Dart battle continues

| 30/10/2014

(CNS): Despite recent indications by Premier Alden McLaughlin that the Dart negotiations over the provisions and concessions the developer was given under the controversial NRA Agreement were heading in the right direction, he made it clear Wednesday it was a tough and on-going battle. During a debate on amendments to the planning law, which stirred up trouble between the premier and his former colleague, Arden McLean, in the Legislative Assembly, the country’s leader said the legislative changes had nothing to do with more favours for that developer. Government was continuing to renegotiate the “difficult and troublesome elements” of the deal, he said.

The agreement withDart, the islands’ dominant investor, landowner and developer, which was signed by former premier McKeeva Bush in December 2011, has stirred up controversy since it was first announced, from the closure of the West Bay Road to the 50% concessions on all room tax from hotels that Dart will build now and in the future.

In the LA yesterday a further row erupted during the debate over the planning law amendment bill.

The member for East End accused government of making changes to facilitate big developers and continue what the UDP had started with the Dart deal, which he said was a sell-out for the country. McLean had suggested it was no coincidence that, as Dart confirmed plans to build yet another hotel on Seven Mile Beach, the planning law changes were being made that would facilitate him and other big developers but would penalise the small local landowner.

McLaughlin, however, hit back at McLean and accused him of falsely impugning his former colleagues with whom he once “broke bread” and questioning their integrity. The premier said the comments were “scandalous” and he should have tempered his contribution so as to be “more befitting of a veteran member and a friend and colleague” of the members who sit on the government bench.

The premier said it was no secret that they had been dissatisfied with certain elements of the NRA agreement and noted that the government was still trying to re-negotiate the amendments to that. The proposed planning law changes had nothing to do with the Dart agreements, he stated.

McLaughlin insisted that the legislative amendments were put forward by the technical team at the planning department and were described as necessary improvements to the process to make the law more viable and better able to attract positive development.

He said that all governments give concessions to developers in order to encourage them to build and construction was particularly important to Caymanians because that was where the jobs for local people were created. 

“I can assure the public that the only motivation of the bill is to improve the development and planning process, to get good solid development started and provide jobs,” the premier stated as he defended his Cabinet colleague, Kurt Tibbetts, who brought the amendments yesterday. “It is not about the big developer versus the little person; it is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to get a job and get ahead and get Cayman back to where we were before the bottom fell out of the financial market.”

Negotiations over the deal, which many believed was weighed heavily in favour of the developer, were underway almost from the beginning. An independent report raised questions about the value for money and amendments to the deal were agreed. But talks broke down about the details of the amendments and as the former interim government attempted to claw back some benefits for the Caymanian people ahead of the general elections in 2013.

Dart then pulled all the previously agreed amendments and reverted back to the original deal.

However, only half of the West Bay Road that Dart wanted to adapt to turn his land into beach front property has been closed and handed over to the developer. At this point government continues to talk with Dart, who is pressing ahead with a new hotel and condo development on the site of the former Courtyard Marriott. Despite indications that things were improving, there is no new deal yet and at present Dart will, among many other concessions, receive a fifty per cent rebate on the accommodation tax for all of his new hotels, and condos. 

Check back to CNS for more on the planning law changes later.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    So basically asking the Caymanian Government to keep their word is like putting a cat in a glass of water.  All honest people should take note and plan accourdingly. Remember the code: Take all you can and give nothing back.  This is what you can expect if you have to do any "dealings" with the representatives of the Caymanian people.  Dart knows.  Thats why he has to hire Lawyers.

    • Anonymous says:

      Reason i support Dart is because he is the best employer in Cayman- no doubt !! He pays better wages  the CI government itself and FREE medical too 🙂

      • Anonymous says:

        Reason I support Dart . Please answer me a few questions , do you make more than goverment employees ?   Have you been to a doctor / hospital lately to see if you have FREE medical ?   Why do you high lite the  word free ?  He pays better wages , i  know some goverment employees that are payed  BIG wages .  If you cannot answer the above questions , then i see why you like FREE FREE . BRO you get nothing free in this world today ,  get a real job and stop takeing those little free handout  and use your braine like Dart is doing . You and many more are been used !

