Barkers open for Easter weekend

The Caymanian Easter camping tradition will be allowed to continue at Barkers in West Bay over the long holiday weekend.

The Barkers area, undeveloped bush land bisected by dyke roads, has been closed to vehicle traffic since early March when the Royal Cayman Islands Police imposed a nighttime curfew there between the hours of 6.30pm and 6am.

However, for the long weekend, the park area will be open starting 6am Thursday and remain open until 6.30pm Wednesday, 15 March. Access will not be restricted at night on those days and visitors can come and go as they please.

“We do realise (camping in Barkers) is a Caymanian tradition,” RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell said. “So we’re taking the chain (which blocks the entrance) off from Thursday morning.”

The entrance will be blocked to vehicular traffic again the evening of 15 March.

Chief Inspector Howell said West Bay police will increase patrols in the area over the long weekend.

“No littering will be tolerated back there,” she said. “No loud music or loud parties will be allowed.”

She said police were also asking Barkers campers to keep an eye out for each other and stay in groups at all times.

The issue of Barkers’ safety became an island-wide concern following the 10 October abdcution and death of Cable and Wireless Communications Manager Estella Scott-Roberts. Mrs. Scott-Roberts remains were found the next day in a burned out vehicle that was abandoned in Barkers.

RCIPS moved to close the park entrance after another abducted woman was taken into the Barkers area by her kidnaper. That 29-year-old managed to escape without being physically injured.

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