We are writing to say what a wonderful privilege we have had over the years in having the ability to make Grand Cayman our holiday location.
In fact we have been so delighted with your island that we are buying a residence and hope to make it our future home.
There are many reasons that we chose Grand Cayman over so many other wonderful venues.
However, we believe the No. 1 reason is the Cayman people.
We have always felt a great admiration for Caymanians; they are hard working, industrious, honest people who possess a genuine sense of warmth when embracing outsiders. Consequently your island is safe, pristine and offers much more than beautiful beaches and fantastic weather.
Over the years we have come down with our children and spent much of our time diving.
We have become friends with a group of dive masters and boat captains from one of your larger dive operations.
We were surprised and saddened to hear that some are now possibly going to lose their permission to work on the island as they reach their seven-year anniversary on the island.
Our surprise stems from an inability to comprehend why such an astute local population would be willing to lose individuals who possess the same fine qualities as Caymanians.
They love the island they have made home and new transient workers cannot match their dedication, knowledge and skill.
They work constantly to protect the reef and habitat from the sometimes not so qualified or caring dive masters who make no commitment to that incredible national treasure.
Our family and friends purposely travelled to train specifically under these individuals because of their expertise, knowledge and awareness of the fragility of the environment.
Because of them, our family has been to Grand Cayman just shy of 20 times.
We are saddened because we want to dive with professionals who know the intricacies of the habitat they work in, not with someone who has a couple of years experience in an alternate location and is more interested in what hot spot to work for the next couple of years.
We certainly comprehend the problems with immigration on a national basis; we live in the United States.
However, even here individuals who have proved their merit over many years are being offered an opportunity to stay.
Many of these individuals not have the skills or talents of some of your immigrant population; however, their value to our community and nation is still recognized.
We are sure that there are several individuals in many fields whose situations are similar to my friends.
Perhaps these individuals, who have proven their merit, should be shown some consideration rather than be replaced by less productive, inept individuals of unknown personal character.
Simon R. Ecclefield
Regina MC Ecclefield