North Side council plans new public beach

District residents invited to meeting at Clifton Hunter High School

The North Side District Council executive committee is comprised of, from left, Debra Broderick, chairwoman; Hal Ebanks, deputy chairman; Carol Saunds, secretary; Shelly Miller, treasurer; and members John Levy, Brian Watler Jr. and Ransford Myers.

A new public beach in Old Man Bay is one of the priority projects for the recently elected executive committee of the North Side District Council.

Committee members invite all district residents to a meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, to discuss the project along with other initiatives. The meeting will be held at the Clifton Hunter High School compound, in the theater.

Chairwoman Debra Broderick said the new venue is intended for the convenience of people who live in the Frank Sound area. The intention is to alternate between the high school and the Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre. Meetings are held the last Thursday of each month, except in December.

Those who attend will be encouraged to sign up for a committee activity, or at least come and have their say.

The public beach project will involve a cleanup and planning amenities for the site, on Old Robin Road behind the Miller Cemetery.

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“Bo Miller initiated purchasing the beach for the public. I convinced government to buy it,” MLA Ezzard Miller said in a recent interview with committee members.

The area is known as Jackie Bay, after John “Jackie” Miller, a shipwright, pastor and farmer who is considered one of the founders of the North Side district. His son Willbanks also built boats and ideas for the site include some kind of feature that would educate visitors about this history.

Other activities the executive would like people to get involved in include beautification, sports and community events such as Pirates Week and holiday celebrations. Bingo nights are already planned Friday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Nov. 24.

Residents may want to join a hurricane and hazard management subcommittee, which will work in conjunction with Cayman’s Community Emergency Response Team program. A Neighborhood Watch subcommittee will liaise with police.

Mr. Miller pointed out that the North Side District Council has a constitution which makes the district representative a non-voting member of the executive committee. “I am the conduit through which our district council gets access to government resources,” he explained. If he is on the agenda for any meeting, it is to report on legislative matters.

He said he was excited about the new executive committee because it has the same enthusiasm and involvement that was present when the district council started in 2009.

Ms. Broderick picked up on the involvement aspect. “North Side used to be close-knitted. We want to get that back, get people together,” she said.

Working with her toward this goal are deputy chairman Hal Ebanks; secretary Carol Saunds; treasurer Shelly Miller; and members Brian Watler Jr, John Levy and Ransford Myers.

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