  2. Anonyanmous says:

    Cayman dropped the ball in the late 80s early 90s and entirely missed the goal post in 2003. Gone are the good ole days never to return, Pandora's box was opened in 2003 and we have been living with the consequences ever since.  Unfortunately for many this is just the begining… I remember too when Argentina was awashed in cash and living the good life just like Cayman.

  3. Soldier Crab says:

    Dart for Premier!! Might as well and while we at it too we should be called dartarians.

    Oh wait if England takes over and taxes are implemented what happens to dart empire then?

    • Anonymous says:

      At that point the Dart Empire will have no choice but to go independent!  It will not be the best choick for the cayman people but Dart is not concerned about that.

  4. Anonymous says:

    the ppm continues to frustrate the largest investor in the history of cayman…….zzzzzzz

    welcome to wonderland…………

  5. Anonymous says:

    in dart …i trust

  6. Breal says:

    King Dart owns you people. Without him this place would be a swamp land. He needs the tax free status for his hundreds of millions, you need his investments. Let the man have his fun with his toys and develop the island, or God forbid you'll end up like your neighbors to the East, and we all know how much you hate them right? 

    Let Dart build the peir too while your at it, and a new prison,  maybe the airport aswell go for it all, if hes going to  spend, let him do it, no one else will, let him buyout as much land as he wants to develop, bring in a new utlities company, have some competition, capitalism works people, don't get left behind.  Once all the white collar expats leave and get fed up of the beach then what? Theres plenty  of other islands with more to offer than this small flat rock, with crack heads running around just behind the tourist areas. All you have really is the beach, no one cares about Cayman culture, most of the locals act like their shit don't stink, the world is smelling it now.  Toursits get more bang for their buck elsewhere without all the stupid rules and restrictions like Sunday trading, or everywhere closes at 12 am on Saturday night. Wake up and smell the feces Cayman, its all yours, Darts just trying to Cover it up.

    • Anonymous says:

      So why are you here. Do you like to smell shit? Probably your top lip youre smelling!

    • Anonymous says:

      Your ignorance knows no bounds.  Without regulation capitalism just does not work.  Left to the market and self regulation it implodes or do you know nothing about economics.

    • Anonymous says:

      8:22 seven little words for you "don't let the door knob hit you"…… 

      • breal says:

        Oh really now, at the end of the day, only the rich get richer in this day and age, regulation or not. Bottom line is Dart wants to invest a large amount of $$$$ on this island for whatever reason, no oneknows his end game, he’s built up the place to beautify it, he’s continued to show his interest in investing in projects and all you people do is complain and nag. Just get over it he’s going to do what he wants, and you can’t stop him, just let him buy up all that swamp land and make his dreams come true, just keep seven mile beach and the botanic park for yourselves.

  7. Ayatolla Hewso says:

    I hope our Honourable Premier does not climb into bed with our savior Mr. Dart like someone else I know.  He could become very rich by doing so, but what about us?  Cayman deserves better than that.

  8. Anonymous says:

    What's she-DART in Cayman Brac getting?  She's not employing locals and will soon run all of the smaller businesses out of business.  Her staff is a revolving door like the local bar's bartenders except they aren't all women.  Check the other CNS story about Brac Discrimination of women.  

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ci govt better be grateful for whatever dart provides given the state of the Cayman Islands if we don't give him the flexibility he desires he will go to another similar jurisdiction which would be worse than if ci govt up and moved to another jurisdiction

    • Anonymous says:

      Let him go!

    • Gut check says:

      I truly wish he would.    I do not wish for this country to be added to the list of countries that Dart has exploited and nearly ruined.     Remember, he went to Argentina and Belize with a big smile also.    They learned far too late and are still paying the price.  

  10. Anonyanmous says:

    Dart's kryptonite is taxes.

  11. Anonyanmous says:

    Not to worry you messing with the wrong person\\entity, Dart will do battle with them and he always win, done it against Argentina, Russia and many more.  So in all honesty what chance does Cayman stand against him?

