Brac clean-up this weekend

Crews of volunteers will carry out a mass clean-up of the debris scattered throughout Cayman Brac from November’s devastating Hurricane Paloma this weekend.

Scores of workers are expected to descend tomorrow [Saturday] on the island’s roadsides and beaches where mangled metal, vegetation, construction material and other rubbish has been strewn.

The exercise, titled ‘Bring Back the Brac’ is being organised, among others, by James Moses from Phoenix Construction, who said he expected up to 120 people to participate, including children and staff from Cayman Brac High School.

‘It’s mostly people from the Brac, with a few volunteers coming in from Grand Cayman. Everyone’s welcome,’ said Mr. Moses.

Dive companies on island are donating staff and boats to help with the clean up, with divers and snorkellers picking up hurricane debris from the seabed and the reefs, while construction companies are giving the use of their staff and trucks to remove material from the roadsides and beaches.

Mr. Moses said the rubbish would be transported to the dump by the Department of Environmental Health.

Crews will be sent to sites throughout the island, concentrating initially on the western part of Cayman Brac ‘and move as far east as we can’, Mr. Moses said.

The clean-up is being sponsored and supported by Phoenix Construction, The Captains Table, Fosters Group, the Department of Environmental Health, the Chamber of Commerce, Scott Development, Kirkconnell supermarket, All Pro Engineering, Reef Divers, In Depth Sports, the Rotary Club, Billy’s Supermarket, Caybrew and Coral Isle.

An anonymous donor has pledged $1,000 to Cayman Brac High School if 30 or more students take part in the clean-up.

Each student who volunteers will be given a certificate of good citizenship, and a t-shirt.

The clean-up operation will kick off at Scott’s Development, on Cemetery Road at 7.30am on Saturday.

For more information, call 948 1246.