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BDA backs SDO debate halt

The Bermuda Democratic Alliance today welcomed Government's decision to halt the Tucker's Point SDO Senate debate.

BDA environment spokeswoman Katherine Michelmore said it was an important decision that required more public discussion.

"I welcome the news that debate on the [special development order] SDO in the Senate was discontinued yesterday to allow for 'reflection'. The PLP senator David Burt claims that 'we listened', however the proof of this will be in what happens next.

"Will hasty amendments be made to try and appease the objectors, or

will there actually be a more honest and open discussion about how we

have arrived at this place?"

There were concerns that the order was "rushed through" Parliament before anti-SDO campaigners CURB and BEST could properly inform the public of their concerns, Dr Michelmore added.

"Following the passage of the SDO in Parliament, more

detailed information regarding the financial status of Tucker's Point

and the composition of its shareholders has been revealed. It is

distressing that the House of Assembly would make its decision in the

absence of such information."

She said of yesterday's Senate meeting: "The decision to 'rise and report progress' may have been a move to 'save face' from a potential Government embarrassment, but I hope that it represents a recognition on behalf of Government that there is much wrong with this SDO and how it has been presented to the public.

"Will the Government continue to purport that it is 'in the public interest'

to sacrifice the environment, or will they look for viable alternative solutions? All of Bermuda needs to be engaged in this discussion over whether we seek short-term gain over long-term prosperity."

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Published March 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm (Updated March 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm)

BDA backs SDO debate halt

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