent more than $130,000 in public money in promoting the proposed cruise and cargo port project.

Letter: CPR outlines key concerns on cruise berthing facility – part 3 of 3

What will Caymanians really pay for the project? Governments have a duty to deliver value-for-money projects with public finances.

Nearly 94% of port petition signatures verified

As of Saturday afternoon, the effort to prompt a referendum into the proposed cruise ship port needed just 332 more verified signatures to move the process forward.

Letter: CPR Cayman outlines its key concerns on cruise dock, part 2 of 3

Cruise Port Referendum Cayman has submitted a three-part letter to the Cayman Compass outlining its concerns about the proposed facility. This is part 2.

Opposition criticises government’s handling of cruise port petition

Opposition members on Wednesday described the government’s efforts to allow people to “unverify” their names on a petition calling for a referendum on the proposed cruise port as “dastardly” and undemocratic.

Last 10% of port petition signatures to be verified

The Elections Office has verified 90% of the signatures needed to trigger a referendum on Cayman’s proposed cruise port.

Letter: CPR Cayman outlines its key concerns on cruise ship dock

Cruise Port Referendum Cayman has submitted a three-part letter to the Cayman Compass outlining its concerns about the proposed facility. This is part 1.

Letter: Port will add to congestion

Let’s heed the wise words of J.A. Roy Bodden re the disingenuous offer of the current Cayman Islands government ‘directorate’ to rescind signatures on referendum for [the] possible mega cruise ship dock in Hog Sty Bay.

‘High intensity’ campaign to promote cruise port plan

Government is seeking to hire a public relations firm for a new “high intensity’ campaign to promote its plan for a new cruise berthing facility in George Town harbour.

Saunders raises concerns about Constitution changes

MLA Chris Saunders says he’s concerned that some of his fellow members are making it too easy to make changes to the Cayman Islands Constitution.

Letter: Call to retract signatures ‘disingenuous’

If proof was needed that the political directorate with its warped agenda is taking the Cayman Islands from the ‘sublime to the ridiculous’, then search no more … for, alas, the evidence is here.

Governor unconcerned over claims of port petition ‘interference’

Governor Martyn Roper said he has “full confidence’ in the Elections Office despite concerns that it is allowing people to “unverify” their signatures for the petition calling for a referendum on the port.
US citizens have been warned not to travel on cruise ships in a move that could have a huge knock-on effect on the tourism industry.

The cruise port deal: Readers’ questions answered

The Compass featured an extensive report on the key questions and answers about the deal that were addressed by the government. We asked readers to submit any questions they felt were not answered in that story, and we endeavour to answer those questions here.

Cruise referendum verification hits three-quarter mark

The Elections Office confirmed Monday that it has verified 74.8% of signatures in a petition calling for a referendum on the proposed cruise port project.

Referendum petition passes 70% mark

Campaigners for a referendum on the cruise port are 70% of the way towards hitting the target to trigger a vote, according to the Elections Office.

More than half of Port referendum petition signatures verified

As of Friday, 55.6% of the number of signatures required to prompt a people-initiated referendum on the cruise port project had been verified, according to the Elections Office.

Governor comments on key issues

During his interview with the Cayman Compass, Governor Martyn Roper also commented on a handful of other key issues that fall under his jurisdiction.

Elections Office vets nearly 45% of petition signatures

The Elections Office has verified 44.6% of the required 5,292 signatures on a petition calling for a people-initiated referendum on the proposed cruise port dock in George Town.

Campaigners cruise towards petition target

Less than two dozen of the 1,500-plus voters reviewed by Elections Office staff have declined to verify that they signed the petition calling for a referendum on the port project.

Web ticker follows verification progress for cruise petition

The Elections Office has released a web ticker that tracks progress in verifying petition signatures for the cruise port referendum.

Elections Office verifies nearly 13% of petition names so far

Almost a week after beginning door-to-door checks, Elections Office staff have verified more than 700 signatures on the cruise port referendum petition, 12.9% of the total 5,438 names.

Port referendum petition: Door-to-door verifications begin

The Elections Office on Friday began door-to-door verification of signatures on the cruise port referendum petition, in the districts of North Side and East End.

