On January 29, 2020, Disney Cruise Line registered LighthousePointBahamas.com, as well as multiple redirect domains such as DCLighthousePoint.com and DisneysLighthousePoint.com which were registered on October 25, 2019. This week marks the launch of an informational website regarding the Lighthouse Point cruise port development project previously announced for the southern point of Eleuthera. Part of Disney’s commitment to The Bahamas was to hire Bahamians for their second private cruise destination, this website is part of the commitment as it has been designed by Felicia Woodside of Felicia Creative, a local Bahamian company.
“Since the beginning of this effort, it has been important for us to forge deep relationships with our local neighbours in Eleuthera and The Bahamas more broadly,” said Jeff Vahle, Disney Cruise Line’s president.
“We have strived to take input from the government and the community, and to share information openly about our vision and plans for Lighthouse Point. We hope this website serves as a helpful resource, and provides a platform for easy access to the latest information.”
The Lighthouse Point Bahamas website is features information on the project with sections discussing opportunity, environment, culture, and community. The opportunity section focuses on Disney plans to create sustainable economic opportunities to benefit The Bahamas while the environment section attempt to tackle the most important and most controversial aspect of the project by offering information on how Disney plans to protect and sustain the natural environment of the property and marine area. The culture section shares the details Joe Rohde revealed at the D23 Expo and subsequent press releases. Another area boasts Disney’s involvement in the local communities which they have been doing for more than 20 years in Nassau, the Abaco islands and now in Eleuthera.
Progress, news and an FAQ section are also included to round out LighthousePointBahamas.com.
The progress page provides us with the best look to date of the illustrative concept plan for the property dated October 16, 2019. In the plan shown below you can clearly see the Adventure Camp with nature trails and lookout towers. It almost appears to show a zip line, tree trail, and water slides within Disney’s Lighthouse Point Adventure Camp.
From the concept plan, it appears Disney Cruise Line will offer beach cabanas along the south beach with an adjacent South Family Beach closer to the actual lighthouse location which was donated back to The Bahamas as public land.
The East Family Beach area includes an Art & Culture Center, Spa & Wellness area, and a further Cabana Expansion area. Coupling the conceptual plan with concept art, it appears there will be a splash zone at the very least or even a pool just off the central area.
On the North Beach there is a spot for a proposed Disney Sponsored Conservation Center and public beach within the land which Disney donated back to The Bahamas. The area including the public beach will be accessible via a public road donated by Disney.
There will be a dedicated crew backstage area with housing and recreation along with administrative facilities and a solar farm. The access pier to the cruise ship berth is better seen along with what appears to be a tram route through the property labeled as private road.
Disney Cruise Line has completed its purchase of the Lighthouse Point property and signed a Heads of Agreement with the government of The Bahamas. Disney reiterates in the FAQs on LighthousePointBahamas.com, they will only move forward with a project at Lighthouse Point if it can do so in a way that aligns with the company’s deep and longstanding commitment to the environment. In addition to its own animal and conservation experts, Disney assembled a team of highly qualified and experienced scientists and other professionals who spent more than two years developing a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Disney submitted the EIA to the BEST Commission in late December and has been advised that the BEST Commission will post the document on their website after their feedback is incorporated and government reviews are complete. Additional public consultation will occur as part of the site plan approval process. The EIA is based on extensive field work, robust data collection and analysis, direct engagement with those who have studied the site and the species observed there, and an exhaustive review of available literature. Construction will only begin on the site after the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan are accepted by government, public consultation has occurred and all other necessary government permits and approvals have been granted.
An initial archive of LighthousePointBahamas.com, as of February 3, 2020, has been save to the Internet Archive.
What do you think about this information website Disney established for Lighthouse Point? Do you like what you see in the conceptual plan?