November Cayman’s Bill of Rights comes into effect

Cayman’s Bill of Rights came into effect on Tuesday, 6 November. Attorney General Samuel Bulgin reminded the populace that the complete title of this section of the Constitution is “Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities”.

Legal action brought by persons aggrieved by the violation of their rights and freedoms can now be dealt with in local courts and the courts will be able to grant certain remedies in appropriate cases, Mr. Bulgin explained.

Finance law passes

The Legislative Assembly approved the Cayman Islands Public Management and Finance Law that incorporated a UK-drafted Framework for Fiscal Responsibility. One requirement is that projects above a life-time value of $10 million, as well as public-private partnership partnerships, must be reviewed by independent legal and financial advisors.

Opposition party members supported the bill; some government backbenchers did not.

Conservation awards presented

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands celebrated its 25 year anniversary with a gala event featuring the presentation of the inaugural Governor’s Conservation Awards.

Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor presented awards in four categories.

Cabinet minister pleads guilty to DUI

Cayman Islands Education Minister Rolston Anglin pleaded guilty in Summary Court on 27 November to careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. The charges arose from an incident that occurred along the West Bay Road in the early hours of 23 May. The DUI charge specified an alcohol-in-blood reading of .110. The legal limit in Cayman is .100.

Ritz-Carlton sold

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has a new owner, a US-based private equity firm that has significant investments in the hospitality industry. RC Cayman Holdings LLC, the property’s secured lender, purchased the Ritz at the reserve price of US$177.5 million.

RC Cayman is an affiliate of Five Mile Capital Partners LLC, an alternative investment and asset management company based in Stamford, Connecticut.

The owner’s local representative said only the underlying ownership had changed – the resort would continue to be operated as before and by the same management structure.

Pirates Week observed

A long-standing event like Pirates Week is a driver for economic growth, destination repositioning, local investment and tourist revenue, reported Jane van der Bol of the Tourism Association.

Event director Bernie Bush stated, “Pirates Week is a brand with 35 years behind it … When there was talk about maybe changing the name, two or three other countries actually contacted us and wanted to claim that domain.”

Mr. Bush attributed the festival’s success to sponsors, volunteers and everyone working together. He praised the continuing work of Pat Bazell-Taylor, whose long affiliation with Pirates Week contributed to its success.