The Port Authority says if they do not remove their boats they will face legal action.
The land the sea captains are on is owned by Michael Ryan of Dragon Bay Limited (DBL) and is part of a deal the previous Peopleâ€™s Progressive Movement (PPM) government did with DBL. DBL wants to use the property for a new marina and had entered into a deal with the government to swap crown land at Safehaven for Ryanâ€™s proposed mixed use resort known as Dragon Bay. Ryan then would develop a new modern public marina in the area for local tour operators.
Because of Ryanâ€™s financial problems and his loss of control with some of his companies (particularly the Ritz-Carlton), the sea captains have concerns that the marina will never materialize. They have also doubted the legality of the entire deal as one of the companies originally involved in the land swap with government is in the hands of receivers.
Ryan has offered the boat operators a temporary location for their use during the construction of the new Port Authority marina but the sea captains have said the turning circle for their boats there is not adequate.
Last Friday (24) the Port Authority issued a notice to the remaining sea captains stating that there concerns had been addressed and that there was still room at one of two temporary sites where they could be accommodated.
The whole of the eviction notice is published hereafter.