Government: ‘No evidence’ port will impact beach

Government has issued a detailed rebuttal countering claims from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute that the planned cruise port development will impact Seven Mile Beach.

“There is absolutely no evidence presented to support the claim,” according to a ‘technical paper’ released by the Office of the Premier Friday.

The paper cites the findings of an environmental impact assessment on the port project, as well as previous research papers on the natural history of Seven Mile Beach to support its case.

Baird and Associates, the consultants that carried out the EIA, used a scientific model of tides, wind and wave climate to assess the potential impact of the cruise piers.

They concluded, “There is no apparent sediment transport linkage between George Town harbour and Seven Mile Beach; therefore, the proposed project is not expected to have any impact on Seven Mile Beach.”