The Liquor Licensing Board last week decided not to grant variations on the licences of four Grand Cayman nightclubs that would have allowed them two more hours to serve drinks on the weekend.
Jet, O Bar and Elements nightclubs and LI Lounge had sought extensions to serve alcohol until 4am Saturdays from the current 2am limit.
“Obviously I can only speak on behalf of O Bar and Jet, but I am very disappointed in the board’s decision,” said Joseph DeFilippo, the nightclubs’ owner.
“We presented an application to heighten security and club safety while at the same time alleviating RCIP manpower issues by keeping late-night party-goers in a supervised controlled environment. And it was refused. “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement.”
Liquor Licensing Board Chairman Mitchell Welds could not be reached for comment as of press time.
On 21 March several nightclub owners, including Mr. Defilippo and Don Seymour (O Bar, Jet, Attic), Harry Lalli (Elements) and Garth Clarke (LI) met with RCIPS Superintendent Marlon Bodden and RCIPS Chief Inspector Richard Barrow to discuss policing concerns regarding the nightclubs and ways to resolve them.
The group discussed several topics, including having nightclubs post signs promoting responsible drinking and stop dispensing beer bottles.
The RCIPS confirmed that they would support a three-month trial period allowing nightclubs to serve alcohol until 4am.
Ian Barnes of 345 Xtreme.com was denied a new music and dancing licence for his promotions company.
Luis Forbes of Bodden Town Beach Club, the only applicant for a new licence, was granted a request for a hotel liquor licence and a music and dancing licence for his new Bodden Town operation.
Enigma Cocktail Lounge and Karaoke Bar, which is closed, was granted a change of location request, as were Macumba Lounge and Puro Rey Cigars and Liquors.
Variation applications were granted for Meringue Town Liquor Store, JD’s Liquor Store, Bananas Restaurant and Bar, Cracked Conch by the Sea, the Westin Causarina Resort and Spa and Nicho Norte.
A total of 15 of 26 new applicants or licence holders seeking variations were either denied or deferred until the next board meeting in June.