Harvest Caye Project – Supreme Court Case
BTIA vs Department of the Environment (DOE) and Belize Island Holdings Ltd. (BIHL)
In support of the BTIA membership in Placencia in addressing concerns about the development of a cruise port on Harvest Caye and the negative socioeconomic impacts on the peninsula and its population, lead the BTIA to conduct a judicial review of the project via the Supreme Court of Belize. The main focus of the Supreme Court case of the BTIA vs Department of the Environment and Belize Island Holdings Ltd was to review the public consultation process as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report process and the laws and regulations under the mandate of the DOE. The BTIA was successful in challenging the various irregularities and was awarded court costs in compensation.