|By Robin Beasse on Monday, October 23, 2000 - 10:31 pm:|
Would any one object if I set up a daily ferry service to Bonaire? Can any one suggest people who can and would help me do so. ie. I don't know for sure yet, but I would imagine I will need a Bonaire resident/partner to qualify to operate the business. can anyone offer any thoughts , concerns or questions
|By Kelly Hirsh on Tuesday, October 24, 2000 - 8:38 am:|
|By Carole Baker on Tuesday, October 24, 2000 - 8:49 am:|
A Hydrofoil set up does not seem to be one that is conducive to the delicate eco system of Bonaire. I would imagine it might be disruptive, or worse yet, damaging to the sensative Marine Life, etc., surrounding Bonaire....not to mention the breach of the quiet and "natural" sounds and airs of Bonaire. This is just my opinion, but I am certain there are others who would agree this set up would be disruptive and damaging. I don't know whether or not you would be able to obtain a permit to operate such a venture. I admit I am not an expert of any sort....just a very concerned lover of Bonaire and its peace and solitude.
|By michael gaynor on Tuesday, October 24, 2000 - 9:16 am:|
The hovercraft plan is nothing new to Bonaire. A number of false starts have taken place over the years. I do agree with the enviornmental issues as well, but if you want to do more investigating, you should contact the central government in Curacao.
|By Glen Reem on Tuesday, October 24, 2000 - 9:47 am:|
An entry above mentions a 'passenger
|By kristin holman on Tuesday, October 24, 2000 - 11:29 am:|
I thought I read somewhere about cruise lines in Bonaire, how could that be good for the reefs and a shallow Hydra-foil be bad? I also love Bonaire and the reef system. I would never want it harmed. However, I would sure like the option of a boat over ALM. Even seasickness would beat the 8 hour layover and all the confusion we had last time. Is the sea between Curacao and Bonaire as bad as St. Thomas to St. Criox? I know they had a hydra-foil for a while. And that is a much greater distance of open sea.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Sunday, October 29, 2000 - 6:17 pm:|
|By Josie on Sunday, October 29, 2000 - 7:20 pm:|
Re jet skis: Jake, does that mean that you're actually seeing jet skis in use now? I sincerely hope not. Would you suggest anything we visitors can do to promote a ban? Who should we write to, for example?
|By michael gaynor on Monday, October 30, 2000 - 6:04 pm:|
Jet skis are in use by private owners. They seem to follow the rules to date but an all out ban, along with quads, woudl be most welcome.
|By Dara Walter on Tuesday, November 7, 2000 - 3:21 pm:|
Perhaps this is a subject for the Council For Tourism on Bonaire - they need to understand what it is that draws tourists to the island... and what will make them take their money elsewhere, to Dominica, for example, where Eco-Tourism has been more fully embraced. It would be easy enough to put together a survey and issue it to the ALM "captive audience" so often found with time on their hands and nothing to do.... Personally, speed and noise is not my thing and too much of it tearing up the countryside and ripping around the ocean, drowning out the gentle lap of the waves on the shore line, will cause me to take my money elsewhere - regardless of how good the diving may be. I'm not into totally banning these things, but responsible use and enforcement must be insured.
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