Cabinet has given approval to Dart’s application for a trial coastal works licence which may lead to eventual development of a five-star hotel on Seven Mile Beach. The permit will allow Dart to remove a 25-foot wide section of beach rock from a site north of the Kimpton Seafire resort.
Dart Real Estate president Jackie Doak says her firm has received a letter from the ministry announcing the approval, and she expects to shortly receive the permit itself, with any conditions attached.
Ms. Doak believes analysis of the test segment of beach rock will show it to be little more than compressed sand.
“It is possible that by removing the rock in the area, we create a nice swim lane which allows users of the beach to enter the water and then swim through,” she said. Dart will use the analysis to determine whether to apply for a more comprehensive coastal works licence. Only after reviewing the analysis will Dart determine how much or how little additional rock to seek permission to remove, if any more at all.
The group “Save Cayman” says it is disappointed in the Cabinet approval of the trial licence and fears it sets a precedent. Ms. Doak says each coastal works licence is weighed on its own merits and the trial licence will not set a precedent.
Excavation of the beach rock in the trial area could be done yet this month, according to Ms. Doak, and could take as little as one or two days.