Today’s Editorial March 20th: Have fun, be responsible

The Cayman Islands is entering the long Easter weekend with the recent spate of crimes and crashes fresh in all our minds.

We’ve read about stabbings and a shooting in and near bars, the deaths of two young men on West Bay Road and the sparing of the lives of five involved in a crash on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

We hope this spate of violence and deaths is over.

While all of the events are troubling to the Royal Cayman Islands Police, the crimes at drinking establishments have them so concerned that they will be showing up at bars this weekend to do walk throughs.

Be forewarned that members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will be out in force on Cayman’s roadways and the Joint Customs and Marine Unit as well as officers from the Department of Environment will be patrolling the seas on boats and wave runners.

If you’re out on the water this weekend, remember that lobster season is closed and conch season closes 30 April; limits apply so check the regulations. Make sure you check with the Port Authority for any advisories and leave your VHF radio tuned to channel 16. Don’t overload your boat and life vests are required on wave runners.

Campers need to take some precautions too.

They should be responsible with the fires they build for cooking and shooing mosquitoes.

Officers will be patrolling areas popular with campers to make sure that all marine and land laws are abided by so that a safe environment is provided for everyone.

On Monday the Million Dollar Run kicks into high gear at the Kaibo Yacht Club. Club organisers are urging boaters to steer clear of the race route, where boats will be driven in excess of 100 miles an hour. They will not be able to stop on a dime if another boat presents an obstacle.

Those who take part in the Cayman tradition of camping this Easter weekend and the following week are asked to respect the piece of beach they are occupying as well as the people who live around the area.

And please, campers pick up your litter.

You are welcome to share our beaches and camp sites, but please show respect for the Island and the people who live in the district where you camp by bagging your trash and putting it in a garbage bin or taking it home with you.

Spare time on our hands this weekend means that we all can adopt a beach and pick up litter.

The staff and management of the Caymanian Compass wish everyone a peaceful, joyful and safe Easter.

BREAKOUT

While all of the events are troubling to the Royal Cayman Islands, the crimes at drinking establishments have them so concerned that they will be showing up at bars this weekend to do walk throughs.