Royal Caribbean Group Stands Firm in Favor of Port of Magical, Leader of the Opposition Expresses Reacts
The Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) has written back to the Leader of the Opposition, essentially, telling him that they remain in favor of working with Port of Magical, Portico Enterprises. Shyne Barrow says he is befuddled at the response, considering that he had highlighted the many wrongs in the Definitive Agreement. The RCG, however, is not fazed by the Definitive Agreement, as they stated in their response to Barrow, quote, “The referenced Definitive Agreement was executed prior to RCG’s association with Portico on the Port of Magical Belize, and it is our understanding that Portico is working closely with the Government to either amend the Definitive Agreement or execute a new Definitive Agreement to address stakeholder concerns with the existing document. We are eager to continue a transparent and solution-oriented dialogue with Government and the community to achieve a positive outcome for all stakeholders.” End of quote. Barrow, in what has now become a weekly press brief, gave his sentiments on the reply from Royal Caribbean.
The letter from Royal Caribbean, dated June 23, also noted that in recent years they have spent a substantial amount of money to assess the three cruise ports, and they have found that Port of Magical is the best that suits their standards for environmental impact and operational viability. It goes on to note, quote, “The project, as designed, will have a limited impact on surrounding sensitive ecosystems. Of specific importance, the project will not be impacting the fragile and highly sensitive coral around One Man’s Key. We are also collaborating with Portico to further enhance the project by lending our experience in sustainable development.” End of quote.