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Details of Disney’s proposed Lighthouse Point project revealed at chamber meeting

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) met with Disney Cruise Line at its request on Friday, as the company continues to seek support for a proposed development at Lighthouse Point in South Eleuthera.

The BCCEC, revealing in a statement that the meeting took place at the chamber’s office, said Disney executives explained their plans for Lighthouse Point to chamber members.

Disney wants a second private location in The Bahamas to bring its cruise ships to. It already has one private island in The Bahamas called Castaway Cay.

The BCCEC’s statement explained that Disney Cruise Line President Jeff Vahle; Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment Mark R. Penning; and Vice President of Public Affairs Kim Prunty all presented at the meeting.

“Disney Cruise Line President Jeff Vahle presented chamber directors with a preliminary overview of the company’s intentions. The meeting included discussions on the project’s design and development, the economic and environmental impact on South Eleuthera, public access and conservation objectives,” noted the statement.

The One Eleuthera Foundation has been lobbying for the government to not allow any large development to happen at Lighthouse Point. It also wants to see the 700-acre property turned into a national park and be preserved for Bahamians and tourists alike to visit. Additionally it has plans to help those settlements in South Eleuthera build businesses around the Lighthouse Point attraction.

The BCCEC said it hopes to engage those on all sides of the argument for and against the development of the property.

“The chamber hopes to engage in further dialogue with Disney as well as other stakeholders and organizations in The Bahamas, in particular on Eleuthera, to learn more about their perspectives regarding Disney’s proposal for Lighthouse Point,” the statement notes.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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