UPDATE: I just don’t know who to believe. The spin and counter-spin on this issue has really confused the issue (at least for me.)
I listened to Gary Moreno this morning doing a good job of putting politicians on the spot, and it appeared that the OBA did not have a grasp of what the entrustment letter required. It’s a shame that ZBM does not stream its news and I could paste a link.
I’m having a hard time trying to justify to myself why, right now, Bermuda needs a new airport – especially one that appears to incorporate a marina and a realigned Causeway.
Yes, there is no question that the work will employ hundreds of people, who in turn will put money back into the economy,
But there are two things that concern me:
1. How much money will leave the economy when the new airport is finished and the contractors take profits out to pay off their debt and give their company a profit? (Will we also see price hikes for parking etc?)
2. Isn’t it better to first get the product available on the Island in better shape in order to attract more visitors?
Some hotels are being built which is great, although at the moment the ones we know about are small boutique hotels.
So wouldn’t it be better to concentrate on an area such as the Hamilton waterfront? How about concentrating energies on creating a conference centre, shops, cafes and a new hotel there?
That would create a real visitor experience, create jobs, keep more revenue on-Island and perhaps help to raise visitor numbers – justifying a new airport.
I understand about creating first impressions and leaving lingering memories but personally I see the airport idea as a want not a need. I see the Hamilton waterfront as a need not a want.