  12. Anonymous says:

    DART can do no wrong in my book.  Let them build whatever they want wherever they want.

    • Anonyanmous says:

      Yep, thank heavens for Belize that is why when I sell my property here they are top of my  list to live there.

  13. Soldier Crab says:

    Personally I do not like Camana Bay and only go there when I have to. BUT it is the closest thing to a viable 'town-centre' Grand Cayman has.                                                                        George Town has been taken over by jewellery and other tourist-related shops; there is nothing there for the local person.  It's not been the same since Co-mart, By-rite and Kirk supermarket closed their doors.     This is the sort of thing a planning department is supposed to control instead of imposing unecessary bureaucratic obstacles on the ordinary person.

  14. Anonymous says:

    All the government needs to do is lower the room tax  to 2 % and create a new tax  ie resort tax of 9 % . That way Dart  will get 1% ( 50% of room tax) and government will get 10 %  ( 50% room tax + resort tax) The Government has the power to bring in new taxes and  adjust the rate of existing taxes. The contract will still be honored and the country will not lose out. The tourists will obviously have to pay a bit more but it will be no different to Florida where I have personally paid 13 % taxes on a hotel room. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Do something like that and see if anyone does business with the Cayman Island government again..it would also prove that th CIG is corrupt and doen't live up to thier word..

      The need to keep thier word and just make better dealsnext time around..

      • Anonymous says:

        Ummm…it would not prove that it was corrupt at all, but that it is prepared to challenge potential corruption.

  15. Anonymous says:



    Well CNS missed the important news in this debate, Ezzard the terrible got the provisions where regulations has to be approved bythe Legislative Assembly that was removed by Mac and his UDP Government in 2012 and whic Alden and the PPM were now happpy to use for their investors put back in the law.

    The changes that PPM wanted to do in secret in Cabinet must now be done in public like allow their investors in the BeachBay hotel to build 10 stories without consulting the people in the area.

    • Anonymous says:

      You stil don't have to be consulted as, aparently, they took out the 'polling' section of the Law where they have to notify andjoining landowners of development. The registered mail income just fell through the floor.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Is Cayman is dead in the water? ….. for the past 25 years whilst other countries are embraced investment and improved their tourism products and diversified their economies Cayman has stayed mired in the Land Crab Mentality and closed mindedness. Look around take out what Dart and Brian Butler have done and there is very little else.

    In twenty years Dubai has sprung up, China has become a global leader and Cayman has stayed pretty much stuck in the 1970's.

    It's about time we look at how Cayman should be managed as a product, as a well managed business and start to put us back on track to better prosperity for all our citzens. If not, Cayman will like the old mining towns in the mid-west just a speck of their former selves.

    Its a real pity. We had so many opportunites and we let them slip through our fingers. We need MORE Darts and MORE Brian Butler's becasue without them what else do we have?

    • Anonymous says:

      You have the born Caymanians and wealthy Caymanian families who invest so heavily into thier country.

      • Anonymous says:

        What is a "Born Caymanian"? When a Candaian or U.S. citizen living in Cayman has a child, born in George Town hospital then surely that is a 'Born Caymanian' coz they are born here – in Cayman? But many say that is not so, that a 'Born Caymanian' is someone who's parents and grand parents were born in Cayman. But I ask the quesiton coz many early Caymanians were not from here, they were from Jamicia, Great Britian and other places. So why do we have to still differentiate between 'Born Caymanians' and NON-Born Caymanians' aren't we all just people living in Cayman. One and the same? Or is it that we want to promote racial dividness so that we can alienate people based where they were born. Appartheid under was the same. Does it REALLY matter if your parents were born here or not? Does it make you a better person or not? Or it is just a way of sticking it to the man/women who has come here to live peacefully and in harmony?

        • Anonymous says:

          Wrong. To be a born Caymanian one of your parents has to be Caymanian.

        • anonymous says:

          Born Caymanians are just one down from the meek in the Grand Cayman scheme of things. Closely followed by those that came by "pain" and not by plane which the bulk of the qualified revenue generators are reminded of.

