Moving away from high traffic area near airport to a more secluded spot on grand cayman
Thanks to the Government, the Cayman Islands Sport Shooting Association can now move from its facility near Owen Roberts International Airport to a more secluded area in East End.
The Government has given the Association, familiarly known as the Gun Club, a lease to 83 acres of Crown property adjacent to the old quarry in High Rock.
Association President Eddie McLean said the entire property will not be developed, but the extra acreage will allow for a buffer zone for noise reasons and to give room for a stray bullet to fall to the ground without endangering people or property.
“That area will serve as a shot-fall as well, to make sure that everything stays in the Gun Club’s property,” Mr. McLean said.
At its new location, the Gun Club will offer skeet, trap, pistol and rifle sport shooting to its roughly 170 members. The current location is about five acres.
The new facility will be built with association funds, and will be able to host international events.
“Our members have attended Commonwealth, Pan American, Caribbean and Island Games to compete and we are also a part of the International Sport Shooting Federation.
Now we can fulfil our longstanding dream of hosting world-class sport shooters right here in the Cayman Islands,” Mr. McLean said.
He said the Gun Club has to go through the planning process to get the new outdoor facility approved and does not yet have a scheduled date for relocation.
Premier McKeeva Bush noted that the association has been trying for more than 10 years to secure a new location.
“We recognise the potential for sports tourism here, especially with the plans they have to create a world-class facility,” Mr. Bush said.
Deputy Premier Julianna O’Connor-Connolly said, “I am glad we could help this dedicated club’s long-standing need for new and expanded space. I look forward to the membership putting the land to good use for the benefit of themselves, the community and the Cayman Islands as a whole.”