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EcoVillage aims to be economically sustainable

It is possible to build affordable homes in Grand Cayman without sacrificing quality of life, according to the developer behind the Orchard Ecovillage in Savannah.
Aleigha General

Is home ownership a realistic aspiration for Gen Z?

Young people don't see a path to home ownership in Cayman writes guest columnist Aleigha General.

Downtown Reach demonstrates demand for affordable homes

The second phase of the Downtown Reach development sold out in two weeks, signifying high demand for affordable homes.

New call for housing support amid storm impact

Tropical Storm Grace has heightened the urgency for repairs on some of Cayman’s most vulnerable properties. The R3 Foundation is seeking donations to help.

House prices have increased exponentially in last 5 years

House prices in some neighbourhoods have almost tripled in the past five years, according to data reviewed by the Cayman Compass.

Home ownership a distant dream for young Caymanians

Young professionals in Cayman fear they are being priced out of the property market and may never have the chance to own a home in their own country.

CIREBA president: Lack of affordable homes is an ongoing concern

The limited number of affordable homes for sale in the Cayman Islands has been a longstanding concern in the community, according to Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association president Brian Wight.

Could tiny homes help resolve housing issues?

Purpose built ‘tiny homes’ could be part of the solution to finding shelter for families in crisis, charity Acts of Random Kindness believes.

Tiny home project built on community kindness

ARK’s first new-build project – a tiny home for the Trusty family in Frank Sound – will be a genuine product of community kindness.

Compass documentary: Spotlight on housing crisis

As part of our ongoing series on housing concerns in the Cayman Islands, the Compass has produced a mini-documentary featuring families living in difficult conditions on the margins of society.

Spotlight on Cayman’s hidden housing crisis

Out of sight and, in many cases, out of mind on the winding back streets of Grand Cayman, many families are living in crisis.

Ivan’s ghost still haunts Cayman homes

Almost two decades after the Category 4 hurricane, Ivan’s ghost still haunts homes across Cayman.

Sexual Harassment in Cayman

Premier Panton vows to revive sexual harassment legislation

Premier Wayne Panton has vowed to bring legislation dealing with sexual harassment to parliament within the next year.

Sexual harassment: An action plan for a better Cayman

Over the past month, the Cayman Compass has shone a light on the issue of sexual harassment in these islands.

Guest column: ‘As girls, we are taught to stay silent’

Cayman has a responsibility to create a safer society for young people coming into the working world, argues Compass guest columnist Aleigha General.

21 people in 2021: Kristy Rivers

The workplace is changing. That’s evident as many businesses look for alternatives to the traditional long-term lease, particularly in the wake of the pandemic.

21 people in 2021: Colin Lumsden

City Manager Colin Lumsden is continuing his mission to bring back vibrancy to the nation’s capital.

21 people in 2021: Sara Jan

People are at the heart of everything that Sara Jan and her business partner Karen Kersey do.

The Great Rush Hour Race

Four commuters, four different modes of transport, two routes, one race. Car vs. bike, kayak vs. bus. To conclude our month-long series investigating causes of, and potential solutions to, the island’s traffic troubles, we wanted to challenge the assumption that the car is still the best way to travel in Cayman. So we put it to the test in a rush-hour race.

Electric rides help commuters dodge traffic

From electric scooters to one-wheel e-skateboards, new types of battery powered vehicles are helping a growing number of commuters dodge the traffic.
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Planning to improve traffic flow

As Cayman looks to update its Development Plan for the first time in more than two decades, managing traffic has moved up the list of priorities.

Charting a course: Women in modern maritime industries

Times are changing Not satisfied with a background role, women in today’s maritime industry are stepping forward and upward. Their impact - in shore-based and seagoing roles including female seafarers, captains of mega-ships, CEOs of shipping companies, and maritime lawyers, to name but a few - is thankfully becoming increasingly hard to ignore.

How Cayman developed a seafaring identity

To those Caymanians who are dismayed by the possibility of a dying heritage, recognise, without apology, that you are already emotionally attached to your ancestors, and so you do not need to live as they did to safeguard your past – your past has already been lived and thus felt on your behalf.

