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David Wheaton
Cayman Islands Maritime Authority's credit cards used for cash, cigars, gifts
Posted by David Wheaton on 10/31/2014 3:25:24 PM

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Hopefully it was not Cuban cigars that were distributed at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. One would hate to think of stogies being carried in the Diplomatic Bag.
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David Wheaton
Alternative cruise plan floated for George Town harbor
Posted by David Wheaton on 10/31/2014 3:09:20 PM

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Have the Dutch engineers conducted a study of the sort of seas generated in GT Harbour in a real NorWester let alone a hurricane of Category 3 or above. It seems inconceivable that a structure with any required flexibly in it's construction could possibly remain intact when subjected to sustained battering waves - unless it was itself protected by an outlying breakwater. And such a breakwater would undoubtedly be completely impractical.
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Lukishi Brown
Alternative cruise plan floated for George Town harbor
Posted by Lukishi Brown on 10/31/2014 3:02:38 PM

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Georgetown is depressing. Businesses have closed. The airport is outdated, passengers are stuffed like sardines into the holding tank, that is the waiting area. Food and beverage there, is one counter of questionably looking food, prices that gouge and no other choices. The island, if is is attracting hoteliers to build first quality facilities, will need an airport that welcomes the tourists. As far as docks are concerned, they as with the airport discussions have been that, DISCUSSIONS, and little else. If Cayman is to compete in the tourism business, it can't rest on it's laurels. Development and improvement is the only way cayman will remain a tourist destination.
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Michael Davis
Alternative cruise plan floated for George Town harbor
Posted by Michael Davis on 10/31/2014 2:08:15 PM

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Andy makes a great deal on sense in what he's pointing out. I personally think Cayman will need both in order to pay all its bills and retain that TAX FREE status. However I don't think they need to spend 200 Million dollars on a pier when there's already plenty of Cruise Tourists coming. They just need to improve on and streamline the tendering process. Most stay over tourists don't hang in George town anyway so that area just needs to be focused on the Cruise Ship visitors which happens to be their life line anyway. Pedestrianize it and make it more greener so people that visit on ships will want to come back and stay over. Put some more focus on things to do for the stay over tourists like making it safer to walk the streets and beaches in the evening. And for god's sake do something about that Dump, I was really looking forward to Dart turning it into a huge public Green space like he offered. The walking and bike trails he promised would have been great for that area..
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Michael Davis
Alternative cruise plan floated for George Town harbor
Posted by Michael Davis on 10/31/2014 12:41:09 PM

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While I think that the idea should at least be looked at for an engineering perspective. I don't think Cayman need to be to spend another 200 Million dollars on anything. It's already going to cost more than 100 Million to fix the GT Dump if it even happens and then the rising pension dept. which appears to be in the millions. When is all the spending going to stop.

Why not just build on the idea of the tender and make it a better experience for cruise passengers. Or even get a smaller vessel that could dock with the ship and have multiple smaller vessels attach to it that could take folks to other locations then just Georgetown.
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Andy Gray
Alternative cruise plan floated for George Town harbor
Posted by Andy Gray on 10/31/2014 12:18:35 PM

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Look at the headlines over the last couple of weeks;-

Dart announces a second hotel.
Hyatt to be redeveloped
New Hotel and Road for Bodden Town

In addition to the room capacity of the new Kimpton, there is clearly going to be an influx of new stayover tourists. The question is if the strategy is there to cope?

Many stayover tourists are already adversely affected by the cruise ships and there will soon be a point at which decisions have to be made as to where the money will yield the best experience for the visitors, it has already been shown that the lesser numbers of stayover visitors contribute 3x more to the local economy than the cruise visitors so it is important that we concentrate efforts on improving their experience.

Someone will have to decide if Cruise OR Stayover is the future of the Island, because ultimately the answer cannot be 'We Want BOTH to Double'

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Norman Linton
Alternative cruise plan floated for George Town harbor
Posted by Norman Linton on 10/31/2014 11:18:15 AM

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I am dead against spending money on a fixed pier. Too expensive and too much damage to our environment.

But sadly this is another one of those ideas that looks good on paper but hopeless in practice.

The floating walkways are to be secured by tension cables, which I assume need to be secured to the sea floor. How?

Even when secured they are surely going to move in with the waves. This might be fine for a fit, steady person, but not for someone already unsteady on their feet.

And just what happens if and when there is a major storm? We have all see concrete benches in Hog Sty Bay thrown around by wave action. These things will be ripped out of their anchors and end up in our streets.

Now just look at the photo above. How many cruise ships are moored there? It looks like it has the capacity for two more. So a total of four ships.
But on some days we get more than that number.

As I have said before, here is the economical answer:

Use better designed bigger, flat deck tenders so people can walk on and off three abreast. Have a more efficient loading and unloading process.

Think about the Hong Kong star ferries that cross Victoria Bay. They have two engines, one at each end so they can go backwards and forwards without needing to turn around. The chairs have backs that flip from back to front and two decks. So the upper and lower deck fill at once. The second the ferry arrives someone is tying it up and the walkways descend from the boat.
The second the last passenger is off the new passengers can get on.
Turnaround time about two minutes for 500 passengers.
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Patrick Asmussen
Kelly Holding: Don't write that check
Posted by Patrick Asmussen on 10/31/2014 10:46:29 AM

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This is truly disturbing. I have known Rhonda Kelly for over 20 years and have found her to be a professional business person in every sense of the word. Kelly Holding have endeavored to bring our country the utmost in sporting and social events that not only promote Cayman but bring people together.
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Lloyd Mongo
Kelly Holding: Don't write that check
Posted by Lloyd Mongo on 10/31/2014 10:28:50 AM

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If the govt wrote the check to Kelly why did she then give the money to the others? if the deal was between McGee/Buckner and govt, then why didn't they get the check directly... why was it paid to Kelly Holdings?
Something is not right here....
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Robert Smith
Kelly Holding: Don't write that check
Posted by Robert Smith on 10/31/2014 9:39:23 AM

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I completely agree with your editorial. There is no way that Government should expect Kelly Holding to cover this loss. This agreement was between Government and the people at the other end of the deal.
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