50 years ago: Mosquito control actions get under way

In the April 12, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:

“The Caymanian has been interested to learn from the Mosquito Control Unit that in accordance with the powers conferred by the recent law regarding the clearing of bushes as outlined in our pages, inspection of premises in George Town has been commenced.

“The first round of visits resulted in 13 notices being issued and when the premises were inspected two weeks later, it was found that five had completed the work requested; three had started but not finished; and five had just not touched anything. These latter cases have been reported to the Clerk of Courts and it is anticipated that appropriate legal action will be taken.

“The Unit is aiming to visit on one afternoon per week and to make the second inspectiontwo weeks after letters requesting clearance have been posted by registered mail.

“Dr. Giglioli has also indicated that the new foggers are almost ready to go into action. These have a different nozzle, which gets extremely hot when the fogger is in use, and so children are warned not to touch these machines as they will get badly burned if they do. Last season, it was difficult for the drivers of the mini-mokes to keep children from climbing all over the machines and parents are asked to make a special point of warning their children that this is very dangerous and even more so now that they might also get burned.”
In the same issue, news from the Administrator’s desk included:

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“Mr. Edward Zacca, a Jamaican magistrate, arrived on Sunday to hear an application filed by Mr. Carl Rattray on behalf of Gerrit Lansing.

“Mr. David Smedley, U.N. Coordinator of the World’s Meteorological Service, was in the island from the 8th to 10th conferring with Mr. Frank Roulstone, Jr. and Mr. A.B. Bush regarding our Meteorological Service here.

“The French Consul-General in Puerto Rico, M. Fonscolombe, is due to arrive in Grand Cayman on the 21st by a French Air Force aircraft to pay an official call.

“Capt. Cash of BWIA and his wife and daughter have been invited to be guests at Government House from the 22nd to the 23rd. A function will be arranged to mark Capt. Cash’s retirement and the end of the service of the faithful Viscounts, the last scheduled flight of which will be on Friday the 14th.

“Mr. Martin Brunt from the Land Resources Division of the Directorate of Overseas Survey in Britain arrived on Sunday to complete the Survey of Swamp Vegetation for the Mosquito Control Unit which he began on his last visit some time ago. He is seconded by the Ministry of Overseas Development for this particular project.”

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