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Development of wetlands prompts flood warning

Overdevelopment of mangrove wetlands in South Sound has created an increased flood risk to homes in the area, prompting calls for a new national approach to stormwater management.

Development is spoiling Cayman

The charm of Cayman is rapidly fading. No more high rises. Will be just another Miami Beach!  When is enough, enough from Dart? It makes...

Poll: Do you support the idea of Cayman’s population increasing to 100,000?

Do you support the idea of Cayman's population increasing to 100,000?

Reimagining Cayman: 7 ways the island could develop smarter in the future

If Cayman's population continues to grow, adopting modern development principles will help lessen any impact on the environment and way of life on the island, argues architect Mike Stroh.

Subscriber roundtable: Population and development in the Cayman Islands

We hear from Cayman Compass All-Access subscribers to find out what they think of population and the related development in the Cayman Islands.

Population growth has transformed Cayman’s economy and environment

Cayman's rapid growth has had a staggering impact on the island over the past 60 years. We look at the consequences of that growth and discuss new ways of doing things as Cayman continues to grow.
Commuters were stuck in jams for more than three hours between West Bay and George Town

Ask the Experts: Population and development

As part of our ongoing Cayman 2.0 series, the Compass this week is looking at development and population in the Cayman Islands. The idea...

Hew: $890M worth of projects greenlit in 2019

Cayman's Planning Department approved 748 projects valued at $890 million last year, Commerce Minister Joey Hew announced Wednesday.

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Cayman is being overdeveloped

I have recently returned to Grand Cayman after a 12-year absence. I write this letter as a person who in 2004 was invited back to...

Planning Department to hold permit process session

The Department of Planning will host an information session on the planning application and permit process at the Family Life Centre this week.

Homeowners object to $20 million luxury hotel development

Libanon Corporation developers, who are looking to build a $20 million four-star luxury hotel along Seven Mile Beach returned to the Central Planning Authority Wednesday with revised plans.

Planners, public revisit downtown redevelopment

The needs of downtown George Town remain myriad, residents heard once again Thursday evening.

Six condo projects approved ahead of stamp duty change

Six new apartment complexes were given the green light Friday after the Central Planning Authority convened a special meeting to allow developers a chance to have their applications reviewed before a “loophole” allowing stamp duty reductions is closed.

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.

EDITORIAL – A safe, decent affordable place to call home

A good rule of thumb, used in many countries around the world, is that housing and related expenses should not exceed 30% of a household’s take-home income.

Protesters prevail as 10-storey hotel project rejected

Plans for a 10-storey business hotel at the “tranquil” north end of Seven Mile Beach have been rejected after an unprecedented number of objections to the proposal.

EDITORIAL – Skilled trades offer students a path to success

Mr. Myles is to be commended, and his efforts supported – particularly by parents and educators who influence young people’s choices and who may be unaware of today’s job market realities.
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Beach bar proposal turned down for East End

The Central Planning Authority has rejected plans for a beachside bar and restaurant in East End.

Dart heads to court over Britannia beach and golf rights

The Dart group is seeking to free itself from restrictive agreements guaranteeing home owners in the luxury Britannia Estates development the right to use golf, tennis and beach facilities associated with its properties.

EDITORIAL – Cayman property: Good news from the ‘home front’

Today’s front-page article about Cayman’s construction industry is the sort of report a CEO would rush to present to his board of directors. After all, who does not like good news?

‘No place like home’: Cayman’s residential property boom

The Cayman Islands is a successful and well-known offshore financial center, as well as a popular tourism hot spot, but economic growth in recent years has been driven by an entirely different industry: construction.

EDITORIAL – Construction on Seven Mile Beach: Is the sky the limit?

Skyscrapers on Grand Cayman? Back away from the ledge, and break out the smelling salts – envisioning future progress is not for the faint of heart.

Cruise controversy and airport progress as tourism arrivals surge

Amid another record-breaking year for tourism in the Cayman Islands, one controversial development was never far from the headlines.

Speaker calls for 50-story buildings on Seven Mile Beach

Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush believes buildings of 50 stories and higher are the next step for Cayman’s tourism product.

Luxury development aims to set new standards in the east

Industry insiders and prospective buyers got a sneak peak of a new luxury condo project under development in Rum Point at a launch event last week.

