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Sentosa Integrated Resort

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including whale sharks in aquariums and in general
see also wild shores and dolphins (includes whale sharks and large fishes and marine mammals in captivity)

Uniquely Singapore: city reefs! with photos!

Doomed shores? Sentosa's natural shores that were reclaimed for the IR.
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Govt will remove hurdles to Jurong Island's boom
ExxonMobil, Shell projects will give big edge to S'pore chemicals sector: PM By Nisha Ramchandani Business Times 7 Nov 07

Genting seeking $3.2b loan for Sentosa resort
Business Times 24 Oct 07

Hong Kong rules out building casinos to compete with Macau Straits Times 16 Sep 07

Naomi Campbell casino plan sparks worry over rare Kenyan turtle by Bogonko Bosire Yahoo News 14 Sep 07

S'pore revving up Casinos will help it shed its 'museum' image: PM Today Online 11 Sep 07

Will costs of Sentosa resort shoot past $5.2b?
Jasmine Yin Today Online 5 Sep 07

The casino that ate Macau
By Kent Ewing Asia Times 5 Sep 07

Sentosa planning to develop Mount Faber ahead of IR
Channel NewsAsia 14 Aug 07

Foreshores act: Foreshores and seabed granted to Sentosa Development Corporation for Integrated Resort on 60-year lease e-gazette 6 Aug 07

Sentosa Cove: Creating a home
John Higginson www.propertyreport.com 23 Jul 07

Lead by example on biodiversity
Call for better EIA practices using Sentosa as an example
Straits Times 23 Jul 07

EIA for Sentosa IR reclamation now available for public viewing
Government Gazette 20 Jul 07

The big reef move
Corals off Sentosa to be relocated to make way for casino resort, but two-thirds will be sacrificed
Daphne Chuah Today Online 7 Jul 07

Green campaigners keep watch on Dubai's man-made isles
by Laith Abou-Ragheb Yahoo News 5 Jul 07

Sentosa reclamation begins on the wildfilms blog 3 Jul 07

Life on Sentosa's shores on the wildfilms blog 15 Jun 07

Resorts World at Sentosa launches tree conservation programme Channel NewsAsia 13 Jun 07

Georgia aquarium probes second whale shark death
By Daniel Yee, Associated Press Yahoo News 14 Jun 07

Sentosa Cove releases Tanjong Beach condo plot
By Fiona Chan Straits Times 12 Jun 07

At peace with nature Think Langkawi and images of a beach resort come to mind. But its natural habitats and wildlife are what set it apart from places like Phuket By Teo Cheng Wee Straits Times 29 May 07

More Singapore architects are going green - in overseas projects By Tay Suan Chiang Straits Times 26 May 07

Sentosa's treasure island of coral
By Teh Jen Lee New Paper 25 May 07

Sentosa's destroyed habitats
on joseph lai's eart-h.com website 23 May 07

Sentosa really "Blakang Mati"
on the blue heavenb blog 23 May 07

Naked Hermit Crab preview at Sentosa
on the wonderful creations blog 23 May 07

Sentosa shore: found but soon gone
on the wonderful creations blog 23 May 07

Of 'fishscales', euphillid wonder and a sad sad future
on the wildfilms blog 23 May 07

Quick notes on Sentosa
on the tidechaser blog 23 May 07

Extinct, rare, endangered and other fabulous floral discoveries on Sentosa on Joseph Lai's muse-um of natural history.

