December 29, 2006

Hurry up mode

What happens when you have a Government that does nothing for 8 years, and a new Premier who wants non-stop headlines for a few months before he calls an election?

1) Special Development Orders proliferate and make a mockery of planning laws, public consultation and oversight.

2) Four potential major hotel developments are promised for virtually simultaneous development, which will overheat the construction industry and potentially the whole economy.

3) Every job at these new hotels will be additive to the economy. For example, the proposed city hotel at Par-la-ville is expected to create 330 jobs. Those are new jobs. That's 330 new homes, cars, school places etc.. And that's just one development.

This is what happens when you have a Government in hurry up mode after almost a decade of neglect.

The public need to apply the brakes, and demand that development be managed properly and in the interests of Bermuda and Bermudians, not corporations.

I've never felt like much of an environmentalist, but I'm starting to now.

That isn't colonial. That's sensible.

Posted by Christian S. Dunleavy