WB road closure official

| 13/03/2013

wb ay road.jpg(CNS): Updated — The government has officially gazetted the closure of the first portion of the West Bay Road in an Extraordinary Gazette published on the website Wednesday. However, the road itself remains open and the NRA said it has not yet been informed when the road will physically close as neither junction to veer traffic on to the Esterley Tibbetts Highway has yet been completed. Although it is the legal authority that governs the country’s roads, a spokesperson for the NRA told CNS that it is waiting on instructions from Dart about when the actual closure will take place as it has not yet “been informed when it will happen”. The gazette comes following a second legal action being filed in the courts in an effort to stop the road closure.

west bay road closure_1.jpgThe gazette detailing the closure of the road, directs people to the Lands and Survey office or its website to examine the area, which is to be closed under the controversial deal government made with the Dart organisation. Although not there yesterday, after being contacted by CNS it has now been posted and can be viewed here.

Government ministers revealed details of the first strip to be closed at a government press briefing last month. (See picture at right)

It is understood that the closure of the road does not yet mean Dart has taken possession of the crown land but it is the first definitive step towards the closure of what will eventually be more than 4000 feet of the local road, which has been a byway of some kind connecting West Bay to George Town for more than one hundred years.

Cabinet members had already stated that the first 1000 feet or so of road was going to be closed before the PricewaterhouseCooper independent review of the ForCayman Investment Alliance, which includes the road swap between Dart and government, was made public. But it also comes during the time when ministers have said that the Cayman government is continuing to negotiate with Dart over elements of the land swap. CIG is now attempting to get the developer to also widen the original stretch of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway from the Butterfield Roundabout in George Town to Camana Bay, which is still single carriageway.

The appearance of the official gazetting of the closure, which was not announced by government today, even though the Legislative Assembly met this morning, was not unexpected but it has raised a number of questions following a second writ calling for a judicial review of the deal, which is understood to have been filed in the Grand Court Monday by another activist opposed to the closure. This comes on the heels of a legal action filed by four West Bay women who are also seeking a court decision on the legality of the closure and vesting of the land to Dart.

See page 6 of the Gazette postedbelow or on the government website here.

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  1. Truth says:

    Caymanians versus intelligence.  What an interesting battle.  Who will win is not as important as why are they fighting?

  2. British Bulldog says:

    Caymanians, you are facing your darkest hour with this developers "take all" tactics. Be steadfast and speak as one people and you will prevail against the enemy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can't wait for Dart to build the new highway to Jamaica so all the whingers and whiners can go and find real things to moan about.

      Get back in your caves, neanderthols..you are stuck in time, do not understand progress and benefits it can bring

      • Anonymous says:

        Please don’t call names in your arguments, donkey weenie.

      • philo the philosopher says:

        "YOU" obviously attended school in a cave since you can't spell!  The word you tried to spell is   "N E A N D E R T H A L  "so keep repeating it until you can spell it correctly!  That's lesson number one for today, but I'll give you a week to get it right. Repeat after me. 

        N E A N D E R T H A L,     N E A N D E R T H A L,    N E A N D E R T H A L,

        Very good.. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations, Cayman, you just got stiffed once again by the biggest rip-off artist to ever blight these islands. When in darnation are you going to stop rowing with each other and get organised against such exploitive developers? Dart is laughing his way to the bank, can't you understand that? Quit harping on about the UDP/PPM/PMS what the heck and get real for goodness sake.

    • Anonymous says:

      None of the DART Group's local real estate investments will be moving the needle on their family fortunes anytime soon.  Their break-even mark is decades and decades in the future.  I look forward to the new roads, the new beach parkland and the new hotel.  It will be very stimulative for the islands, and thank the Lord we have a local benefactor willing to pour Billions into quality 1st world infrastructure at a time when nations are begging for this stimulus.  

      DART didn't squander the country's surplus, nor did their family group bankrupt the CIG, nor did they negotiate the deal on our behalf, our politicians did that to us.  Blame the CIG for cloaking this deal in secrecy and even now for failing to offer suitable explanation as to the particulars of the agreement.  

      I do not fault DART for presumably honouring their side of their roadway construction commitments, at record pace, even when faced with the latest moving goal posts.  The full blame for the state of our national balance sheet should be apportioned to our amateur former leadership.  The blame and anger should therefore be directed there, not at DART, and I would encourage all not to empower those people again with their votes in May.