Wider roads to Sentosa
Straits Times 22 May 07

BIG corals on Sentosa
on the wildfilms blog 22 May 07

Heartbreak on Sentosa
on the wildfilms blog 22 May 07

Surprising Sentosa
on the wildfilms blog 22 May 07

Singapore from Sentosa
on the annotated budak blog 22 May 07

Sole dead on Sentosa
on the annotated budak blog 21 May 07

Sentosa..Marine life to give way to IR
on the urban forest blog 18 May 07

Other side of Sentosa
on the urban forest blog 18 May 07

Designer villas go green
Cheah Ui-Hoon Business Times 19 May 07

Coastal Features of Blakang Mati 1884 See what Sentosa looked like before it was renamed and developed. On Joseph Lai's eart-h.com

Sentosa's original underwater world
on the wildfilms blog
4 May 07

Hng Kiang on Genting: no more issues now
By Arthur Sim Business Times 17 Apr 07

Tourism plans for Southern Islands put on hold
Krist Boo Straits Times 12 Apr 07

Ferry ticket prices to Southern Islands going up from May 2 Channel NewsAsia 11 Apr 07

Private operators to run boat services to southern islands
Channel NewsAsia 2 Apr 07

Cruise terminal in Marina South ready in 6 years
Jasmine Yin Today Online 30 Mar 07

Genting to pay $255 million for Star Cruises' IR stake
Tan Hui Leng Today Online 28 Mar 07

Build IR, but spare 3ha forest
by Joseph Lai Tuck Kwong Straits Times 17 Mar 07

Not Just 'A Few Plants' How Sentosa Forest or any forest should be defined, Joseph Lai's response to this ST article on his eart-h.com website.

Build the IR, but Spare the Few Plants on the tidechaser blog

Hey, the trees are marked
By Teo Cheng Wee Straits Times 11 Mar 07

With buyout of Star Cruises stake, Sentosa IR is 100% Genting's Christie Loh Today Online 5 Mar 07

Authority on tropical plants roped in to keep new resort green Straits Times 2 Mar 07

Genting group wants more time to reshape Stanley Ho deal
By Daniel Buenas Business Times 2 Mar 07

Genting's IR project not guaranteed casino licence: Home Affairs Ministry By Melvin Yong Channel NewsAsia 27 Feb 07

Genting still being quizzed on tie-up with Stanley Ho
By Krist Boo Straits Times 10 Feb 07

What IRs can learn from failed revue Emphasis should be put on developing non-gaming components of the IRs Letter from ng ya ken Today Online 5 Feb 07

Sand ban from Indonesia not significantly affecting IR construction By May Wong Channel NewsAsia 2 Feb 07

Stanley Ho won't have stake in Sentosa IR
Business Times Singapore 3 Feb 07

Genting queried over inviting Stanly Ho to invest in Sentosa IR project By Johnson Choo Channel NewsAsia 25 Jan 07

Indonesia bans sand exports
By Pearl Forss Channel NewsAsia 24 Jan 07

Asia's mini-Monaco by 2015?
STB to put out feelers for interest in developing the Southern Islands into an exclusive yet accessible resort, third IR unlikely
Tor Ching Li Today Online 19 Jan 07

Southern Islands home to third IR?
Business Times Singapore 18 Jan 07

Sentosa jetty, but where will the boat go? Ferry service likely to return on a smaller scale Jasmine Yin Today Online 16 Jan 07

Singapore opens rail link to Sentosa island
Channel NewsAsia 15 Jan 07

Two bunker tankers collide south of St John's Island
By Sharon Tong Channel NewsAsia 11 Jan 07

Fantastic Flora of the Sisters Islands "its impressive tree-population has no comparison in Singapore, except perhaps, Pulau Jong." Rare trees and climbers found. On Joseph Lai's eart-h.com

Happy New Year from Sisters Islands a splashing start for wildfilms and the beachfleas on the wildfilms blog

Kusu Island exploring another fascinating shore without having to dive, on the urban forest blog

Waterfront living needs a splash - from regattas
By Vincent Wee Business Times Singapore 30 Dec 06

Priceless floral treasures of Lazarus probably the last Changi Tree (Sindora wallichii) in the Southern Islands, and other rare finds by Joseph Lai on his eart-h.com

Lazarus: hoping for a resurrection a visit to this shore on the wildfilms blog

Don't price boat ride to Sisters' Islands out of reach to ordinary folk Letter by Siti Rohani Daed (Mdm) Straits Times Forum 19 Dec 06

