Tortuga seeks license
to sell a taste of rum

Robert Hamaty of Tortuga Rum Co. has 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.

“We’re probably the only rum company that has a location where we can’t sell a drink,” he told the Liquor Licensing Board on Friday. “This particular license isn’t to run a retail bar.”

He said a gazebo would offer tourists and cruise ship passengers a taste of his products.

Developer Joseph Imparato applied 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 call for a two-floor, 2,500-square foot restaurant that would share a building with other tenants, including the Royal Bank of Canada and 
a law firm.

Others applying for a new retail liquor license, and music and dancing licenses were Roland Schoefer of Roland’s Beer Garden; Michael Alberga of Tiki Beach on West Bay Road and The White House in Bodden Town; Ishmael DaSilva of Enigma Cocktail Lounge and Karaoke Bar, Richard Schweiger of Island Innovation, and Lloyd Parchment for his Southern Spice Restaurant.

In other business:

Lucille Barnes of Meringue Town Liquor Store applied for a package liquor license.

The board postponed action on the application of Alva Suckoo, Jr of Kingston Hot in George Town because he was off-island and by law, must appear before the board with his request.

The application of Kendra Stuck of Shipper’s Grill for a provisional retail license and a music and dancing license, was met with an objection by a neighbour who said the music would disrupt her elderly mother.

Christian Sorensen of Cayman Crystal Caves applied for a new provisional retail license, with a plan for Cayman cave tours – which he dubbed as “eco-tourism” – that would sell alcohol to tourists and residents. A representative of the Department of Tourism who sits on the board commended the venture, but added that he was concerned about safety issues.

Michael Gooden of the West Shore Centre applied for a new retail liquor license and a music and dancing license.

Texroy Fisher of Myrtle’s Restaurant on West Bay Road applied for a new retail liquor license to complement his catering business. “I decided I would seize the opportunity … to earn some of the funds that are so badly needed in these economic times, hard times, trying to keep afloat,” he said.

Delroy Campbell of Campbell’s Restaurant and Bar explaining his application for a new retail liquor license and music and dancing license. A retired seaman who imports products from Cuba and other countries, Mr. Campbell said, “The duties are so high, I can’t make a profit,” so he must sell liquor in order to help his revenue.

Roger Freeman of Eden Rock Diving Centre on South Church Street applied for a new retail and music and dancing license so he could convert a stock room at the diving centre into a small bar. “It’s a goal of mine to contribute to my family’s business,” he said. A board member replied: “It’s good to see young Caymanians pursuing family dreams.”

Cleveland Dilbert of Big Daddy’s requested new retail “tasting” licenses for four locations.

Raymond Hydes of the Cayman Turtle Farm sought earlier liquor selling hours, requesting an approval for a change from 9am to 8am.

Duane Ebanks was heard after his new application for a package liquor license was deferred from the December liquor board meeting.

Jacqueline Doak, representing Ortanique, sought ratification of the chairman’s decision on permission to extend the licensed premises to include the outdoor seating areas.