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Disputes put brakes on billionaire’s reef restoration plan

The DOE said it wants to see some changes to billionaire software tycoon Paul Allen’s plan to restore a reef damaged by his 300 foot mega-yacht Tatoosh last month.

The DOE said Vulcan Inc’s plan to fix the reefs can’t be approved, as Mr. Allen’s company still disputes the scale of the damage and whether the damage was even caused by Tatoosh.

The DOE told Cayman 27 in a press release that an independent investigation into damage caused by the Tatoosh is complete and the DOE started emergency coral salvage operations Wednesday (17 February).

DOE Director Gina Petrie-Ebanks, in that press release, said the survival of what coral is still alive depends on swift action. “Because Vulcan continues to disagree with the scale and source of damage, as well as the length of time required for the restoration effort, details of the remediation plan have not been finalised.”

She says a firm contracted by Vulcan was allowed to observe and assist the emergency salvage works, to make sure the techniques are compatible with their restoration methodologies.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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