        • Anonymous says:

          My son was born here but I would consider it a insult for anyone to call him a Caymanian.

          • Anonymous says:

            Thank you for proving my point. The divide is really created by persons like yourself rather than Caymanians.

          • Anonymous says:

            Thank you, 6:59. I would rather be a light pole in New York than be a Caymanian.

          • Anon says:

            If that's the way you feel what on earth are you doing here? Surely you're in the wrong place. 

        • Anonymous says:

          Ummm…no. You are a born Caymanian if you are a Caymanian at birth. However, merely being born in Cayman to expat parents does not make one a Caymanian at all, let alone a born Caymanian.

          You have painted a one-sided picture where Caymanians are the villains. Those distinctions are made all the time by expats who wish to denigrate Caymanians – by which they mean generational Caymanians.  The truth is that many status holders do not wish to identify as Caymanians but rather as citizens of their respective countries of origin – except of course when there is a benefit to be gained.   

          • Anonymous says:

            Caymanians or should I say born Caymanians are not the villians, as you point out. But then why don't Canadian's say I should get a job becuase I'm a natural born Canadian or Brits say I need government welfare becuase I am a natural born Brit? The one sidedness that you speak of I think is actually the other way around. It smacks of them and us mentality and that is no foundation for an integrated society.

        • Anonymous says:

          In most countries they came from other countries.  Just because Cayman is younger than other countries doesn't make it change.  The first people that came here from Jamaica, Honduras and Great Britain integrated.  The people that come here now just hang out with their own country people.  That's the difference.  They choose to divide themselves.

        • Anonymous says:

          It seems you are missing the point that these were "early Caymanians" and not generational Caymanians. I've made the point before on here that the same could be said for any nation including the UK which has no indigenous population but clearly distingishes between recent immigrants on the one hand, and the Celts and Anglo-Saxons who have been there for centuries, on the other.   

          • Anonymous says:

            I hear what you are saying but surely someone from the UK would say they are British and someone from the USA would say they are American. They could be from somewhere else, their parents could be immigrats but becuse they are living in the country and have residency then they become British, American, Canadian, German etc.

            I think the problem is when someone uses the term "Born Caymanian" as if it is a privilage pass or VIP card or something. They are Caymanian, plain and simple. We all have a rich history of generational influences and I would hope that makes us all better able to get along together.

            I for one am proud to be Caymanian and yes, my parents were born elsewhere.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am trying to make sense of this nonsensical comment. Are you saying that there are no wealthy born Caymanians who invest in Cayman? If you are that is obviously nonsense. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Who is Brian Butler?

      • Anonymous says:

        Brian Butler was the developer that dealt directly with the local builders and contractors, not like the type of pirates Dart is letting handle his opperations. He developed half of the 7 mile beach. All Caymanians made good money. Steel fixers were paid 40 cents per lb. today the crooks are paying 19 cents….30 years later.

        There were no back hand or pay off for jobs, no pay off to get all the work. No one company got all the work.

        Now check  out the Kimpton Hotel and Condo, Millions of dollars worth of work going to one steel fixer, who has all the reinforcement jobs, not only the Kimpton two sites.

        He also has the 4 story bld. across from the central police station. A multi millon dollar home in the south sound area. Like sparrow song says.."big money does run behind it!!

        Some supervisor and manager are getting extremely rich by these deals they pull off with the one -man- gets- all syndrome.

        It was never like this in the 80s and mid 90s. ever since the Ritz came in and brought these XXXX, which has ruined the industry.

      • Judean People's Front says:

        Do we have any other Brian's of note out there?

      • Anonymous says:

        Who is Mr  Brian Buttler , he was a developer in the 70s and 80s , he was a gentleman of a      developer , not like todays developer  . Brian built his house in Cayman and lived in it mingled with the regular person , made sure caymanians were hired to do his jobs .  Can you say this about todays developer ?

    • Grandfather Troll says:

      What else do we have?  Well. we could have life like it was before the tourist invasion, where life was easy and hardly any crime, no traffic jams, plenty of food from the sea.  I could go on, but you get he idea.   I, for one, enjoyed the old days.  If I could turn back the clock, I would.   .

