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Cruise berthing facility closer to reality
It's the furthest we've ever been when it comes to development of sort of the cruise berthing facility in the last 20-years of discussing cruise berthing facilities in this country," Port Authority Chairman Stefan Baraud said.
Headline News | Cayman News Service - Cayman Islands Premier Online News Service
Port Authority Chairman Stefan Baraud said he was unable to say who would be constructing Cayman's most talked about development as he had been told that Cabinet had not yet made a decision and that the announcement would now be made next week.
Stefan Baraud (third left), ...
Stefan Baraud (third left), Chairman of the George Town UDP Committee, is flanked
...Young Caymanian businessman Stefan Baraud is the Committee's new Chairman and has been overwhelmingly hailed as one of George Town's bright, progressive young persons who will bring new vision and voice to Cayman's political future.
...Elected to serve alongside Mr Baraud as Deputy Chairpersons are two of the party's long-standing members Edlin Myles and Steve McLaughlin.
We will be meeting with as many people as possible to discuss their concerns for the district and our islands and to help give voice to the issues that affect them," Mr Baraud
Son of Betty Baraud, one of George Town's most well known and pioneering businesswomen, and Dominique Baraud, who is credited with starting Cayman's first pizza delivery business, young Stefan Baraud
has done his own trailblazing.
UDP's George Town Committee Chairman
The new Port Authority Board will be chaired by United Democratic Party's (UDP) George Town Committee Chairman Stefan Baraud, who named cruise ship berths among his priorities, but said cargo handling would be moved out of town.
"The construction of new cruise berthing is imperative for the life of the industry," Mr Baraud
told Cayman Net News
"The big question is what it will look like and we will be looking at that."
He acknowledged that developments outlined during the last 10 months under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) among private developer Atlantic Star Ltd, the Port Authority and former People's Progressive Movement (PPM) Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford were largely dead, saying that the project needed to be rethought.
"My opinion is that we must have a complete separation of cargo and cruise, not just a quarter-of-a-mile or something, but a real separation," he
said a new cargo port would have to account for 20 years of anticipated demand.
"We have to do something because the Islands are growing and cargo demand is growing to meet the needs of Cayman
, and will only become greater," he
We have to think out of the box on this," Mr Baraud
said it was too early to name other board members, but described them as "a lot of young professional Caymanians, some of whom have a direct cruise tourism background and some without any at all, but the point is that they are all young professionals with the capability to do what needs to be done - and the board will have its hands full."
Mr Baraud said he hoped to meet with the former Chairman.
addressed proposals for West Bay docking facilities, saying they may go ahead, but on a smaller scale than in George Town.
Chairman of the UDP George Town Committee
When the United Democratic Party's
(UDP) George Town Committee
held a community forum on 10 December the focus was on creating more opportunities in education, employment for young Caymanians, and the economy.
Held at Town and Country condominium complex on Smith Road, the forum brought together a wide range of district residents and was part of a series of focus groups and discussion fora that the UDP George Town Committee
has been holding to get an insight into the pressing concerns of residents of the district.
"Once again, George Town residents have provided enthusiastic support for these forums that we had hosted and it is clear by their participation that they welcome these opportunities to voice their concerns," said Stefan Baraud, Chairman of the UDP George Town Committee.