SAY No to the Development on the
North End of Guana Cay, ABaco, Bahamas!
No, to the land
giveaway and concessions; No, to the contempt and disrespect for the
Locals; and No, to a Golf Course and Marina that equates to a death
sentence for a reef that is just 50 feet offshore.
Two, no MAKE THAT NOW
THREE, world renowned and respected marine and coral reef authorities, Drs.
Risk, Cervino, AND NOW GOREAU have visited Guana Cay and the site of Discovery
Land Company's Baker's Bay Club. They, along with The Sierra Club, agree that
this is not the right type of development for Guana Cay. You can review their
Click here to see the January 2012 YouTube of the Golf Course Reef Destruction
to review Dr. Thomas Goreau's report
Click here to review Dr.
James Cervino's report
Click here to review Dr. Michael Risk's environmental
Damage to Guana Cay Coral Reefs from Baker’s Bay Golf Course; see full story at
Observations in early January 2012 found massive blooms of “sewage-type” algae smothering beach rock and sand where Baker’s Bay golf course greens lie nearest to the shore of northwestern Guana Cay. The spatial pattern and abundance of algae species clearly indicates excessive levels of fertilizer nutrients leaching from the golf course via groundwater flowing into the coastal zone
|4/27/09 Virgin Islands
Fight inspired by SGCR; full article from
A landmark environmental case in the British Virgin Islands, that was inspired
in part by the Save the Guana Cay Reef action in the Bahamas, will be heard in
the British Virgin Islands High Court from 27th - 29th April 2009.
The case, Virgin Islands Environmental Council v Attorney General and Another,
sets a precedent in the BVI as the first environmental and public-interest
challenge to a government decision. It involves judicial review of the former
NDP Government’s planning approval for a five-star hotel, marina and golf
course that would destroy the scientifically documented biologically important
Hans Creek Fisheries Protected Area in Beef Island, British Virgin Islands.
Legal issues in the case center around the irrationality of the decision in
light of an over-arching “Development Agreement” which pre-approved many of
the project components, and the illegality of project approval in blatant
contravention of the Fisheries Law prohibiting development that would
adversely impact a fisheries protected area.
The case is being fought by the Virgin Islands Environmental Council (VIEC), a
coalition of local fishermen, concerned residents, scientists and
environmental activists. The politically charged issue came to a head during
an election year.
When local lawyers refused to assist, the group reached out to Fred Smith,
Freeport attorney for Save Guana Cay Reef, who was the first attorney to give
the group a legal opinion on the merits of their case. His timely
encouragement and advice enabled VIEC to file their claim against the decision
within the six-month time limit for bringing judicial review.
|3/12/08 ON TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL!! - Despite Legal Losses, Group Presses Ahead With
Fight Against Guana Cay Project:
to read The Bahama Journal article|
|2/20/08 Court of Appeal dismisses Appeal by SGCR; the
Association is considering its next steps:
click here to read the Freeport News article & see Message Board for a
post by Troy Albury|
|2/15/08 Bahamas Court of Appeal to deliver decision on
SGCR Appeal @ 10 am on Mon, Feb 18, 2008: please check the
Message Board for further updates|
|1/07/08 "You Can Fool Some of the People Some of the
Click here to read an open letter by Mr. Aubrey Clarke|
|12/10/07 New Turn in Guana Cay Fight:
for Bahama Journal article|
|12/10/07 Government backs Baker's Bay; Land Give-Back:
click here for Nassau Guardian article|
More News & PR Click Here
In late 2004
Bahamian government, then under Prime Minister Perry Christie,
unilaterally, and without proper consultation, approved
Company’s proposal for a 400-homesite development that would feature an
18-hole championship golf course and a 180-slip mega-yacht capable marina. The
development would more than triple the current population of the six-mile long
island, the marina would be one of the biggest in the Bahamas, and the golf
course would simply be too close to a healthy coral reef and mangrove system.
thereafter, a significant group of concerned Guana Cay residents created the
Save Guana Cay Reef Association (SGCR) to address the social, economic, and
environmental issues surrounding this inappropriate development. For over three
years, Save Guana Cay Reef has been asking the tough questions of the Developer
and the Bahamian government but, unfortunately, getting very few answers. The
fight to be heard has been waged on the ground, in the media and also in the
Bahamian and British courts.
During this time SGCR has proven that, among other things, the Government did
not follow a due and transparent process; and that the Developer has knowingly
mislead the public. In the spring of 2007 a new Bahamian government came into
power. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was elected on a platform that promised
transparency and environmental stewardship, and even cited the Guana Cay
controversy as an example, however there has been little change in policy, and
construction a Baker’s Bay continues at a torrid pace.
Much damage has already been done, but the Association continues to wage a fight
with its limited resources and, with a recent reaffirmation of the majority of
Guana Cay Bahamians, support remains strong. The social, economic, and
environmental issues are more relevant than ever; this controversy and has been
a catalyst for change in other areas of the Bahamas and has gained attention on
the global stage. The people of Guana Cay want to be heard, and it is hoped that
upcoming court appearances and pending decisions bring satisfaction. We ask that
you review the issues and the facts that surround them and, like us, we hope
that you are compelled to take action.
The intent of this website is to inform the
public and motivate people to take action!
Its not too late, but we all must act now!
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