Controversial sea wall removed

A sea wall that was built without planning permission has been removed after neighboring homeowners raised concerns.

The stone wall, in the Cayman Kai area of North Side, was built several feet below the high-water mark. Images sent to the Cayman Compass show the impact of the low retaining wall on the surrounding beach.

The Department of Environment confirmed the wall had been built without a coastal works license.

“The property owner then submitted an after-the-fact application to Cabinet for a coastal works license, but that application was denied in August,” a spokesman told the Compass.

Officials confirmed this week that the wall had now been removed.

Jeanette Totten, of Cayman Luxury Properties, which manages and sells properties in the area, said she had heard about the wall through a homeowners’ Facebook group and had taken the matter up with the Department of Planning and the Ministry of Environment.

She said the wall extended into the sea and would have prevented residents from walking along the beach and would have set a dangerous precedent for other property owners.

She said such structures were supposed to be at least 75 feet inland from the high water mark. In this case, she said, she was glad the matter had been dealt with

“Thankfully, my efforts paid off,” she added.

AFTER: The wall was demolished, restoring the beach to normalcy, afer the Departmetn of Environment ordered it be knocked down.

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