Several seek new liquor licences

The
Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman convened their quarterly meeting on
Thursday, 9 December, while the temporary lift of the liquor moratorium was in
place.

Four of
the new license applications scheduled for Thursday’s meeting were deferred to
Thursday, 16 December, and one new license application was
withdrawn.

Board
chairman Mitchell Welds said he reserved the right to change his mind on the
deferments to give the board more time to review all the
information.

“I’m a
believer that there’s only two people that can’t change their mind.  That’s a
dead person and a fool, and I’m neither of those,” he said.  “I can always
change my mind.”

That
left only one new license application to be heard, that of William B. Baldwin
with a private boating company looking for a liquor license to serve alcoholic
beverages to their guest.

The
meeting continued with the Archie’s Place hearing, where representatives for the
restaurant and bar made their case for a reinstatement of their
license.

Since 1
October 2010, their liquor licenses were “held in abeyance until the premises
were brought up to standard and to the satisfaction of the
board.”

Next,
the variations hearings on the agenda commenced with the statement of Devon Gow,
who applied for a change of license from Retail to Package, and a transfer to
Robert Hamaty of the Tortuga Rum Company.

After
hearing an objection from a local liquor store owner, Mr. Hamaty responded with
a statement.

“In no
way is out license going to affect the other licenses,” said Mr. Hamaty,
referring the other stores around the proposed location.  “It’s actually a
convenience.”

The
board and Mr. Hamaty discussed the definition of the law regarding package
liquor licenses, and the ability of licensed retailers to sell to retailers and
individuals.

The
board then heard a request for an extension of hours from a representative of
Enigma Cocktail Lounge and Karaoke Bar in George Town.

The board will release its
decision in the next few days.  Please check back at www.caycompass.com for the
board’s decision.

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