Google Will Not Build Landing Station at Annie's Bay Park in Bermuda
By Georgia Butler, Data Center Dynamics
November 13, 2023
Google has promised it will not be building a cable landing station (CLS) next to a locally important memorial site in Bermuda.
The company does intend, however, to use the site's manhole for the cable cable, which will connect Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Bermuda, and Sesimbra, Portugal.
Residents of St David's Island were concerned that the company would need to build a large CLS at the site, resulting in St David's Island Historical Society requesting that the site be taken off a list of potential locations, describing the site as “sacrosanct” and that “building this anywhere near Annie's Bay to the north, either side of the road, up the hill or to the west would be a travesty.”
Annie's Bay Park is home to a memorial for St David's families that were forced to give up their land for the war effort and is the only historical bay that was not destroyed by the US Military takeover during WW2.
During a town hall meeting held on November 10, it was confirmed that Google would not be using the site for a cable landing station, labeling concerns as ‘a misunderstanding'.
David Robles, Google’s global sub-sea construction lead, said: “The first thing that I am going to get out of the way is dispelling the story that we are building a structure in Annie’s Bay.
“That is a misperception of the announcement. There really is no structure that will be built at Annie’s Bay, so that was a misconception that we need to clear up straight away.”