Volunteer workers and members of the National Trust celebrated the opening of Heritage Beach on Monday.
The property, held by the National Trust for the people of the Cayman Islands, is located on Grand Cayman’s south coast, roughly two miles east of the Frank Sound junction.
With off-the-road parking, a newly built pavilion, shallow water for kids to play in or kayakers to launch from, the beach offers a pleasant site to relax.
Recognising the value of the property as an attraction for visitors as well as residents, the Department of Tourism hosted the get-together.
Ms Karie-Ann Bounds, Product Development Officer, made the event official by attending on behalf of DOT. She declared the day to be free of any formalities, instead encouraging people to enjoy each other’s company.
Rex Watler and Melvin Augustine showed their talent and stamina by providing non-stop entertainment.
Catering by Mrs. Zelmalee Ebanks featured proper beach food. All comers happily munched on fish and fritters, boiled crab, cassava heavy cake, coconut drops, mangoes and watermelon.
Trust general manager Mr. Frank Roulstone said a number of invited guests – many who had helped repair the site after it was torn up by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 — could not attend because they had to work, although it was the Constitution Day holiday. He also pointed to heavy rain clouds over George Town, which may have led other people to believe that the downpour had extended to East End.
In fact, the day was perfect for being outdoors, especially with the pavilion for shade, the beach to play on and the sea to cool off in.
Between 40 and 50 people attended the grand opening celebration.