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Save Half Moon Bay From Destruction

Save Half Moon Bay From Destruction

 

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!

Photo Credit: icelight via Creative Commons

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6:53AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Thanks for this great article.

3:26AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:42AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Sad. Petition already signed.

3:57PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

I hope the gov't steps up to stop this. It's 2011 already! When are people going to wake up? Money is not that important!

10:29AM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

From the title I thought they meant Half Moon Bay, CA....this one sounds just as beautiful and just as important to save...we should always work to save the health of our planet earth...its our only home and we have enjoyed its blessings and should be responsible for preserving them for all humanity forever....there is no planet B for life....extinction is forever...we need clean water, clean air, clean land, clean food....save the world....from us....

7:38AM PDT on Jul 3, 2011

Thank you for alerting us to these environmental atrocities and for giving us the opportunity to sign petitions for safeguarding these wonders. Unfortunately such causes are often not publicised in the print media.

10:42PM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

No more bay- no more Caymans!

5:43PM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

Stop this selfish short-sightness all in the name of MONEY

5:36PM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

Stop the destruction of any country that does so for money. life does not run on money. when you have a lot of money, you never know who really is your friend.. So your always alone....what a horrible way to live. i my opinion. It's somehting like a self imposed prison.

4:45PM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

Been there, it's beautiful and we don't need another 'parking lot'. Petition signed.

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