Cayman 27 – ARCHIVE

Bryan asks why so much haste with berthing project

Support will be given for what is best for the country, but not unconditionally, and not blindly.

This from Kenneth Bryan the Independent Opposition MLA representing George Town Central at his Town Hall meeting on the cruise berthing issue

“The government cannot expect that you or me give blind support, without clear answers to those concerns which have been raised,” said Mr. Bryan.

He also said he has become increasingly disturbed by events surrounding the debate such as apparent interference with media polls on the issue.

Mr. Bryan was also concerned by what he saw as the haste with which government was moving toward the project. He cited examples from a Radio Cayman interview with Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin, where the Premier said the cruise ship companies partnering with government would go elsewhere should the referendum go through.

Mr. Bryan does not agree.

“I find it hard to believe that the cruise companies will walk away from such a major profit opportunity for a simple delay of three months considering that it has taken us this long to get to this point,” he said.

Referring to the premier’s comments that the project might end if there was a referendum, the independent MLA said Mr. McLaughlin may have other motives for saying this.

“It seems to me that he is saying not to question what they are doing, and to blindly agree to what they are planning to do without having all the information,” the George Town Central representative said.

Mr. Bryan said he believed the debate should centre around not whether the berthing facility should be built, but how it could be done, taking into consideration the needs of all.

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Natalie Briggs

Natalie Briggs

Natalie Briggs has worked in television, radio and print since 2002, including stints at Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT/CNMG), Radio 97, The Trinidad Guardian and Newsday. She has an MA in Media, Communications and Public Relations.

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