Editorial for 13 March: Boardwalk idea good for Island

Picturesque and functional boardwalks are found at beach
destinations worldwide.

They aren’t new or novel ideas, but rather a draw to
tourists and locals alike.

Stroll down the boardwalk in Miami on any given day and
you’re likely to see walkers, joggers and people stretching along the rails to
get ready for a run.

Boardwalks in some areas of the United States have become so
popular that they have helped create entertainment districts.

Merchants who have their shops along boardwalks tend to do
better business, especially with tourists, than those who rely on street
traffic.

We have sidewalks in downtown George Town, but they are
sporadic and narrow. Many times tourists – when there are heavy cruise ship
numbers of visitors in town – are forced to walk in the street in busy traffic
in an effort to get from the harbour to Seven Mile Beach and beyond.

A proper boardwalk for Grand Cayman’s seaside, from North
Church Street to the building that houses La Dolce Vita restaurant has been
proposed by architects and is in consideration by the Planning Department.

We hope the plans go farther. It would be nice for tourists
and residents to have access to a boardwalk downtown.

Already 16 landowners and businesses along the proposed
boardwalk have thrown their support behind the idea, with half of them pledging
to pay for the section of walkway that would traverse their land.

Individuals and businesses would come up with the rest of
the money for the boardwalk. In the past we have had monuments in the Cayman
Islands successfully paid for by people who want their names on plaques,
planters or pavers.

The boardwalk idea is one that can work if everyone gets
behind it. This is a can-do project that doesn’t require any money from the
government. Our only question is, who will maintain the walkway once it is
built? We are sure that will be worked out. But in the meantime, the boardwalk
idea needs support as it will become a destination point and drive badly needed
business to our downtown area on Grand Cayman.

 

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. If you are going to build a boardwalk by just making the sidewalk wider on the street side that is not a boardwalk, that is just a wideing of the sidewalk. But if you are going to to put the boardwalk on the beach side then you have a boardwalk and a good idea for the locals and tourists. Ocean city maryland has a great boardwalk and a good sea wall built in to it. Good luck with this project. It would be nice when we return to grand cayman to walk down on such a boardwalk.

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  2. I drive through town most days and see the visitors walking along the shoulder of the road and it does not make an impressive sight for our visitors. Clearly this is a great idea and needs to be pushed forward by the Chamber of Commerce.

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