      A Caymanian (looking for change in May). 

  4. Anonymous says:

    Now listen, as an American-Caymaian i think dart himelf has done alot of things to contritbute to cayman unlike the crappy government. First of all, uney complaining about road closure, first they no more public beach but dart is obviously putting a better public beach in place so the we can enjoy. Second, why uney hate on DART so much, but ya"ll still be giong to camana bay every weekend, who build that, MR.DART Yezz Zir. he made a place for tourist and locals to enjoy and building a better infransturcture for cayman.  Iswaer, if this was left to goverment, cayman would have been far worse. So uney need to come to realization that DART is helping out alot, unlike uney soc-called big firend Mckeeva.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why do people say ‘you don’t want the road but you go to Canaan bay every weekend??
      1. Is it a true statement? NO
      2. If it was true, and it’s NOT, would it then be a justification for Dart doing as he pleases whenever and where ever? NO.
      3. Please shut up

  5. Anonymous says:

    Here is the great irony of the West Bay Rd controversy.

     

    Imagine that, years ago, the government had built a four lane bypass to connect West Bay to George Town to avoid spoiling the natural beauty of Public Beach.  

     

    Now imagine that the big bad developer wanted to shut the bypass and build a road right through our beloved Public Beach!  The horror!!!  A road right through public beach!!!  That beach is our birth right and a national treasure!  You can't build a road there!!  And think of the traffic!  What happens when it floods?!  What a ridiculous place to build a road!!  No way, no how!!  Over my dead body!!

     

    Only in Cayman would you have people protesting to save a road from being turned into a park.  To paraphrase Joni Mitchell…

     

    "Don't it always seem to go,

    That you don't know what you've got 

    Till it's gone, 

    They unpaved paradise 

    And put up a pa-a-ark"

    • Anonymous says:

      No! Here’s the big irony. You make up a seemingly ironic situation and use it to condone dirty, underhanded back room bully deals. Why?

  6. The lone haranguer rides again! says:

    Yippee de do da!

  7. cow itch says:

    oh well … popcorn poppin.. camana movies here I come !   (:))>)

  8. Frank says:

    About time. now all the whiny protestors can go and find something else to moan about. Oh and i hate to say but "I told you it was a done deal"

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow you really are a geenyus. Happy for you and mac and dart. The new cayman?

  9. Anonymous says:

    oh no 150 backward west bayers won't be happy………zzzzzzzzzzzz….time to move on…..

  10. Anonymous says:

    I can’t wait to see how the C4C blame this one on the PPM.

    • Anonymous says:

      Goodness, you can't wait. Try and broaden your mind some and see the bigger picture. Dart is taking the Cayman Islands to the cleaners, okay?

  11. Road Scholar says:

    None of the “protestors” would have had any problem with this incredible deal for the Caymanian people had McKeeva Bush not been involved at the outset.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!

      Yes, PPM have been very, very, very slow to come to terms with the fact that the Caymanian people now realize that Dart is not the "saviour" he and his army of good news people would want us to believe.

      The PPM and a growing number of Caymanians now realize that Dart wants to cover us like an octupus with thousands of legs, reaching into every corner of our lives, sucking and taking away all that he can out of our people.

      Many PPM members are the founding members of the various opposition groups that came together founding Truly4Cayman.

      Nice try to discredit groups of people who love our Cayman Islands but it did not work!

       

       

       

       

    • Anonymous says:

      "Incredible deal"? What the heck., you sound like you're quoting from something suspiciously like a Dart news release. For God's sake, shut up, pack your bags and go home and rip someone else off.

  12. Anonymous says:

    this man just got away with like 40+million and everyone's ok with that?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Beach gone bobo lol!

    Caymanian

    • Anonymous says:

      The beach isn't gone – that's the whole point of this plan! The park will have an extended beach, so they're actually adding to Seven Mile, not taking away from it. 

  14. Anonymous says:

    This just goes to prove that Dart has taken matters into his own hands, Thank goodness someone capable is starting ot turn things around. On to the Dump..

