Bahamas: Save the Mangroves by Stopping Bimini Bay Resort!

Bimini Bay is a 700-acre residential/resort development that – at full
buildout – would include thousands of homes and condominiums, hotel
and time-share units, a casino, marinas, golf course, shops and
restaurants, and associated infrastructure. The master land use plan
for the resort has been revised several times since 1997. Amid all the
controversy over the scale and character of this development in such
an ecologically sensitive area, the Black & Veatch report confirms
that no environmental management plan exists for the resort, no
environmental impact assessment has been scheduled for the planned
second phase, and there is “insufficient information” to make a
judgement of the island’s capacity to accommodate the proposed
build-out.

The report also clearly states that because Bimini is
relatively isolated on the western Great Bahama Bank, destruction of
mangrove nursery habitat in the lagoonal complex “is likely to exert
widespread influence on reef_fish communities in the area.” Likewise,
the associated sea grass beds provide nursery functions similar to
that of mangroves, and support populations of bonefish and conch.
Mangrove forests are one of the world’s most threatened tropical
ecosystems. And scientists have shown that commercially important fish
are twice as numerous when adult habitat is connected to mangroves.
Therefore, to be effective, conservation efforts should protect
connected corridors of mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs.

The
Black & Veatch report states that “the current environmental impact
assessment and supplements do not provide a sufficient basis upon
which the BEST Commission can adequately assess the potential and
likely degree of future environmental impacts.” The Trust is deeply
concerned that further development at Bimini Bay will lead inevitably
to the loss of vital ecological functions that would be irrecoverable.
It is our considered view that no second phase development should be
approved without a further EIA undertaken by independent consultants.
Based on our review of the first phase EIA, we agree with the finding
by Black and Veatch that it impossible to accurately assess the
potential impact of any part of phase 2.
http://www.mangroveactionproject.org/news/current_headlines/press-release-bahamas-national-trust-position-on-the-bimini-bay-project

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Comments (2)

Diamond FowlerFebruary 11th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

i didn’ think that it was called for you to post that up on the internet even though it is informative it still is sending a(n) not so ” good ” picture to this country and i think that you should have not put that on the internet but you can keep it up but explain to the viewers what is meant by the photo instead of just degrading that community like i said it is informative
yours truly,
Diamond Fowler of Hialeah

william MacenauerOctober 12th, 2009 at 8:24 am

I am 69 years of age, and it took me that long to realise, that the only thing we do own is this planet and all of its’ occupants. With-out being an idiot, I do know that I can reproduce money but cannot give back to this beautiful planet what I extract from it. Knowing that we only have a few years to live on it, some of us get the feeling of wanting to take as much profit from it as possible, with-out the thought of the generations to come or any feelings for life. This being the case, it seems logical to me that these greedy people should have their lives on the line or that of their families so as they may comprehend the damage they are causing to the rest of the eco system in which we live and need and so desperatley for our survival, and that of our children.
If man is so genious, let him derive and be compensated for not destroying but rather creating better lives for his fellowman. I noticed how classes of people, and education as well as the upper 5% of our society become one (1) with-out distinctions or prejuduces when a catastrophy like an earthquick or a volcano erupts then these people will accept any helping hand.
Stop feeling sorry for yourselves people, and look in the mirror and ask yourselves, “What do I really own on this planet?”
William

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