50 years ago: Light House construction close to completion

NEW Bodden-50-years-logo-final-595x420In the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

“The Light House Club, which will be opened in a few months time, is now nearing completion of its construction. Situated at Breakers, in the eastern part of Bodden Town the clubhouse commands one of the most breathtaking oceanfront views there is in Grand Cayman. This spot, once overlooked by strangers, is now the centre of attraction for all who pass this way.

“The name Light House is synonymous with the construction, as an elevated lighthouse tower sits on the top of the building. Because of the stringent International Maritime Regulations which govern the erection of lighthouses, the beams from this one will not shine out to sea, but will serve to beckon and guide the wayfarers on land. The whole structure is an architectural masterpiece. Grand Cayman has never before seen such an imposing sight. The two-storey building, with one floor underground, is built of steel and concrete.

“This building was designed by the owner, Mr. Leon Hull, an American, who together with his wife live at their private residence in Breakers. It is being built under Mr. Hull’s supervision by Mr. Cedric, carpenters and contractors.

“When opened the Light House will be the most exclusive private membership club in this island. It is understood that membership will be available to natives. The club will furnish its members with recreational facilities found only in the most aristocratic clubs abroad. Among the many amenities planned will be a rifle range and bowling alley.

“Fine seafood dishes will be provided for the hungry, and beverages for those who wish to worship at the Shrine of Bacchus.

“As this club is set apart geographically from the main districts, those who travel to the extremities of the island will find a place where they can quench their thirst, and pause for refreshment.

“Mr. Hull has only lived in Cayman for about four years, but expects to spend the rest of his life here. He tells that when he went home after his first visit to Grand Cayman his friends refused to believe his account of this island paradise of ours. Three of his most skeptical friends came along on his next visit to test the accuracy of his tales. Two of them now own property here. Mr. Hull has done a lot to boost the tourist trade by encouraging all his friends to visit Cayman. May his lighthouse shine with a friendly light towards all who drift that way.

“A restaurant truck arrived by the Viva G. last week. This truck is owned by Mr. Ornan Whittaker and will replace the familiar Whittaker’s Caravan.

“Ornan, who was one of the pioneers in the restaurant-on-wheels business, has bought another truck which will arrive from Miami shortly.”