    • Anonymous says:

      Brian Butler built shoeboxes . At least Dart has some design to his product whether you like it or not! Jack Tse built several condos although a Cayamnian was fronting for him  and another.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Dart owns this ppm govt just like he owned the last ones. There are many forms of corruption besides taking ca$h check the Anti-corruption laws for definitions.

    The amendments they arguing about benefit a select few developers and guess who is doing all the development at present? It's sad that they think we are so blind or cannot see that this ppm are doing precisely what the last band of pirates did in order to stimulate the economy 

    • Anonymous says:

      You guys only complaine about the developers, and what our government does in their favor, and who ownes who!

      I have heard nothing from you on  issues concerning jobs for the local builders. Other civilized countries would be fighting for the jobs and opportunities for their people, not you! its all about putting the politicians and government in a bad lifgt.

      Lets show more concern for the unfortunate businesses, the owners   that are bitting their nails and pulling out their hair wondering where the next dollar is coming from.

      We are not interested in your rhetorics. Lets pull together and help  our people progress in their business.

      Stop brain-washing our people  in thinking that developers are the worst thing that come to our shores.

      Help to assist your people get the benifits of these projects. Show your ugly faces in the public and let caymanians see that you sincerly care for them, stop hiding yourselves behind doors and bushes…or just shut up! shame on you!

  18. Anonymous says:

    The many beautiful District Parks that DART built, equipped, and donated to the people of the Cayman Islands, at great expense, to improve quality of life, and provide a safe value-based place for families to meet, were not maintained through time and are wasting away under the neglectful hand of the CIG.  Every gift seems to be squandered with thanklessness and deriliction, while seemingly billing the public millions for maintanence that isn't happening.  It is a God-send to Cayman that this organization is still in the room at all.  If the anti-corruption watchdogs want something to investigate – start with the maintenance budgets for these district parks and follow the money.   

  19. Anonymous says:

    That is the trouble of having a poor hand – you take what is available.  Rather than always attempt to impugn the agreement reached with Dart we should move ahead and look at the issues factually and accurately.

    For example, one receives a rebate after one pays a price.  To put it perfectly clearly-a rebate of $2.50 on a $5 box of milk means you hand the cashier $5 for your milk and then follow up the procedure to receive the $2.50 rebate.

    On the other hand the store may offer a 50% discount on the same box of milk that costs $5.00.  At the cashier you pay $2.50 for the discounted milk.

    I doubt CIG is paying any accomodation tax back to Dart.  They have allowed his hotels to pay a discounted amount of tax.

    One must look at the whole picture – what has he done to obtain, among other things, discounted tax? Invested a massive amount of capital (and keep in mind he paid for the roads which are not his); provided employment for a large number of people and a viatl part of the contractor related businesses economy.  Simply put, his developments have kept the economy ticking over at a time when one might as well have thrown the defibrillator out the door as Cayman has almost "flat-lined".

    Also keep in mind that Dart is the only player actually doing something to move Cayman's stay-over tourism prodect ahead.  Everyone else is, like CIG, so busy talking bull they can no longer hear 'emselves think

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said 13:14. GREAT COMMENT.

    • Anonyanmous says:

      13:14 are you for real? the person that have gained the most benefits from Dart's development is Dart himself and his conglomerate. I am positive that if the majority of Caymanians knew back then what they know now they would tell Mr. Dart, thank you but no thanks.  

    • Anonymous says:

      it's not fact to state that Dart developments have kept the economy ticking over, you dont know that…nor do I……indeed, there is equal reason to believe that quite the opposite is true…..it could easily be argued that dart buying up local businesses (isl co's/cay distr/etc) and financially supporting them as they fail has not helped the local economy, instead it could be argued that the economy has suffered due to dart falsely supporting loss-mkaing operations to the detriment of other non-dart owned businesses that have since failed due in no small part to the competition (bank-rolled by dart)…..and i am sure many landlords around the island would argue that the massive increase in commercial office space dart has built and leased out has not really brought in all that much new business, but instead relocated existing businesses from their buildings…which now stand empty…..etc, etc……granted, if i had $1BN i could build a little compound and make it lovely too…and operate a load of buinesses that can't afford the rent in there, but could have elsewhere……alas, i'm not worth $1 never mind a $1BN!

      flip side is – life sucks, get over it…..dart doesnt care what we say or think, he doesnt have to and the country was sold years ago…..at least the compound is pretty……..

