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Old 11-24-2019, 12:55 PM
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Default Ocean Cay (Sandy Key) Bahamas development

Went by there yesterday as we were fishing/diving to the S. That sand producing island has really changed. Very very nice, if you like that sort of stuff.

Old 11-24-2019, 04:23 PM
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where is this locayed / Capt. Billy/Right Stuff
Old 11-24-2019, 06:15 PM
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South of Cat Cay. Its for cruise ships only, we wont see it unless you take an MSC Cruise, and cruise ships dont really have fishing excursions, so on your own to find a charter. We went to Royal Carribean’s Coco Cay a few weeks after it opened in the Berry Islands and had bonefish and permit swimming around us in schools on the beach.
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It is S of Cat and N of Riding Rocks. They have done a really nice job retrofitting the entire island. The lighthouse at the entrance must be 80-100 ft tall. Look to be a smaller cruise ship dock that I think would have been for temp workers building all the structures.
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What a bunch of BS Propaganda, restoration?? Please explain how making an island out of nothing and bringing 1000’s of people there is restoring the ecosystems? Where will all the toilets go? Runoff? Etc
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Welcome Ciguatera to the area.
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Dpdash, this is actually a restoration of a cay which was mined for decades as an industrial sand mine. The Bahamian government, in its infinite wisdom, allowed this cay to be destroyed. The cruise company, MSC, has taken this industrial wasteland and created a "marine reserve" and created a "fantasy island" experience for its cruising customers. That's a helluva lot better use than a beat up sand mine. Moreover, this "restoration" will provide permanent jobs for Bahamians. This is not a perfect world, and this is about as good as it gets in the corrupt Bahamas. I think it's going to be a real boon and a huge step up.
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Yeah, should be just fine.

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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
Dpdash, this is actually a restoration of a cay which was mined for decades as an industrial sand mine. The Bahamian government, in its infinite wisdom, allowed this cay to be destroyed. The cruise company, MSC, has taken this industrial wasteland and created a "marine reserve" and created a "fantasy island" experience for its cruising customers. That's a helluva lot better use than a beat up sand mine. Moreover, this "restoration" will provide permanent jobs for Bahamians. This is not a perfect world, and this is about as good as it gets in the corrupt Bahamas. I think it's going to be a real boon and a huge step up.
respectfully disagree counselor, strongly.
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Originally Posted by dpdash View Post
respectfully disagree counselor, strongly.

Gorda Cay, Stirrup, Lighthouse Beach (soon come!), Halfmoon Harbor, Bannerman Town, Rose Island....

now those are some superb "restorations".
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well at least the lionfish are still going strong.
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Originally Posted by Smoke n Mirrors View Post
South of Cat Cay. Its for cruise ships only, we wont see it unless you take an MSC Cruise, and cruise ships dont really have fishing excursions, so on your own to find a charter. We went to Royal Carribean’s Coco Cay a few weeks after it opened in the Berry Islands and had bonefish and permit swimming around us in schools on the beach.
Apparently they will have fishing excursions, https://www.mscoceancay.com/en-us/wh...ons-activities
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The other cruise line cays were lovely islands which now are off limits to the public. Ocean Cay, in contrast, was already destroyed as an industrial sand mine. To me, that's the big difference. Even though it won't be open to the public, at least it will be restored from an industrial wasteland and will provide needed jobs to a bunch of Bahamians.
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
The other cruise line cays were lovely islands which now are off limits to the public. Ocean Cay, in contrast, was already destroyed as an industrial sand mine. To me, that's the big difference. Even though it won't be open to the public, at least it will be restored from an industrial wasteland and will provide needed jobs to a bunch of Bahamians.
I agree with 99.99999% of what dash says about the islands but you do make a strong argument for this one. Rare to ever see anyone clean up a mess over there. Especially a bulldozed mess.

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