Bid to stop 4M Harbour Island marina project

Owner of The Other Side hotel Ben Simmons and the Br-Island Responsible Development Ltd. (BIRD) group filed an application for leave to apply for a judicial review and an interim injunction on Wednesday to stop 4M Harbour Island’s ongoing development on Harbour Island.

Guardian Business received the court document, which seeks to stop 4M’s ongoing construction of its marina, in an email yesterday. The Town Planning Committee is listed as a respondent on the court document.

The court order states: “It is hereby ordered that 4M Harbour Island Ltd. be restrained (whether by itself, or by its directors, officers, partners, employees, or agents, or in any other way) until the conclusion of the trial of this action or until further order in the meantime from carrying out any works of construction in respect of the marina at Harbour Island, forming part of the development to be known as the Briland Residences and Marina.”

Simmons and BIRD have been attempting to cease 4M’s marina development, contending that it will have negative environmental consequences.

There have also been concerns about the size of 4M’s development on Harbour Island, with many local stakeholders suggesting the project is too big for the small island.

However, in April officials from various government agencies, including the Bahamas Investment Authority, visited the development to ensure that the scope of work on the project was on par with the documents that were approved by the government. Guardian Business understands that those officials left satisfied.

When this paper visited the project site in April and got a look at the plans, they appeared to be consistent with what was presented by 4M in 2018 when the project was announced.

Besides minor tweaks to the dock structure itself, which includes improvements to the dexterity of the structure and the inclusion of more mangroves – all of which have been brought to the attention of the government – not much else has changed with regard to the dock.

Some Harbour Island residents have expressed their support for the project.

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Chester Robards

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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