Letter: Well-planned development is welcome in Barkers

Development of the area is not wrong if it is done properly. Where would Cayman be today without development?

Public’s input sought on development plan

Government is seeking public input on a new development plan for Grand Cayman.

Bovell: Economic data and its impact on the real estate industry

At the time of writing, the U.S. economy is anticipating another interest rate hike (predicted to happen before the end of the year), with two more expected in 2019.

EDITORIAL – Licking the government’s stamp duty issue

If there is one place on the planet that should have a simple tax structure, it is the Cayman Islands. So why are lawmakers considering adding more complexity to our country’s stamp duty regime on property purchases?

Stamp duty change could impact development boom

Buying a new home in the Cayman Islands is about to get more expensive – at least for some.

Dart launches first Camana Bay community for home buyers

The Dart group has begun marketing its first for-sale residential development within Camana Bay, a 124-home community named OLEA.

39-unit condo complex planned for Prospect

The NCB Group has been granted permission for a new condo complex in Prospect as Cayman’s residential building boom continues.

Development plan seeks to shape Cayman’s future

Government is seeking to help shape the future growth of Grand Cayman with its first Development Plan in more than 20 years.

EDITORIAL – Invincible Investment: Tokyo takes on Seven Mile Beach

We do not know much about Invincible Investment Corporation, but we share at least one thing in common with the newest landlord on Seven Mile Beach: confidence in the strength of the Cayman Islands tourism sector.

Cayman development plan to be updated

For generations, the urban plan in the Cayman Islands has been dictated by changing circumstances.

Ten-story condos approved for Seven Mile Beach

A new, 10-story condominium project has been approved for Seven Mile Beach, continuing the shift toward taller buildings in Grand Cayman’s main tourist district.

Road opening marks step toward cutting commute times

The $10.6 million dollar first phase of the Linford Pierson Highway widening project is now complete and could help slash commute times in half, according to National Roads Authority officials.

WaterMark condos approved for Seven Mile Beach

The Central Planning Authority has approved plans for a $177 million, 10-story luxury condo complex on Seven Mile Beach.

Reshaping of Dart’s coastal land progresses

Bulldozers are sculpting and reshaping a large area of land bordering Seven Mile Beach as the Dart group makes headway on a series of projects.
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Community meets to discuss development of Smith Cove

A passionate crowd showed up at the South Sound Community Centre Tuesday night for a meeting about the redevelopment of Smith Cove, also known as Smith Barcadere.

EDITORIAL – Mandarin Oriental: Don’t stop the economic carnival

The Beach Bay project adds to a growing list of expansions and new developments springing up in every district.

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.

Conservation council questions music festival site approval

The National Conservation Council is questioning why its advice was not considered before the Dart group was granted planning permission for an event site that will host a major music festival next year.
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West Bay condo development approved

Plans for an $8 million, 60-unit condo development in West Bay have been approved by the Central Planning Authority.

EDITORIAL – Building trust in our booming construction industry

Cayman’s new Builders Law will raise the standard of professionalism in our expanding construction sector, aligning our jurisdiction with other venues that insist on best practices in this critical industry.

Builders Law deadline looms for contractors

Construction businesses who fail to register under the new Builders Law could find themselves unable to get permits for their projects after the end of July.

Bovell: Examining the question of over-supply in the real estate sector

Is over-supply on the horizon? This is one question that I’m being asked with increasing frequency by investors based overseas, as people take in the scale of development currently happening in Grand Cayman.

EDITORIAL – Celebrating Cayman’s blooming season of growth

Here in Cayman, where the flowers remain vibrant all the year round, we have our own season of growth to celebrate – economically, that is – as dozens of exciting development projects are springing up.

Ministers provide updates on East End development projects

Repairs and upgrades to the William Allen McLaughlin Civic Centre in East End should be finished by the end of June, according to Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew.

EDITORIAL – ‘All-points bulletin’: Recent arrest lets Cayman rest easier

The dragnet worked: The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service got their man – a “person of interest” in the investigation of a chilling homicide.

Dart tunnel extension approved

The Dart group’s plans to extend the new West Bay Road underpass have been approved at the second attempt – paving the way for a five-star hotel project that could bridge the road.

