West Bay ladies win round 1

| 25/07/2013

(CNS): The attorney general’s office aborted its motion to strike out a law suit filed against government by four West Bay women in connection with the closure of the West Bay Road, when the parties appeared before Justice Alex Henderson on Thursday. The decision by the AG's office not to try and fight the validity of the case has brought a welcome boost for the ladies, who were expecting to fight to keep their case alive this morning. Instead, a trial date has now been set in December, when a judge will consider the women’s claims and decide if the so-called NRA agreement between government and local developer, Dart Realty, is unlawful on a number of grounds. 

The case will now be heard in the Grand Court for at least three days, beginning on 11 December, the first available date in the court’s packed schedule.

With the AG’s office changing its mind about arguing that the case had no merit and should be struck out, the judge moved on to the management of the case and pointed to the public interest in the case as he directed the lawyers to find an early trial date. 

“This should have some priority given to it,” Justice Henderson stated.

Directing when the parties needed to complete pleadings, submissions, affidavits, evidence and witness summons, he also set a case management conference for the first week in October to ensure that all parties would be on track for the December file.

Following the withdrawal of the AG’s motion to strike out the case, Henderson also awarded costs to the West Bay women for their preparation to fight the AG’s motion. The attorney representing the AG’s office said that, given the circumstances, he could not 'resist the application for costs with any vigour". As a result, the public purse will be footing the bill for the AG’s threat to strike out the case, followed by a U-turn and decision instead to go to trial.

Alice Mae Coe, Annie Multon, Ezmie Smith and Betty Ebanks were delighted that that AG had thought better of his attempts to have their case thrown out. The women all stated that they felt this demonstrated that their case had merit and they were looking forward to pressing their case at trial.

According to the writ filed by the woman in February last year, the woman say that the governor, who is the first defendant, the attorney general, the minister of finance and the National Roads Authority acted unlawfully, as the deal they are all party to is unconstitutional .

Since the women filed their legal claim, a number of changes have occurred, not least a change in the administration, and the minister of finance, in particular, made it clear before the election that he did not support the deal.

In addition, since the claim was filed a part of the stretch of road in question has now been closed and Dart has started talks with the new administration over the deal which was stalled following disagreements between the developer and the former minority government when it attempted to re-balance the deal as recommended by local consultants to try and gain value for money for the public.

Related article on CNS with the original writ filed in February:

Road activists turn to courts

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I never guessed we had so many Rosa Parks fans on this money loving island. Probably love to have her descendants move in next to them. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Rosa Parks

    On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.

    I believe Rosa Parks was just an ordinary woman who had given up far too much already to a priviliged few, and it was time for her to say "enough is enough".

    Considering all that Dart has already received or has been promised in the FCA deal, anyone who fails to see the similarity with the stance these ladies have taken and Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat on a bus is either a liar or a fool, or perhaps both.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh dear, so we have our own Rosa Parks ladies here, do we? You are truly pathetic if you think there is even an iota of similarity.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is about the most ridiculous, and perhaps uneducated, post I have seen in awhile.   To compare Rosa Parks to these four women is absurd.  Im almost laughing at the absurdity of this post, that borders on delusion.   It THIS is remotely considered a CAUSE worth fighting for is, to put it bluntly, 'nuts'.    A few thousand feet of ashphalt = Rosa Parks fighting against segregation — REALLY?  SERIOUSLY?     How about volunteering for Big Brothers/Sisters, Hospice Care, cleaning up West Bay etc, vs trying to keep asphalt open (in place of trails and a boardwalk….when there is a brand new and efficient 4-lane road a few hundred feet away).  You should be ashamed of yourself.  Rosa Parks.   Give me a break.  

      • Anonymous says:

        Rosa Parks did not stand up and say "no more segregation" or "I demand civil rights". You are confusing what Rosa Parks did with what eventually came out of her action.

        Rosa Parks simply said "this is my damn seat and I am not going to give it up for anyone".

        These ladies, whether you agree with them or not, are saying "this road is ours, and McKeeva has/had no right to give it away".

