Belize 7 News reports in an article "BTIA Gets Their First Day In Court Against NCL" that the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) is trying to block the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) "mega cruise development" on Harvest Caye in Southern Belize.
BTIA argues that under pressure from Miami-based NCL, Belize’s Department of Environment (DOE) rushed the massive and environmentally unsound project and avoided consulting with the public in Belize.
The news source quotes the lawyer for the BTIA saying that the DOE refused to provide the public with notice of the project and an opportunity to object to the Miami-motivated project: " . . . they were rushing the thing and doing it in breach of the law which is set up there to make sure that the public has full opportunity to participate."
In April, the San Pedro Sun reported that there was resistance to the project with local residents objecting to the flawed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the procedural impropriety of the DOE for failing to follow statutory procedures.
The newspaper indicated that NCL and local supporters of the project hosted a wine and filet mignon party on the Norwegian Jewel to convince the local media to support the Harvest Caye project.
This area has beautiful, ancient coral reefs (see video) which will be destroyed by the dredging to accommodate NCL’s large cruise ships.
Consider what Royal Caribbean did to the coral reefs when it expanded the port in Falmouth, Jamaica.