  20. Anonyanmous says:

    Why is the government doing battle with Dart, either you give him or you don't.  When you sign off on something that's it, only God, HRH and the courts can stop what is already sign off on between Dart and government at this point in time.

  21. Knot S Smart says:

    It would take God plus St Peter, plus Moses, what the hell throw in Noah and King Tut too – to reverse the mess that 'The Gambler' created  for Cayman and future generations…

     

  22. Anonymous says:

    Well the primer is only trying to fix what is broken, the deal was already signed so all he can reasonably do is get the best of what is being offered.  The previous Premier gave all the concessions and exchange/swap of land.  Don't blame premier McLaughlin on this one, he is blameless this time around.

    • Anonymous says:

      We rent as lucky as the Turks Ilanders were, they got there's back.  Same cup of tea.  You gamble,  we loose.

    • anonymous says:

      If I was the Cayman government, I would not bite the hand that fed me. Should the government run out of money for wages and pensions for any reason, who will help out then?

      • Anonyanmous says:

        Same person  (country) that has helped us since 1503 poster 5:17.  

        • anonymous says:

          Hmm. Let's just have a look at that theory shall we?

          Firstly, the only person around in 1503 was Columbus. History is evident with the lack of interest and concern shown by him, the crew and the ship's cat,  He gave not one care for these islands.

          Secondly, any country that backs or acts as guarantor for any other country where the minister of finance spends more in a casino in one day than an average constituent earns in one year, would be glad of losing the financial risk. If I was the FCO, I would want to off load these islands in a heartbeat.

          Throw in losing a billion dollars getting "lost" over again then your complacency is worrying.

        • Fred the Piemaker says:

          Islands were not even inhabited until 1658, and were a dependency of Jamaica until 1962.  So who do you mean exactly?

          • Anonymous says:

            Cayman did not legally become a dependency of Jamaica until 1863, and don't get fooled by the term "dependency". 'Founded Upon the Seas' says the Jamaican attitude to Cayman was one of "benign neglect". So the poster means Caymanians depended upon themselves.   

      • Anonymous says:

        Huh? What are you talking about? It certainly would not be the UK.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The amount of taxation that is levied on tourists visiting Cayman has long been a point of contention for me. They get higher and higher without any of the powers that be realizing that does major damage for hotels, shops, restaurants, car rental agencies etc. and that trickle down is felt across the economy. Regardless of the spin coming out of the DoT, all one has to do is look around and know things are not right.

    Now, these same taxes are paid in every jurisdiction in the Caribbean. Each island has it's own form and, annoyingly but honestly, the taxes levied on tourists are pretty much the same rate. 

    I like Camana Bay. I like the way Dart makes things LOOK. 

    Or should I say I like the way his people make things LOOK.

    Anyway, to the point at hand: If someone is allowed an inch, they will take a mile. This is a perfect case in point.

    Dart needs to be stopped NOW. No concessions should be given to him that would not be given to any other entrepreneur on island. NONE. If he doesn't like it, he can pack up his machinery and move on to another place that will let him RUN ROUGHSHOD OVER SOMEBODY ELSE.

    Stop him NOW!

    • Anonymous says:

      The point at hand

      "  If someone is allowed an inch, they will take a mile. This is a perfect case in point"

      This is not so in the real world it is not that way, only in your mind on fantisy island

      Your take on things needs to be checked.

      Dart did not do anything but good for your people you all are ingrateful

      Dart has no need for his own third world country He just likes some of you

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah.  He just likes some of you.  Sure he does…… He likes the ones who give him land and ways to enrich himself at the people's expense.  It seems a lot of people think the money Dart is taking comes out ofthin air.  It doesn't.  It comes from money belonging to Camanian citizens.  All they get in return are a few low-level jobs for a while.  Dart is looking out for Dart!