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you an idiot ? Rosa Parks was discrimnated agianst because of the colorof her skin. Do not disrespect her memory by comparing her plight to this situation.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If find all the comments about the need to preserve a rather unplesant road quite strange.  Grand Cayman is on the whole a bit of dump and something is really needed if the top end traveller is going to come.  The DART plan sounds like a great start to this.

    • Anonymous says:

      If its so unpleasant, why did Dart take it?

    • Anonymous says:

      Mr dart should build his own island. Then he wouldn't have to put up with the unpleasantness of the Caymanians that don't share his view of what an island /country should be. Some visionary fruitcake was planning on building a 'new utopia' on some shallows west of here a few years back and populating it with the creame of the world's crop: doctors lawyers bankers and probably you know… Breeding stock. 

      All (or at least the super special) of the folks here could go and build the super utopian superior city- state and clink glasses with like minded higher beings that won't be troubled with a common mans wishes or rights not their noisy cars and underaged baby mommas. 

      Everything could be clean and nice. No people sleeping outside. No distrustful common laborers, just bankers, lawyers, scientist, car salesmen and the like. 

      Should one of your golden illuminati stray from the desires of the rest of you high minded beings, you could probably farm th out back to cayman for punishment and rehabilitation. Scare em straight with our old fishermen, block workers and tilers and crooked 2 lane death trap roads running next to the sea servicing wretched tourist stock and hoards of cruise ship riff raff. 

      Well I hope I've helped and really, the new utopia is probably a realistic goal with a good chance of success…. doable. Not sure why it was abandoned but maybe the fruitcake was not the true man of vision your Dart is. Do it. Break free of we crabs or you will never achieve the greatness meant for you. 

      Godspeed. 

    • Anonymous says:

      again .. you are a moron

      if cayman is such a dump, then why the hell are you here ??????????????????????????????????????????

      we can do without you AND dart

  4. Anonymous says:

    While we are talking about beaches, when are the authorities going to stop the awful practice of people roughing it on the beach at Easter?  It is so awful to see Cayman turn into a refugee camp for an entire holiday.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you some kind of freak!? Maybe when the US stops lighting off fireworks on the fourth. Or when those grubby, fornicating youth stop going to those music festivals like Glastonberry, or when seemingly upright people stop going into those tax free buildings on Sundays and practicing ritualized caniballism with bread wafers, or people stop pouring water over babies and mutilating  their sex organs…. Well, you get my point. As an expat, comments like yours have me feeling ashamed for even being here. 

    • Anonymous says:

      11:22, that's called "heritage" bobo!

  5. Knot S Smart says:

    Would anyone like to gamble on what the final outcome of this case will be?

    If so go to to the Seminole Casino website and place your bets at the 'Mac's Retirement Fund' betting table…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Well done ladies!!  Cayman is very proud of you and your strenght to stand up and say 'NO'.  Very well done!!  You are all right up there with Rosa Parks in my books.

    • Anonymous says:

      Rosa Parks?  Really?  You compare this to Rosa Parks?  Unbelievable. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Rosa Parks, 9:27???? Really?? Don't be so silly. There is no comparison whatsoever and by trying to make one, you just leave intelligent people thinking what a "small village mentality" we Caymanians have.

      • Anonymous says:

        I'm an intellegent person and I don't think that.  Please speak only for your intellegent cronies. Thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      What an insult to the fine memory of Rosa Parks. This is not even remotely comparable. You should be ashamed!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Domost realise if the courts rule, out of some miracle,  that the road should reopen how much money the Cayman islands will owe Dart?? It would have to be in the neighbourhood of $50M.

    Do the ladies have a source of money to pay this man back??? if they cannot even afford their own legal fees I can only imagine YOU AND I will have to find it. This is a pure waste of time and legal resourses in a "I won't back down first" stupid contest. Please go home and worry about the real problems in this country…thats where we need your energy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Rubish. Such ideas you have!

    • Anonymous says:

      "Do the ladies have a source of money to pay this man back???"

       

      You Idiot!! In what universe did you see a person win a legal case and then the winner have to pay out ???

