There’s more room to have fun at Morritt’s Tortuga Club and Resort in East End.
The five-storey, 26 unit Wembley building was officially opened last week with a ribbon cutting performed by Tourism Minister Charles Clifford and co-owner Mimi Morritt.
It’s the first major development at Morritt’s since Hurricane Ivan dealt the resort a mighty blow in September 2004.
The resort suffered $20 million in damages in the 2004 storm, but was unable to collect the full amount to rebuild.
But the absence of a full insurance settlement didn’t stop redevelopment at the East End Resort.
The Wembley is the latest, and largest, building to open.
Past Marquis McLaughlin, in blessing the building at the ribbon cutting ceremony, asked God to be the insurance company for the Wembley.
‘The Wembley is a testament to how Morritt’s got its start around Wembley Stadium,’ said Resort General Manager Dutch Hoffmann.
Wembley Stadium in London has been rebuilt to host the 2012 Olympics and Morritt’s owner David Morritt decided to adopt the rebirth of that venue in the rebirth of Morritt’s Tortuga Club.
‘This building would not be possible if it wasn’t for a team effort,’ Mr. Hoffman said. ‘The real reason is the staff we have here at Morritt’s.’
Mimi Morritt thanked the people of the Cayman Islands who showed courage after Hurricane Ivan.
‘When I came after the hurricane I kept saying I’m not going to cry; I’m not going to cry. But I never heard one Caymanian complain about all they lost. Thank you for the courage.’
Mr. Clifford said he went to Morritt’s after the storm to talk to the owners and staff about what was needed from government to help the resort get back on its feet.
‘I’m very proud of how much you have achieved,’ he said. ‘This development has certainly increased in size since it was started. It fits really nicely in the district. We encourage this type of development.’
He said Morritt’s fits in with his Go East initiative, a campaign that sends tourists to the Eastern Districts and encourages small business development.
In addition to the Wembley, the ribbon cutting ushered in Mimi’s, the new dock tiki bar, and the new dock facility.
The Wembley is fully booked through February 2008.