This will blow over

There is no need to invest in lighting, navigational markers and allow ships to open casinos and shops in light of the H1N1 influenza outbreak in Mexico.

By the time the money is spent on the lighting and markers, the ships will be stopping back in Mexico. In addition, if a passenger desperately needs something from a retail shop, they have the option of buying it in Grand Cayman (which I thought the CITA was supposed to be supporting, rather than the cruise lines). With regard to the casinos, there is no reason to give up yet another aspect of Cayman lifestyle for the benefit of a few for an extremely short time. Once the permission is granted, it will never be revoked.

With Mexico closed, the ships have no choice but to visit Cayman — they need Cayman and by allowing more ships in to stay longer CITA is already helping the cruise lines. Why not let local merchants take advantage of the increase in visitors. If they cannot go to casinos and shops onboard, perhaps they will visit the Turtle Farm, shop in George Town, enjoy the Jolly Roger, etc. CITA needs to worry about Cayman’s financial situation, not be bending over backwards for cruise lines that need to bring their passengers to Cayman anyway.

Many complain that Cayman isn’t ‘authentic’ enough — this is an opportunity to give local musicians, artists, merchants, craftsmen, a chance to show their wares at the harbour to keep visitors happy while awaiting their slightly delayed (if any return to the ships).

In a month or so, this will all have blown over and if ‘suggestions’ are implemented, Cayman will have sold a little more of it’s soul! This isn’t rocket science!

Regina Ecclefield

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