Camana Bay offering safe hurricane parking

Ever since Hurricane Ivan destroyed an estimated 10,000 cars, most from storm surge flooding, in 2004, there’s a mad scramble to park vehicles on high ground whenever there’s the threat of a hurricane.

For the second year in a row, there’s an alternative: For an small fee, Camana Bay is taking reservations for parking spaces in its multilevel Solaris Parking Garage.

Derek Haines, the senior manager for health, safety and security with Dart Cayman Islands, said people could check vehicle protection off their hurricane season preparation list simply by pre-booking their space in the Solaris Parking Garage.

“During Hurricane Ivan in 2004, many thousands of cars were lost during the storm,” Mr. Haines said. “By pre-booking a space at Camana Bay, you are effectively buying an insurance policy for your vehicle so that when a storm approaches you are guaranteed a safe place to park it on high ground.”

There is only a limited number of secure parking spaces available and Dart Realty is offering them to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, the owner of the vehicle must complete a form providing details of their vehicle, sign a waiver and pay a nonrefundable fee of $100. Once received, Camana Bay will provide the owner with a tag for their vehicle and instructions on where and when they can drop it off should a storm approach.

Mr. Haines said that once the vehicle is dropped off, the owners would not have access to it until after the storm passes.

“We literally park them end to end, up and down the ramps of the garages so it will take time to transport all of them in and then back out again after the ‘All Clear’ has been given,” he said.

Residents must also arrange their own transportation to take them back home or to a shelter after they drop their vehicle off at Camana Bay.

For more information or to request a registration form, e-mail Melissa Rewalt at [email protected]

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