Cayman maintains shipbuilding tradition with a twist

Off island, Cayman maintains a strong reputation in the shipbuilding business. In particular, Cayman has risen as a recognised and reliable jurisdiction for managing yacht construction, overseeing 43% of new builds in the superyacht business

Year in Review: The summer of sargassum

An occasional menace in summers past, sargassum swamped Cayman’s beaches in such volumes this year, the problem became impossible to ignore.

Under the weed, life abounds

The large floating mats of algae provide shelter for juvenile fish, eels and sea turtles. Flying fish lay their eggs amid this tangled mass. A vast cast of eclectic critters, like the thumbnail-sized sargassum frog fish, live their entire lives within the weed.

For sea turtles and sargassum, the relationship is complicated

At sea, sargassum provides vital shelter for a variety of species. Young turtle hatchlings even hitch rides on these floating mats, as they venture into the open ocean. But when the algae comes ashore in significant quantities, this beneficial relationship is betrayed.

The first 100 days: How PACT could look to make a quick impact

As the Cayman Islands looks ahead to a new era under the leadership of Premier Wayne Panton, a blueprint for the possible direction of the country is beginning to emerge.

Interactive map: Farm to fork in 20,000 miles

With the help of Progressive Distributors, the Cayman Compass tracks some of the main ingredients from farm or factory to our table.

COVID impacts food supply chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the local and global food supply chains and is likely to continue to do so for the forseeable future,...
Climate analyst Rueanna Haynes says small islands are fighting for their survival in climate change negotiations.

Small islands can ‘lead by example’ in climate fight

Low-lying islands like Grand Cayman could become uninhabitable within the next century without “transformative change” in the global approach to climate change. That’s the verdict of Rueanna Haynes, a climate analyst and guest speaker at the RF Cayman Economic Outlook conference.
Cayman has built back stronger after Hurricane Ivan but climate change could make us more vulnerable to severe storms.

Hurricanes and climate change: What the science says

One of the primary concerns for Cayman Islands residents when it comes to climate change, is what impact the phenomenon will have on hurricanes.
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Caribbean tourism industry contends with climate change

Across the Caribbean region, tourism stakeholders are grappling with the reality of climate change and the threat it poses to the region’s hospitality sector. From Antigua to Dominica, officials are working on plans to protect their islands and their economies.

Calico’s owner: ‘We should have built piers years ago’

Handel Whittaker is one of the most recognisable faces on Seven Mile Beach. After nearly two decades as the proprietor of Calico Jack’s and...

Langevin: ‘Do we want quality or quantity?’

As the manager of the Cayman Islands’ most luxurious resort, Marc Langevin has a vested interest in the future of the island’s tourism product. Amid an ongoing debate about tourism growth, the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is keen to see the island retain its reputation as a safe, high-quality destination.
Tourists on Seven Mile Beach

How much tourism is too much for a small island?

Cayman's tourism industry is thriving. But amid the debate over if and how to develop the island's port facilities, some are wondering, if the growth in visitors is sustainable and what the impact of rising visitation might mean for the island over the coming decades.
The George Town landfill, also known as Mount Trashmore

Half a century of Mount Trashmore

What started as an informal dump site in the 1960s has now become a protagonist in day-to-day life in Cayman. The Compass compiled a short history of waste management in Grand Cayman to explain how the island got to this point.

Post-Dorian Bahamas reexamines climate-resilient tourism

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis describes Hurricane Dorian as a watershed moment for the Commonwealth nation. There is The Bahamas that existed before September 2019, and the nation now, fully aware of its vulnerability to climate change as a developing island state.

Kirkconnell: Caribbean tourism ‘stronger together’

During the Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Nassau, Bahamas, the Cayman Compass caught up with Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell to discuss climate-resilient tourism in the Caribbean region, cruise tourism and the benefits of regional collaboration.

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What is the risk to Cayman from a COVID outbreak?

Once the borders reopen to vaccinated travellers, Cayman Islands leaders are anticipating that some degree of exposure to COVID-19 is inevitable. But what exactly is the risk from COVID at this point?

10 ways to address Cayman’s housing problems

Over the past six weeks, the Cayman Compass Issues section has been taking an in-depth look at some of the concerns around housing in the Cayman Islands. Today we summarise some of the recommendations coming from our readers, contributors and columnists to address the concerns we have highlighted.

Jersey bans foreign home ownership. Should Cayman follow suit?

