While there have been many concerns about what the planned development at Lighthouse Point could mean – not only for Eleutherans but also for the environment and a historic part of the island the residents want to keep pristine – President of Disney Cruise Line Jeff Vahle, attempted to allay fears on Wednesday as he told Eyewitness News that, because of protests and opposition to the cruise port, there have been major changes to Disney’s original plans.
As it relates to the 150 jobs being offered, Yolanda Cade, the company’s director of public relations said, not only are there managerial jobs available but Bahamian artists will also be engaged in the design and décor of the property.
Environmental groups including Re-Earth Bahamas, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Save the Bays and the One Eleuthera Foundation, railed against the proposed plan to sell the privately-owned land to Disney, claiming a cruise port will decimate the environment. However, Kim Prunty, vice president of public relations said, Disney has taken precautions.
Vhale noted that the project already has the funding in place as well as a contract with the buyer of the private land. He said the company is only waiting for government approval. If and when that happens, he said, work will begin on port immediately and will most likely open in late 2022. It will cost approximately $350 to $400 million, he said.