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Poll: Mostly lower income, high school educated Bahamians support Disney project

Lighthouse Point on Eleuthera.

The majority of Bahamian residents who are in support of the proposed Disney Cruise Line development at Lighthouse Point had a total household income of $30,000, according to a recent survey conducted by research firm Public Domain.

The survey, which was released on Monday, showed that 66 percent of respondents who indicated that they knew about the project were in support of it.

According to the survey, which polled 994 residents throughout The Bahamas, 14 percent have a household income of less than $10,000; 15 percent have an income of between $10,000 and $20,000; and 10 percent earn an income between $20,000 and $30,000. Twenty-nine percent did not know or refused to share what they earned.

Additionally, 58 percent of the respondents in the survey had full-time employment, and 42 percent said high school was their highest level of education, compared to 26 percent who said college was their highest level of education.

Disney Cruise Line commissioned the poll, as it seeks approval to develop a cruise port on the southern tip of Eleuthera.

Although Disney already has a purchase

agreement with the private owner of the property, it still needs government approval.

The sale to Disney and approval of a cruise port at Lighthouse Point has been a hotly contested subject for months now, with environmentalists and private groups lobbying government to intervene to protect the historical site by turning the 700-acre property into a national park.

Disney proposes to develop 20 acres of the property for “low-density use”, to preserve the salt ponds on the property and give the government 170 acres of the land for conservation purposes.

Disney said the project would cost between $350 million and $400 million and would provide between 120 to 150 permanent jobs for Bahamians.

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