The sheltered waters of the Cayman Islands’ Half Moon Bay are home to a kaleidoscopic array of rare marine life, making the area a prime site for visitors and locals.
Private developers threatened to destroy this breathtaking ecosystem by building an ecologically irresponsible and economically unnecessary seaport at the site.
But thanks to advocates, including Care2 members, that seaport won’t be damaging Half Moon Bay’s East End environment.
The proposed port would have decimated the Islands’ East End area, razing seven healthy coral reefs and endangering several more. Grand Cayman relies on East End for all of its fresh water and much of its agricultural produce. The introduction of large-scale heavy industry into such a delicate ecosystem would have caused irrevocable damage to both marine life and these natural resources.
Joseph Imparato, owner of the proposed East End building site, said the project had “increasingly [become] the target of considerable political and popular opposition,” and that it was no longer, “politically feasible” to continue with his plans for the sea port.
The salvation of the Cayman Islands’ Half Moon Bay touched many hearts, from local Islanders who held hands along the shore in a peaceful prayer and protest of the development, to the Care2 members who signed the petition to save Half Moon Bay from destruction, to Mark Rovner, founder and CEO at Sea Change Strategies, who said, “There’s no question Care2 played a role in this [success], and it’s a gigantic conservation victory for a small island.”
Thank you to all the Care2 members who helped save Half Moon Bay!