Lifestyle - Hot: The beautiful South
Teo Cheng Wee The Straits Times 17 Dec 06

Eco-tourism: A sustainable trade?
VIEWPOINT James Mair BBC 14 Dec 06

Developers of planned Marina Bay oceanarium highlight project's merits Jasmine Yin Today Online 14 Dec 06

Lazarus beach makeover wins firm top landscaping award Spartan reclaimed 1km strip on island is given 'natural and wild' look By Tan Hui Yee The Straits Times 13 Dec 06

Resorts World at Sentosa to offer S$200m worth of businesses for SMEs By Wong Siew Ying Channel NewsAsia 11 Dec 06

"Has the right winner been chosen? Tell us what you think." Channel NewsAsia 11 Dec 06

You got mouse? We got ape "Mr Cousteau, Singaporeans would rather eat the underwater life than watch it swim by." Sylvia Toh Paik Choo The Electric New Paper 10 Dec 06

S'poreans excited by prospect of Universal Studios Fun rides, 3-D films and high-tech effects are trademark of world-class park By Melissa Sim The Straits Times 10 Dec 06

Genting plays it smart & sleek the second time around Learning from failed bid for Marina Bay, it followed tender criteria to the letter By Krist Boo The Straits Times 10 Dec 06

Singaporeans eagerly anticipate Resorts World at Sentosa to open in 2010 By Dominique Loh Channel NewsAsia 9 Dec 06

Planned Marina South Oceanarium one too many?
by Krist Boo The Straits Times 9 Dec 06

genting's new world Family tourism being key, it presents 'most compelling proposal' Val Chua and Jasmine Yin Today Online 9 Dec 06

He's done it his way Genting patriarch likes to be in the thick of the action Ė and his son looks to be made in the same mould Jasmine Yin Today Online 9 Dec 06

Sentosa IR will be resort island's final big project and last IR for now By Susan Ferroa Channel NewsAsia 9 Dec 06

Genting wins Sentosa IR bid
By Krist Boo The Straits Times 9 Dec 06

Tourism appeal the clincher for Genting
by Marcel Lee Pereira The Straits Times 9 Dec 06

Genting's broad mix pips design by Gehry

by Tan Hui Yee The Straits Times 9 Dec 06

Genting comes up trumps Its proposal reflects vision of Sentosa IR as world-class resort with strong family emphasis: Jayakumar By DANIEL BUENAS AND UMA SHANKARI Business Times Singapore 9 Dec 06

A gut feeling for accessibility pays off By ARTHUR SIM Business Times Singapore 9 Dec 06

Sun, surf - and Genting
By UMA SHANKARI Business Times Singapore 9 Dec 06

Genting-Star Cruises consortium wins Sentosa integrated resort project By Wong Siew Yong Channel NewsAsia 8 Dec 06

Integrated resorts will boost and fundamentally change Singapore's economy By Johnson Choo Channel NewsAsia 8 Dec 06

Genting "ecstatic" over winning bid for Sentosa IR
Channel NewsAsia 8 Dec 06

Super yachts ahoy! 7,000 on the high seas but they are giving Singapore the miss Clement Mesenas Today Online 8 Dec 06

How about an undersea tower instead?
Today Online 7 Dec 06

Water, water everywhere ... Singapore Flyer's developer awaits approval of proposed $300-million oceanarium Jasmine Yin Today Online 7 Dec 06

Old and new oceanariums can 'co-exist'
Ansley Ng Today Online 7 Dec 06

Letters about the Sentosa IR proposals
Straits Times Online 7 Dec 06
A Genting win will benefit Singapore
Letter from Lau Chee Kian
Make Sentosa's integrated resort a symbol of national pride Letter from Kwek Li Yong
Go for the iconic, avoid the insipid
Letter from Ong Phui Luong

Development that ignores impact on the environment can hurt a nation Letter from Maryanne Maes Today Online 7 Dec 06

