(CMR) Cabinet has refused to issue a permit to Peppercorn Investments to construct 19 overwater bungalows and other infrastructure in the South Hole Sound Marine Reserve in Little Cayman.
Last year, the Department of Environment recommended that Cabinet refuse the application to construct the 19 bungalows and associated water infrastructure, including a hot tub/Jacuzzi tub and a dock to moor a boat on each bungalow due to the impact it would have on the protected area.
More than 100 letters of objection were sent to the Department of Environment and the Ministry of Sustainability and Climate Change regarding the proposed development.
The property at Kingston Bight was developed around 1973 as a fishing and diving lodge, at the time called Kingston Bight Lodge. The property, which had an approximately 100 ft dock, was severely damaged by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. The dock was repaired in 1993 with a Coastal Works Permit and extended to a T-shape with a length of approximately 153 feet.