Public Beach officially reopened

The Leo Club of Grand Cayman officially reopened Public Beach on West Bay Road last Saturday at a ceremony held at the beach.

Public Beach re-opening

Leo Club President and Project Manager Daniel Reid, centre, cuts the ribbon at the official reopening of Public Beach on West Bay Road, flanked by Tom Crawford, managing director of FirstCaribbean International Bank, left, and Richard Hew, managing director of Caribbean Utilities Company.
Photo: Joanna Lewis

The project, managed by the club, has cost some $120,000 and taken two years to complete.

The majority of the facilities on Public Beach, which included eight cabanas, were destroyed when Hurricane Ivan hit Cayman in September 2004.

The Leo Club – a service club and youth arm of The Lions Club – set about co-ordinating the rebuilding project to restore the beach to its former glory in 2005.

Sponsors pledged their support, including Calico Jacks Bar & Grill, who supplied picnic tables; CUC, which replaced the playground equipment and provided the light poles used as the columns for the cabanas; the Ministry of Works, Infrastructure and Communication, which provided labour for the roofs of the cabana; and O&D architects, which made up the architectural drawings.

‘This project is a testament to what can be achieved with everyone working together,’ Daniel Reid, Leo Club president and project manager, said at the reopening ceremony.

‘This strip of property has been near and dear to the Leo Club over the years and has become synonymous with our club’s name ever since its construction. The public beach landmark is one that is special also to the people of these islands.

‘All eight cabanas and 80 per cent of the beach’s facilities were destroyed during Hurricane Ivan. The community lost one of its great landmarks and took a piece of this country’s pride and joy,’ he said.

‘This project was a challenge of a lifetime of which the Leo Club and myself took on with a strong back and a resolve to restore this landmark to its former glory.’