Country's survival comes first; But there may be a way to make money while saving nature Letter from Chia Hern Keng Today Online 6 Dec 06

A part of me died... on the colouful clouds blog

Voice of common sense
Howard Lee Today Online 4 Dec 06
Discussed on the fins forum

Thousands of day-trippers flock to outlying islands in Hong Kong for a relaxing break By Channel NewsAsia's Hong Kong Correspondent, Roland Lim Channel NewsAsia 3 Dec 06

Fantasy Islands an MP3 about the Southern Islands on the mr brown show

A little plea for the Southern islands
on the urban forest blog

Southern shores under fire: democratic pragmatism - a tool in our environmental struggles? on the talfryn blog

Things That Keep Me Awake At Night
on the blog of days

What an insult!
speaking for indignant marine organisms, danwei posts on the reefwalk blog

Just what we need: another Sentosa
on the timemaker blog

Don't turn southern islands into exclusive playground of the rich
Letter from Ramesh s/o Govinda Raju
Straits Times Forum 2 Dec 06

Rethink the decision to remake southern islands
Letter from Jason Chiam Chiah Sern
Straits Times Forum 2 Dec 06

Southern isles: Spare a thought for S'poreans
Letter from ITang Lay Cheng (Miss)
Straits Times Forum 2 Dec 06

An open letter on proposed Southern Islands developments sent to REACH on bluebabe's blog

How is this fair? commenting on the Southern Islands plan on the Calophyllum Inophyllum's blog

Southern Islands development in the news again on the habitatnews blog

The newly redeveloped St John's and Lazarus islands have beautiful beaches and sparkling waters By Teh Jen Lee The Electric New Paper 2 Dec 06

Islands of plenty Kusu and St John's are priceless jewels for all Singaporeans Down Under with Neil Humphreys Today Online 2 Dec 06

After casinos, a state of mind?
The Straits Times 2 Dec 06

Investors give positive feedback to the Southern Islands' development By May Wong Channel NewsAsia 30 Nov 06

No new plans for Kusu temple despite resort move
Ansley Ng Today Online 1 Dec 06

Sentosa may seek proposal for new resort hotel with beach front By Jeana Wong Channel NewsAsia 30 Nov 06

Villas and marine park are possibilities for the Southern Island development, say experts By May Wong Channel NewsAsia 30 Nov 06

Eighth Wonder raises bid: It raises investment to $5.6b for Sentosa IR, plans $130m aquarium Tor Ching Li Today Online 30 Nov 06

Make nature's riches the lure: Planned development of southern islands must avoid harming area's biodiversity Letter from Maryanne Maes Today Online 30 Nov 06

Kusu: Playground of the rich? Tourism Board looks into ideas to develop S'pore's six southern islands to attract the super-rich Ansley Ng Today Online 29 Nov 06

Southern Islands could be premium resort: STB Super-exclusive haven for billionaires, location for third casino are some possibilities By Arthur Sim The Business Times (Singapore) 29 Nov 06

Southern Islands may be next big tourist attraction One plan being considered: Make them a getaway for the rich By Krist Boo The Straits Times 29 Nov 06

STB plans to develop Southern Islands into tourist attraction
By Jeana Wong Channel NewsAsia 29 Nov 06

Kerzner, Genting delve deeper into their IR plans All three bidders wrap up final presentations to govt officials
By Daniel Buenas The Business Times (Singapore) 29 Nov 06

No matter who wins IR bid, Sentosa benefits by getting a spectacular marine park
Lee Ching Wern Today Online 27 Nov 06

Eighth Wonder unveils plans for marine zone It will boast the world's largest living coral reef By Roland Lim Business Times (Singapore) 27 Nov 06

World-class marine centre for Sentosa
Jessica Lim The Straits Times 27 Nov 06

Vegas firms promises world's largest cultivated coral reef
Yahoo News 26 Nov 06

Eight Wonder proposes world's largest living coral reef lagoon
By Wong Siew Ying Channel NewsAsia 26 Nov 06

