New liquor licences considered

An
extraordinary meeting of the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman was held on
Friday, 14 January, at the Customs Headquarters in George
Town.

This
meeting was held under unique circumstances. The majority of the matters being
heard by the board were new applications – more than 20 — due to the temporary lift
of the liquor moratorium.

These
are the highlights:

Morning
– Part I of extraordinary LLB meeting

The
first application heard by the board was from Robert Hamaty of Tortuga Rum
Company. He applied for a retail liquor license and a music and dancing license
for one of his George Town locations, and a package liquor license, retail
license and music and dancing license for Tortuga Liquors in West
Bay.

Kendra
Stuck of Shipper’s Grill stated her case for a provisional retail license and a
music and dancing license. She was met with an objection by a neighbouring
citizen that said the music would disrupt her elderly
mother.

Joseph
Imparato, the developer of The Plaza, made his case for a new provisional retail
liquor license, a new package license and a new music and dancing license for a
future tenant in The Plaza shopping centre.

His
plans were for a two-floor, 2,500-square foot restaurant that would share a
building with other tenants like Royal Bank of Canada and a law
firm.

Christian Sorensen of Cayman Crystal Caves was applying for a new
provisional retail license.

His idea
was for Cayman cave tours — which he dubbed an “eco-tourism” and “eco-friendly”
project — to also sell alcohol for consumption by tourists and
locals.

A
representative of the Department of Tourism who was sitting on the board
commended Mr. Sorensen on this particular venture, claiming that it was good for
tourism, but he was concerned about safety issues.

“I’ve
had many meetings with the Department of the Environment and the National Trust,
so we’re working on this,” said Mr. Sorenson.

Texroy
Fisher of Myrtle’s Restaurant on West Bay Road finished the morning portion of
the meeting by explaining his reasoning for his application for a new retail
liquor license to complement catering purposes.

“I
decided I would seize the opportunity by way of making this application hoping
that I would be granted this license that I may be able to earn some of the
funds that are so badly needed in these economic times, hard times, trying to
keep afloat,” said Mr. Fisher.

Afternoon – Part II of extraordinary LLB
meeting

The
afternoon portion commenced with Delroy Campbell of Campbell’s Restaurant and
Bar explaining his position on the application for a new retail liquor license
and music and dancing license.

Mr.
Campbell is a retired seaman who imports many products from Cuba and other
overseas locations.

“The
duties are so high, I can’t make a profit,” he said, adding that he must sell
liquor in order to help his revenue.

The last
issue of the day was the case for a ratification of the chairman’s decision on
permission to extend the licensed premises of Ortanique to include the use of
outdoor seating areas. Jacqueline Doak represented Ortanique at the
meeting.

The Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman will make their
decisions regarding all the matters of the agenda in the next few days — please
look for the article in the Caymanian Compass in the days ahead.

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