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Give floating bar a chance

As a friend of Bernie Bush in
school, I think Bernie is a great guy with the best of intentions. You all know
the Islands are filled with restaurants, bars and lounges; why not a floating
one? I guess it does pose certain dangers as getting drunk and falling
overboard. Is that any more dangerous than getting drunk and driving a car or
even walking across the road while drunk? At least hitting the water might
sober one up(just kidding)! Once it has proper security on aboard, why not?
While I’m not personally for or against it, why not give Bernie a chance. He
has given a lot to the young people in the community through his dedication to
sports. Why not give Bernie (the entrepreneur) and a Caymanian a chance at a
business venture!

Hank Hurlston

7MB high rise bad idea

This is not a good idea. The Seven
Mile Beach area will end up looking like South Beach Miami, not a sleepy little
Caribbean island!

When we first started visiting
Cayman (15-plus years ago) you could stand at the north end of 7MB and see
nothing but greenery along the beach, no high rise; now we are seeing ugly
concrete buildings, which are already far too high. Motivation quite simply:
money. 

Jo Mills

Arming police serious

The responses from this opinion
poll are very interesting but not totally unpredictable.

The firearms laws of the Cayman
Islands are set in the United Kingdom regarding the use of firearms by British
police forces, including the RCIPS.

The societal difference is that,
per capita, the Cayman Islands now has more gun crime and illegal guns in
criminal hands than the United Kingdom.

As someone who is heavily involved
in private security training in the UK, I am aware that the chances of being
shot in the committing of a criminal offense in the Cayman Islands are now
higher than the UK and this might influence how the regulations for armed
police is viewed in the Cayman Islands in the near future.

The real question is; Is the Cayman
Islands society prepared to have their police officers shoot and kill criminals
caught in the act of committing crimes with the use of firearms?

This is a very serious issue that
has to be faced up to in the general arming of police officers in the Cayman
Islands and people calling for arming the police force should address this
issue for themselves as it will become a major issue once a police officer
shoots and kills or even seriously wounds a suspect in the act of committing a
serious criminal offense.

The public offense to the death of
Raoul Moat here in Britain has been a real eye opener when considering the
public response to his death and the police’s responsibility in the affair.

This can serve as a measuring stick
by which to monitor public opinion on this very serious question of the arming
of police officers in the Cayman Islands.

Ricardo Tatum

Protect diving assets

I think your article makes all the
right points, but perhaps not in the right order. Cayman’s greatest asset is
its reefs — if you lose them, the best golf course in the world won’t save the
Caymans. And as a member of the marine conservation community, I want to stress
the importance of aggressive efforts to conserve what is left of the island’s
undersea treasure.

Yes it’s true that Caymanians
cannot reverse the global trend toward lower PH’s and higher sea temps.
HOWEVER, coral reefs that are already stressed from pollution, over harvesting,
anchor drops etc., fare especially poorly. By doing what we can, we give
Cayman’s reefs the best chance to survive and adapt to those larger pressures.

I love Cayman with a passion, so
much so that I have invested in real estate on the East End. And maybe I am a
throwback, but I come to dive and pretty much dive only.  And every trip, I meet dozens more visitors
who come for the same.

I have not read the new
conservation law, but I can tell you from experience that the best intended
laws don’t implement themselves. The future of the Islands depends on conserving
the reefs becoming an island-wide ethic, on a committed community that includes
divers, cruise operators, local businesses and other Caymanians and well-funded
enforcement of intelligent laws. 

All of us who love Cayman should be
prepared to do his or her part, whether we live there year-round or not.

Mark Rovner

Cayman is too expensive

The story today on ‘Diving
struggles to stay afloat’ is one of the saddest stories that I have read about
Cayman with the exception of Ivan.

When I started visiting Cayman in
the late 80s it was still a jewel of the Caribbean. Seven Mile Beach was a tad
busy, but just enough that people could easily walk to the Holiday Inn to enjoy
Barefoot and good cheer. There were no murders, no guns, very little drugs on
the street and I do remember that when you read the Compass under “police
reports” it was usually about domestic violence; people chasing each other with
machetes (?). I even remember one report that someone was arrested for being a
“rogue and a vagabond”.

Those were the days.

I dove two to three times a day. I
dove with Ashton Ebanks and Soto’s and Kipp. Cathy Church taught me how to use
my underwater camera. The waters were alive with all types of marine life
including the big groupers that used to hang around the wrecks. Cayman was a
bit expensive even in those days, but it was well worth it. Plenty of dive
sights and plenty to see. Then I discovered Cayman Kai and never went back to 7
Mile Beach. Wall diving and North Side diving was the best. Then I discovered
Ocean Frontiers and Moe and Steve and their dive operation was the best of all
worlds. They would dive North Side, East End or south side depending on the
weather. They got to know you and you got to know them. My dive buddies and I
would help them crew if they needed it.

We helped the less experienced
divers get ready and showed them how to do things and then let the “ocean guys”
go over things with them again. I do believe that they always appreciated the
little extra help we would offer. It was the best.

Then time and progress set in and
now I am reading a story like this one. It is so sad. Cayman changed as all
things do. The economies of the world have changed and Cayman has become just
too expensive. You can’t find inexpensive air fares, you can’t find inexpensive
hotels or condos and you can’t find cheap booze and inexpensive food. If you
have a family, Cayman has become just too expensive. Other parts of the world
now offer Cayman-like experiences and they are affordable.

It is such a shame to see Cayman
diving struggle. I hope that they can find a way out of it.

Bob Stanford

Greed taking over Cayman

In the name of progress and more
private and business revenue, the flavour and feel of 7MB is waning. We fondly
remember our first Cayman trip 20-plus years ago only the Holiday Inn, a few
small and tasteful condos and no sidewalks yet! Crowding, congestion, greed and
density will take away the pristine calmness of our favourite winter
destination.

Paul Ostrow

Paradise disappearing

When we came to Cayman 25 years
ago, the building height restriction was nothing taller than the highest palm
tree.  You could walk West Bay Road and
see the beach and ocean. Now people don’t know it’s there without walking
through or around a hotel.

In your effort to turn the Island
into a big tourist city the inherent problems come with it, such as escalating
crime. Add gambling to the mix and it regresses more quickly.

We built a home here because Cayman
had the highest literacy rate, lowest crime rate and government working with a
surplus and no gambling in the Caribbean area. These attributes are being
systematically destroyed.

What used to be “close enough to
paradise”, the pristine and beautiful Cayman will cease to exist.

Stephen Turton

Roundabouts are easy

If you are about to enter a
roundabout. And you are in the far left lane; you take the FIRST exit out of
the roundabout, ALWAYS. Not the second or third exit. You block others trying
to enter the roundabout if you miss the first exit.

IF you want to enter the roundabout
but want to skip the first exit and go to the second, third or fourth exit, you
need to be in the right lane. Inside of the roundabout. So you don’t block others
trying to enter the roundabout with you.

I don’t know how much more simple
can you make that?

Big Berd

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