Extended hours for Elections Office

The Cayman Islands Elections Office is extending its office hours so people can verify their signatures on the cruise port petition.

Port referendum: No shortcuts to democracy, governor says

Governor Martyn Roper has given his support to the person-by-person verification process taking place for the petition for a referendum on the cruise port.

‘Historic moment’ as cruise petition handed over

The petition calling for a people’s vote on the controversial cruise berthing project was handed over to the Elections Office Wednesday in what was described as a “historic moment” for the Cayman Islands.

Governor keeping tabs on referendum process

Governor Martyn Roper said he would work closely with the Elections Office during the process to verify the authenticity of more than 5,300 signatures on a petition calling for a referendum on the controversial cruise port project.

McLean calls for port negotiations to halt

Opposition leader Arden McLean has joined calls for the cruise port project to be put on hold until a petition calling for a referendum on the development has been verified.

Premier makes no guarantees over port referendum

Government will proceed with plans for a new cruise and cargo port in George Town harbour despite claims from campaigners that they have collected enough signatures to trigger a referendum on the project.

The issue explained: How the referendum process works

Here, we look at the key questions around the referendum process, and how they were answered.

Every signature on port petition must be verified

The Elections Office will need to individually verify every single signature on the cruise port referendum petition before a vote can take place.

Bryan calls to expand port referendum to include gambling and skyscrapers

George Town independent legislator Kenneth Bryan is urging government to poll the public on gambling, same-sex unions and skyscrapers as well as the cruise port project, if and when a referendum is called.

Port referendum: Elections chief to address meeting

Elections supervisor Wesley Howell will speak at a public meeting Thursday evening on the cruise port referendum issue amid uncertainty over if and when a public vote on the controversial issue will take place.

Cruise pier campaigners: Threshold for referendum reached

The Cruise Port Referendum Cayman campaign announced on Friday that it has received enough signatures on its petition to initiate a referendum on government’s proposed cruise pier facilities.

Cruise port referendum campaign creeps towards target

Door by door, signature by signature, campaigners are inching towards their target of a people-initiated referendum on the controversial cruise port project planned for George Town harbour.

950 more names may trigger port referendum

Campaigners aiming to trigger a referendum on the controversial cruise port project say they are within touching distance of reaching the required number of signatures.

Cruise port petition puts dock debate on collision course

Almost six months after beginning a campaign to force a referendum on the controversial cruise port project, volunteers are still collecting the signatures needed to trigger a public vote, though organizers have not stated how many people have signed the petition to date.

Campaign groups plan town hall meeting Saturday

Campaigners for a referendum on the cruise port are hosting a community meeting, bringing together groups working on various related issues including beach access and the proposed development of land on the Barkers peninsula.

Panton supports referendum ‘if they get the numbers’

Former Environment Minister Wayne Panton says he supports the democratic right of campaigners to seek a referendum on the controversial cruise port plan.

A look back at the year that was

The year 2018 was an eventful one for the Cayman Islands.

Push for port referendum continues

Organizers of a petition calling for a referendum on the cruise project continue to collect signatures in an effort to trigger a national vote.

Government: Referendum would kill cruise port

Government has claimed that holding a referendum on the issue of cruise piers in George Town would delay the project to such an extent it would effectively kill it.

Government rejects calls for port referendum

Government rejected calls from the Opposition for a referendum to be held on the controversial cruise pier project after a lengthy debate in the Legislative Assembly that ran into the early hours of Friday morning.

Legislators reject motion on gay marriage referendum

The Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly voted along party lines Thursday night to oppose a motion that sought a referendum on whether the territory should accept same-sex marriages. All nine government members opposed the motion, while all opposition party and independent members supported it.

UPDATED: Bid for referendum on gay marriage fails

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin indicated Thursday that his ruling Progressives party-led government would block any attempt to hold a referendum on whether Cayman should change its law to accept same-sex marriages.

EDITORIAL – Gay marriage: A motion or a diversion?

Why have a referendum on support for same-sex marriage? There is no doubt that the answer from the voting public will be “No.”

EDITORIAL – ‘Let’s vote on it …’ No, let’s not!

The Brexit decision should have been made by the U.K.’s elected representatives, not by individual voters in polling booths throughout the nation.

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