50 years ago: New ownership for Galleon Beach, digger driver wreaks Halloween havoc

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the Nov. 2, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:

“His Honour the Administrator told the press on Saturday morning that he had received a telegram stating that Galleon Beach Hotel is now under the ownership of Mr. F.R. Streif, President of Grand Cayman Hotels Ltd ….

“Mr. Streif arrived on the island on Sunday with Mr. John Ainslie, manager of the hotel, who has been in Vancouver on leave.

“We now understand that Mr. Streif recently sold the Prince Rupert Hotel in Vancouver and he and two associates have purchased Galleon Beach in a deal involving more than $500,000 ….

“It is understood that the company plans to start immediately to add 40 rooms to the 32 room hotel.

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“When crowds were on the road ‘trick or treating’ for Halloween, the driver of the mechanical shovel owned by Limmer took his vehicle off the road into a garden. Mrs. Marjie Windell whose home is next to Webb’s Garage on Shedden Road, told our reporter that she heard a dreadful noise in her front yard and as she and her children looked on they were horrified to see a shovel heading for their bedroom.

“It stopped before entering the house through the window, but a good deal of damage was done to the rose bushes, trees and other plants in the yard.

“The driver, who according to a bystander appeared to have been drinking and was using indecent language, did almost as much damage getting the vehicle out of the yard as he did going in.”

“Recently arrived in the island to take charge of the Caribbean Club on the West Bay Road is Mr. Don Grant. He and his wife are presently staying at the West Indian Club awaiting the completion of their villa at the Club and are looking forward to the formal opening about the 19th of November.

“Asked to give some particulars about the club, Mr. Grant stated that the 18 luxury villas have been purchased by individual owners who will be at liberty to let them to friends or tourists when not in residence themselves. Each has a lounge, one or two bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and shower.

“The main clubhouse itself consists of a luxury appointed bar, built like half a ship, inset with live tropical aquariums. Mr. Payne and Mr. Grant have spent a considerable time collecting ultra-modern installations and furnishings for the Club.

“In addition to the bar there is a beautifully appointed function room in which banquets, wedding receptions, cocktail parties etc. may be held. Chef’s quarters and an ultra-modern kitchen with huge walk-in freezer.

“It is anticipated that it will take from nine to 12 months to complete the landscaping as desired by 60 royal palms are due to arrive shortly from Miami all ready for replanting. On the opposite side of the road is the building which houses the liquor store, laundry and valet service and garages, either side of which will be tarmac for parking space.”


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