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Decision on Cross Island future delayed

A decision over the end use of Bermuda's newest island is unlikely to be made until after the America's Cup has been completed, according to Andrew Dias.

The general manager of the West End Development Corporation acknowledged that if the island secured the sailing spectacle in 2019 the final determination over the future of Cross Island would be pushed back further.

Wedco originally submitted plans that would have seen the site of the America's Cup village transformed into a new Marine and Ports headquarters, a boat service yard that could accommodate superyachts as well as short-term berthing and a maritime school.

But after an appeal by environmental group BEST the Supreme Court held that there were deficiencies in the Environmental Impact Assessments completed for the development plans of Cross Island.

“Whatever the final plan is we shall have to resubmit it through the planning process again,” Mr Dias said.

“There is the chance, depending on who wins the event, that Bermuda could host it again in 2019, in which case under the AC Host Venue Agreement Cross Island has to be available to host the event again.

“In this case everything would be kept as it is until 2019 when the final end uses decision would be made.”

Mr Dias revealed that the Wedco board had a formed a sub-committee, chaired by Wayne Caines, to explore the possible end uses for Cross Island and had consulted with the public and stakeholders over recent months.

“We are not resting on our laurels,” he said. “The committee engaged in extensive public consultation with the assistance of Deloitte.

“They went out to the public at the end of last year in one of the most consultative processes I have ever seen. They asked everyone what their opinion was on what should be there.

“The shortlisted uses have been submitted to the Wedco board and are currently being assessed. It is possible that the board may determine that further due diligence and analysis may be required.

“The board should be able to say something in March. In June after the event we will have to figure out what the process is; although a decision on the future of the America's Cup may not be made until October or November.”

Work continues at Dockyard in preparation for the America's Cup (Photograph David Skinner)

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Published February 09, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 09, 2017 at 7:28 am)

Decision on Cross Island future delayed

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