There was a time, not all that long
ago, that going out to a nightclub on Grand Cayman was fun and safe.
Those days are apparently over.
Over the past few years, nightclub
violence has increased steadily. Shootings, stabbings and fights have become
Just this weekend, two men were
stabbed outside one of the West Bay Road nightclubs. This would have been
front-page news five or six years ago, but now it did not even merit the top
story on page 5 of Monday’s newspaper. It ended up on page 5 simply because
this kind of thing happens so often these days it’s no longer as newsworthy as
it once was.
The question becomes, then, what
are the authorities doing to reduce nightclub violence?
Clubs might argue that most of the
violence is taking place outside of their establishments, and that might be
true enough. However, the incidents that predicate the violence often take
place inside the clubs. In addition, if there is a known problem with violence
outside of the clubs, then there should be more measures established to prevent
it from happening.
Part of the problem probably has to
do with drunkenness. It’s time clubs are held accountable for knowingly serving
people who have already had too much to drink not only because of the violence
it can bring out in people, but also for the road hazard it is creating because
of drink driving.