Nassau, Bahamas (PressExposure) September 03, 2008 -- A Bahamas Government environment agency, the BEST Commission, had concerns about the potential negative effects of the Tiger Woods Albany marina channel on Adelaide beach and the surrounding coastal and marine environment.
According to reliable sources, "The BEST Commission felt the marina channel could damage Adelaide beach and the surrounding coastal area. They advised the government against cutting through Adelaide beach."
Concerned members of the public have requested that the Bahamas Government immediately stop the dredging on the beach. Local environmental groups have sent an appeal out to Tiger Woods urging him to stop the destruction of the beach and freshwater table, however, to date Woods has not replied.
The BEST Commission has refused to make their recommendations available to the public, despite promises by Minister of Environment Earl Deveaux that environmental information related to the Tiger Woods Albany Bahamas development would be released.
However, the Tiger Woods Albany Environment report itself confirms the BEST Commissions concerns when it states: âBEST cannot recommend approval for the marina component of this project.â
According to one Bahamian, âThis is the type of information The Bahamas Government doesnât want the public to know about. There has been so much secrecy surrounding this project. Earl Deveaux, the Minister of the Environment, the Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, and the Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool Wallace are allowing the Tiger Woods developers to cut through our beach for mega yachts and block Bahamians from enjoying their own beaches.â
At press time, the developer was cutting into the area, which is said to sit on the most important fresh water table on New Providence where a majority of Bahamians reside.
The Albany Bahamas development is a joint venture between British billionaire Joe Lewis, pro golfers Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, the US based Tavistock Group and Park Ridge Securities. Other principals of the company are Christopher Anand, Rhys Duggan, Terry White, Doug McMahon and Sesh Thakkar.
For more information on the Albany Bahamas project visit http://www.reearth.org and see the Albany section.