July 30, 2015 – Cruise berthing facilities in George Town harbor have been debated for so long that many Caymanians were either children or not even born when the issue was first considered.
Despite the efforts of successive governments, to date there has been little progress to report (other than a virtual – and expanding – library of consultant studies and reports). That appears likely to change.
The current People’s Progressive Movement-led government has initiated yet another effort with a thorough process that includes an exhaustive and expensive (approximately $2 million) environmental impact assessment, a thorough economic analysis, and widespread public hearings.
The Cayman’s Port, Cayman’s Future group argues for the new cruise port.
Caymanian Bo Miller makes an argument for why the cruise berthing project should not go ahead.
Full reports from over the years as Cayman considers cruise berthing facilities.
Constructing cruise ship berthing piers in George Town has been talked about for more than a decade and is one of the most controversial projects of our time. Merchants and environmentalists have expressed strong opinions, but the matter is one of significant complexity that goes beyond the arguments made. The Cayman Compass Special Report: The Dock Debate is a comprehensive exploration that looks at where Grand Cayman has been, where it is and where it might be heading in terms of cruise tourism.