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Five-star Beach Bay resort slated for 2022 opening

New designs have been unveiled for the Mandarin Oriental resort approved last week for the Beach Bay area of Bodden Town.

Beach Bay area launches Neighbourhood Watch

Residents of Angle Ridge Drive in the Beach Bay area of Bodden Town launched their Neighbourhood Watch at the weekend – the 18th to be set up in the district since 2015.

Trust defends chairman amid concern over Beach Bay ‘conflict’

The National Trust has defended its chairman, architect Andrew Gibb, following public criticism of his role in a planning application for a new resort in Beach Bay.

Reader ‘horrified’ at Beach Bay proposal

We are horrified to read of the proposal to build a new resort be­tween Bodden Town and Savannah, where turtles lay their eggs in the beach.

New road planned for Beach Bay hotel

Proposed changes to road infrastructure in connection with plans for a Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beach Bay have not appeared in previous agreements between the developer and government, according to the National Roads Authority.

Detailed plans revealed for Beach Bay hotel

Plans for a Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beach Bay include two central buildings and a cluster of restaurants, pools and other amenities dotted around the sprawling oceanfront site.

Mandarin Oriental signs on to Grand Cayman hotel project

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced Wednesday that it will manage the long-planned luxury resort and residences at Beach Bay, Grand Cayman.

1,100 pounds of garbage plucked from beach

Volunteers cleared more than 1,100 pounds of trash from Beach Bay beach in Bodden Town on Sunday as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness in Cayman about the environmental dangers of plastic products.

Cuban migrant boat remains where it ran aground in January

Twenty-five people from Cuba landed at Beach Bay on Jan. 31 aboard El Arca. The migrants were traveling to Honduras when their boat ran into trouble and landed on the beach in Bodden Town. Those men and women have all since been taken back to Cuba, but their boat remains grounded on the rocks and sand in Beach Bay.

Large amount of ganja found on BT beach

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service recovered an unspecified amount of ganja from a Bodden Town beach Monday afternoon.

Beach Bay home damaged in Friday night fire

A fire damaged a home Friday evening in the Beach Bay neighborhood in Bodden Town,

The road to Bodden Town’s proposed $200 million hotel

Work is under way to construct a new stretch of road adjacent to the site of a planned five-star resort in Beach Bay, Bodden Town.

South Sound, Seven Mile Beach property ‘on fire,’ inland still lags

The consensus appears unanimous: Real estate brokers say things are great, and anyone checking out the market must agree that they are.

Cuban migrants took illegal Cayman ‘vacation’

Two Cuban migrants pleaded guilty on Friday to landing without permission of immigration officials, telling the court they had turned themselves in after their money was spent.

Cuban boat abandoned and decaying on Beach Bay

El Arca landed at Beach Bay Jan. 31. More than 30 people squeezed aboard the estimated 24-foot wooden sailboat for the journey from Cuba to Honduras, where the refugees could travel north by land to the United States.

Police search for 3 Cubans who landed Sunday

Three people from Cuba are on the run in Grand Cayman after landing at Beach Bay on Sunday. Police rescued another 15 migrants who ran into difficulties at sea on Monday.

Premier’s New Year’s message 2016

Fellow Caymanians, residents and guests; Happy New Year.

A month-by-month roundup of Cayman’s 2015 news stories

Top stories of 2015 in the Cayman Islands

Top stories of 2015: Dart's grand plans change Cayman landscape

The current and future plans of the Dart group continued to alter Cayman’s landscape in significant ways in 2015.

Ironwood commits to hiring locals

The developers behind the planned Ironwood golf resort have committed to a target of hiring a workforce of mostly Caymanian employees as part of a duty concessions agreement with government.

Ironwood moving forward, no road deal

The $365 million Ironwood golf resort project will move forward without a final agreement on a highway extension previously viewed as a deal breaker for the development. Ironwood will seek planning approval early next year for phase one of the resort, featuring retirement homes for affluent baby boomers situated around an Arnold Palmer-designed PGA Championship golf course.

Rolling out the Kimpton carpet for One Young World

The opening of Dart's Kimpton Seafire Resort in late 2016 foreshadows a much-needed renaissance in Cayman's lagging mid-level to upscale tourism room inventory.

