Liquor board meetings set for early March

The Liquor Licensing Board is scheduled to consider a number of variations to existing licences during its quarterly meeting 7 March. Additionally, the board has scheduled a special meeting 12 March to consider a new application by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, the ownership of which changed hands 31 October. 

During its regular quarterly meeting, the board will discuss two new applications by Bill Baldwin, who is seeking retail liquor licences and music and dancing licences for two boats to be moored at Camana Bay. 

Although there is a moratorium on issuing new liquor licences, board chairman Mitchell Welds has said the moratorium doesn’t apply to vessels or hotels. 

Also on the agenda, the Tortuga Rum Company on North Sound Road is applying for the removal of duty-free restrictions placed on its package liquor licence. Meanwhile, the Old Gaol Cafe in the Cayman Islands National Museum is applying to change its liquor 
licence category from wine and beer to retail. 

A number of applications involve changing licensees. For example, the late Patrick Tibbetts’ licence for Fidel Murphy’s Restaurant and Bar is being transferred to Mark O’Keefe. Faith Flelli’s licence for Copper Falls Steakhouse is changing to Frank Fleiger. Jennison Nunez’s licence for Welly’s Cool Spot is changing to Andrea Taffe. Antonio Crescente’s licence for Nectar Nightclub is changing to Luis Lopez. Horace DuQuesnay’s licence for Temptation Lounge is changing to Bryce Merren. Melba Nixon’s licence for Melba’s Duty Free at Owen Roberts International Airport is changing to D. Randy Rankin and Trent 
Jackson Sr. 

One person is applying to extend the hours of a licence. Clint E. Ebanks is seeking permission for Pop-A-Top Liquor Store on Reverend Blackmon Road in West Bay to operate from 10am to 10pm. 

Lloyd Samson is applying to change the location of a retail liquor licence for Club 7 in Bay Harbour Centre to the Nevlaw Building at 180 Shedden Road, and to change the licence category to package. 

On 12 March, the board reconvenes for a special meeting to consider an application by Waide DaCosta on behalf of the Ritz-Carlton. The hotel is seeking a hotel liquor licence and a music and dancing licence.  

The Ritz’s application has shown up on the board’s agendas since last June. The resort went into receivership last March and was sold 31 October.  

During the board’s June meeting, the applicants said the resort would continue to operate under the existing licence until further notice. 

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