Disney Cruise Line has begun pre-qualifying contractors for its Lighthouse Point cruise port project in South Eleuthera.
Disney said in a newsletter it developed for the people of Eleuthera that it has met with Eleuthera contractors and toured the local construction sites in search of the people who could be involved in the project.
“During a visit to Eleuthera in May, Disney team members toured local construction sites and met area contractors,” the newsletter revealed.
“Disney team members also recently presented before a meeting of the Bahamian Contractors’ Association and continue to meet with interested contractors. All contractors are invited to participate in the pre-qualification process.”
Disney is currently preparing to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA), which will be vetted by the government before the Disney project can begin in earnest.
“Our own team of conservation experts is working closely with a highly qualified team of Bahamians and an experienced international firm to perform an EIA of the site that aligns with our company’s long-standing commitment to the environment,” the newsletter stated.
“This is a detailed analysis being conducted as directed by the BEST Commission. Once a draft is submitted, both the EIA and environmental management plan will be reviewed by the government and made available for public consultation. Only after that process is complete can work begin on the site.”
Eleutherans and Bahamians in general have called for more information on Disney’s project. The company said it developed and released the newsletter to keep the public abreast of its progress.
Disney said it is committed to developing less than 20 percent of the Lighthouse Point property, employing sustainable building practices, establishing environmental monitoring and donating more than 190 acres of privately-owned land to the government.
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