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Just recovering from two weeks in Cayman over Xmas and the New Year.
Some observations/pointers to share with others.
The start of December was very wet - heavy rains and flooding. This has
led to an increase in the mosquito population. They are trying to treat areas,
but as one of the main treatments is best when rain is guaranteed, expect
higher levels of mosquito nuisance until then.
The bad weather has had some side effects. The beach at the Marriott is
starting to recover - about 8 foot of sand in front of the sea wall. If you
go diving with Red Sail, they take you out to the dive boat in a little
tender as the beach is to shallow for the dive boats to come up!
A school of dolphins was reported off Seven Mile Beach - 6 adults and two
calfs. One of the Red Sail divemasters managed to get in the water briefly,
but they steered away, so guess aren't likely to become a feature of
the island :-(
Cruise ships had to drop passengers at Spotts on several occasions in
December as sea conditions were so bad around George Town.
As New Years Eve was on a Sunday, it wasn't until the last few days that
agreement/licences were granted to restaurants/establishments. Certainly a
lower key celebration than in previous years.
Building of the Ritz Carlton in proceeding at a snails pace!
A new Mall has opened on the waterfront, featuring an aquarium
(approx 30foot x 10foot x 6foot or 12,000 gallons) which houses some sharks and
local tropical fish. Shark feeding takes place twice a day!
Some excellent Christmas lights on houses in the South Sound area. The
most impressive has to be the Crighton residence as you enter Spotts.
Apparently it takes them two weeks to install all the lights. If there is a
chance of rain, then they don't unveil all of the displays as apparently
some of them are irreplaceable.
Given the state of their beach (or rather lack of beach), The Marriott have
made arrangements for their guests to use the pool and beach at the Westin at
the other end of Seven Mile Beach. A shuttle bus runs between the hotels
Once again the Marriott beach has suffered severe erosion, this time from the
recent waves associated with hurricane Keith.
This time last year, artificial turtle grass mats were installed in the hope
that they would protect the beach from the erosion experienced after high
seas in previous years. The recent waves have loosened the mats, and
caused litter problems of thousands of plastic strips along a wide stretch
of Seven Mile Beach and some down on the south coast of the island. The cleanup
is being coordinated by the Marriott in association with the Department of the
A new Civic Centre has opened in Gun Bay. The centre is named after well-known
Gun Bay resident Captain Elliott Connolly. The facility is primarily
intended to serve the district as a general use activity hall and hurricane
Following the publication of an advert in the Caymanian Compass, Cable and
Wireless have blocked access to Net2Phone, as it infringed the license
agreement between Cable and Wireless and the Cayman Islands Government.
A new modern post office has opened to server the East End of Grand Cayman.
Sunset House has announced plans to place a 9 foot tall bronze statue of a
mermaid in the sea about 100 yards from the sure. The placement will be made
in November 2000. It will become a focus for divers and snorkelers alike. For
A new Corporate Business Centre, Island Offices, has opened overlooking the
harbour. Facilities include fully functional and complete professional and
executive offices that may be rented by the hour, day, or longer, as well as a
full-size, fully equipped conference room. Services offered by the staff
include secretarial services, immigration consultation, temporary and
permanent staff placement, company incorporation, and an internet access
service centre. For further details check out their web site at
Driving to/from the Seven Mile Beach and West Bay area has just got easier.
Not only is there an extension of the Harquil Bypass to take some of the
traffic, but the West Bay Road has been resurfaced, removing all the potholes,
and so making for a smoother and faster ride.
Cayman Airways has started a weekly service to
Honduras. Should it prove popular, flight frequency is likely to
increase. Delta Airways have announced that from
mid-December they will have flights twice a week between Cayman and
New York JFK.
Plans are under way to re-open the Wholesome Bakery, under
new ownership, but with the same baker. It is likely to be located
in the Industrial Park near the airport.
For the third year running,
the Links at Safehaven has been voted best golf course in the
Caribbean. This was announced at the sixth annual Caribbean World
Magazine Awards ceremony.
The Turtle Farm have started a new interactive release program.
Twice a week you can pay for the experience of choosing and
releasing a turtle into the wild. Contact the Turtle Farm for
Good news for visitors from North America with mobile
phones. Phones that are compatible with 800MHz Analogue or TDMA
digital networks can now roam in the Cayman Islands. See the Cable
& Wireless page at
Cayman's first private hospital officially opened its doors to
patients at the beginning of May. The 18-bed, state of the art
facility is owned by one of Cayman's most respected physicians; Dr.
Steve Tomlinson. The hospital is named after his late mother; the
Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital. As well as hospital staff
physicians, a number of private medical doctors have offices within
the hospital compound. In addition to regularly scheduled medical
services, the hospital will offer urgent care for an individual in
crisis, with an emergency doctor on premises 24 hours a day.
Construction work has started on the expansion of
Morritt's Tortuga Club and Resort. There are plans to develop
and expand the resort over the next 5 years. A new Hard Rock
Café opened in George Town on Friday 28th April - the 104th
in the world.