This summer’s National Community Enhancement work project, known as NiCE, finished on Friday, after 486 unemployed Caymanians, working in 18 teams, completed the two-week clean-up programme.
During the fortnight, the workers removed sargassum from local beaches, painted roadside kerbs, tidied up the roadsides and cleaned up graveyards and public areas.
Joey Hew, Minister for Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, visited the workers at locations across Grand Cayman on Wednesday, and spoke to them and supervisory staff from the National Roads Authority and the Departments of Environmental Health and Public Works about the initiative.
“The tour was a good opportunity for me to talk directly with NiCE workers and find out their day-to-day experiences of working on the project,” he said in a press release.
He added, “It was important for me to take the time to meet and thank them on behalf of the government and my ministry for their efforts. This trip clearly showed the pride many participants take in beautifying the community, and further confirmed my opinion that sargassum is a long-term issue that requires a concerted long-term and cross-agency solution.”
His two-hour bus tour took in ongoing and recently completed beautification work that had been earmarked ahead of the two-week initiative, including at South Sound dock and the boat launch ramp at the Frank Sound junction, which had been impacted by the sargassum influx.
The NiCE Winter Project 2019 is scheduled to run for three weeks from Monday, 25 Nov. to Friday, 13 Dec.