Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis on Sunday defended the government’s decision to move forward with the development of a cruise port at Lighthouse Point.
“Let me clear up some misinformation that is going around,” Minnis said during a church service celebrating the Free National Movement’s (FNM) May 10, 2017 election win.
“Every government has to balance economic development and environmental protection and preservation.
“The new project in South Eleuthera is an example of our determination to do both.
“While some have spread certain stories for their own private interests, others have noted that the Disney project is a model of careful, balanced development.
“The PLP also did not support this development.
“The PLP and some other private interests don’t care about the needs of the people of South Eleuthera, who have been suffering and in need of jobs, opportunities and hope for a long time.
“When I hear some people complain, it’s like they want the islands of The Bahamas for their own private playground. They want to keep everybody else out.
“It is as if some people don’t care about the needs of the majority, especially those who desperately need jobs and economic opportunities to care for themselves and their families.”
Minnis said the FNM will ensure high environmental standards and safeguards with investment projects by Bahamians and international investors.
The government approved Disney’s proposal to develop Lighthouse Point despite public outrage and many Bahamians calling on the government to instead agree to a more eco-friendly project.
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