According to a recent report from the Nassau Guardian, Disney Cruise Line received all of the required environmental approvals to commence construction on their all new Bahamian cruise destination located on the southern tip of Eleuthera. Work on a new temporary roadway will begin March 2, 2022.
Due to the Heads of Agreement with The Bahamas, work on the project required governmental and environmental permits and agreements to be finalized.
LIGHTHOUSE POINT – UPDATE FROM DISNEY CRUISE LINE – FEBURARY 2022
“We are so grateful for the support we have received from the people and government of The Bahamas over the past few years. It is because of your engagement and feedback that we have continued to shape the project into something we can all be proud of. I am pleased to share that we have now received all the necessary approvals from the government of the Bahamas to begin our work at Lighthouse Point,”
“As we get started, we remain committed to our guiding principles: creating sustainable economic opportunities for Bahamians, protecting and sustaining the natural beauty of the site, celebrating Bahamian culture and helping to strengthen the community in Eleuthera. We are excited to move this important work forward with you and will continue to keep you updated on our progress and how you can get involved.”President of Disney Cruise Line Thomas Mazloum said in a community newsletter.
As construction begins, the current public road at Lighthouse Point will be closed for approximately 6-weeks beginning March 2, 2022 for safety reasons until a temporary road can be completed. Given the poor condition of the current road, it is not safe for motorized vehicles to share the road with construction equipment. The new temporary public road will open on April 15 to provide access until the completion of construction, at which point the new permanent public road will open. During this time, access to the beach and the southernmost point will continue to be available by foot via the beach or boat.
Disney selected American Bridge as the design-builder for the project at Lighthouse Point based on their extensive experience with these types of projects, commitment to collaborating with Bahamian sub-contractors and hiring Bahamian workers.
The project is expected to create nearly 300 jobs during the construction phase, far exceeding the original promise of 120 jobs. A job fair for construction-related roles and support positions is tentatively scheduled for March 5, 2022 at the Eleuthera Business Hub.
Information about the job fair will be shared soon and will also be available on the project website at http://www.lighthousepointbahamas.com.