18 new liquor licences approved

The Liquor Licensing Board of Grand
Cayman released their decisions on Tuesday regarding new applications from last
week’s extraordinary meeting. 

18 of the  of the 22 new
applications were approved, including new retail and music and dancing licenses
for the Tiki Beach, Myrtle’s Restaurant and Eden Rock Restaurant. 

Several were not approved
because the applicants were not present — the law states new applicants must
be present — and one applicant wasn’t approved because the board had concerns. 

Skipper’s Grill in Bodden
Town was not approved for a retail and music and dancing license. 

“The board had some concerns
as to whether or not the licenses will cause an inconvenience to the occupiers
of neighbouring properties,” said Mitchell Welds, chairman of the liquor board,
citing the liquor law. “We have to consider all these things before granting
any new license.” 

It’s been four years since
the last lift of the liquor moratorium allowing applicants to file for new
liquor licenses, according to Mr. Welds. 

Robert Hamaty of Tortuga Rum
Company had all of his applications approved by the board. 

He plans on adding a small
tiki hut to two locations — one on Seven Mile Beach and the other in West Bay
— to serve exotic rum drinks. 

“We are happy that they gave
us a license,” he said. “But they limited it to cruise ship passengers.” 

Mr. Hamaty plans on writing
to the board to ask them to reconsider their decision, and to open the license
up to all tourists. 

“We want to be able to offer
(tourists) a banana daiquiri, something eight ounces or less,” he said. “We’re
not trying to run a bar.” 

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  1. I dont understand why we would force a business person to limit their target market to only tourists, or only tourists off cruise ships. Shouldnt we encourage entrepreneurs? I agree, age of customer should be a liquor license restriction. Place should be a restriction as well. But type of tourist???? In this case it is tantamount to being able to sell only on fine weather days.

  2. Question is; how will servers be able to differentiate between one type of tourist from another or even from a local resident ?

    Will they be required to wear an indentifying sign on their backs ?

    What utter and outdated nonsense; if one person can legally drink, it is purely discrimminatory to deny another the same privilege.

    Read the Deputy Governors comments on what implementing the Bill of Rights within the next 3 years will mean for all civil servants, statutory bodies and other goverment entities in Cayman.

    These type of nonsensical, discrimminatory decisions will soon be a thing of the past.

    Look for court challenges to this Sunday no dancing law as well.

    There might be many who will not agree with this but, IMO, a challenge to how things have been done in Cayman for generations now is long overdue.