The Liquor Licensing Board awarded two new licences and granted variations to a number of existing ones during its quarterly meeting 7 March.
The board approved two applications by Bill Baldwin for retail liquor licences and music and dancing licences for two charter boats, the Paradise Explorer and Paradise Adventurer, to be moored at Camana Bay.
During the meeting, Mr. Baldwin said the Explorer used to have a licence, but he let it lapse. Since then, he’s had a lot of requests from clients to serve alcohol.
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.
The board granted Carlene Hamaty’s application to remove duty-free restrictions on an existing package liquor licence, for Tortuga Rum Company on North Sound Road.
The board also approved Lloyd Samson’s application to change the location of a retail liquor licence for Club 7 in Bay Harbour Centre to the Nevlaw Building at 180 Shedden Rd., and to change the licence category to package.
During the meeting, Mr. Samson said it’s been a struggle to operate the club. He said if he got the variation, “Club 7 will definitely be closing.”
The board approved an application allowing the Old Gaol Cafe in the Cayman Islands National Museum to change its liquor licence category from wine and beer to retail.
It also granted the following licence transfers: the late Patrick Tibbett’s licence for Fidel Murphy’s Restaurant and Bar to Mark O’Keefe; Faith Flelli’s licence for Copper Falls Steakhouse to Frank Fleiger; Jennison Nunez’s licence for Welly’s Cool Spot to Andrea Taffe; and Antonio Crescente’s licence for Nectar Nightclub to Luis Lopez.
An application to transfer Melba Nixon’s licence for Melba’s Duty Free in Owen Roberts International Airport to D Randy Rankin and Trent Jackson Sr. was withdrawn.
The board did not approve an application to transfer Horace DuQuesnay’s licence for Temptation Lounge to Bryce Merren.