Floating bar must pass inspections

The licence granted for the proposed new ‘floating bar’ at Stingray City is an in-principle document pending the meeting of all legal requirements and responsibilities by the establishment.

Mitchell Welds, chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman, clarified that any new licence is granted ‘in-principle’ in order to take effect at a future date. Sign-off reports in writing from a variety of government agencies are required, as is the case with all new licences.

‘The Department of Environmental Health, Port Authority, Liquor Inspector and Commissioner of Police must all inspect the premises and report back to the board before they give their approval,’ he said.

‘It is important to clarify that we look at this as a vessel not a structure in the middle of the ocean and there are requirements that must be met.’


Mr. Welds clarified that the granting of a music and dancing licence was a legal requirement in order to enable licensee Bernie Bush to provide background music to his customers.

‘Whenever a licensee provides pre-recorded music at an establishment they need to have a music and dancing licence. It is not issued for dancing but it is required for pre-recorded music. The same happens in restaurants which do not have dancing either. That licence was granted to facilitate the background music Mr. Bush intends to provide.’

Toilet facilities on such a vessel have certain requirements such as holding tanks for sewage disposal which must meet criteria and the law requires that all criteria must be met before an in-principle licence granted by the Liquor Licensing Board can proceed to an order to operate.