  15. Anonymous says:

    I am amazed that Lands & Survey could do anything that quickly!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Please someone with guts, run in Cayman Brac with Moises, we need to get Ju Ju out of the house. This has got to be the worse deal in the History of the Cayman Islands. Dart could build his hotel and put a bridge over to the beach and just simply leave our road alone. We are already driving 25mph on that road, we would had conceded for the pedestrian crossings, we could had done it together. What the Dart Group should had done was to concentrate on stopping that bottlenecking by Camana Bay and by the CIS school every morning and evening. The traffic stretches all the way back to AL Thompsons in the evenings and by the Ritz bridge in the mornings. XXXX He could had satisfied with his concessions like everyone else, but noooo he wanted the road too. Why? XXXX  It will go down in history that this one man and the UDP destroyed our West Bay Road and stole our public beach. Watch and see his destructions when his yatchs controls the touris businesst, stingray city and more in the North Sound.  Only a foolish man builds his wealth upon the sand.

  17. whatamess says:

    Bye Bye Cayman…………Here comes "The Dartman Islands". How very sad, thanks to the UDP old and new for giving away our beautiful Islands.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your forefathers sold the island long before the UDP cam into the picture..

  18. Weekend Warrior says:

    Len you hit the nail on its head. A lot of people in agreement with the process are those that are currently on the payroll. So short sighted.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Excellent!! Let get the hotel built and some people down here!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Well the Camana Bay PR team has busy been busy today I see

     

    e.g. many of this positive comments are so obviously fake (and therefore too the thumbs up and down). Read and decide for yourselves. They sound fairly artificial and the same one liners that are planted here every story that CNS publishes about the road. 

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Amazing how people try to make it seem like anyone the thinks this is good for Cayman is fake or works for Dart. These are just tactics of a small group of people losing a fight to gain ground. Face it people have read and decide for themselves so hate because not all of us are on your side.. Misery loves company.

      By the way I bet if you were offered a job somewhere at Dart you’d jump on it and change your tone real quick..

  21. Anonymous says:

    Dart is running the show and it does not matter who is in office! Development for the rich! I don’t see any Caymanians on line to get those $ 3.50 an hour jobs! Which means more ex-pats, Social Services pays more! We need strong Indepentents who can sometimes say NO to these rich developers.
    Mark and John John we took a chance on you and you have so disappointed your District! I hope you have saved some of your money because your last paycheck on us, will soon come!

  22. Coalition For A Dump Free G.T. says:

    Now that is taken care of can we move forward with the more pressing issue of a new and improved waste management facility in Bodden Town to finally after all these years stop trying to find our way to heaven by piling more crap on the grossly mismanaged and long overlooked clearly outgrown current facility in the heart of our biggest money making area?

    • NeoSurvivor says:

      Again, for the umpteeth time……..   there is NO proposal for Dart to fund a "waste management facility".    That meme is a lie.   Dart proposes to provide three open, lined pits.   CIG is then supposed to fund the trucking of Trashmore to the pits.   Dart will cap — but not mitigate the soil/groundwater — of Trashmore, and that's the end of his obligation.    We, the people, get to pay for the increased costs of trucking our trash to BT, while apparently enjoying the idea that we've turned one dump into two, the second being in a residential area.  

       

      Thanks a bunch, Dart;  well played.  

  23. Anonymous says:

    Dart speaks..UDP Lite jumps!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Where is the PPM and the independents now??..they left a few little old ladies to fight this battle..What a shame..No men with balls anymore?

    CG and Rolston the two of you should hang your heads in shame and don't even bother driving back into West Bay tonight..

    Shame on all of you!!

    • Anonymous says:

      How about where is C$C, oh,,,,, that's you!

    • Anonymous says:

      They are all sitting back and awaiting thier chance, they all know that these are good things for Cayman and will start to turn things around. So they are not about to speak against it, they want to be the ones in the big seat saying that they are the ones that made things better..

       

  25. Realist says:

    I have read in the past that people won't even able to see the sea, they can't see it now anyway. I have said it before and will say it again our caymanian mothers and fathers sold their land to the foreign devil many years ago, now that you have a caymanian buying the land back you all XXX. the problem I do have it that we have one person who can literally buy the entire island and most of its businesses without flickering an eye lid, he has deeper pocket than most of us can really comprehend, and it appears this is what he is doing. Mark my words in the next ten years he will employ more employees than the government In fact don't be surprised if he doesn't employ at least 50% us. Mind you that said for the right price my businesses are for sale đŸ™‚

    • Anonymous says:

      Absolutely right. Eventually what is good for Dart will be synonymous with what is good for the Cayman islands.

