September UDP chairman steps down after 11 years at helm of party

Billy Read, chairman of the United Democratic Party, announced he would be stepping down from the post.

Mr. Reid, 72, was served in the capacity of chairman of the UDP since the party’s inception in 2001. He said that he felt it was important for him to pass on the torch to a younger person with more vigour after 11 years of service. He added that he had notified Mr. Bush that he would step down effective 15 September.

Cell phone ban

A law banning the use of cell phones while driving came into effect.

As part of the ban, it is against the law to talk, text or BBM while driving a car. The new restrictions were part of changes made to the Cayman Islands Traffic Law passed by the Legislative Assembly in 2011.

The Traffic Law does provide some exceptions in using mobile phones while driving, including the use of certain approved hands-free devices and using a hand-held phone to call 911 in case of emergency.

The new Law also brings with it some 12 new regulations and a revised Road Code, which provides a comprehensive guide to the conduct of all road users, including pedestrians, animal riders, motorcyclists and bicyclists.

Divers warned about dolphin

The Cayman Islands Department of Environment stepped up its appeal to the public to avoid feeding or interacting with an amorous solitary dolphin that has been approaching snorkellers, swimmers and scuba divers in the waters off Grand Cayman.

The dolphin, who was recently filmed bothering a group of divers on a dive site in West Bay, has become bolder in recent months, acting sexually aggressively toward humans and snapping its jaws at them. The dolphin, who was recently filmed bothering a group of divers on a dive site in West Bay, has become bolder in recent months, acting sexually aggressively toward humans and snapping its jaws at them.

He has since been named “Stinky” and has become and Internet sensation after a video of him surfaced being extra inquisitive about a diver.

Ritz up for auction

It was announced that a high-dollar auction of The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman, the most valuable hotel-condominium in the Cayman Islands, would take place the 
following month.

According to documents filed ahead of the auction, the sale was to be a public auction to the highest bidder. The vendor of the property is RC Cayman Holdings LLC; the company that filed a writ in March demanding the payment of nearly $234 million from developer Michael Ryan.

The property offered as part of the auction was to include the five-star Ritz-Carlton resort, including 365 guest rooms and suites. That includes 65 rooms available through contractual agreements with third-party condominium owners on the property.

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