The technical phase of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Point project will come to a close in a matter of weeks, Director of the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection (DEPP) Rochelle Newbold said yesterday, adding that the document will then be put online for public consultation.
Newbold said the placement of the document online will not mean that it has been finalized, but that both Disney’s and the DEPP’s technical discussions have been completed.
“Right now we are in the process of finalizing the document,” Newbold said.
“Once that document is completed it will be put online for review and for the public to give comment to.
“Keep in mind that the placement of the document online does not indicate a finalization of the document, but it does conclude a discussion between the technical persons of Disney and ourselves, to make sure that we have captured all of the issues.
“But, of course, we do need the input from the public to ensure that it is a complete process and closure of the concerns from the Bahamian people.”
The EIA has been in progress since early last year and is a critical part of Disney’s project, given that Lighthouse Point is seen as one of the last unspoiled areas of Eleuthera.
More than one year ago now, Disney unveiled its conceptual renderings of what the experience at Lighthouse Point in South Eleuthera will be like for its cruise guests, explaining that the development will celebrate the “culture and spirit of The Bahamas”.
During Disney’s D23 Expo in California last August, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek and Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde laid out the plans for Lighthouse Point.
“Together, they have explored arts and cultural sites across New Providence and Eleuthera, from Junkanoo shacks to noted art galleries,” Disney noted.
Rohde has done work on the company’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando and Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, Aulani.
Disney revealed it has also been working with Eleuthera artist Kevin Cooper and internationally recognized artist Antonius Roberts.