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Red Flag: Coastal Construction Wreaks Havoc on Out Island Tourism
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Posted by:Feb 14th 2007, 09:48:38 pm
speechits a good two cents gal : )
Posted by:Feb 14th 2007, 09:31:17 pm
Kalik'ingotta be safe with marina's
Posted by:Feb 14th 2007, 06:23:50 pm
KimberlyWell, Romora Bay's proposed marina and the Parmenter Groupís attention to its careful construction is exemplary, and I congratulate them for developing such a forward-thinking initiative.

But I wonder whether they have considered other North Eleuthera locations such as Hatchet Bay or Gaulding Cay, that would still benefit from the media coverage of nearby Harbour Island?

There are many lovely and accessible locations throughout the Out Islands of the Bahamas that would benefit economically and aesthetically from such an important offering.

As it currently stands, though, years of illegal dredging of private docks, dynamiting of sensitive corals in the Girls Bank area to provide private beaches, unfiltered runoff from bayside businesses and restaurants, and unsupervised dumping at the two existing commercial marinas have brought the present state of Harbour Islandís harbour into near-collapse, with a resulting significant loss of sea life throughout our fragile ecosystem.

While I think that a lot of entry-level jobs would be created throughout the construction of the marina, I'm not convinced that there are many substantial middle-class wage jobs that will be made available to local Bahamians once the marina is up and running.

In my opinion, the harbour at this juncture cannot sensibly sustain yet more commercial development, until such time as the islandís basic infrastructure issues and support systems are repaired.

My two cents
Posted by:Feb 14th 2007, 05:16:19 pm
speechThis shows why these marina-condo developments are such bad news on all accounts, economic, environmental and social. Romora bay etc are just one big bad idea, a mess and headache that will bring few benefits and a host of problems, for the eco system and the community... they must be stopped.
Posted by:Feb 14th 2007, 04:51:02 pm
Fig Tree News TeamBahamas: Major Coastal Construction Projects Have the Potential to Wreak Havoc on the Country's Tourism Industry

Red Flag On Projects Impacting Coast Zones:

By Tameka Lundy -
Nassau, Bahamas (Bahama Journal)

Although lauded, the major projects that are being developed around the
country have the potential to wreak havoc on the reputation that The Bahamas
has built in the tourism industry, the Inter American Development Bank [IDB]
has warned and it urged legislative strengthening.

The Bank intends to loan the government $3.8 million to develop a master
plan for integrated coastal zone management.

IDB analysts conceded in their loan proposal document that given the number
of major development proposals that are being submitted to the government,
there is a concern regarding the negative direct and indirect environmental
and social impacts.

"In the past, inadequate consideration of these impacts have led to the
abandonment of facilities in several resort projects in Eleuthera and Grand
Bahama, major dredging without adequate environmental impact of scientific
assessments, traffic congestion and other circumstances that detract from
the quality of tourism," noted the report.

"It is likely that a continued pattern of such development would eventually
damage the reputation of the entire Bahamian tourism industry."

It's been said that the long-term sustainability of this country's economy
is tied directly to measures to preserve and sustain the country's coastal

The proposed plan for integrated coastal zone management is intended to
improve planning and regulation of development especially in the tourist
sector and reduce coastline blights.

There are several laws related to coastline protection but the corresponding
detailed regulations are still lacking which would have formed the basis for
their implementation. Although there is a system of considering
environmental impact assessments, it is primarily focused on foreign
investments and all affected parties and stakeholders cannot readily access
them, the IDB noted.

"As such, there is a clear need for technically sound and politically
supported improvements to the legislative and regulatory framework," it

The administration of Prime Minister Perry Christie has prided itself on the
billions of dollars in foreign direct investments that it has managed to
attract over the last four years. There is even a specific ministry charged
with that responsibility.

But even Mr. Christie has acknowledged that the safeguard of the coastal
zone is a priority.

Although the IDB has approved the multi million dollar loan, prior to the
disbursement of the financing, the government must prove that it has
established the ICZM Planning Unit within the Ministry of Energy and
Environment staffed with a coordinator and provided with adequate facilities
and administration.

The government must also provide evidence that the Steering Committee has
been formally established and that the request for proposals for the
development of the Master Plan has been sent to the short listed firms.

The government is to provide 20 percent counterpart funding for the

The country strategy has four principal areas of focus: sustaining economic
growth and private sector developments; promoting social development and
equity; improving environmental management and natural resources
conservation and public sector modernization.

"Shifting from a tradition of sectoral management of coastal resource to a
truly Integrated Coastal Zone Management is a long-term process, which
should be developed gradually and in step with enhanced institutional
capacity," the IDB report said.

"In light of these considerations, the strategy of the current project is to
focus on a small and well defined operation on developing an ICZM Master
Plan with emphasis on a few key issues such as water quality and land use."

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