Why is it dragging on for so long? Update

This is a real bug bear of mine and I find it difficult to see why it is dragging on for so long.

I know it causes incredible controversy and stirs up emotions in Bermuda but to me [and many others as well] it is a no-brainer.

blue halo logo

It is the Blue Halo – an idea stunning in its simplicity that would put Bermuda on the world stage while at the same time enhancing our attraction as a tourist destination.

A trade publication for the travel industry – Travel Weekly – believes that 25 percent of international tourism travel involves eco-tourism. It says spending by eco-tourists is in the region of $470 billion a year.

I’ll come back to the economics of the scheme in another post. I want to look at a political timeline of events first because there are too many loose ends.

For the rest of the column click here

UPDATE: The consultation report was released last night, click here

3 thoughts on “Why is it dragging on for so long? Update

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  1. I left my submission here:

    http://www.heromojo.com/heromojo/submission.html – Since writing that I have learned more and none of it is favourable to the PEW proposal.

    Virtually every cited benefit of the Blue Halo beyond the PR (which could be accomplished without a no-take reserve) has been manufactured.

    There is simply no current threat to our offshore waters, no current entrepreneurial interest (vital to create a “blue economy”), and so no reason whatsoever to do anything.

    A fortune has been spent already and we would be foolish to waste a penny more when we have real present environmental threats.

      1. Your column inferred that there would be tourism/economic benefits.

        Having done the math, I’ve yet to see any credible benefits and would love to be corrected.

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