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Source: Top Disney execs to visit The Bahamas to lobby for Lighthouse Point

Top executives of Disney Cruise Line are scheduled to come to The Bahamas to lobby for the purchase of Lighthouse Point at the southern tip of Eleuthera, sources close to the matter have told Guardian Business. The source added that a local public relations company has been hired to assist Disney with its campaign to build a cruise port on the plot of land.

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) in a press release explained that it recently met with representatives of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) regarding the proposed Lighthouse Point project in South Eleuthera.

The BCCEC also recently met with Disney executives who revealed their plans for Lighthouse Point.

“The BNT’s executive director, Eric Carey, and OEF’s chief executive officer, Shaun Ingraham, both attended the meeting held at the chamber’s office in Nassau,” the chamber release states.

“Also in attendance was Jeff Andrews, from the BNT; Alfred Sears, QC; and Sharrah Moss, of the BNT/OEF coalition. Discussion points centered on the nature of the proposed project and its potential environmental and economic impacts on the island of Eleuthera.

“The chamber will continue to engage in further dialogue with the BNT, the OEF, Disney and other relevant parties in The Bahamas, not excluding the residents and businesses on Eleuthera, to better understand their viewpoints regarding the proposed Lighthouse Point development.”

The OEF has been attempting to gather the momentum and money to purchase the Lighthouse Point property, which is owned by a private investor who attempted to develop the property.

The OEF and BNT want the property kept in the hands of Bahamians and turned into a national park.

According to sources, Disney has said it will not completely shut off the property to Bahamians and others who want to visit the site, which has been heralded as one of the most beautiful beaches in The Bahamas.

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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