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August 04, 2009



Your comments on the roadworks is correct, except that the prior studies did not necessarily contemplate the containers coming from Arawak Cay to an inland facility. This traffic study I do not think is available in the public domain. Bahamians do have a vested interest in this project, they are entitled to know the details because they are the owners, potentially 60% owners. All of the information should have been available to the public BEFORE starting with the island extension. There was not an EIA in final form until AFTER the island extension. These are the critical disclosure issues that I advocate for. This is a disclosure issue, and this is a significant fault of this Arawak Cay project. Thanks for the acknowledgment.

Erasmus Folly


Great article again. Thanks.

3 things are clear from this situation.

1. BIS is a total disgrace. It is a bureaucracy that eats funds and produces little to nothing. It should be scrapped in its entireity or drastically reformed and given a very clear mandate.
2. I am very happy that you drew the parallel between the PLP position and the Republican party in the USA. Both the Bahamas and the USA have a serious opposition deficit right now. The positions taken by the opposition generally make great theatre, but they have very little to no practical value in the national debate. There isn't even the pretense of making 'factual' arguments anymore or debating with a view to finding common ground. It is quite pathetic and grossly immature.
3. The citizenry of the Bahamas have to understand that citizenship doesn't mean being spoon fed by government all the time. If citizens want their governments to stop 'treating them like children', then they are going to have go out, get informed, read the internet, read the newspapers, and do some actual 'thinking' and 'learning'. Yes, our third world bureaucracy and government has some serious challenges, but it won't start to change until the citizens become informed and know how and what to ask for.

Anyone who believes that the Save Saunders Beach coalition actually cares about the beach needs a reality check. What would have happened to 'beautiful Clifton' if the PLP plan to move the port out there had materialized? They fought that project in 2002 for political points and now they will fight this one for political points. The fact that they would readily undo their own previous victory should just highlight their hypocrisy on environmental issues. As with the FNM, the PLP is first concerned about votes and money... they just like to cloak it all behind a noble sounding nationalist tradition, but it is hogwash. We need a genuinely effective opposition to keep the FNM in check and to eventually be capable of forming a government that can get things done. That should be their focus. For now, it is just farce.

Stacey Moultrie

While I can't offer an opinion on moving the port to Arawak Cay (I just don't have enough information), I wholeheartedly agree with the need for Government to provide information on projects and in a timely manner.

Every administration since independence have been happy to make decisions that impact the Bahamian people, but seem terrified to stand and give account for the basis of those decisions. If you make a decision, you must have reasoning for it. When you fail to produce supporting evidence for decision-making, you open yourself to speculation of under-handedness and conspiracy theories.

Any true environmental impact assessment process must have a public consultation component. Both the FNM and PLP have failed miserably to ensure that proper public consultation has occurred for large development projects, both private and public.

The list goes on and on of contentious projects - Clifton, Baker's Bay, Baha Mar, Southern Seas - where there is contention because the Government simply failed to do proper consultation and be transparent in information about these projects and the basis for their decision-making.

I have long advocated The Bahamas signing on to the Aarhus Convention. Access to information and public consultation could eliminate much of the controversy surrounding development in this country. Thus far it has fallen on deaf ears.

Anthony Bostwick

Excellent article again, but I dont like the tone of your pen in criticizing individuals who demonstrate in the Bahamas and truly believe in their efforts only to have their actions characterized as "political". Factual history in the Bahamas would show many of the stakeholders involve in this Arawak Cay Port Project at one point in this country exploited the political process and politicians of this country for personal gain, ask the Director of the One Bahamas Foundation Sir. Duward Knowles. UBP,PLP, and FNM have all rode this same horse at different times in our history. Let us all keep all respective individuals involve honest to the citizens of the Bahamas. I do agree with Mrs. Stacey Moultrie that we must sign onto the Aarhus Convention.

larry smith

Unfortunately, the "tone" was set by the politicos who are talking mostly nonsense in the most divisive way in an attempt to gain some temporary advantage.

They could easily make their legitimate points in a responsible manner without getting carried away with propaganda.

And the stakeholders involved in Arawak Cay are the same stakeholders who were involved with Southwest Point.

Anthony Bostwick

Noted with appreciation, but history and observation remains the most powerful analytical audit tool in life.

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