  26. Whodatis says:

    Considering the way in which it has taken place, I fail to understand how andwhy anyone would rejoice in this development.

    We need to be careful because the standards and back-handed antics that brought this about today may be the very same that work against your interests the next time around.

    This is absolutely disgusting and deplorable representation by the (collective) Cayman Islands Government.

    It is clear that they cannot be trusted. Alas, there is no doubt that we are now officially "first world".

    I suppose congratulations are in order?

    * That being said, I have a nagging feeling that we have just made a turn for the worst in this country. The people will now realize that endorsed and promoted forms of "democratic protest" are not enough to achieve their objectives.

    Therefore what, pray tell, will be the next card to be played?

    I have no idea, but I know I would not want to be on the receiving end of that particular action.

    Good luck to us all …

    • Will Ya Listen! says:

      "Therefore what, pray tell, will be the next card to be played?"

      Wrong game. It's a game with Darts – the man and the Dart Board.They will tell you.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you don't like it leave, Caymanian or not..

    • St Peter says:

      Whodatis

      I might have not agreed with some pf your posts in the past -but you have gone mainstream with this post,

      I agree  with  you 101%,,

      Thank you…

      • Whodatis says:

        No, thank you for the support and kind words St. Peter.

        Granted, some of my posts may come across as controversial, however, I am steadfastly for the welfare of my country and fellow citizens – as every one this world has the right to be.

        There may be times that my sensitivity may be clouded by the aforementioned motivation, however, I must remain loyal to my beliefs. Unfortunately that stance may not tie-in with the perspectives of others but I guess that is the way of life.

        E.g., When I lived in a foreign country there were many things that I did not necessarily understand or agree with. However, on many occasions, I had to empathize with their perspective and put my own on the back-burner – as a matter of respect.

        Thanks for taking the time to reply as well.

        Take care.

    • Anonymous says:

      The thing is, this project will be good for the island in the short term. Whether it will be beneficial in the long run will depend wholly on whether it is done properly or not. The park, children's play ground, camping ground, additional parking for partons of the establishments along WB road (such as Calico Jack's, Tiki Beach, SurfSide), bike and walking paths and the watersports and tourist activity huts will be useful and beneficial to our island if they are designed and implemented properly. The thing that most people are complaining about the possibility of increased traffic, and I agree – there probably will be increased traffic. One can only hope that the developers will implement preventative measures such as working during non-peak hours, working multiple shifts in order to minimise road closure time.

      At the end of the day, this deal has now completely gone through, so as a people, lets start looking at the bright side – it will create some jobs (both short and long term through construction and eventually the staffing of kiosks along the beach), traffic flow will eventually be returned to normal, and based on the plans the park seems to be shaping up to be a beaufitul addition to our island. 

      • Anonymous says:

        So are you also happy to be paying more taxes because DarT will be collecting all of the tourist tax, keeping half then paying the remainder to government. 

        So how will the lost Tourst Tax that we depended on be replaced?

        Wake up, some new tax will be created or some tax increased to make up for the operating income taken by Dart.

        Yes, it is a steal, a Dart steal that Dart and Mac has perpetrated on us Caymanians.

         

        • Anonymous says:

          You cannot lose tourism tax on a hotel that does not exist! Currently Dart does not have a hotel so we are not losing taxes on his hotel the other hotelsare funding everything. So even with the concession it still keeps where we are at minimum or ahead of the game with a partial collection on a new facility.

        • Anon says:

          Except that at the moment the hotel is closed so there is zero tax. It would be nice to start looking forward instead of constantly looking back – nothing wrong with learning from mistakes made but the Cayman populus seems hell bent on reliving the past (instead of learning from it). Let's get cracking on the next few important months and make sure we have a solid stable government going forward – THAT is how we can fix things, not moaning about decisions that the previous governments (that WE ELECTED) made. The time is now. Lets fix the future.

        • Anonymous says:

          Bobo, I thought the islands were tax free?

        • Anonymous says:

          Better to get half of something than all of nothing don't you think?

    • Anonymous says:

      "Democratic protest"?  The democratically elected government entered into this deal.  That is the way representative parliamentary democracy works.  A few oddly dressed moaners have a picket means nothing.  The vast majority of people want the deal to go through. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Liar, Liar pants on fire!