Sentosa Integrated Resort: Eight Wonder's Harry's Island Extracts from Eighth Wonder's Harry's Island website

Kerzner's kiddie package aims to ensure parents have fun, too
Val Chua Today Online 21 Nov 06

Group wants Japan to end dolphin hunting
Yahoo News 21 Nov 06

Sea Shepherds on the Whale Sharks at Sentosa IR Letter from Grant W. Pereira Asian Education Advisor Sea Shepherd Conservation Society unpublished letter to the media

Eighth Wonder submits $5.5b bid for Sentosa Integrated Resort By S Ramesh Channel NewsAsia 31 Oct 06

Eco-friendly resort with unrivalled attractions promised by Eighth Wonder By Yvonne Yong Channel NewsAsia 31 Oct 06

Eighth Wonder piles on the attractions
By Arthur Sim Business Times Singapore 1 Nov 06

Eighth Wonder fires up a big bang concept

Volcano focus a departure from rivals' aquatic designs
By Marcel Lee Pereira The Straits Times 1 Nov 06

Eighth Wonder bares all
Val Chua Deputy News Editor Today Online 1 Nov 06

Full letter by Goh Si Guim

Decision on Sentosa IR likely in early December: Mah Bow Tan By Tan Bee Leng Channel NewsAsia 28 Oct 06

Not critical need to keep whales prisoners
Letter from Dudley Au Straits Times Forum 28 Oct 06

Whale shark 'pups' and oceanarium
comments on the hidden corner blog 27 Oct 06

"Am I really going to defile this grave for money? Of course I am!" on the stop animal abuse blog 26 Oct 06

Activists against having a whale of a time
by Krist Boo Straits Times 26 Oct 06

Review the plans for marine park in Sentosa's integrated resort Letter from Suganya Naidu Straits Times Forum 26 Oct 06

Marine animals in captivity don't contribute to conservation efforts Letter from Goh Si Guim Straits Times Online 26 Oct 06

Sentosa IR: Just show us the money
Jasmine Yin Today Online 24 Oct 06

Nature groups against oceanarium at Sentosa
Letter from SPCA, NSS and Acres
Straits Times Forum 21 Oct 06

Don't neglect ordinary S'poreans when choosing design for Sentosa's resort Letter from Christina Chan Li Kian (Mdm)
Straits Times Forum 21 Oct 06

Sentosa to get pricey makeover
Straits Times 20 Oct 06

Do love the oceans, but donít steal from it
on the talfryn.net blog 20 Oct 06

A Plea By A Gentle Giant
on the colourful clouds blog 20 Oct 06

Whale sharks in Singapore?

on the Musings of a barefoot traveller blog 19 Oct 06

Rethink idea of having whale sharks in Sentosa lagoon
Letter from Thomas Paulraj Thamboo
Straits Times Forum 19 Oct 06

The secret ingredient: Culinary genius Alain Ducasse is one of Eighth Wonder's aces Val Chua Today Online 19 Oct 06

Another Humonguous Aquarium??
on the moo-space blog 19 Oct 06

Aquarium showdown: It's a battle of gallons
The Straits Times 18 Oct 06

Sea creatures, robotics major players in Kerzner-CapitaLand's Atlantis Sentosa By Yvonne Yong Channel NewsAsia 17 Oct 06

Kerzner's sweet deal Bid promises jobs for 8,000, gourmet food at Atlantis Jasmine Yin Today Online 18 Oct 06

Kerzner-CapitaLand's Atlantis Sentosa to complement offerings of VivoCity By Johnson Choo Channel NewsAsia 17 Oct 06

Genting International, Star Cruises reveal plans for Sentosa integrated resort By Wong Siew YingChannel NewsAsia 16 Oct 06

Royal flush $5.2-billion: Resorts World unveiled
Tor Ching Li chingli@mediacorp.com.sg Today Online 17 Oct 06

