Objecting to a coastal works application

| 03/12/2018

Can the wider public voice objections to coastal works applications regardless of how close they live to the site? How are those objections considered?

Ask Auntie, CNS Local Life, Caymanian statusAuntie’s answer: Yes, anyone can submit an objection regardless of where they live. An official from the Ministry of Environment explained the process. With every coastal works application, the person or entity applying has to put a notification in a daily local newspaper for one day a week for two consecutive weeks.

The notice has to include specific information including the type of work to be done and the exact location. A period for public comment follows, which is usually 21 days from the date of the last published notification.

And to the point of your question, the official said, “The general public is invited to provide comments on any coastal works permit application, no matter the distance they live from the subject parcel of the coastal works application.”

Any comments that are received within the designated public-comment period will be included in the submission and considered by Cabinet, which makes the final decision on coastal works permit applications.

To submit an objection, which must be done in writing, send it to:

Chief Officer
Ministry of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing
Government Administration Building
George Town
Grand Cayman

Send questions to auntie@caymannewsservice.com

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Agreed, the DOE review and Notices are all window dressing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    While the outcome may be predetermined, there is still a record of numbers of objections which actually is beneficial having on file if there is an appeal or FOI. To simply assume the worst amd be complacent is what has allowed the govt to get away with things like this for 20 years!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t waste your time, the outcome of each application is pre-determined.

    • Anonymous says:

      Really helps if no one objects.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not true. Also helps to notify the media. Many applications die a quiet death after attracting attention.