Loud concert causes misery

I own a condo in Cayman Sands on West Bay Road.

My wife and I have been frequent visitors to Grand Cayman along with my children and grandchildren and we generally spend about four months a year on this island.

We have been coming here since 1983 and consider it our second home.

On Friday, February 4, we started to hear loud music coming from a concert that was set up in the vicinity of the bypass across from the movie theatre.

It was early evening and it was very loud. We figured it was a special event and it would soon pass. We called the police to see what was going on and how long it would be.

Our young grandchildren are visiting along with their parents and they couldn’t sleep with the noise. We were told that there was a special permit issued for the concert and that they would be performing until 2 or 3am. Why does an outdoor concert of any kind have to last past 11?

We couldn’t believe that permission would be granted for an outdoor concert during those hours in a prime Seven Mile Beach location.

What advantage is there to Cayman tourism and the kind of repeat visitors Cayman would like to attract? My children and grandchildren were up all night and couldn’t sleep until the noise stopped at 3am.

We cannot believe that Cayman officials find noisy events like this beneficial to the country in general. They ended a 10-day vacation on a sour note.

If concerts are to be held, why not hold them in some remote location far from residences, or in a sports venue, or some other area far removed from the heart of Seven Mile Beach.

The music would seem to appeal to a spring break crowd and we hope that is not the direction Cayman tourism is intending to take.

Before our arrival in January we were told by friends of an earlier ear-shattering concert in the same location, and that several complaints were filed.

What rights do we have as property owners and part-time residents of Grand Cayman to even be notified that such events are being considered?

There was no notice that the event would be held, and we don’t even know who issued permission for the event.

Hypothetically, if a permanent concert site were to be established in that location, hearings would be held, neighbours notified and opportunities would be presented to hear about environmental impacts and possible negative effects on the surrounding area.

After due deliberation, decisions would be made.

Where in the zoning laws of the island are we given due process and an opportunity to be heard on these outrageously loud and, I might add, profanity-laced concerts?

I trust other owners and residents are equally offended by these concerts. It seems to me that if there is a market for music of this type, there is no reason why the music cannot be heard in an enclosed building for noise control, or in one of the more remote locations mentioned earlier in this letter.

Jay Lynch

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