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Lighthouse Point And Disney Deal

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am an environmental proponent but I am also of the opinion that where there appears to be a conflict between protecting the environment at the expenses of creating sustainable jobs/employment opportunities for real people that the latter should take precedent.

The cries of the so-called environmentalists and their misguided allies, in most cases, are now starting to come out of the woodwork in agitation against the proposed development of Lighthouse Point by Disney Cruise Lines.

Lighthouse Point is privately owned and I fail to comprehend, as a lawyer by training, just how and why any Bahamian government could; would or should interfere in a private transaction between The Related Group (the current owner of the land in question) and Disney.

A few years ago, the then Christie led administration approved building plans and development for Lighthouse Point. I do not recall any public protest being launched by anyone or any so-called environmentalists. Where were they at that time or was it not fashionable back then?

The economy is still in the doldrums as far as I am concerned. No one, I submit, really knows or is even checking for the true statistics on unemployment and under employment. Some say that here in New Providence it hovers around 14.5 percent. In Grand Bahama some opine that unemployment is beyond 16 percent. Whatever the true figures are, it is clear to all that jobs; jobs and more jobs must become the mantra of all Bahamian politicians, across the board.

I would encourage Disney to do three things if it wishes its proposed project to advance. One, a town hall style series of public meetings should be held in Eleuthera and here in New Providence to allow the wider public to have an input; two, local media related companies (print; radio and television) should be engaged and three, competent and well-connected Bahamian lobbyists must be consulted and retained.

It is noted that there are several “private” environmentalist groups that are echoing the same sad refrain - “Save Lighthouse Point” which sounds good and may well be sincere.

What will these individuals and groups say or offer as alternatives to real human beings with financial and other commitments? What gives a handful of people to determine the overall good of the nation?

Common Cause, my nonprofit community based organisation welcomes Disney’s plan of action to transform the Eleuthera economy and to make available employment and business opportunities for Bahamians.

It is also to be noted that there is a Bahamian organised consortium, led by Sir Franklyn Wilson, which has a development plan on the board for Eleuthera but, for whatever reasons, this project seems to have stalled.

The good people of Eleuthera and other Bahamians cannot wait any longer for this to emerge from out of its foundations. We need jobs and business opportunities now rather than later.

To God then, Who in His wisdom, has presented the PM and his administration with a win/win situation unlike the “fake” Oban deal, in all things, be the glory.

ORTLAND H BODIE Jr

Nassau,

September 27, 2018.

Comments

Porcupine 3 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Bodie,

"I am an environmental proponent but I am also of the opinion that where there appears to be a conflict between protecting the environment at the expenses of creating sustainable jobs/employment opportunities for real people that the latter should take precedent."

You are not an environmental proponent. You just said so, Mr. Bodie. The "environment" is the basis for life, long before an economy can be considered. Both the environment and the economy are threatened because of people with backwards thinking, such as yourself.

Cruise ships and environmental awareness cannot coexist. Sorry to burst your bubble, Mr. Bodie.

There is a word for selling yourself for a few dollars. It is called prostitution. If this is the best your bright mind can come up with, a cruise ship destination for one of most pristine spots in The Bahamas, you have really short changed yourself and your country with your sordid lack of imagination.

"Lighthouse Point is privately owned and I fail to comprehend, as a lawyer by training, just how and why any Bahamian government could; would or should interfere in a private transaction between The Related Group (the current owner of the land in question) and Disney." Mr. Bodie, the Bahamian government has every right to have a say in how land is developed, the impacts on the environment, on the community, and other considerations. As they do in most developments. I am seriously beginning to doubt your so-called training in law. The Bahamas faces some very serious challenges in the coming years. A radical revolution in mindset is absolutely required for us to progress as a nation. Thinking like yours, no matter what you were trained as Mr. Bodie, must be dispensed with for us to survive the next few decades.

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truetruebahamian 3 years, 1 month ago

Well said, Porcupine and easily persuaded folks who do not have the educated capacity to understand the depth of ruin that Disney and its ilk wreak upon the people and properties under their management.

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cx 3 years, 1 month ago

Can you provide any links to info on projects that Disney or any company under them has messed up?

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Dawes 3 years, 1 month ago

Not sure where the link is but search for Disney in Guana Cay, where they left the island a mess, leaving everything to decay.They had called it Treasure Island

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cx 3 years, 1 month ago

I found this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwLbx...">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwLbx... seems like a good summary. Don't know how much of it is true knowing how some of these youtuber is go.

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