The owner of Calico Jack’s on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach said Monday that – effective immediately – large, wide-open monthly parties hosted at the beach bar-restaurant will be ringed off with an eight foot fence.
Handel Whittaker said security checks at the fence entrance with metal-detector wands would be put in place and overhead guide-lights would be installed to illuminate darker areas around the beach bar, especially near the bathroom area.
“It is sad,” Mr. Whittaker said in an interview with the Caymanian Compass Monday afternoon. “But we’re right next to the Public Beach…and we can’t dictate who comes on the beach.”
Typically, the monthly ‘Full Moon Party’ that draws hundreds, even thousands, to Calico’s is held on an open section of beach. But Mr. Whittaker said that party, and any other large events at Calico’s would see the fence put up as an added security measure.
The security changes are in response to another attack – the third in the last four months – on an individual who had been attending the Full Moon Party at Calico’s.
RCIPS Chief Inspector Richard Barrow said the victim in the most recent attack, which occurred Saturday night, was hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed in the back.
According to police the victim, a 28-year-old accountant, was approached by two men who asked him for cigarettes around 9pm Saturday.
The man told police that one of his attackers grabbed a bag that belonged to his girlfriend and ran toward the beach. Police said the victim chased the bag-snatcher, caught up with him, and got into a fight trying to get the bag back.
The second attacker then came from behind and stabbed the man in the back.
No arrests were immediately reported and then men were last seen running off toward West Bay.
“This incident had nothing to do with drinking,” Mr. Whittaker said. “It was a robbery. This was a fine young couple sitting at a picnic table waiting for the party to start.”
In mid-February, a man was attacked in the public bathroom at Calico’s during what police said was also a mugging. In January, a visitor attending the Full Moon Party on the beach was also stabbed – although the precise circumstances of that attack have never been made public.
None of the stabbing incidents have been fatal.
Please check the Caymanian Compass later this week for much more on this story…