|Thoughts on Smugglers Cove and the Misleading Newspaper
|got this from an islander I know thought you might find it
Subject: smugglers and the misleading newspaper
the web site version of the bvibeacon says that the "environmental
Impact study gives Smugglers Cove development High Marks". I have never seen
such blatant disregard for objective reporting, making me think that the
Government owns this paper. This paper also published an article discounting
the financial backers of the documentary about the destruction of Beef Island as
being selfish and a conflict of interest with those wanting to build their own
resorts. half truth after half truth. Who is econcern? is the organization
concerned with economy? Then they are not the objective people you want doing an
impact study. Klive Petrovick, to my understanding is the scientist who
produced this study. He taught marine biology at the college before his program
was cancelled. How can he say there would be little environmental impact if
building was done correctly. Construction itself takes a toll. these are some
of the other issues concerning this ill-conceived development.
incorporates Queen's land
2. it is over-sized and too dense for the
3. the villas (with pools) will have to have to be tall and the
density of long bay if not denser (12 acres)
4. it takes away access to the
only family beach accessable to ALL RESIDENTS
5. by engulfing the beach, it
becomes the front yard of the resort, alienating any outsider
6. The dock
will be on coral by default
7. the dock invites more boats which anchor on
8. the dock encourages water taxis, and other extensive uses,
bringing more activity to the beach- and therefore, pollution, trash, noise, see
Cane Garden Bay.
9. the added activity, will affect fish in the cove and
outside in the channel, let alone pelicans and other wildlife.
will esculate in both directions, from Long Bay and from Steel Point.
traffic through the ferry dock, past private houses- which is one lane wide-
12. the roads will be paved, inviting a massive influx of
13. with this activity- people become disinfranchised and crime will
esculate- which it is doing already.
there are historical ruins in and around
smugglers which are part of the island heritage.
14 the resort is an
exclusive place for rich people- that, in a sense, is racist.
construction laborers will haved to be housed somewhere.
A list needs to
be made of potential hazzards caused by such an ill-conceived project. The
Government is not looking out for its people. This is not about the economy, it
is about catering to the financial sector who has been scouting for new
territories which have facilities which can accomodate their toys (mega yachts
and exclusive resorts). According to Mr. Potter of TCPD, if tortola doesn't
cater to them, "our people will suffer". that is what this is REALLY about.
make lists, e-mail, post notices about the upcoming meeting in west
end. this is not about individual communities but a united front to save the
future of the island. it's all you have.
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