UPDATED: Historic first as Cayman heads for port referendum

Campaigners were celebrating a historic first for the Cayman Islands this week after the Elections Office confirmed the target had been reached to trigger a people-initiated referendum on the cruise port project.

The fate of the planned $200 million development in George Town harbour now lies in the hands of the public.

More than 25% of the electorate, 5,305 registered voters, signed a petition calling for a referendum and filled out an affidavit confirming their position to Elections Office staff during a three-month verification process.

The announcement Wednesday is the culmination of a year-long effort from campaign group Cruise Port Referendum Cayman.