The recent opening of Coe Wood Beach and an accompanying boat ramp marked the fulfilment of a promise made as far back as the 1980s for such a facility in Bodden Town.
Cayman Islands Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly and Cabinet Ministers Mark Scotland and Dwayne Seymour, who both represent the district of Bodden Town, were among the officials at the ceremony.
“This is a promise you can now touch,” Ms O’Connor-Connolly said. “I am pleased that despite these austere times, we are able to deliver this facility and I can say that it is worthwhile.”
Mr. Anglin said Coe Wood Beach was able to open because of the commonsense approach and passion of local legislators.
“People of Bodden Town, you are in good hands,” he said.
Minister Seymour, who served as master of ceremonies, said: “We now have a boat ramp on the south side, place where the public can launch their Jet-skis and boats. For years, you either had to launch your boat at Frank Sound or South Sound. This is a great day for us in the district.”
Mr. Scotland added, “… Now that this project is complete, we may look at enhancing the swimming areas.”
Peterkin Berry, who is the designate for the Bodden Town Beach Management Committee, said: “Gone are the days of manually launching your boat on wooden rollers and then having to wait for help when you come back in. We are truly grateful.”
“Bodden Town has set an example for the other districts to follow by providing the boat ramp, the vendors’ stalls and setting up the management committee,” he added. “Each of the vendors will sell something different and in so doing, will eliminate on-site competition and enhance economic rewards.”
George Vaughan, who said he was one of the first fishermen to use the boat ramp to launch his 18-foot boat, said: “It was a good day. The boat ramp makes it easier for people on this side of the island to launch their boats. I am grateful.”