Disney Cruise Line continues to search for a second private port in the Bahamas ahead of the fleet expansion. A report from the Bahamas Tribune 242 shared a confirmation of sorts from Kim Prunty, Vice President, Communications (Disney Cruise Line & Signature Experiences) & Global External Comms (Disney Parks), that Disney Cruise Line does have an interest in furthering its investments in the Bahamas, but at this time did not have anything to share about a specific location. The idea of DCL looking for another private port in the Bahamas has been floating around for years.
The Tribune 242 article speculates this area of interest is Lighthouse Point, Eleuthera which has been on the market for $20 million.
A listing which has been removed from McCarroll Real Estate’s (pdf of page) describes Lighthouse Point as an ideal setting for a grand vision with exceptional beachfront acreage, colourful coral reefs and a breathtaking landscape. Situated at the southern tip is a 700 acre peninsula surrounded on 3 sides by sparkling turquoise waters and miles of white sand beaches – the perfect locale for a vacation homes, hotel and marina development. Eleuthera is one of the most tranquil islands in the Bahamas stretching 110 miles long with 3 airports and just a 1 hour flight to south Florida. Bahamas has no income, capital gains or inheritance tax.
Prunty also told Tribune 242, any project pursued by Disney Cruise Line in the future would involve a partnership with the community and build on its commitment to sustainability, protecting the environment, creating jobs and economic opportunity, and celebrating the culture and stories of the area.
Another real estate website, Private Islands, Inc has a listing for this under the name Lighthouse Cay. The website first had a listing for the peninsula in 2012 the freehold title priced at $33 million. Around mid-2017, the price was dropped to $25 million.
Similar to what happened when Disney expressed interest in Egg Island, residents of Eleuthera have launched a Save Lighthouse Point campaign. The campaign describes Lighthouse Point as one of the most incredibly unique places in the Bahamas which is spectacularly beautiful and home to rich local heritage and ecological biodiversity. The group, concerned about out-of-scale development led to the creation of the One Eleuthera Foundation based on discussions with the people of Eleuthera to outline sustainable ways in which this beautiful piece of their heritage could be utilized.
I’d love to hear your comments on Disney Cruise Line’s potential development of Lighthouse Point. Would you like to see this turned into Castaway Cay 2.0 or would you prefer Disney looks elsewhere and leave Lighthouse Point undeveloped?