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Conservation plan helped Disney land second Bahamian port

Discussion in 'Disney Vacation Club - DVC' started by RNCollins, Oct 27, 2018.

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    Conservation plan helped Disney land second Bahamiam port
    https://www.travelweekly.com/Tom-Stieghorst

    By Tom Stieghorst
    Travel Weekly / October 26, 2018

    “Disney Cruise Line's go-ahead to develop a second private port in the Bahamas follows Disney's abandonment two years ago of a plan for a private port on Egg Island on the north end of Eleuthera, an island about 75 miles east of Nassau.

    The new development, dubbed Lighthouse Point, would be on the far southern end of Eleuthera, only a couple of miles from where Princess Cruises operates its Princess Cays port.

    Unlike the Egg Island project, the land at Lighthouse Point is privately held and was for sale. Disney has a purchase agreement with the current property owner.

    Still, Disney had to persuade the Bahamian Cabinet that its proposal had more to offer than one put forth by a coalition of conservation groups that had been formed to derail the Disney effort.

    A statement from the conservation group, Lighthouse Point Partners, called the government's decision "regrettable."

    "Unlike the sustainable proposal of the Lighthouse Point Partners, the government, in this decision, is perpetuating a failed model, with limited spend by cruise passengers on the island of Eleuthera compared to stay-over visitors, with no chance of Bahamian ownership of the core enterprise," the statement said.

    Lighthouse Point, named for a tower at its tip, covers 700 acres. The government said Disney agreed to donate 190 of those acres for conservation or a national park, which likely helped the government justify its decision to choose Disney's proposal over the coalition's.

    In addition, a Cabinet statement said the approval had been conditioned on low-density development and sustainable design, public access and the restoration of historical and cultural sites....”

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    Disney’s Castaway Cay
    Off the coast of Abaco, Bahamas
     

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