As a scenic coastal community with a thriving economy underpinned by financial services, the island of Jersey has much in common with Cayman. Despite a totally different approach to real estate regulation, the similarities extend to a major affordable housing problem.

Five ways the world handles housing issues

Many of the affordable housing concerns highlighted by the Compass in recent weeks are not unique to Cayman.

Cayman for sale? Opinion divided over open property market

Cayman's open property market means there are theoretically 8 billion potential buyers for any home that goes on sale in the territory. Opinion is divided over whether restrictions would help make housing more affordable.

How developers could help house the most vulnerable

Joint venture partnerships between developers and government could be a means to help create low-cost housing in the Cayman Islands.

EcoVillage aims to be economically sustainable

It is possible to build affordable homes in Grand Cayman without sacrificing quality of life, according to the developer behind the Orchard Ecovillage in Savannah.
Aleigha General

Is home ownership a realistic aspiration for Gen Z?

Young people don't see a path to home ownership in Cayman writes guest columnist Aleigha General.

Downtown Reach demonstrates demand for affordable homes

The second phase of the Downtown Reach development sold out in two weeks, signifying high demand for affordable homes.

New call for housing support amid storm impact

Tropical Storm Grace has heightened the urgency for repairs on some of Cayman’s most vulnerable properties. The R3 Foundation is seeking donations to help.

House prices have increased exponentially in last 5 years

House prices in some neighbourhoods have almost tripled in the past five years, according to data reviewed by the Cayman Compass.

Home ownership a distant dream for young Caymanians

Young professionals in Cayman fear they are being priced out of the property market and may never have the chance to own a home in their own country.

CIREBA president: Lack of affordable homes is an ongoing concern

The limited number of affordable homes for sale in the Cayman Islands has been a longstanding concern in the community, according to Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association president Brian Wight.

Could tiny homes help resolve housing issues?

Purpose built ‘tiny homes’ could be part of the solution to finding shelter for families in crisis, charity Acts of Random Kindness believes.

Tiny home project built on community kindness

ARK’s first new-build project – a tiny home for the Trusty family in Frank Sound – will be a genuine product of community kindness.

Compass documentary: Spotlight on housing crisis

As part of our ongoing series on housing concerns in the Cayman Islands, the Compass has produced a mini-documentary featuring families living in difficult conditions on the margins of society.

Spotlight on Cayman’s hidden housing crisis

Out of sight and, in many cases, out of mind on the winding back streets of Grand Cayman, many families are living in crisis.

Ivan’s ghost still haunts Cayman homes

Almost two decades after the Category 4 hurricane, Ivan’s ghost still haunts homes across Cayman.

Editorial: Compass series investigates Cayman’s housing problems

Over the next six weeks, the Cayman Compass will be taking a detailed look at the complex, multi-faceted problems surrounding the most basic need of everyone who calls these islands home.

Family living in limbo amid land dispute

A complex history of land ownership may see an unemployed mother and her family forced to vacate the land that their home - a converted mobile classroom - occupies.

Families still living in condemned properties

Josepha Carter smiles broadly between deep gulps of oxygen from the ventilator that keeps her tethered to her room in the simple home in the back streets of West Bay.

COVID-era temperature surveillance fails data protection test

A hardware store that used infrared thermometers to screen customers for signs of COVID-19 during the pandemic was among almost 100 Cayman Islands entities investigated for data protection breaches in 2020.

Ombudsman’s intervention helped shine light on development concessions

Records of duty concessions granted to a developer, public high school exam results and decisions of the Labour Tribunal were only made available to the public after intervention from the Ombudsman.

Government should be more responsive to complaints, report warns

Delays and, in some cases, outright failure to respond to public concerns were highlighted by investigators as key issues, following 59 complaints of “maladministration” by government departments in 2020.

‘Rude’ police officers spark complaints

There were more than 50 complaints made about police conduct in 2020, many of which amounted to “simple rudeness”, according to investigators.

Free healthcare for kids and elderly among government goals

Following the release of the Strategic Policy Statement this week, here is a look at what the PACT government hopes to achieve in 10 key areas.

How John Gray rating went from ‘weak’ to ‘good’ over six years

The Compass examines the journey to a 'good' rating by the John Gray High School.

