Travel photographer (and Moleskinerie "network-er") Erik Gauger reports on "an epic struggle between a tiny island an an American golf course developer" in Guana Cay on his latest journey.
"Golf courses and coral reefs do not mix," writes Kristian Teleki, who directs the United Nations International Coral Reef Action Network.
Director Teleki is referring to the audacious plan to build a giant
golf course development on a tiny traditional cay, just seven miles
Teleki is not the only
coral reef authority saying ‘no’ to the golf course on Guana Cay. In
fact, the entire coral reef conservation world is shaking their heads
at the strange events taking place on Guana Cay.
center stage is a marine ecologist named Kathleen Sullivan Sealey. She
was hired by the Discovery Land Company to help write an Environmental
Impact Assessment of, and then work for, the golf course development
company. Guana Cay is home to one of the West Indies richest and most
beautiful reefs. It hosts networks of labyrinthine caverns draped in
silversides, walls of coral, elegant sting rays and foraging hawksbill
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