Kerzner CapitaLand puts in S$5.28b bid for Sentosa Integrated Resort By Johnson Choo Channel NewsAsia 16 Oct 06

Robots 'r' us A fantastical futurescape for Sentosa
Val Chua, Deputy News Editor Today Online 17 Oct 06

Eighth Wonder ropes in Banyan Tree for Singapore integrated resort bid Channel NewsAsia 16 Oct 06

The virtual gets real in Atlantis Sentosa
By Uma Shankari Business Times 17 Oct 06

Genting bets on four world-class attractions
By Arthur Sim Business Times 17 Oct 06

Showtime for Genting and Kerzner
by Marcel Lee Pereira Straits Times 17 Oct 06

Bold plans, big investments promised by IR bidders
by Krist Boo Straits Times 17 Oct 06

Rising above Atlantis Sentosa IR hopeful Kerzner promises its new design will be something the world has never seen before, Murali Today Online 2 Sep 06

Atlantis S'pore style? By Glenys Sim The Straits Times, 28 Nov 04

Atlantis takes its marine theme on the road Atlantis resort plans for worldwide boom
By Douglas Hanks III Miami Herald, 8 Nov 04

Plan for casino among resort, residential project on Sentosa, Southern Islands

by Dawn Teo Channel NewsAsia, 12 Mar 04

Road to link Sentosa to St. John's Island?
by Teh Jen Lee, The New Paper, 31 Mar 04
Plans for the Southern Islands
Visibility problems

Top-draw resort for southern isles

Sentosa and other enlarged islands will be linked up in ambitious plan to attract rich and famous. Casino idea under study. by Audrey Tan The Straits Times, 13 Mar 04

Cheers for Sentosa's Playground for the Rich
by Tee Hun Ching The Straits Times, 13 Mar 04

Plan for casino among resort, residential project on Sentosa, Southern Islands By Dawn Teo Channel NewsAsia, 12 Mar 04

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Sentosa has living wild reefs!

Photos of Sentosa's shores on wildsingapore's flickr

Our Southern Islands in general

more background on plans for the Southern Islands

Singapore's Capri
St John's, Lazarus and Renget islands to be reclaimed and developed after Italy's Capri. It was assured that 80% of the southern islands "will remain in its natural state". An S$280 million project targetted for completion in 2007.
An article with more details
Maris Stella School webpage on the project

URA's plans for the Southern Islands
Southern Islands Planning Report 1996 with a summary of the plans for the statutory exhibition: "More than 70 per cent of Sentosa's greenery will be kept. Most of the natural environment in St John's Island, Kusu Island and the Sister's Island will also remain unspoilt."

Palm Island, Dubai
Touted as the 8th wonder in the world, this entirely man-made resort is being built through massive reclamation and construction: "Rocks weighing 7 million metric tons are being brought in from 16 different quarries throughout the UAE. If all the materials used to build it were placed end to end, a wall 2m high and half a metre thick could circle the world three times."

Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas
Atlantis has been described as "the largest man-made marine habitat in the world" featuring "a living, million-gallon saltwater habitat (the world's largest outdoor, open water aquarium, complete with an underwater walk through a shark lagoon, giant sea turtles and thousands of tropical fish)"

Captive whale sharks

Whale Sharks in Captivity on the Marine Conservation News website "It has been argued that such aquarium exhibits provide valuable publicity and raise public awareness to the plight of whale sharks in the wild. However the lifespan of the sharks in captivity has often been very short and tends to negate such positive aspects. Survival times ranged from as little as 3 days to the current record of nearly 10 years, dependant on their initial condition on arrival, as some animals had been injured during capture."

