Last week in Rock Sound Eleuthera, a town hall was held to discuss potential development of Lighthouse Point. According to a story by Eye Witness News, the town hall was hosted by a local representative from the “Disney Group”, Denny Rankine, but did not include any actual representatives from the local government or Disney.
A full video of the meeting was not available leaving us with just a few bits of information shared by Rankine from his notes:
- Disney will not bar locals from access to Lighthouse Point which has been high on the list of residents’ concerns.
- Disney estimated it will create 120 – 150 jobs to operate the destination – over 100 jobs created for the construction.
- Disney has conducted a preliminary review and they have committed to completing a thorough environmental impact assessment.
- Disney has not yet bought the property, it is still owned by foreigners.
It was unclear based on the video if the “Disney Group” has any official ties to Disney. So, I reached out to Disney Cruise Line to determine if Mr. Rankine is speaking as an official local representative of Disney on any potential development projects or if the “Disney Group” mentioned in the video is just a local group. Kim Prunty, Vice President, Communications (Disney Cruise Line & Signature Experiences) & Global External Comms (Disney Parks) told me that this is a group of local community leaders in South Eleuthera is championing economic development in that area. There is no Disney representation there.
In May 2018, an article posted by Tribune 242 tied Disney Cruise Line to Lighthouse Point.