        • Anonymous says:

          Yep well maybe they have learnt that in cayman that is exactly the status quo.  Everyone is out for themselves.  Well that has been my experience.  The politicians look after their own.  

  24. The Thinker says:

    It states in the article, "McLaughlin however, hit back at Mclean and accused him of falsely impugned his former colleagues with whom he once “broke bread”and questioning their integrity."        I say, "I question ALL of our leader's integrity."

    The article seems to say the bottom falling out of the financial market caused our current problem.  I disagree.  The cause was (is)  the waste-and-spend tactics of some of our leaders, not to mention graft and theft, etc.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Terms of a deal are the terms of a deal, unless in Russia or Cayman. Do we really want that reputation???

  26. M. Adone says:

    Ah. Remember the good old days? When the UDP boys were parked at Camana Bay all day?

    C'mon Alden. Trek on over like a good fellow and kiss the ring.

     

  27. Anonymous says:

    DART at least follows through with his plans.   Everyone else just announces………and nothing ever happens……  

    Lets see……..the Island Resorts, Barefoot Beach in East End, the Waterford in Safehaven, the refurbishment of the Hyatt, the refurbishment of the old Marriott Courtyard (closed in 08 for 'Paloma repairs…), Beach Bay resort, Ironwood (yeah right….)…….etc, etc, etc….. 

    (with apologies to Shetty of course, as he too followed through with plans no one believed). 

    • Crackers says:

      You forgot one. That big brown block on SMB. The one that ruined the aesthetics of nature and set the precedent for turning the beach into South Florida.

      Mind you, I never thought it would be finished. So credit where credit is due. If you like that sort of thing.

       

    • Anonyanmous says:

      Your are right Dart always follow up with this plans google Dart's $835M Lawsuit Deepens Argentina Debt Drama – articles can be found at Newsweek and Bloomberg.

      CNS: and cnsbusiness.com

    • Anonymous says:

      You forgot the grand cec campus. What a farce!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Welcome to money-town folks.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I wonder what our Governments stand is going to be on Darts desire to build "over" West Bay Road and the by-pass in the Camana Bay area.  In essence giving us two tunnels, one with the new Hotel or grounds on top it.  I know that Darts Modus operandi is to keep this type of  plan out of the public realm or deny it until they can find a way to get it approved behind the peoples back., as then did with the north end road closure.  The onlly wat to West Bay from town would now be through a tunnel.  How Cayman is that.

    Theirs is a great military plan.  Flanking Seven Mile Beach on the north and south with their hotels.  A classic military tactic for total take over.  It has been used for centuries.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have heard the same rumour about the tunnels on Darts proposed project.  I don't like the idea.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Dart should just stop and punish the people of cayman. Teach them a lesson

     The people of cayman have no honor and break every contract.

     I have been in many deals with locals and it makes me sick how they think they can extort  anyone whome they can, even there own.

     

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      09:07.Yes Pinnochio

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, like Cayman would crash and burn? What a ridiculous suggestion. Look, the Cayman Islands doesn't need Dart, it's the other way round and if you think that's untrue you are living in a seriously delusional state. I recall a fabulously successful country before Dart recognised this and set up shop here, but do you? I doubt it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes cayman would crash and burn if dart shut down his fairyland. Since you dont recall i will remind you that b4 dart caymana bay land was swamp and his home was out of business and rundown. Yes by jungle standards cayman was a  fantastic story of how people went from no electricity to fiber optics in only 40 years.

        Thank goodness those that came here demanded some modern standards.

        But really look around you your island is full of slum with people that still inbreed and crap in a bucket

        • Anonymous says:

          So were you were not here in the 1970s, obviously. Your "post" is an ignorant rant, and you know nothing of the Cayman Islands, its people, or its history. Shut up, fool.

    • Anonymous says:

      Correction to your last line; whom and their.

      Signed,

      Caymanian.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dart is Caymanian and local..just in case you didn't know…