March 11, 2020
Many people are waiting to see how a brewing conflict over prime Crown land on the western portion of Paradise Island will play out. Will the Minnis administration empower a Bahamian entrepreneur to develop his planned $2 million cultural and historical project on the several acres that have already been approved, or will it see greater value in granting approval to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCL) to develop its planned $50 million beach club for cruise visitors on the land it has requested? Will a compromise be reached before the government gets another public relations black eye? What message will the government send about its commitment or lack thereof to Bahamian businesspeople? And what is the best decision for the Bahamian people in general?
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