Thursday, June 22, 2017

Island Issues

USA: Plans for Belle Isle “Free Economic Zone” Gather Support

In the economically depressed state of Michigan, proposals to turn a large island park into a tax-free haven have been surprisingly popular, if controversial.

(Creative Commons aerial of Belle Isle)

The debate over what should be done with Belle Isle – a vast city park in Michigan’s Detroit River – has been …Read More: USA: Plans for Belle Isle “Free Economic Zone” Gather Support

Development

Island Books: A Modern “Swiss Family Robinson” Saga on Whale Island

Author Daniel Hays has penned a poignant and humorous account of purchasing a small island and moving his reluctant family there for a year.

(On Whale Island,  by Daniel Hays)

For the many people who have fantasized about what life would be like living on a remote island, Canadian author Daniel Hays …Read More: Island Books: A Modern “Swiss Family Robinson” Saga on Whale Island

Island Resorts

UK: Spitbank Fort’s Dramatic Makeover as a Luxury Private Island Resort

An aging concrete gun fort off the Hampshire coast has undergone a dramatic transformation into a (surprisingly elegant) private island retreat.

(Image courtesy of Vladi Private Islands)

The southerly British seaside is known for many things; a mild climate, quaint resort towns, and stretches of beach packed with sun-deprived northerners. In recent …Read More: UK: Spitbank Fort’s Dramatic Makeover as a Luxury Private Island Resort

Environment

South Pacific: Kiribati Eyes Fiji as Climate Change Sanctuary

Small islands are finding creative ways to navigate the changing seas that some climatologists are predicting over the next decades.

(Low and narrow, Kiribati is at risk from seawater)

The remote and tiny Pacific nation of Kiribati has been making plans to buy up Fijian real estate over the last year, but …Read More: South Pacific: Kiribati Eyes Fiji as Climate Change Sanctuary

Resort News

South Pacific: Laucala Island Earns Honors from ‘Leading Hotels of the World’

The tropical paradise once owned by the late Malcolm Forbes has undergone a stunning development that won accolades from the prestigious travel organization.

(Image Courtesy of Vladi Private Islands)

Across the globe, there are many thousands of resorts, but only a tiny fraction will make onto the prestigious list of the “Leading …Read More: South Pacific: Laucala Island Earns Honors from ‘Leading Hotels of the World’

Environment

Caribbean: Branson strives for a plastic-free future on Necker Island

Necker Island (Image Courtesy of Vladi Private Islands)

The small change that could make a big difference: Richard Branson moves to eradicate plastic bottles from his private island paradise.

(Image Courtesy of Vladi Private Islands)

Whether reintroducing rare wildlife to the Caribbean, reducing the carbon imprint of his aircraft fleet, or pledging billions of dollars into the research …Read More: Caribbean: Branson strives for a plastic-free future on Necker Island

Governments buying Islands

UK: Conservationists Campaign to Keep Flat Holm Island in Public Hands

When the Cardiff Council announced that it no longer had the funds to maintain the historic island of Flat Holm, local citizens and conservationists jumped into action.

(Image of Flat Holm by the Cardiff Council)

The news last month that the Cardiff Council was reportedly thinking of selling Flat Holm, a circular …Read More: UK: Conservationists Campaign to Keep Flat Holm Island in Public Hands

Breaking Island News

Ireland: Inishturk Beg Snapped Up By Anonymous Buyer

Formerly the pride and joy of Secret Millionaire Nadim Sadek, County Mayo’s most famous island, Inishturk Beg, has been sold by receivers for just less than EUR 3 million.

Image Courtesy of Vladi Private Islands

Despite spending such a short time on the market, this 65 acre beauty …Read More: Ireland: Inishturk Beg Snapped Up By Anonymous Buyer

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