Since 5.45pm on Wednesday, travellers to East End along Sea View Road have been greeted by a sign welcoming them to the district. The location of the sign may come as a surprise.
‘East End does not start at the village or the Blow Holes or High Rock,’ Mr. Edney Mclean pointed out. As president of the East end community Development Committee, Mr. McLean spearheaded the project to place a sign near the district’s legal boundary – some 50 paces east of Frank Sound Road on Grand Cayman’s south coast.
Committee members made the work part of their Beautification Month efforts in October. At the same time, they gave full credit to Mr. McLean as the artist who designed and carved the sign.
District boundaries were visibly demarcated during Cayman’s Quincentennial celebrations in 2003 under the leadership of Mr. Ezzard Miller. Ornate white posts embedded in concrete bases carried banners with the districts’ names. The banners are gone now, but the posts remain.
Two can be seen near the south end of Frank Sound Road. They show the eastern end of Bodden Town and the western boundary of East End. The couple of hundred feet in between belong to the district of North Side, which widens as one travels up Frank Sound Road.
Marking East End’s boundary involved consultation with the National Roads Authority and the Planning Department, said committee member Donna Connolly. She explained that the sign and landscaping are on land that belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Ron Zimmerman, who kindly gave their permission.
‘East End is known as the district that still holds on to its culture,’ added committee member Terrencia Tatum. ‘Therefore, the signs were designed to represent that culture, the plants are all indigenous to the district and the rocks around the plants were collected from the district’s beaches.’
East End involvement extended to businesses, with Gardens and Gifts donating plants and mulch, while KP Quarry Products contributed gravel.
The sign facing travellers heading east welcomes visitors to the district. On the other side, the sign facing people as they head west thanks them for visiting.
Mr. McLean said he deliberately chose to do routered white lettering in dark wood to represent a traditional style.
Less obvious, but worth a stop to peruse, are the carvings around the letters. People driving by at 50 mph might not notice the burnished illustrations, but tourists may well pause to study the barracuda, turtle, catboat and a hammock slung between palm trees — all of which depict aspects of East End, Mr. McLean said.
A special homey touch is the hands waving good-bye on the thank-you side.
Mr. McLean hopes to complete another set of signs for the district boundary on the north coast.
Members of the East End Community Development Committee include Mrs. Gina Riverol, secretary; Mrs. Sharon K. Smith, treasurer; Mr. Marquis McLaughlin, Mr. Glarman Grant Jr. and Mr. Henry Davis.