      • Anonymous says:

        There will almost certainly be clauses in the contract stating that some payback is required should the work be forced to stop…

      • Anonymous says:

        He might lose the case but his investment in the road was based on a deal with the former premeir. Someone will have to pay him. And frankly put with what he has invested in this country I would be royally pissed.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s not like millions were paid into a politicians slush fund.

  9. Michel says:

    Kudos to my 4 West Bay Ladies for their efforts. Have any walked the beach in the Public Beach aera lately. DESERTED. Wrong place if you have to go in the sea for phisyo therapy. The distance from car park and lack of boardwalk to safely get there amongs other things. Yes nice new road to WB with bridge overlooking dikes. Crown Land. The West Bay Beach Road has been there for over a century and has always been thru Norwesters & all and will always continue to do so. Reopen our West Bay Road . # 1 shady deal and once you allow it for one, others will follow. And the irony most roads lead to Dartville. There is a limit to the price of Progress at our Future Generations. No One should dictate our Government on what to do as We the People are the Goverrnmen and by the way we arre not keen on talks behind closed doors anymore between our Govt. And the major player. Keep us informed as much as possible as we don’t want to go back back but forward. Current total population approx. 56,000 to 58,000. Caymanian population apprx 56 to 58 % of that. I believe there needs to be a plan for the future of Our Islands and It’s People. #2. And I would like to see it sooner rather then later. God Bless, Michel Lemay

    • Anonymous says:

      It's not finished

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly!   People need to look at the plans.  Soccer/football sand pitch.  Volleyball courts.  A small ampitheatre.  And paved trails (that run all the way to Yacht Club).   Once completed, it will be something for Cayman to be proud of (as opposed to 15 tour buses parked on two sides of West Bay Road, with day tourists packed like sardines on a narrow strip of sand). 

  10. JJTA says:

    Boycott Dart.

  11. Preserving the Priceless says:

    Closing the most scenic continuous stretch of the West Bay Road on Grand Cayman is equivalent to shutting down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, or even the relatively short 1.3 mile Ocean Drive in South Beach Miami. Who would ever consider developing directly in front of the beach view roads that pass the world famous neighboring Ipanema or Copacabana Beaches in Rio, or longer ocean view highways such as the Pacific Coast Highway in California (especially the Big Sur section) or the Seven Mile (Overseas) Highway in the Florida Keys? 

    All of these highways have some of the most iconic and beautiful coastal or water view roads anywhere in our hemisphere, and no doubt the whole world, and are maintained that way for very good reasons.  The views in themselves and the scenic therapy they provide for those that pass by create an identity for those parts of the world which millions and millions of people recognize.  Those local people and governments had the foresight to preserve their ocean or lake views not only for the local residents but also for the multitude of travelers, tourists and site seers from all over the world whose money brings in significant economic impact to those local economies.

    The same locations have something else in common with West Bay Road.  All of the roads are all nearing or over 100 years old and would most certainly receive legal challenges to any alterations should the local governments be so fool hardy to obstruct, destroy or modify them. In fact Big Sur and the Overseas Highway have been rebuilt when natural disasters such as rock slides and hurricanes respectively have destroyed them.  So why should Cayman be any different?  Certainly there are no fools in those parts of the world even considering eliminating their iconic coastal and water side roadways. Why should Cayman give up any part of their priceless Seven Mile stretch for short term gain and the long term benefit of one selfish developer?

    Luckily the Four West Bay ladies have had the foresight to approach the matter with the most practical approach by applying common law arguments to have the road rightfully re-opened.  The UDP would have had to re-write centuries of common law to make any kind of transfer iron clad.  And that was never going to happen.  Cayman has their own specific laws which vest to the people right of access and passage to public roadways in perpetuity.  And the Dart people actually believed that they would be able to breach multiple laws with no consequence?  Dart and McKeeva were given their chance to come clean and respect the wishes of the Cayman people. Now they will certainly pay the price in their wallets and reputations.  Or in McKeeva’s case the Government position he has been forced to vacate through election results will be made to answer.  Already the current Cayman Islands Government in place has to answer for the ignorance of the previous regime having been ordered to pay costs to the plaintiffs as they were forced to take the ultimate action of having the matter resolved in court.     

