Have fun, be aware

The Cayman Islands will soon be entering the long Easter weekend.

Be forewarned that members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service will be out in force on Cayman’s roadways and the Joint Customs and Marine Unit as well as officers from the Department of Environment will be patrolling the seas on boats and wave runners.

If you’re out on the water during the long Easter break, remember that lobster season is closed and conch season closes 30 April; limits apply so check the regulations. Make sure you check with the Port Authority for any advisories and leave your VHF radio tuned to channel 16. Don’t overload your boat and life vests are required on wave runners.

Campers need to take some precautions too.

They should be responsible with the fires they build for cooking and shooing mosquitoes.

Officers will be patrolling areas popular with campers to make sure that all marine and land laws are abided by so that a safe environment is provided for everyone.

On Easter Monday the Million Dollar Run kicks into high gear on Seven Mile Beach. Club organisers will urge boaters to steer clear of the race route, where boats will be driven in excess of 100 miles an hour. They will not be able to stop on a dime if another boat presents an obstacle.

Those who take part in the Cayman tradition of camping this Easter weekend and the following week are asked to respect the piece of beach they are occupying as well as the people who live around the area.

While many of the beaches where campers will pitch tents are secluded, several abut properties where people live or come from overseas to visit. Help to make everyone’s weekend pleasant by keeping the noise levels and mischief making to a bare minimum.

And please, campers pick up your litter.

You are welcome to share our beaches and camp sites, but please show respect for the Island and the people who live in the district where you camp by bagging your trash and putting it in a garbage bin or taking it home with you.

Spare time on our hands over the long weekend means that we all can adopt a beach and pick up litter.

The staff and management of the Observer on Sunday wish everyone a peaceful, joyful and safe Easter.

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