        Dart and Mac math to say the "The vast majority of people want the deal to go through." 

        We know that Dart is putting us into bondage!

        • Diogenes says:

          Just because you do not like the message does not mean the math is wrong. 

          Fact – best case approx 4000 people cared enough to sign the petition (allegedly including non residents, let alone non Caymanian's – but lets just assume every one of the 4000 is an adult Caymanian).  Fact – there are approximately 18000 registered voters.  Fact – there are somewhere between 55000 and 60000  on the island, including expats.  

          Where in all that do you conclude that the majority of people oppose the road deal?  The majority of even registered voters apparently don't care enough to sign.  So whilst I agree not signing the petition doesnt mean you support the deal,  its pretty clear that they are no much fussed.  There is absolutely no way you can assert the opposite – that the majority oppose it.  

          If getting a considerably greater number of people, and an absolute majority of those that bothered to vote, to say yes to one man one vote is not sufficient to change the governments position, why on earth is getting less than 25% of the elctorate or less than 10% of the resident population, going to be enough to make the government change a policy decision.  

        • Anonymous says:

          I am getting really sick & tired of trying to work out what posters are intending to say but failing to do so – do they not read what they have written before hitting the Save button. So Mr. Liar Liar Pants on Fire" can you please explain to me what "Dart and Mac math to say…………………….." is when translated into English?

      • Whodatis says:

        Actually, I disagree.

        Democracy does not necessarily take place in respect to every issue simply because representatives have been democratically elected.

        Take for example the illegally waged war in Iraq on the part of the USA and the UK. Literally millions of people in those countries (and around the world) protested against that action, but to no avail – it came to pass. Producing two of the most prolific war criminals of our time in the process – GWB and Blair.

        As another example we can take the issue of top-up university fees in the UK. I am quite certain that not a single MP was voted in on a campaign to introduce or increase university fees. There were mass demonstrations at the announcement of the changes, at times violently, however, yet again – with no positive results for the protestors. (Try finding a UK university with annual tuition below £7,000.00 today!)

        There is no way you or I can factually claim that; "The vast majority of people want the deal to go through.".

        What we are simply seeing in Cayman today is the sad arrival of what has been taking place in the "1st / western / advanced" world for a long time now – the power of big money.

        That is the long and short of the matter.

        * Interestingly, as it concerns the "4Cayman" deal, we have no concrete information regarding (as a few examples);

        • the number of (long-term) job opportunities it will provide for Caymanians
        • training programs and the respective infrastructure for Caymanians / the country
        • value for money assessment
        • any potential increase in required work permit holders

        Yet it is clear and understood that West Bay Road MUST be closed to facilitate the wishes of the DART Group?

        Really?

        Is this how we are conducting government business in this year of 2013 in the Cayman Islands?

        I am sorry, but it is simply disgusting and deplorable.

        Each and every last member of government that has played a hand in this "deal" thus far ought to hang their head in absolute shame.

        ** Selling off beachfront property back in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's was a"good idea" at the time as well – but look at the regret in the hearts today of many that made that choice.

        My primary objection to this development is that there is not a single reason why the decision to close the road had to be made at this time – if at all.

        That is the issue that stands out most in all of this – and just another reason why the whole deal stinks.

         – Whodatis

  27. Step down says:

    Great news! Well done UDP and Dart. At last something is happening!!

  28. Patricia X says:

    Wonderful news.  The lovely cocktail in that lovely new hotel is a step closer.

    • Anonymous says:

      Alcohol just seems to make everything okay doesn’t it?

      • Patricia X says:

        It makes my wonderful life all the more wonderful.  Expensive drinks in expensive places.  Just the way life should be.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yep..did you hear DART just bought up the local PEPSI and  Miller Lite beer dealership…If you control the liquor, you control the people…Go DART!!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Another beach front gone wb! You all better use to your bath tubs instead of beautiful sandy beaches! It must be April Fools day every day in wb! How much times can someone fool you all in wb before you all open yours eyes??????

    Caymanian

    • Anonymous says:

      Duh, there is now a bigger beach and park.

      • Anonymous says:

        What bigger beach? You mean there will be a deeper beach when the road is dug up? We lose vehicular access to 4000 ft of beachfront soon (100 cars were parked on that stretch recently) and you think that is OK?