    The bottom line is the Cayman Islands need to protect its overall tourism product for the benefit of all and not just the interests of one developer.  Not to mention the rights of the four courageous ladies from West Bay and the interests of all of the people of the Cayman Islands they represent by proxy.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, 7 MIle Beach ain't anything near those other places you listed and GC needs some decent hotel developments to support a weak tourist offering.

      • Anonymous says:

        YOu are wrong, we dont need MORE hotels, we only need to renovate or upgrade the ones we have now.

        • Anonymous says:

          really???? our hotel stock is pathetic and renovation to old buildings, most which do not any longer meet the building code, is a waste of time and money…if it wasnt the current owners would be doing it!!

        • Chris Johnson says:

          How can you possibly advocate we need no more hotels. Think of all those hotels used by the less wealthy people that have gone in the past ten years or more. The Galleon, the Beachclub, Holliday Inn, Caribbean Club,Seaview, the Hyatt, Marriott Courtyard, etc. Most of these have been replaced by condos that do not employ the same number of employees as the hotels do or put nearly as much back in the economy. Meanwhile check out how successful the TCI are with their hotels.

          Where Cayman went wrong is not to have designated part of West Bay Beach as hotels only. Thus the owners of certain hotels sold out making a huge profit and who could blame them. Now we have condos many of which are empty throughout the year and contribute little to the economy.

          It is patently obvious to most people, except Anonymous 9.26, that we need improve our tourist industry and diversify into other products rather than rely upon the financial industry which is under severe attack from Europe and the USA.

          With the change of Government I see enough brains in PPM to recognize what is required to fix the stupid decisions of the Bush Government.

      • Whodatis says:

        Re: "needs some decent hotel developments".

        Absolutely amazing.

        • Anonymous says:

          I don't really like you WHODAT (too grouchy) but I totally agree with your sense of amazement.  Pretty mind boggling ain't it. Soldier on. 

        • Anonymous says:

          Your arguments are so persuasive.

        • Anonymous says:

          Odd because that is what is needed, new high end hotel developments, and the DART development is a good start.  The current hotels, with the exception of the Ritz, are decidely middle-of-the-road and that is being generous.  One day the bankers and lawyers will be long long gone and Cayman will need to improve on its present third rate tourist offering.

    • Confused&Bemused says:

      Yes because hundreds of tourists go up to public beach or past it don't they!!!

      Just admit your own selfish reasoning and stop trying to make it about something else.

    • Anonymous says:

      What can see at 40mph — bush on one side and bush and condos/apts on the other — I do agree an emergency road should be built — just incase– but I really like the new road — and I feel that this is a case of personalites more than shutting down the section of scenic road ????

    • Anonymous says:

      Driving along the West Bay Road the only place you get to see the ocean is at the Public Beach and more often than not this is blocked by the rows of mini buses dropping off and picking up cruise ship passengers The rest of the journey along the West Bay Road section in question is a ragged, garbage littered mess. The WBR does not in any way shape or form come close to other places you mention. Your words are silky smooth but completely unfounded and non representative of the truth.

      Fact: The WBR was a deathtrap. Blocked during Nor'Wester's and clogged everyday during rush hour. For these facts alone moving the WBR is justified.

      Fact: The new 4 lane road is much safer, reduces commute times and allows for Cayman to develop much needed tourism products. PLUS, the view from the new roundabout to the Public Beach means you get a much better and longer view of the ocean than before. Also the new facilities at the Publuc Beach are greatly improved for families and visitors alike.

      To recap:

      Old WBR = Grubby – Litter – Dangerous – Clogged – Outdated

      New Road = 4 lane safe highway – landscaped – improved publlic beach 3 times larger than before – new hotels – better tourism – more employment – reduced commute – improvement in land values in West Bay.

      07:00 This is a fine example of the Land Crab Mentallity. If I'm not gonna benefit then no one is gonnabenefit. A sad, sad truth that is the blight of Cayman for many a year.

      • noname says:

        "The WBR does not in any way shape or form come close to other places" = Land Crab Mentality. 

