Officials are investigating two
separate incidents of public nudity involving females at liquor licensed
premises on Cayman.
Grand Cayman Liquor Licensing Board
Chairman Mitchell Welds said that he had received reports on the phone from two
members of the public who had raised concerns regarding nudity at two different
Mr. Welds did not identify those
“This type of behaviour will not be
permitted at liquor licensed premises. The prosperity of these Islands is a result of our strong Christian heritage.
“This conduct in my opinion will
diminish our moral values and will corrupt our people. It will also have
tremendous impact on the lives of our young people. This will not be tolerated
by the Liquor Licensing Board,” said Mr. Welds.
Liquor inspector Ernesto Carter is
currently following up on the reports and as yet has not verified them. Mr.
Welds said that the establishments would remain unnamed until further facts
could be established. He noted that people were reluctant to put such reports
in writing due to the small size of Cayman where “everybody knows everybody”.
In order for the board to revoke a
liquor license as a result of a breach of the licensing law, two criminal convictions
of the licensee in a court of law are necessary. However, Mr. Welds said if
there is a breach of the music and dancing law a suspension could be considered.
The board has previously put establishments
on probation where an establishment is watched closely, with a license review
at the following quarterly meeting of the Liquor Licensing Board.
In the past this has been effective
in terms of keeping people “on their best behaviour,” Mr. Welds said.
Section 25.3 of the Liquor
Licensing Law (2000 revision) states that ‘no licensee shall permit
drunkenness, gambling, disorderly or riotous behaviour or blasphemous or
obscene language on the licensed premises.’
The individual behaving in this
manner is also guilty of an offence.
Section 5.14 of the Liquor
Licensing Law also states that the board also has the authority to deal with
incidents for which there is no precedent.
“Where no procedure is laid down by
this Law, a Board may regulate its own procedure,” it reads.
Mr. Welds explained that meant that
the board could adopt or set certain procedures for establishments, such as
introducing a regulation banning lewd dancing in premises for example.