Today’s Editorial, July 18: Beach Bay sets new trend

It looks like the good Minister of Tourism is getting his wish as it pertains to his Go East initiative, thanks to a new development.

That development is the Residences at Beach Bay and it’s being built between Lower Valley and Bodden Town; the gateway to the eastern districts.

We’re accustomed to seeing high-end properties being developed on Grand Cayman.

But those developments have typically been limited to land on Seven Mile Beach.

The developers of Beach Bay are setting a new trend.

They’re getting away from the maddening crowd that has become SMB.

They want to offer Beach Bay buyers a more serene piece of the Caribbean and indeed Cayman pie.

And they’re banking on what they hope becomes a fact of owners on Seven Mile Beach ditching their digs there and making the move east.

The argument is that when many people bought condominiums on Seven Mile Beach they did so when building heights were limited to three stories and there weren’t cruise ship crowds jockeying for limited beach space.

All of that has changed.

Seven Mile Beach is a tourism Mecca.

Seven-storey developments aren’t uncommon and there’s always a beehive of activity along West Bay Road.

Those who want the remoteness Grand Cayman offered a couple of decades ago will have to venture to the eastern districts to find it.

All of this ties in nicely with Tourism Minister Charles Clifford’s idea to spread the tourism product throughout the island of Grand Cayman.

It’s probably a safe bet the development of Beach Bay is just the first as investors realise the potential and available land to the east of Grand Cayman.

As tourism development spreads to the east, we hope that Government’s Planning Department keeps a close eye on what is proposed and what is going up.

And it would be nice if development is limited.

While Seven Mile Beach is a fun place to soak up the sun and play in the sand, we don’t want all of Grand Cayman looking like it.

Developer Kevin Smith is to be commended for making Beach Bay a top-class resort.

We’re sure it will attract buyers who will work with those of us who live and work here to keep Grand Cayman a safe, clean destination.

Beach Bay is slated to be completed by the end of 2007.

Groundbreaking of the resort is today, so if you want to get a glimpse at what Beach Bay is going to look like when completed, join them.

Get ready Bodden Town, East End and North Side, tourism is headed your way.