        You have listed the same old tired out negative reasons everyone has heard from the vocal minority trying to keep the West Bay Road closed.  None of which provide sufficient justification for keeping the road closed.  Your “facts” are baseless in their entirety as well and would take far too much time rightfully and truthfully correct than I care to spend.  Make the road 15 MPH with speed bumps if need be but this self righteous denial of the rights of the majority needs to stop.

        You can continue to worship your not so safe as you suggest road and stay on it if you want to as you take your chances dipping into the black hole round-a-bout during the rain directly from the unnecessary bridge.  To suggest others should accept the injustices and safety hazards you so lazily welcome is indeed a "Crab Mentality".

        The sad truth is the lack of foresight and respect for nature displayed over the years is what has been the blight of Cayman in the last couple of decades.  Thankfully the new government will be introducing the long awaited Environmental legislation and the National Trust is more active than ever protecting lands and historic sites.

        If it had not been for the Jaycees facilitating the purchase of the strip of West Bay Beach now known as the not so easily accessible Public Beach, there would be nothing to look at from the road.  Do you think that group did it for themselves?  No they did it for the benefit of all because they had foresight and genuine caring for the overall community.

        It does not always have to be about me, me, me as you absurdly try to project on others. Open your mind and you will see how free the best things in life are for everyone.  Sometimes it just takes those with foresight to preserve them for all.

        • Anonymous says:

          Thank you 

        • Anonymous says:

          Your correlation between Land Crab Mentalisty and Other Places is not the point at all – these are two completely separate arguments.

          PLease allow me to respond to your comments: Given the new road, new facilities and improved access to WB how can that be baseless and be in any way better than keeping the old West Bay Road open? I agree, the remainder of the WBR should have speed bumps as there are hundreds of access/exit points and this is a real problem with vehicles doing 40mph or higher. I think you fail to understand the importance of investment – when the Land Survey was done in the 1970's allocating boundaries and ownership details to the lands of the Cayman Islands the land along SMB were sold by their private owners to new private owners. The lands that people so recklessly camp on during Easter are private lands not public. Government along with the PLanning Department use international guidelines to determine public space per 000's population. The new Public Beach area is approx 3 times larger in size than before – what when seems to be a problem with that??? Correct me if I am wrong but looking at the landscaping and preservation of natural fauna in these area is better than the littered mess before – again, what the problem with better natural environment????? Do you think parking on or close to the beach is a good idea? Cars playing load music, vehicles driving close by where small children are playing? No. These need to separated and given their appropriate designated area – which has been done. Lest that we forget that the firms employed to design these facilites are amongst the world's most highly rated designers and planners – again, i say, what is wrong with that??

          I have listen to both sides of the argument and I can only summize that the issue here is about personal hatred of the deveoper or the political party involved. It has nothing to do with the real benefit to the country, our citizens and our much needed tourist offering to support our business and CIG. This is why I use the Land Crab Mentality line because certain blinkered people will not accept the real tangable benefits becuase of their own pety differences. We need to work together to make Cayman grand again.

          And on one final point when the improvements far outweigh the negatives and yet people still fight to stop it then it appears that they are the me, me, me people with a closed mind and a diverse agenda.

      • Anonymous says:

        It ALWAYS make me laugh how some people are horrified by candy wrappers(or Dart brand food containers) lizard and dog poop, and to them a perfectly sane and civilized alternative to these horrible affronts to their sense of self is to dig a huge hole, scrape all living matter and creatures (yes, even those mistakes of god; crazy homeless people) from the offending area and pour hot asphalt or caustic concrete over the spot and then dress up and go get drunk there. Call   Me strange, but the lizard poop seems WAY less offensive. 

        Death trap indeed. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Wow, I never realised the replacement road was hurricane-proof (I mean besides being  "landscaped"). Listen, pal, you think people here are fool? Clear off back to where you crawled out from and leave us alone.

