by Larry Smith
An historic proposal by the Hope Town district council died recently, when voters on Elbow Cay, Guana Cay and Man-O-War Cay turned down a measure that would have helped “preserve the character of local communities”.
It was the first initiative of its kind since local government was introduced to the family islands 10 years ago. And insiders say it would have put a framework in place to control overbuilding and protect the environment.
In fact, the outcome of the mid-May vote surprised many who expected the proposed bye-laws – which were backed by a lengthy Planning and Zoning White Paper – to win comfortably because of rising public concern over the impact of development on small out island communities.
But only 40 per cent of the district’s 500 voters turned out in stormy weather, and 126 (almost two to one) voted against the proposal - despite months of community meetings and discussions.