The newest hotel on the Seven Mile strip has opened its doors and more hotels are in the pipeline, but for the hotels that will be constructed in the future, Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush says the country must save land, by building up, not out.
“You’re going to use up more land because development is always going to come it’s always been needed,” said Leader of the Opposition, Hon. McKeeva Bush.
With Cayman’s limited land space of 196 square kilometers, leader of the opposition, the Hon. McKeeva Bush says we must make our buildings taller as development is not stopping any time soon.
” Being a small island with small land mass we cannot continue using our land we have to go up and so I am saying between 20 and 40 stories up,” said Leader of the Opposition, Hon. McKeeva Bush.
The planning law states that hotels and apartments that are not on the seven mile strip must be under five stories and buildings *along seven mile must be under ten stories.
Building even taller structures threatens to obstruct views of the ocean and other scenery, but Mr. Bush says he’s looking globally.
“That’s what Singapore, who is as small as Cayman, that’s what they did and that’s what Monaco did and Dubai to our greater extent.” Said Mr. Bush.
As Cayman’s tourism product competes with countries from around the world, not just regionally, Mr. Bush says we cannot be comfortable with what we have now.
“There are many, many places better than Cayman, so we have to improve and keep improving , that’s what we have to do,” said Leader of the Opposition, Hon. McKeeva Bush.
Mr. Bush says, even with a lot of development underway, we must balance construction with conservation of Cayman’s environment.
“We cannot stand still and so lets not use up our land, let’s go up and let’s have the proper setbacks , let’s protect our coastline, let’s protect the environment , it must be balanced,” said Mr Bush.
The next hotel scheduled to open in Grand Cayman will be the Margarita-ville resort early next year along Seven Mile Beach.