BNT Reaffirms Support to Protect Lighthouse Point

Press Release Lighthouse Point
August 9, 2018

The BNT Council in April of 2013 approved a resolution to support efforts of the One Eleuthera Foundation and the Eleuthera Land Conservancy to protect Lighthouse Point from “unsustainable development”.

The Bahamas National Trust wishes to go on record to confirm that we remain opposed to unsustainable development at Lighthouse Point.  It is our opinion that a Cruise Development would not be sustainable and the environmental impact would be significant. BNT has met with and written to the Prime Minister to state our position supporting the protection of Lighthouse Point.

BNT is working with key conservation and community partners to secure Lighthouse Point as a national park, and as a model for sustainable development. BNT has provided the Prime Minister with a proposal for acquisition of the site, along with a plan to create more full time jobs, and generate more sustained economic impact for South Eleuthera.  The option proposed by the conservation coalition, will also ensure permanent and unfettered public access to the incredible and incomparable Lighthouse Beach.

Lighthouse Point is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled natural places in our country. The area contains diverse and important terrestrial and marine ecologies including over 200 bird species and 4 endemic plant species. The interior wetland known as Big Pond is a rare hyper – saline water habitat of high scientific value.

The BNT feels strongly that Lighthouse Point should not be lost to a Cruise Port development. These types of cruise port, private island and other developments have proven to deliver few jobs, and have modest economic impact for the country, while at the same time placing very significant pressures on the environment. Perhaps most importantly, it is typical for some or all of such sites to be restricted to public access.

BNT’s position is clear, Lighthouse Point should not receive approvals for large scale development, but should be preserved as a model for sustainable development in The Bahamas.

 

 

 

 

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  • Glad to have found this press release. I visit Eleuthera yearly and have heard so many false rumours about what is happening at Lighthouse Point. I’m sending this on to folks I’ve gotten to know who reside full time on Eleuthra so they can share accurate information.
    Would it be possible for the BNT to facilitate more widespread circulation of your position? I had to search for this piece because of my interest in the subject and having the pleasure of knowing Lynn Gape. Local folks definitely want this gorgeous spot preserved for their traditional enjoyment and are understandably against the development of a cruise port. Can this oppposition be mobilized on the ground in Eleuthera? If I lived there I would gladly take it on, but I have no doubt that local folks can be found to spearhead actions against cruise port development.
    Thank you for all that you do! Such beauty on your many islands!

  • Thank you for your efforts here; let’s hope this goes the “right” way! For Eleuthera’s sake… 🙂

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