Nassau, Bahamas (AP) – A land development dispute between some of the world’s wealthiest people in one of the world’s most exclusive communities has escalated on a tiny island in the Bahamas.
More than 100 people including actor Sean Connery have filed a legal complaint against the Bahamian government over an effort by eccentric fashion mogul Peter Nygard to redevelop his Mayan-themed compound on Lyford Cay.
The complaint was filed Monday and accuses the government of lacking transparency about Nygard’s plans for rebuilding his complex. the complex was damaged by a 2009 fire. Visitors at the time included actor Robert DeNire and the late singer Michael Jackson.
Those who filed the complaint accuse the government of withholding Public records related to work on Nygard’s compound.
New York – Waterkeeper Alliance, the global environmental organization dedicated to defending every person’s right to clean water, today called on the Bahamian government to reject an application by Peter Nygard that would permit damaging construction and grave revironmental destruction at Nygard Cay.
“Peter Nygard’s application for construction should be rejected by the government because it will recklessly ruin one of The Bahamas’ most precious marine habitats.” said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Waterkeeper Alliance President. “The people of the Bahamas are taking action. More than five thousand have signed a petition calling on Prime Minister Christie and the Bahamian government to enforce the law and protect Crown Land and sea beds at Nygard Cay, and we add our voice of support to this cause.”
According to research by Save The Bays, a Bahamian-based member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the area known as Simms Point/Nygard Cay’s Clifton Bay dock has been littered with wire structures of rocks, cinder blocks and debris. By dumping these man-made structures into the precious sea grass beds of Clifton Bay, they create an artificial beach around Nygard’s land. A study by the University of Miami revealed alarming news about this action; the restructuring of the shoreline “has changed the marine habitats dramatically within about 100 meters of the shore, with the most notable damage being the loss of reef areas to the west.”