To Whom It May Concern: April 25, 2008
Regarding: Disaster Island - TCI Star Island & Leeward Marina Development, Turks and Caicos Islands
I am a developer and entrepreneur with an extensive real estate development, finance, hospitality, land planning and economic development background.
In our increasingly interconnected and interdependent planet, our relationship to the natural world is key. Protecting and enhancing our National and natural treasures is important for our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. As individuals and nations we need to protect and enhance what we have. Animals
don’t foul their nests. The Native Americans protected their land into the 8th generation. Balancing long and short-term needs is very important to economic development, land planning and to the needs of the people of the Islands.
The Star Island Development, an Environmental Disaster Island, will be in existence for a very, very long time. Having a severe adverse impact on a rare world treasure, this will negatively affect the economy, environment
, society and the future of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Today, more than ever, humans need to live and thrive in harmony with people, nature and technology. Reefs
and their fragile and dynamic ecosystems are complex and are irreplaceable.
The Turks and Caicos have a very unique and valuable competitive advantage from an economic development standpoint. These islands are not Dubai! The politics, natural and other resources and needs of the people are different from that of a wealthy, oil-based nation. True economic development in the 21st century is about more than just short-term promises of jobs and tax revenue. The enhancement of the natural and social capital of the islands, in a sensitive and sustainable way, is mandatory. This is the responsibility of every human on earth.
Filling and dredging clear waters and habitats are not appropriate. This is a very sensitive, irreplaceable, tropic coral and island ecosystem. These National Parks, Heritage Areas, conch, marine
organisms and turtle habitats, beaches and reefs have taken millennia to evolve. The irresponsible actions manifested by the developers of the Star Island and Leeward Island Marina can quickly destroy these rare treasures.
Quoting from The Turks and Caicos Department of Economic Planning and Statistics web site:
“To facilitate the SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT of the Turks and Caicos Islands and to improve the welfare of residents by encouraging A BROAD CONSULTATIVE AND INFORMED APPROACH TO DECISION MAKING, in particular:
• Leading in the formulation of national strategies and monitor
• Providing proactive and sound policy analysis and advice
on all economic and developmental issues, in particular fiscal matters;
• Coordinating and facilitating the timely implementation of the Public Sector Investment Program;
• Coordinating assistance from our developmental partners;
• Maintaining and coordinating a quality statistics service
that provides timely and accurate information to assist public and private sector management and decision making.”
The Star Island - Leeward Marina Development, Turks and Caicos Islands is:
• NOT - Sustainable
• NOT - In the long term welfare of The Turks and Caicos residents and the natural resource base TCI
• NOT - A Broad Informed Consultative Approach to Decision Making
As premier Michael Misick says - "let there be debate" on this matter.
The Star Island - Leeward Marina Development has been started in secret with out any public debate and scientific and environmental input.
Where are the:
• Environmental Impact studies?
• Feasibility Studies?
• Discussion and input from citizens, neighbors and other stakeholders?
Scientist and ecologist Barry commoner says – “you can’t only do one thing”
The planning and the preparation for a long-term sustainable land and economic development plan for the Turks and Caicos Islands is extremely important for the citizens, visitors, potential future investors and future residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as all citizens of the planet. The birds, fishes and corals have no vote, yet it is important for us to listen to their important voice. Natural gifts are to be treasured, protected and passed on to many future generations.
Together, let us continue to make the Turks and Caicos Islands a beautiful and sustainable thriving paradise. Star Island and the Leeward Marina Development epitomize an environmental disaster of untold proportions. These projects will only serve as a garish display of over consumption
and glitz. The only beneficiaries of these disastrous projects are a few secretive and inconsiderate developers.
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