    • Anonymous says:

      if someone intends to establish an area catering to discusting human behaviour then that is why they want it secluded and not accessable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP IT NOW.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Those persons in Government, organizations, companies and the private secotor that are responsiblle for giving away our Caymanian heritage and the future of the Cayman Islands to Kenneth Dart should be hanging their heads in shame, they should be marked and shunned.  These people did what they did for personal gain, that is a crime and there needs to be an open criminal investigation with all documents placed in the open for all to see.  Trust in governance needs to be restored in our Islands, that reconcilliation will only come when the secret government processes are opened up and the legal arms of government come clean with all of their wrongdoings.

    • Anonymous says:

      if a road is what you call heritage and culture….. i think we now know the problem with cayman

    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanian Heritage is not the West Bay Road. Its a just a road. Now you are a shiny new one! When Government increased stamp duty or import duty did you question it?Did you ask why CIG didn't speak to you first? No, you didn't becasue Governments are elected to make decision for the betterment of the people. If Toyota opens a factory in South Carolina does this mean the US Gov is not patriotic? No. They are securing much needed investment and employment for the lcoal community and supliers. Does Toyota make a profit… YES. Its a WIN WIN for everyone. Same applies here. The real difference is that in the Cayman Islands we would rather cut off our noses to spite our faces.

      • Anonymous says:

        Excuse my asking, but do you work for Toyota or what?

      • Anonymous says:

        excuse me but who are you to say what Cayman Heritage is? Most curious am I.

      • Anonymous says:

        I sentence you to an eternity of living under any descision William MacKeeva Bush (dirty willie) ever makes. betterment of the people indeed!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Will the AG resist with any vigour that he pay the costs wasted by this application from his salary?  I bet not!  Ain't no accountability and that is perfect  . . .

    • Anonymous says:

      Dont be so ridiculous…. Different Government different instructions as to how case to be run…maybe that is the reason for change in direction????

  14. WHAT !!!!!!! says:

    Thought you all had gotten over this by now and start too enjoy the good road Dart gave UNA Bayers I love it dont see a thing wrong with it cant wait for next pc too open… I am not a Dart fan or employed by him at all but its the best upgrade too the road so sit back relax and enjoy..

    • Anonymous says:

      That man made beach looks horrific and so very artificial, it does absolutely nothing to enhance that area. Everytime I look at that I bow my head in shame to see what the UDP did to our beautiful WB road.  I am a UDP supporter but that is one project I could n would never support. So sad to see all the damage done there.  Thank God for the ladies who are trying to get it undone, and pray that they are successful.

    • Anonymous says:

      Interesting, your disclaimer, I mean. Now let's start over, shall we, this time telling the truth.

  15. Anonymous says:

    This position should not be about scoring points. Instead it should be recognizing the great efforts made by those public-interest representatives in bringing this "corrupt dealing" to justice.

  16. Anonymous says:

    An interesting question to ask is if the agreement was actually lawfully signed in the first place and if the person who signed was duly authorized by the NRA Board to sign such an agreement at the time it was done.

    There may be more questions than answers when this finally reaches trial, will be watching this one closely.

  17. Len Layman says:

    I find this very good news.  As most know I have been against the closure of the road from day one.  I am delighted to see that this will be heard by the courts for a determination as to whether it was done properly or not.

    These types of disagreements should be settled in a court of law not in the political arena.  I find it refreshing that the judge has awarded cost in this case.  It assures that both sides will have the opportunity to argue their case without one having the financial benefit. 

    I know some will argue that this is a waste of the peoples money but the cost of not having access to the justice system is way higher.

      Both sides will make their case and the courts will decide.

  18. Anonymous says:

    More funds out of the peoples pockets courtesy of Dart and McKeeva.  The madness continues and will continue until this "deal" is completely re-negotiated and the Cayman people receive value for money.  If the Dart people do not see the writing on the wall on this one, they truly are more spiteful and stubborn than the average person realizes.

    Please CIG, charge this one back to Dart as well as the cost of reinstating the millions of dollars of asphalt they so spitefully and ignorantly tore up. 

    Oh, and whatever you can charge back to McKeeva do that too.

    • Anonymous says:

      So what in your opinion is value for money?

      You guys won't be happy until Dart pays for everything and gets nothing, and even then you'll still moan that he's not giving you a job to sit on your a$$ and watch the day go by.

