Beautification Month is set to kick off on 1 October and the cleanest, most improved and best maintained business premises, school compounds, private residences and gardens in each district can expect to come away with prizes.
Sensing there’s no better motivator than a healthy dose of competition, the Cayman Islands Beautification Committee has selected October to initiate its Island-wide clean-up program, in anticipation of Pirates Week, Jazz Fest, and the start of the tourism high season in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.
‘All physically able persons living and working in the Cayman Islands should willingly participate in Beautification Month activities,’ says CIBC Chair Heather Bodden.
‘However for practical reasons they will be invited and encouraged to work in conjunction with teams, which will be organised in each of Cayman’s six electoral districts and led by members of the CIBC, or members of other community groups.’
The CIBC arose from a commitment in 2005 by the newly elected PPM Government to focus on litter marring the natural and traditional beauty of Cayman, not all of which could be blamed on the passage of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.
‘With the Cayman Islands being not only an international financial centre but also a first-class tourism destination, the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce reconstituted up the Cayman Islands Beautification Committee,’ says Ms. Bodden.
The committee has been actively putting its tagline ‘Let’s keep Cayman Clean and Green’ into action and each of the three Islands are, slowly reflecting the dedication and hard work that continues in each district.
Unfortunately, the battle against indiscriminate littering continues to be waged with little success. Ms Bodden says if it is not taken in hand urgently, the littering problem will eventually have a detrimental effect on the Islands’ tourism sector.
And the efforts aren’t just aimed at grown-ups. Ms Bodden is issuing a particular appeal to schools to come up with creative beautification ideas.
‘Everyone in these Islands has a very important part to play in keeping the Cayman Islands not only clean and beautiful, but healthy,’ says Ms Bodden.
The RCIPS has already begun cracking down on littering. Sticking to its promise to continue to enforce the Litter Law through the courts, it will be even more vigilant during Beautification Month.
Ms Bodden says the CIBC is hoping for strong support from the Ministry and relevant departments and authorities, the RCIPS and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as backing of the program from Governor Stuart Jack, Cabinet members and MLAs.
She says the CIBC continues to be encouraged by the number of people who have spoken out on the issue of litter.
‘We want to make Cayman the cleanest place in the Caribbean,’ says Ms Bodden.
‘That way, Cayman can truly be marketed as an upscale destination, not only for visitors, but for those who live and work in these three tiny Islands whose main natural resources are beautiful waters and white sandy beaches.’
For further information on the Beautification Month competition, contact Heather Bodden at 916-3574 or Alice Mae Coe at 925-2484.