Designs unveiled for Beach Bay resort

Dramatic and futuristic designs for a planned US$250 million luxury resort in Bodden Town were unveiled Saturday at an event in Miami Beach. Beach Bay Land Ltd. announced TEN Arquitectos of Mexico City and New York as the winner of its design competition for work on the resort at St. James Point, Beach Bay. The firm’s concept designs show hotel and condo buildings curving along the coastline.

Government says no new taxes or borrowing

Releasing government’s 2016-2017 strategic policy statement, an annual exercise to set spending priorities, the premier and finance minister said the budget includes no new taxes or fees.

Scientist's death ruled an accident

The death of retired Cayman Islands civil servant Astley McLaughlin has been ruled an accident following a post-mortem examination and subsequent tests, members of Mr. McLaughlin’s family told the Cayman Compass on Friday.

St. James Point: Bodden Town's time to shine

Move over, Seven Mile Beach. After decades of waiting in the wings, it’s time for the ivory sands of Bodden Town to step out into the limelight.

Beach Bay hotel development agreement signed

Plans for a $200 million, 10-story hotel in Bodden Town moved a step closer to reality after the Cayman Islands government approved a $25 million concessions package for the project. A development agreement was signed Thursday morning, paving the way for the five-star hotel and condo development at St. James Point, Beach Bay, to move forward.

'Brilliant' civil servant, 60, found dead at home

Astley McLaughlin, a retired Cayman Islands government worker, was found dead in his Beach Bay home over the weekend by a family member.

Pioneer developer Rex Crighton passes away

Rex Crighton, a pioneer land developer and realtor in the Cayman Islands, died on Monday. He was 81.

Four arrested in Bodden Town district

Police arrested four people for three separate incidents in 24 hours.

Growth slows in stay-over tourism

While Caribbean stay-over tourism increased more than 7 percent in the first six months of this year, the Cayman Islands has seen only a 1.5 percent rise, according to a new report on regional tourism. That’s down from a more than 10 percent increase in the first half of last year. 

The new report from Integra Realty Resources found that all but one of the Caribbean’s 13 most popular vacation spots witnessed average stay-over growth. Cuba and Barbados grew by more than 14 percent in the first half of the year, and Aruba added more than 18 percent.

Police: Stolen motorbike in smash-up

A three car collision involving a stolen motorcycle is investigated by local police.

Tourist arrivals dip slightly

Tourism arrivals dip slightly in May, but Cayman is still on track to surpass 2014's big jump in stay-over visitors.

Tourism development boom highlighted

Citing seven new multi-million dollar hotel and tourism projects in the works, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell told legislators “investor confidence” is returning to the Cayman Islands.

Bush: Caymanians must decide future

Cayman's opposition leader says, if the territory wants future prosperity, it has some choices to make.

Tourism arrivals break new records

Cayman needs more hotel beds to accommodate the growing number of tourists flocking to these shores, according to tourism chiefs.

Hydes re-elected tourism boss

Ken Hydes vowed to work to continue the upward momentum of the tourism industry after being re-elected as president of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association on Wednesday.

Woman attacked in home

Police arrested a 46-year-old Bodden Town man Friday on suspicion of attempting to assault a woman while armed with a knife after breaking into her home.

Registration for public schools open

Registration for places at government reception classes, primary and secondary schools is now open.

Condo owners sue Beach Bay developer

A developer linked with a five-star hotel plan in Bodden Town is being sued over plans to demolish two blocks of condos on the site.

Cayman conundrum: Why are our roads bumper-to-bumper?

Traffic is getting worse, and commuters who live in Grand Cayman's eastern districts are moaning. Why?

New Dart deal: Cayman's next 'Golden Age'

Premier Alden McLaughlin's support for, and facilitation of, Dart's plans are welcome developments worthy of applause.

'Aldenomics': Cayman's economy too hot to handle?

During a recent TV interview, Premier Alden McLaughlin issued what is, perhaps, an extraordinary warning in regard to the economics of the Cayman Islands.

Opposition Leader's New Year's message

New Year's message from Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush.

Minister Archer: ‘Respectable’ growth forecast for Cayman Islands economy

Cayman plans on steady, if unspectacular, economic growth over the next few years.

