The Department of Environment said it’s unfazed by criticism that’s come its way, including from the highest levels of government.
Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin labeled the National Conservation Law ‘ridiculous’ and an ‘impediment to business’ in two high profile speeches last year. His argument: The pendulum has swung too far in favor of conservation.
DOE Deputy Director Tim Austin told Cayman 27 that being a regulatory agency does not always guarantee popularity.
“Once you are in a regulatory role, or you are in a role where you have to make recommendations that often aren’t easy or not what people want to hear, then yeah, you are going to have to be able to stand behind those and have the thick skin to deal with the repercussions of people that don’t understand,” said Mr. Austin.
A review committee is due to take a look at the law early this year.
The National Conservation Law was only fully implemented in late 2016, and a centerpiece of Mr. McLaughlin’s first administration.