Ready to serve? The challenge of empowering Caymanians in tourism

Tourism businesses say they are taking on the challenge of putting Caymanians at the forefront of tourism as the island prepares to reopen its borders. But the reality of trying to recruit and retain local talent is more complex than many believe. The Compass takes a deeper look at the issue through the eyes of one restaurant.

Bryan seeking to put Caymanians at forefront of tourism

The survey of displaced tourism workers currently receiving the government stipend will also serve as a skills assessment to help link them with job and training opportunities, Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan has said.

Premier Panton vows to revive sexual harassment legislation

Premier Wayne Panton has vowed to bring legislation dealing with sexual harassment to parliament within the next year.

Sexual harassment: An action plan for a better Cayman

Over the past month, the Cayman Compass has shone a light on the issue of sexual harassment in these islands.

Guest column: ‘As girls, we are taught to stay silent’

Cayman has a responsibility to create a safer society for young people coming into the working world, argues Compass guest columnist Aleigha General.

Teen students join call for sexual-harassment awareness

Although they are a few years shy of entering the world of work, Cayman International School students Somerset Lovett, Rosana Stroh and Lily Foster are hoping, by the time they get there, things will be different for women.

HR professionals on the front lines of sexual harassment battle

There is no legislation that compels employers in Cayman to have sexual harassment policies, let alone hold training sessions or workshops for staff.

Police: Sexual harassment likely ‘under-reported’ in Cayman

Police believe sexual harassment is significantly under-reported in the Cayman Islands with just 13 offences recorded in the last year.

The 16-year battle for sexual harassment legislation

Cayman may have a ready-made solution to some of the sexual-harassment concerns highlighted in a Compass special report over the past month, in the form of a draft law that has been on the books for nearly a decade.

The Issue Explained: How legislation could combat sexual harassment

The Sexual Harassment Bill 2012 sought to address some of the issues experienced by women, and in some cases men, in the Cayman community. Here we look at how the law would work.

Five stories of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace in Cayman

We interviewed five women who have faced different levels of harassment, exploitation, assault and abuses of power in workplaces around Cayman.

Sexism, harassment and indecent proposals in the legal profession

Amy was in a senior position at a small law firm when one of the partners invited her out to lunch to “discuss her future prospects”.

Harassment the norm, say female bartenders

On an almost-daily basis female bartenders in Grand Cayman say they are harassed, groped and offered money for sex by male customers.

Deflecting the unwanted attention of an older boss

As an 18-year-old, Sarah didn’t necessarily see the over-friendly behaviour of her much-older boss as sexual harassment.

Harrowing experience leaves mum’s life in limbo

Three days into her entry-level job at a local firm, Katerina says she was approached by a supervisor with an unusual question.

Pursued and assaulted by respected colleague

As a young woman arriving in the Cayman Islands from overseas, Maria says she was naive and vulnerable to men who exploited her situation under the guise of friendship.

Red Cross: ‘Cayman must tackle sexual harassment and abuse’

The Cayman Islands is overdue for an honest “reckoning” of the level of sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the community, according to Red Cross deputy director Carolina Ferreira.
Sexual Harassment

Compass special report: Sexual harassment is rife in Cayman

Sexual harassment is both extremely common and chronically underreported in the Cayman Islands, the findings of a Cayman Compass project suggest.

“I had to keep quiet because my life felt threatened”

The Cayman Compass asked readers to come forward with stories of sexual harassment on the islands. The response was overwhelming.

Editorial: Time’s up for dealing with sexual harassment

Cayman is far behind most countries in recognising, combatting and protecting its people against sexual harassment.

Survey: Sexual harassment in Cayman

The Cayman Compass is working on a series about sexual harassment in Cayman. We invite our readers to participate in a survey to better understand your experiences. You will also have the opportunity to share your story anonymously.

How long could you live without your phone?

Cayman Compass reporter James Whittaker, 42, and Cayman Prep student Brittney Wright, 17, talk about the pros and cons of going without a phone for the weekend as part of our challenge.

Locked on our cells: The flip-side of constant connectivity

Smart phones have become an indispensable part of life for many Cayman Islands residents but experts warn they are blurring the work/life balance and contributing to anxiety and other issues.

The issue explained: The science behind the vaccines

We answer some of the key questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, how they work and their likely impact in helping reopen Cayman.