Dogs’ paraquat poisoning renews calls for ban

The paraquat poisoning of two dogs this week has resulted in renewed calls for a ban on the deadly herbicide.

Cabinet gets new powers over planning

Cabinet will get new powers to waive some planning fees to encourage development under amendments to the law passed last week.

The Bodden Town connection

Bodden Towners could be getting a Christmas gift 35 years in the making.

Beach Bay developer agrees to build road

A U.S. developer linked to a five-star hotel project in Bodden Town has confirmed he has signed an agreement with government to build a new stretch of coastal road fronting his property in Beach Bay.

Future of Cayman tourism: Sky-high

Step aside, Grand Cayman parrot. We'd like to submit our nomination for a new national bird: the construction crane.

Luxury resort in Bodden Town moves a step closer

A long-discussed project to bring a five-star hotel and resort development to Bodden Town has moved a step closer following the rezoning of a piece of sea-front property.

Celebrating 100 years with dancing

Inez Moncrieffe made a century look good when she joined Cabinet Minster Osbourne Bodden for a dance at her home in Beach Bay.

Construction plans boost government coffers

The collection of a number of infrastructure and development related fees are expected to see a major increase in the next government budget.

5-Star performance from the Marriott

When we applaud good news from Cayman's tourism industry, we aren't just smiling about money and tourists, but hope and potential for Caymanians.

Rezoning application outlines plan for Beach Bay

A proposal to rezone a piece of seafront real estate in the Beach Bay area of Bodden Town for tourism use has been submitted.

Miller-Jones shines in Florida

Tyler Miller-Jones is excelling on Florida’s football fields.

New fees, development guiding budget plans

The full-year spending plan for the Cayman Islands government’s 2013/14 budget will contain one new category of fees – largely aimed at the financial services industry – and will depend heavily on the establishment of several public-private sector development projects, Premier Alden McLaughlin said.

Government pushes for companies to hire locals

Premier Alden McLaughlin promised a "two-pronged approach" to resolve the territory's problems with local unemployment Thursday in his first address to the Chamber of Commerce legislative luncheon.

Record-keeping woes held up Beach Bay ‘quarry’ decision

A lack of written transcript of a Planning Appeals Tribunal hearing held up an official decision being issued for months.

Progressives deliver policy update with first meeting since election

In its first public meeting since the 22 May elections, the ruling People's Progressive Movement on Saturday told an audience that exciting times were in prospect, the economy was improving and changes were on the way.

Beach Bay ‘quarry’ going to Grand Court

The Planning Appeals Tribunal disagreed with the Central Planning Authority over a proposal to excavate and sell fill in Lower Valley.

School registration under way

Registration for government schools is under way in the Cayman Islands.

Pygmy Sperm Whale washes up at Beach Bay

A Pygmy Sperm Whale washed up at Beach Bay Thursday night.

Kerran suspect released from bail conditions

Cayman Islands police confirmed Friday that investigators do not have sufficient evidence to charge a suspect arrested last year in connection with the assumed death of a missing nurse. 

‘Insufficient evidence’ to charge Kerran suspect

Cayman Islands police confirmed Friday that investigators do not have sufficient evidence to charge a suspect arrested last year in connection with the assumed death of a missing nurse. 

Beach Bay Road ‘commercial excavation’ plan appealed

A controversial proposal to excavate a 44-acre site in Lower Valley is on the horizon for the Planning Appeals Tribunal.

Year in review Most murder trials were judge alone

There were seven murder trials during 2011, with defendants in six of them choosing to be tried by judge alone.

Year in review: Missing women cases unsolved

Cayman saw two high-profile missing women cases in 2011; neither of which has been resolved.

CCTV code sets rules for cameras

Government sets out the rules for use of public - and some private - CCTV cameras.

‘Quarry’ application refusal appealed

The developer of a project described by local residents and the Department of Environment as a quarry are appealing against a Central Planning Authority's refusal of planning permission.

Kerran Baker:
 RCIPS breaks case

Royal Cayman Islands Police make an arrest for murder in connection with the Kerran Baker missing person case.

Arrest in Kerran Baker case

Police officers involved in the enquiry into the disappearance of Kerran Baker have arrested a man on suspicion of murder, according to reports from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service issued Thursday.

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