Wayne Caines To Chair Cross Island Committee

June 12, 2016

Wayne_Caines smWell known businessman Wayne Caines has agreed to chair a committee tasked with finding a use for nine acres of new land, with the former Digicel CEO set to chair the Cross Island Legacy Committee, set up to engage with the community to get ideas for the use of the land once it has finished being used as the America’s Cup village.

“This whole consultation is about getting ideas from everyone because, in Bermuda terms, this is a huge piece of land and therefore a huge opportunity. Put simply, it is nine acres of opportunity,” said Mr Caines.

The West End Development Corporation recently brought in Deloitte to support the Cross Island Committee’s consultation and decision-making over the future of Cross Island.

Each submission will be judged according to a set matrix and a final recommendation will be made to WEDCo. The committee wants to be in a position to make a recommendation even though there might be the possibility that Bermuda could again host the America’s Cup.

Mr Caines said key stakeholders will be consulted either privately or through a series of meetings – the first is due to take place on Wednesday, June 15, at the Deloitte offices.

People can also fill in an online form available at this link. It also going to available in paper form at the Corporation of Hamilton and the WEDCo offices which can be submitted in person or via crossisland@deloitte.com. Information can also be found at the Cross Island Facebook page.

Mr Caines urges people to submit ideas for Cross Island, saying it is “nine acres of opportunity”

“The committee will engage with as many people on as many different levels as we can because we want to be engaging and as consultative over this vastly important project as we can.

“When it comes to looking at ideas, we will be sensitive to the marine environment and historic nature of Royal Naval Dockyard,” added Mr Caines.

“In addition, we will try and ensure that any use provides social and economic benefits to Bermuda and that its end use is connected to Bermuda’s heritage and culture. Of course, it must also be financially viable.

“One day, I want to look back and tell people how I and the committee worked to make sure this left a lasting legacy.”

Aerial footage of the infill at Cross Island early in the construction phase

The committee members are: Chairman, Wayne Caines, of SENIAC Consulting, Andy Burrows from the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Joanna Cranfield, the Business Development Manager at WEDCo, Kirk Outerbridge from the Department of Works and Engineering, Aideen Ratteray-Pryse, from the Department of Planning, Philip Seaman, of Pj Designs and a member of the WEDCo board, and Elena Strong from the National Museum of Bermuda.

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  1. Curious says:

    This is very good news Bermuda.

    We will have a public process of determining what will happen with our nine acre $39,000,000 parcel of newly created land in Dockyard – for the benefit of all Bermuda and our people. “Nine acres of opportunity” as Mr. Caines has stated – let it be so.

    It will be interesting to see how inclusive this process of community consultation will be and who will be able to participate in determining the end use. Will it be the select few of WEDCo directors and Government Ministers who came up with this expensive idea – over riding Morgan’s Point as a location to host Americas Cup? How does a Bermudian gain access to this exclusive club of deciders?

    What were the financial costs of the Morgan’s Point lease versus the $39,000,000 and counting cost of building Cross Island? In fact, what is the total cost projects of Cross Island?

    “In addition, we will try and ensure that any use provides social and economic benefits to Bermuda and that its end use is connected to Bermuda’s heritage and culture. Of course, it must also be financially viable.”

    Given that statement above, what are the metrics of financially viable and social benefit that you will be using? Who are the independent committee members and who have a vested interest in either Dockyard or WEDCo?

    This is a train long left the station with court ordered community consultation and a proper Environmental Impact Assessment yet to be published.

    It appears to be a simple public relations exercise with inviting terms like Cross Island instead of boondoggle and Community Consultation instead of power and privilege uniting.

    “Each submission will be judged according to a set matrix and a final recommendation will be made to WEDCo.” When will this matrix be made available to the public inviting comment and suggestions?

    What are the terms of reference of this committee, Deloitte’s contract details and your timelines?

    • Terry says:

      Spot on Betty.

    • SMH! says:

      Morgans Point may have cost more that $39 million.
      It does not have the infrastructure that Dockyard has.

      The Belco Power and telecommunications fibers are a mile away near the main road.

      There is no sewage treatment facility or infrastructure that is about $20 million alone.

      There is no potable water supply.

      The sheet piles around the shoreline of Morgans point are severely dilapidated, that would have been several million.

      Government would have been spending money improving a private developers land.

      At the South Basin, the moneys spent will have the expectation that WEDCo pays it back.

      That is the reason that it is at Dockyard, BECAUSE IT MAKES SENSE!

      Wayne Caines is a good man to chair this important endeavor.

    • Clare says:

      The article names the committee members:
      “The committee members are: Chairman, Wayne Caines, of SENIAC Consulting, Andy Burrows from the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Joanna Cranfield, the Business Development Manager at WEDCo, Kirk Outerbridge from the Department of Works and Engineering, Aideen Ratteray-Pryse, from the Department of Planning, Philip Seaman, of Pj Designs and a member of the WEDCo board, and Elena Strong from the National Museum of Bermuda.”

  2. dick francis says:

    “It will be interesting to see how inclusive this process of community consultation will be and who will be able to participate in determining the end use.”
    It makes it pretty clear in the story that anyone can submit ideas using the link in the story. I’m going to send something so that at least I know I tried

  3. George says:

    So um um……………….assuming this means that Bermuda is not going to host the next (36th) Americas Cup in 2021 even if Oracle Team USA do win/defend the Cup?

  4. Question says:

    So was was under the understanding that if team USA wins that there is a chance that the event would remain in Bermuda. It this true does anyone know ?

    • Clare says:

      I think that could happen, but the land would still need an end use after 2021 if that happens. Either way, at some point the land will need a long-term plan.

  5. Rhonda says:

    We had no input in borrowing to build it…. But our input is vital for the payback..