  19. Anonymous says:

    What a mess.  All over a quarter mile  of asphalt.    Now the completion of the beach park will get delayed, and the hotel stalled or quashed.  

    There is a new four lane road.  Why do you need another tiny strip.   

    And some people wonder why unemployment is so high.    What a cluster f?&/.

  20. 4 Cayman says:

    Well done ladies. Stand strong and represent all of the decent, honest and hardworking Caymanians. This is history in the making and a good one for the cayman islands.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Well done ladies!

    May law and God continue to be on your side.

    Thank you for all your efforts to date.

  22. Anonymous says:

    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!!

    Good.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you laughing because this may delay/kill the development, and you are laughing at those folks who would have worked on the construction and within the resort, as well as the spin off jobs/benefits that come from bringing more high net worth tourists to the island?

      I was just checking, because I wasnt sure.  Enjoy your view of an uncompleted beach park and an empty lot where the hotel would have been.   (Im sure you also enjoyed drving by the derilect Marriott Courtyard hotel for the last five years.  But dont worry, you still have the shelled out former Hyatt to drive by and enjoy). 

       

      • Anonymous says:

        believe it or not, there are some people that don't get their rocks off looking at a hotel, in place of what god created.

        Believe it or not, there are some people  that think there is great beauty and power in natural settings.

        I know this is mind boggling, but please believe it. If you can't bring yourself to believe, please try to show some good ole human kindness to us people. : )

  23. Anonymous says:

    Good work ladies keep up the fight and don't give up!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I am feeling good today, we are one step closer to our goal.  Women with backone.  We have to take a stand and keep what our forfathers gave us.  Not everything is for sale or gift.

    • Hoping for better days says:

      Excuse me. Our forefathers sold out ALL our beach property "back in the day" because they had no use for it and needed the money! THIS IS THE TRUTH. They did not build by the ocean they built inland. We have bigger problems in Cayman like the rest of the world does. The projest has already started and is well on its way, please tell me what SENSE it would make to reverse the process now???

  25. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to these courageous ladies!  I hope they win this case and that our road access inthe area of the public beach will be regained. Thank you all for taking a stand on all our behalf. CNS can you please inquire and advise if there is an established account where donations can be made towards their future legal costs?

  26. Whodatis says:
    1. What a mess.
    2. The AG ought to be ashamed of himself. (How much has he single-handedly cost the people of this country thus far? I have lost track.)
    3. If anything, this case has summoned a new era of Caymanians no longer sitting back and accepting any and every thing thrown our way by some wealthy individual. That alone is encouraging – regardless of the outcome.

    All the best and may the best (constitutionally) party win.

  27. Anonymous says:

    zzzzzz….beating a dead horse….total waste of time and money…but what else is new in the wonderland of cayman where nothing ever makes sense……

  28. Anonymous says:

    Finally some good news on this travesty in the making!

     

     

     

     

  29. Kadafe says:

    Just let it go already. The road has been closed for months now and everything has been fine. Bring on the development. Lets move forward now.

  30. Anonymous says:

    What a waste of time over a clapped out section of road liable to storm damage. So typical of the "don't ever change anything that our forefathers were associated with" mentality. I suspect our forefathers had little choice in certain things they had to do and I also suspect they would think the development of the new road to West Bay is brilliant.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nice to know the road Dart built won't be "liable to storm damage". What a relief! (You think Caymanians fool?)

  31. Anonymous says:

    And ONCE AGAIN the Attorney Generalhas cost the Cayman Islands money with stupid motions, court case fights and utter foolishness!!

    Can someone grow some balls and fire this man?  The Attorney General position should be one that is an elected position as they do in most states with their District Attorneys and he can be re-elected or voted out for incompetence every 2 or 4 years depending on how it is decided for his lenght of term.  This one has cost us too many millions.

    • Anonymous says:

      "Can someone ……." So many folks thought they had himby them but seemingly their hands weren't big enough!

  32. Anonymous says:

     I did not think the AG could be more inept, but I was wrong. Does he have a lifetime appointment or something? Why else would he be kept on?