Captive dolphins

About Dolphin Quest and dolphins in captivity

Animal Welfare Institute postings about dolphins at Atlantis
Kerzner International Group Brings in Hurricane Dolphin Victims Extract "Sixteen dolphins displaced during Hurricane Katrina have been exported to a Kerzner International Group (Kerzner) facility in The Bahamas. The dolphins' former home, the Gulfport Oceanarium was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina and the dolphins had been housed temporarily in various facilities throughout the United States This news is the latest twist in a sorry tale. During November we received various reports that Kerzner had been scouring the world looking for dolphins to fill its new Atlantis resort being built in The Bahamas."

AWI Calls on Kerzner International to Halt Completion of Atlantis Dolphinarium (pdf file) November 17, 2005: Kerzner International Group recently announced the creation of Kerzner Marine Foundation whose mission is to "to foster the preservation and enhancement of global marine ecosystems through scientific research, education and community outreach." At the same time, Kerzner is completing its latest Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, including a captive dolphin facility. Wild dolphins typically range over 40 miles every day and are highly social animals. To place these sentient animals in a tank is the equivalent of a human being confined in a small closet. AWI has written to Solomon Kerzner, Chairman of the Group urging him to reconsider the decision in line with the Foundation's stated mission.

Concerns Over Safety Of Dolphins March 09, 2005 Bahamas B2B.com Extract: "The issue first arose when residents became concerned about the operation, both in terms of the safety of dolphins and its effect on the surrounding area. Environmentalists and Grand Bahama residents have raised concerns about the safety of 15 captive dolphins because of a dredging operation being conducted in their holding pen."

Concern Grows Over Dolphin Import 18 November 2005 on EarthDive.com Extract: "An international campaign against Kerzner Internationalís planned import of a pod of 40 dolphins from a Pacific island nation into the Bahamas has re-energized the local lobby against keeping the well-loved mammals in captivity."

Discussion about the live dolphin exhibit at Atlantis on the Bahamas Community forum

Environmental Impact of development such as Atlantis on the Bahamas

Anchor Projects Under Scrutiny 8th August By Quincy Parker Extracts" Amid concerns about the oversight of anchor projects around The Bahamas, Minister of Financial Services and Investments Vincent Peet has disclosed the "recent" formation of an oversight committee in his ministry...Mr. Ingraham called for the government to institute more rigorous oversight of the Atlantis development, as well as the other anchor projects throughout the country..."When we did Phase Two, we didnít have the technical expertise to monitor the construction. We engaged a very experienced foreigner to come to The Bahamas, whose only job was to be on [the] site, to ensure that they complied with the rules," Mr. Ingraham revealed. On at least one occasion that consultant brought construction to a halt because the developers were attempting to proceed in an unapproved manner, according to the former prime minister who said that the project was stopped in its tracks until the proper systems and protocols were in place."

Part of the larger scheme of things Tuesday, August 29, 2006 By the Green Hornet Extract: "The tragic effects of the Indonesian tsunami showed us that the destruction of coastal habitat - whether mangroves, coral reefs or sea grass - had a very clear connection to the disaster. Trash the protective ecosystems to build shrimp farms and resorts, and you reap the consequences: death and destruction. Nobody thought of that when they were busy making a fast buck logging, dredging and filling ...whatever it took to develop their particular money-maker."

Athol Island activists complain By JASMIN BONIMY, Guardian Staff Reporter Extract "Concerned Paradise Island tour operators have requested a meeting with Minister of Financial Services and Investments Vincent Peet in a bid to protect Athol Island and its surrounding sea gardens. Athol Island is the site of a new golf course for the third phase of the Atlantis development. "We urgently request a meeting to have our minds put at rest that our government will make the right decision to save Athol Island, protect our coral reefs and the livelihood of all the tour operators,"

Do visitors really enjoy Atlantis?

"My only complaint is that the Atlantis is so removed from the Bahamian culture that it could literally be anywhere: Southern California, Florida, or any other tropical location." on the TravelSense Community website

"Although the Atlantis is a gorgeous place to sight-see, it's not a very great place to stay. The rooms really weren't that impressive given how much they cost. The meal plan was a total rip-off." Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey's blog
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