More than eight acres of land will be added to the public beach in Cayman Brac.
Government has approved $1.8 million expenditure for the 8.26 acres in the South East Bay area of the island, more than five acres of which are on the sea side. The other three acres will be on the land side and will mostly be used for public parking.
Opposition MLA Julianna O’Connor-Connolly congratulated government on the purchase which she said would help preserve the public beach for both brackers and tourists.
‘It’s the only place the public can congregate,’ she said.
Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts said government began enquiring about the property after his brother-in-law informed him land on the west side of the Brac public beach had been purchased.
The eight acres government has purchased is on the eastern side of the current public beach.
Mr. Tibbetts said the land buy should significantly expand the public beach area, which is currently quite narrow on Cayman Brac.
Government also recently okayed $100,000 for the installation of public bathrooms at the Brac public beach.