The Cayman Islands’ Half Moon Bay is one of the most breathtaking underwater landscapes in the world. The bay’s sheltered waters are home to a kaleidoscopic array of rare marine life, making it a prime site for visitors and locals alike.
Now, private developer Joseph Imparato is threatening to destroy it to make way for a modern seaport in the East End of Grand Cayman.
Irrevocable Damage to Grand Cayman
Not only is such a seaport completely unnecessary, it would also destroy the irreplaceable natural beauty of Half Moon Bay, which is home to some of the world’s most popular dive sites. In addition, the introduction of large-scale heavy industry into such a delicate ecosystem would cause irrevocable damage to both the environment and these renewable resources.
The proposed seaport will decimate the Islands’ East End area, razing seven healthy coral reefs and endangering several more.
Hundreds Of Cayman Islanders Join Hands To Protect Cayman
Hundreds of Cayman Islanders this week stood holding hands along the shore in a peaceful prayer and protest, letting the government know that industrial developments are not welcome in East End. You can watch this protest by clicking here.
Now the Cayman Islands National Trust has also weighed in:
The organization pointed out that the land area under consideration is home to many native reptiles, birds and other animals including a variety of native plants many of which are endemic and on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as either endangered or critically endangered. “These include our National Tree, the Silver Thatch, and our National Flower, the Wild Banana Orchid,” the Trust noted in the statement.
“The National Trust supports the Government in its efforts to create sustainable development in the Cayman Islands. We believe, however, that this project is culturally and environmentally unsound as it will adversely affect the environment both on land and off shore as well as the lives of the residents of the Cayman Islands, particularly those in East End.”
Check out this spectacular video here, and then sign our petition telling Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush that permanently wrecking the East End is an economically and environmentally unsustainable action.
And thank you!
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