Gov’t defends New Year’s booze

The Cayman Islands Cabinet defended on Friday its decision not to extend the opening hours for premises licensed to sell alcohol to facilitate New Year’s Eve celebrations.

‘There are some things we should have to hold to,’ Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts said of Caymanian traditions.

Mr. Tibbetts noted that some of the elements of progress are out of Cabinet’s control.

‘This is one we have control over,’ he said. ‘No on should even begin to question our protecting (traditions).’

Minister Charles Clifford said ‘a wide cross-section of the community’ gave input to the decision.

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association was among the groups from which the Cabinet took advice, Mr. Clifford said.

The Cabinet, however, did not contact the Cayman Islands Ministers Association.

Mr. Tibbetts said the Cabinet had heard from individual ministers on the matter, however.