Should Microsoft billionaire
pay for reef damage?
Last week, a 300-foot luxury yacht belonging to US billionaire Paul Allen, in one of his regular visits to Cayman, dropped anchor in the West Bay Replenishment Zone, damaging 1,200 square meters of sea floor, destroying 80 percent of the reefs in the area.
Allen says the Port Authority told him where to anchor and high winds nudged the craft “near a marine reserve.”
Who is to blame? Was the Port Authority negligent? Was Allen negligent? Should Allen be fined, and the boat impounded? Should Allen be required to reinstate the reefs?