President of Disney Cruise Line, Jeff Vahle, recently came out to assure the environmental and economic benefits of the proposed Lighthouse Point development as protests intensified in South Eleuthera. Residents and environmental groups alike have voiced their concern over the harm any development could cause this beach.
In response, Vahle issued a statement saying, “Our development is designed to have as little impact as possible on the natural environment.” He went on to say that the proposed deal is different than the previously approved project and will not involve dredging.
Vahle also highlighted the economic benefits of a Lighthouse Point development, claiming it would create more “quality jobs and opportunity for Bahamians” and a stronger community in Eleuthera. He also noted that the land has been privately owned for years and that if Disney were to buy it, the company would turn the pristine land over to the Government for conservation.
According to Vahle, Disney plans to only develop 20% of the land and build a minimal amount of support structures. The company is also limiting the project’s footprint and protecting marine life by using sustainable design through solar-powered operation and an open-trestle pier that requires little to no dredging.
With the Lighthouse Point proposal still pending review, Disney executives are trying to get in front of the increasing backlash of the project’s environmental threats.
Source: Eyewitness News