        • A concerned Caymanian says:

          You're an imbecile. look at the plans. You might have to walk a few dozen meter's further to get to the beach from the new parking lot but the beach will be MUCH bigger. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Sadly, many will never comprehend the great beauty and enhanced value of peaceful parkland areas.  To them a beach is a convenient roadside attraction you drive your vehicles onto to unload your full-size kitchen appliances and booming speaker boxes for an Easter "camping experience", then leave all their slobby picnic trash and chicken bones for some sub-human person beneath their status to cleanup.  

    • Anonymous says:

      They took something else fromus again, part of west bay road closed for ever….something about that doesn't sound right and again we let it happen…80% owed by Dart 20% owed by ???? not sure anymore

    • Anonymous says:

      My people…worry big and think small.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Do not vote for the UDP and any MLA who has stood back in silence and didn’t fight for fairness and transparency. Sweep them all out of office on May 22 and end the madness!

    • Anonymous says:

      and what did PPM do about it?   Nothing.  Everybody wants DART'S $$$$

    • Anonymous says:

      and do not vote for anyone that was a former UDP or PPM then just backed out a few weeks before

  31. Anonymous says:

    Good!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Juju is still Mac's puppet  and therefore she does not have a mind of her own.  She will keep spouting about "legally binding" as if she was not in agreement from day one.

    She is worse than Mac. She is all hypocrite and no substance.  At least Mac is proud of his xxxxing  bad deal!

  33. Anonymous says:

    As a west bayer I can say I am going to be even happier when the new road opens so I don’t have to dodge those folks crossing the road at public beach. Dangerous place. Thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      The orginal rd was just fine. it worked all these years!!!

      Just hope it dont end up like the Yacht club road!! 

      Sinking just like the Govt!!

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope you can dodge those crazy drivers too?

  34. Anonymous says:

    Great news. Lets move this country forward and create jobs.

    • Anonymous says:

      we don't want/need anymore imported labour.

      • Anonymous says:

         

        Then who's going to do all the jobs that Caymanians do not want..? And speaking on that why is it that Caymanians do not want jobs such as Landscapers, Dishwashers, Cleaning People or any of the jobs considers menial. Is it that they are only interested in that job in the Law Firm or Bank or is it because they want to get paid more than these jobs offer ? Curious, please help me to understand this, if Caymanians don’t want to do this type of work why do they have issues with Expats doing it..?..

        • Anonymous says:

          Agreed, as a Caymanian business person I have just spent the last two months recruiting specifically stating that only Caymanians or right to work holders could apply, why two months because none would apply!!! Finally I got 7 to apply for ten available positions and by the way I am paying higher than the normal salaries as I figure I can apply cost of permits to wages and of those 7 only two have bothered to show up for work regularly and on time the rest showed up a day here a day there and then just stopped coming in! So now I repeat the process and sorry work permits holders will be considered this time. I wish I was a bartender or server they may make low base wage but on average they make between $30,000 to 60,000 per year and bar tending has to be a lot more fun than running a business with all of the ways government tries to put you out of business, heck I’m ready to go work for Dart!

    • Anonymous says:

      At any expense!

    • Anonymous says:

      Jobs?

      The Jobs are here, it is just that Caymanians do not have them, 24,000 are holding the jobs, many at poverty rates – the working poor are amongst us thanks to Mac, Dart and Ryan.

      we do not need any false politics to say that foreign investment will result in jobs that benefit Caymanians. 

      Many of these jobs are below what a caymanian can live on, so the investors import cheap labour and put them to live in trailers like Dart, Cline and others have them living in on the Dart project.

      Jobs, yes, but not benefitting Caymanians!

  35. CaymanKinder says:

    HOORAY !!!!

    Finally, a safer road to travel on to school and work.

    The public beach is really starting to look amazing and I can't wait to take the kids there to play.

    Common sense prevails! New road, better infrastructure, more jobs and better opportunities.

    Well done CIG/Dart.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, wait til you gotta pay to go there too!!!!

      unna buncha Mac Zombies!!!

       

       

      • Anonymous says:

        Why would you need to pay to go to a public beach, stop the scare mongering..

  36. Anonymous says:

    about time!!

