Owners from six condominiums along Seven Mile Beach will meet with the Liquor Licensing Board on Thursday in an attempt to enforce tougher laws on noise control.
The group has formed an “informal alliance” to represent 230 property owners from Seagull, Cayman Reef, Harbour Heights, Silver Sands, The Great House and The Avalon Condominiums.
Harbour Heights Council of Management Director Bob Loverd said as eager as the Liquor Licensing Board is to respond to ongoing complaints, it has “very few relevant tools in their toolbox with which to respond.”
“We have got to find a way to close the yawning, destructive gap between the rights of those living in residential complexes and the unregulated disco-on-the-beach activities of a small number of establishments,” Mr Loverd said. “The profile of the area along Seven Mile Beach is changing at an accelerating rate. At the same time, disco-on-the-beach events that last late into the night are occurring ever more frequently.”
The manager of one bar on Seven Mile Beach, Royal Palms Beach Club, said such events attract 75,000 guests each year.
“The police have not been called on such a night for years and years,” said Royal Palms general manager Don Loyd. “We were given specific guidelines by the Liquor Licensing Board and we have always adhered to those guidelines.”
The Department of Commerce and Investment assumed responsibility for liquor licensing in July, and has since been reviewing the law which determines the way alcohol is regulated on the island.
Draft changes to the Liquor Licensing Law could be completed as early as next month.
Department of Commerce and Investment Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh said the law is outdated and needs a “major cleanup.”
“There are a number of things that need changing and we have been aggressively looking at it,” Mr Rajkumarsingh said. “We want to make sure the law creates a level playing field for everyone.”
Minister of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment Wayne Panton said the updated law would be intended to rectify and streamline the operational matters of the Liquor Licensing Board.
“It also will propose to allow licenses to be renewed via an administrative process, instead of requiring those matters to be heard by the board,” he said.
There are currently 357 liquor licenses held across the island.