Calico Jacks Bar & Grill handed over a cheque for $1,200 Thursday to the Leo Club to help them in their fundraising efforts to rebuild the cabanas on West Bay Road Public Beach.
The cabanas, eight in total, were washed away when Hurricane Ivan hit in 2004.
Calico Jacks, located on Public Beach, raised the money through their monthly full moon parties by selling merchandise supplied by various sponsors. The bar has also purchased five picnic tables which will be placed alongside the cabanas.
Todd Paidel, Calico Jacks manager, said: ‘We really want to see the cabanas back on the beach. They were a great facility enjoyed by both tourists and residents. Currently when people come to the beach they are at the mercy of the sun as there is little shade. We want to help to make sure everyone is comfy when they visit Public Beach.’
The Leo Club – a service club and youth arm of The Lions Club – has been working over the past year to raise sufficient funds to rebuild the cabanas.
Daniel Reid, president of the Leo Club and project chairperson, said that funds are now in place and that they will submit an official proposal to government, a requirement since Public Beach is Crown property.
‘We hope to build 10 replacement cabanas which, unlike the previous cabanas, will have electricity. The cabanas will offer a place for people to enjoy picnics and shade from the elements,’ Mr. Reid said.
He added: ‘The Public Beach is such a part of Cayman we feel that it is really important to re-build the cabanas. They will be a great facility. Our thanks go out to Calico Jacks for all their efforts. The money will go towards installing electricity.’
As well as Calico Jacks a number of other organisations have pledged their support in the rebuilding of the cabanas including First Caribbean Bank and CUC. Government has offered manpower and to replace the playground equipment, which also suffered during Ivan.
Present at the cheque presentation were Carl Brenton and Jon Pump of the Beach Volleyball Committee who are working with the Leo Club. They hope that the cabanas can be placed further back on the beach than they previously were to ensure that there is ample room for volleyball tournaments to be played throughout the year.
Mr. Handel Whittaker, Calico Jacks owner, said: ‘Public Beach is a great place and we want to help with the efforts to re-build the facilities for all to enjoy as part of our efforts to be a good corporate citizen.’
Calico Jacks, which also holds regular beach clean-ups in their efforts to maintain the Seven Mile beach area, will hold a full moon party this Saturday from sundown.
Party-goers will be able to purchase wrist bands for $2, courtesy of Heineken, with all money raised going towards the rebuilding of the cabanas.