The story in data: COVID, vaccinations and the road to reopening

From the effectiveness of vaccines, the rate of spread of the virus and the threshold for ‘herd immunity’, a wealth of data is emerging on COVID in Cayman and across the globe. We look at what the statistics are telling us about the state of the fight against the pandemic.

Angelica’s story: ‘I feel like giving up’

When Angelica Thompson-Miller lost her job in the first days of the pandemic, it was just the beginning of her problems.

NAU complaints log highlights frustration and desperation

Seething with anger, frustration and, in some cases, pure desperation, emails sent to the Needs Assessment Unit – released to the Cayman Compass following an open records request – paint a picture of struggle and stress amid the pandemic.

Waste-to-energy: Expensive technology that aims to solve landfill problem

At the 5th Caribbean Infrastructure Forum, a discussion by waste-management experts highlighted the many challenges faced by countries in the region to deal with the waste they produce.

The first 100 days: How PACT could look to make a quick impact

As the Cayman Islands looks ahead to a new era under the leadership of Premier Wayne Panton, a blueprint for the possible direction of the country is beginning to emerge.

Spiralling costs spark calls for healthcare reform

With the cost of living taking centre stage during the election campaign, the price of healthcare has been examined as one of the factors that drive up expenses for both consumers and the government.

Digital medicine a potential healthcare game changer

Island nations all face similar unique challenges in the delivery of healthcare, ranging from lower...

10 big issues that could sway the election

From COVID to the cost-of-living we examine where some of the key players stand on 10 key issues ahead of Wednesday's general election in the Cayman Islands.

Candidates seek to balance environment and the economy

Candidates campaigning for election agree that Cayman's future development must consider both the economy and the environment but differ on where the right balance lies.
Eden Hurlston of Amplify Cayman

Amplify Cayman: ‘Runaway train of reckless development must stop’

Irresponsible development in the Seven Mile Beach area is creating a “perfect storm of ecological, cultural and economic devastation”, according to pressure group Amplify Cayman.

The battle for the beach

A towering construction crane casts its shadow across the soft white sand of Seven Mile Beach as the clear blue water stretches out towards the horizon. It’s an image that encapsulates some of the conflict surrounding the future of Cayman’s greatest natural asset and number one tourist attraction.

Plan Cayman seeks to guide growth

Consultation over an ‘area plan’ for the Seven Mile Beach corridor is effectively on hold until after the election, the Department of Planning has confirmed.
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Dart outlines ambitions for Seven Mile corridor

Taller buildings in high-density areas, an extended network of footpaths and cycle trails and greater flexibility for ‘mixed-use’ development are all on the wish list of the Dart group for the future of the Seven Mile Beach corridor.

Real estate industry: ‘Luxury property a low-impact alternative to mass-tourism’

Luxury property development has a key role to play in the future of the Seven Mile Beach corridor and in driving Cayman’s economy, real estate industry insiders believe.

Natural and man-made problems cast shadows over Seven Mile’s future

Sea-level rise and storm impacts pose a serious long-term threat to the viability of Seven Mile Beach as a national recreational asset, the Department of Environment has warned.

A window into Seven Mile Beach’s past

On a quiet stretch of beach behind a low seawall a brightly painted cottage - now more than 80-years-old - provides a window through which modern visitors can imagine Seven Mile Beach as it once was.

Rethinking our divided school system

Calls to end 'segregation' in schools and allow Caymanian and expat children to sit alongside each other in the islands’ classrooms are ringing out on the election campaign trail. We look at if and how that could happen.

Transformation of England’s ‘worst school’ a lesson for Cayman?

The story of how the ‘worst school in England’ was transformed to become one of the country’s best has been highlighted as a blueprint for the Cayman Islands to follow if it wants to integrate schools and raise standards.

Election retrospective: New faces, familiar issues

In the run-up to almost every Cayman Islands general election over the past 30 years, the same issues of immigration, education and training, development and cost-of-living have dominated the debate.

Two decades of ideas under the microscope

Over the past two decades, Cayman’s legislators have dedicated countless days of debate to discuss proposals put forward by backbenchers or opposition members.

Interactive map: Farm to fork in 20,000 miles

With the help of Progressive Distributors, the Cayman Compass tracks some of the main ingredients from farm or factory to our table.