Mental health facility approved

Plans for a cluster of cottages to be developed as a residential mental health facility have been approved by the Central Planning Authority.
An aerial view of the business area of downtown George Town, Grand Cayman

Tourism business development fund proposed

A scheme much like ABC’s reality TV series “Shark Tank,” designed to help budding entrepreneurs make their business dreams a reality, is part of government’s plans for the future of the tourism industry.

Rum Point luxury condo project aims to tap into island’s eastern promise

A luxury condo project planned for Rum Point could lead a new wave of tourism development in the eastern districts, according to developer Joe Imparato.

Bovell: Seven Mile Beach’s new developments worth the wait

This month I would like to explore the ways in which investors could benefit from investing in the most sought-after piece of real estate in the Cayman Islands and the hurdles that they may face in the process.

Hyatt signs deal for five-star Pageant Beach hotel

Luxury hotel chain Hyatt is returning to Grand Cayman after announcing a deal to operate the new five-star resort on Seven Mile Beach, expected to open late 2020.

Financial services industry: Cayman’s ‘invisible’ giant

In 1960, the Cayman Islands could not have been further removed from its status today as a small but prominent global financial center. At the time, the Cayman economy still largely relied on seamen’s remittances, fishing, agriculture, shipbuilding and hand crafts. Airline services were limited and the tourism sector in its infancy.
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East End shooting range approved

Plans for a $1.45 million commercial shooting range in East End have been given the green light by the Central Planning Authority.

Dart revives Camana Bay hotel plan

The Dart group has revived plans for a five-star hotel on Seven Mile Beach – incorporating the current site of the Royal Palms bar.

Cayman developer takes global award for local property

Local and international architect and developer Encompass has won the “Best Single Residential Property in the World” for their Cayman Kai, five-star, six-bedroom Sun Serenity accommodation at London’s Dec. 4 gala International Property Development Awards.

Letters – Giving a voice to the people

The free exchange of ideas is a necessary component of any healthy democracy. That is why the Compass reserves space in each issue for readers and leaders to share their perspectives as letters to the editor.

Cayman under construction: 11 major projects that could shape the future

Here’s the latest update from the entrepreneurs and developers behind some of the largest and most ambitious proposals to emerge over the past few years.

Healing domes planned for hurricane-hit Mariners Cove

A new beachfront “healing resort” featuring dome-shaped guest villas is planned for the old Mariners Cove site in Prospect, which was swept away during Hurricane Ivan.

Dart makes new tunnel extension bid

The Dart group has submitted a new application to extend the length of the tunnel it is building on West Bay Road.

Camana Bay roundabout, new Esterley Tibbetts Highway lanes to open

The National Roads Authority will officially open the Camana Bay South Roundabout and the northbound lanes of the new Esterley Tibbetts Highway on Thursday.

Pageant site bought for $25M; planned hotel would be Cayman’s largest

A project to bring a $300-million five-star hotel to the southern end of Seven Mile Beach has moved a step closer after the developer finalized a US$25-million deal to buy the property.

Planning Authority explains Dart tunnel denial

The Dart group failed to demonstrate sufficient reason to justify extending the underpass it is building on West Bay Road, the Central Planning Authority wrote in a single-line explanation of its decision to reject the application.

Cayman Brac’s Alexander Hotel put up for sale

Closed for almost four years, the Alexander Hotel on Cayman Brac had fallen into a state of disrepair. Now it has been spruced up and put on the market in the hope that an investor will see potential in the 31-room hotel.

18 Forum Lane, ‘Linger Longer’ take home Governor’s Awards

The 2017 Governor’s Awards for Design and Construction Excellence ceremony was held on Thursday at the Governor’s Residence, with 18 Forum Lane at Camana Bay Town Center and the “Linger Longer” Silverman Residence winning this year’s awards in the commercial and residential categories, respectively.

Plans for new homes and retail plaza on West Bay Road

Plans for a new plaza on West Bay Road, featuring restaurants, shops and apartments, have sparked opposition among condominium owners on Seven Mile Beach.

Bulk fuel depot proposed for Breakers

The developer behind a planned golf resort in the eastern districts is now seeking to bring a new bulk fuel storage facility to Grand Cayman.

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