  37. Anonymous says:

    The udp and udp lite are all liars and need to be voted out of office in May elections for selling out this country

  38. Anonymous says:

    yes ..yes …yes!

  39. Len Layman says:

    This is a travesty of justice.  The people have not been informed or listened to.  Just told.  Now the action is taken before the report has been made public, or the courts have had a chance to respond to the Writ that has been filed. It is clear that they (Dart and the government) want it done before transparency takes place and before the courts rule on the Writ.  I ask you why is that.  What do they fear.

    As a West Bay voter I will not even consider any members of the  previous or current UDP government (regardless of what they call them selves now) in the next election.  Their total of lack or respect for openness and consultation with the people is clear.  I do not think they even know what the term "due process" means. They have certainly made my choices in May much easier. (I guess I should thank them for that.)

     

    • peter milburn says:

      Well said Len.I agree with you on this and it seems business as usual.Elections cant come fast enough for me personally and a lot more I am sure.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not sure why you’re getting the thumbs down. I myself am ok with the road but people are pretty stupid or weird or something to condone the way this deal was done. I just don’t get it.

    • NeoSurvivor says:

      Well said.   We now know — if it wasn't previously apparent — that the collective will of the people means nothing.   We also know that procedure as laid out in the FFR and properly tendered/vetted protocols are worth nothing when a few shiny trinkets are waved in the faces of the ruling class.  

       

      We will know the full terms of this "deal" when we are told, if ever.   Cayman looses, Dart wins and will continue to win via concessions that we, the people, will have to make up the shortfall from.  

       

      You that are celebrating, enjoy the flavour of your short-sighted and short-term gains, and start thinking about what to tell your children when one day they ask if you were among those that sold us out.  

       

      Disgusted.   The election won't fix this, but hopefully at least will remove those who put the best interest of the people second to their own.  

      • Anonymous says:

         

        Correction: We know now.

        That the needs of the many outweigh the desires of the few.

        A protest by only a fraction of the population does not represent the feeling of everyone.

        Once the hotel is completed Dart will get concessions for a part of the income that Cayman wouldn’t get all without this deal. A piece of the pie is better than no pie at all.

        This will create jobs, If Caymanians do not want them then that’s their choice, it will then create income from work permit fees.

        The Island is finally starting to move forward.

    • Anonymous says:

      XXXX the fact still remains that all the property on both sides of the road belongs to the Dart Group and they were able to purchase it because it was for sale. For your information, the road, as it is now, was not always there either. Many years before you even heard about Cayman, the original road was closed and moved quite a ways inland. If it is the view youre talking about, what would happen if the Dart Group decided to let the natural trees and bushes on their land grow without any trimming or pruning. Would there be a petition demanding they cut the trees down so drivers can take their eyes off the road while driving to look at the sea?? XXXX

      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t know what you’re trying to say but; oh dear god no no no! Please don’t let nature take over !

    • Anonymous says:

      len you are a good man…. but trying to consult or rationalise with ignorant cave people is a waste of time…..

       

  40. Humpty Dumpty Pajamas says:

    "Although itis the legal authority that governs … it is waiting on instructions from Dart"

    Get used to this Cayman until you can vote for politicians who actually the ability to balance a budget and have the best interest of the country at heart.

    • Anonymous says:

      "Althought it is the legal authority that governs ….. it is waiting on instructions from Dart"  ever thought this maybe because they are incharge of the road works!?!?

  41. Mr T says:

    GOOD

  42. Anonymous says:

    Sneaking under the radar eh Mark…Can't hide from the people of Bodden Town though!

     

    Brooms are in full force and ready to do some serious sweeping…Bodden Town will be Dump Free come May 22.  We will be taking the Garbage out!! It's been stinking up BT for four years now!

     

    • Anonymous says:

      I got two brooms ..one for John John and one for Mark..even used my pocket knife to carve their names on them.

       

      Anybody want to see a good "ole time" Cayman election sweeping come to Bodden Town Wednesday night May 22.

      Come see a "garbage free"  Bodden Town..We are sweeping it out!!

      • Anonymous says:

        How can I get a broom?..  We could make a fortune selling them this election particularly in Bodden town and West Bay!!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Mark and CG going show them women who the men(BOYS) are!!  Sick Sick!!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Well that just sealed the fate of the ruling UDP Lite…Only one left standing will be Julie.

    Stupid f#@ks