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Shedding light on Little Cayman’s iguanas

This summer, Little Cayman’s native iguanas are the stars of a research project being led by Jen Moss of Mississippi State University’s Department of Biological Sciences.
Point of Sand on Little Cayman.

Dart to conserve Little Cayman forest

A large piece of forest land on Little Cayman bought by the Dart Group in March will be held undeveloped for conservation purposes, with the possibility of creating a hiking trail open to the public, according to the company.

Little Cayman police meeting nets interest

Members of the Little Cayman community recently had the chance to meet with their Royal Cayman Islands Police Service area commander.

Southern Cross Club owner honored at tourism awards

Eight years in the family business was enough for Peter Hillenbrand to be sure it was not for him. He turned his back on the 9-to-5 life and took the plunge on a risky business venture, taking over a run-down Little Cayman resort.

Cayman Islands could join Branson’s energy challenge

The Cayman Islands government is in discussions with Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room initiative to make Cayman part of the “Ten Island Challenge,” which seeks to help small islands move away from fossil fuels.

Little Cayman home to rare iguanas

Along with a few humans, Little Cayman is home to some special animals, including the largest red-footed booby colony in the Western Hemisphere, along with a land creature similar but different to its blue cousin in Grand Cayman.

Dart buys Little Cayman resort

The Dart group has confirmed that it is purchasing the Paradise Villas resort and Hungry Iguana restaurant on Little Cayman.

‘Rundown’ takes show to the Brac

“Rundown” is heading to the Sister Islands, with a performance of the annual comedy revue slated for Friday, June 3, at the Aston Rutty Centre.

New dock for Little Cayman

A long-awaited and needed public dock and boat launching ramp on the north coast of Little Cayman in the area known as Mary’s Bay was recently completed.

Cull-inary weekends coming

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s new “Cull-inary” weekends are providing a fresh take on controlling the invasive lionfish population in Little Cayman’s waters.

Tea time to honor Little Cayman’s mothers

The Little Cayman Baha’i community hosted a seaside Mother’s Day tea on Sunday, May 8 at the Casa Cassiopeia.

Mother’s Day tea party on the beach

A Mother’s Day afternoon tea party will take place at Casa Cassiopeia, 3226 Guy Banks Road, Little Cayman this weekend.

Cayman’s 4th island, pop. zero

Cayman’s fourth island sits in the gin-clear waters of South Hole lagoon off Little Cayman.

Little Cayman’s battle against green iguanas making progress

Multiple successes are being racked up in Little Cayman by Green Iguana B’Gonna.

Obituary: Claudia Ryan passes at 99

Cayman Brac’s Claudia Louise Ryan passed away on April 4 surrounded by family at Faith Hospital. She was 99. Family remembered her for her dedication and generosity to the church.

Little Cayman National Trust boosted by Easter auction

The Little Cayman National Trust raised more than $45,000 at its annual Easter auction over the weekend, according to Betty Bua, chair of the island’s trust.

Prince Edward urges Cayman’s youth to learn about reefs

During his visit to the Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman earlier this month, Prince Edward highlighted the importance of teaching young Caymanians about reef conservation and research.

Wetland reserve a haven for wildlife

Little Cayman’s Booby Pond Nature Reserve on the island’s south side features a land-locked saltwater lagoon with mangrove margins and old growth dry forest.

Little Cayman getting ready for Agriculture show

Organizers are all set for a celebration of Little Cayman’s cultural and agricultural heritage this weekend.

Royal visit for Little Cayman’s Central Caribbean Marine Institute

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, visited Little Cayman at the invitation of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Royal couple arrives in Cayman

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, made a brief visit to Grand Cayman on Sunday before boarding a Cayman Airways Express jet to Little Cayman.

Children’s book gets Cayman spin in special CCMI edition

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s efforts to build knowledge of coral reef conservation and science among local children is getting an unique boost.

50 years ago: ‘3 cheers for Little Cayman’

In the March 2, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, contributor Florence Blum wrote: “As one New York Times...

Police identify bodies found off Little Cayman in August

The bodies of two fishermen found on a boat floating off the coast of Little Cayman last August showed “no signs of violence,” according to post-mortems performed on the remains of both men.

Kiteboarders make 100-mile crossing

A team of athletes made history Sunday as they traveled 100 miles from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman by kiteboard.

National Trust social a chance to meet the Council

The Little Cayman District for the National Trust is hosting a social open to existing members and also those interested in finding out more about the Trust’s work.

CCMI: Reefs face bigger threats than Allen’s yacht

Damage caused to a Cayman Islands coral reef by Paul Allen’s mega-yacht is troubling and ironic, but it is far from the greatest threat facing the fragile ecosystem, according to the head of Little Cayman’s Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Pirates Point marks 30 years

Little Cayman’s renown as a premier dive destination has its origins in a few acknowledged tourism pioneers, among them the late Gladys Howard, owner of Pirates Point resort.

New construction and development abound in Cayman

This month I thought it would be a useful exercise to highlight all the new construction and development projects that are taking place across the Cayman Islands, emphasizing the fact that Cayman’s economy is currently in a very positive growth period.

Bird Notes: On the lookout for winter migrants to Sister Islands

This time of year is a great time to spot some northern visitors joining the native birds in the Sister Islands.

Cancer Society urges community to Stride

The Stride Against Cancer on Jan. 31, the walk/run of varying distances in four locales in the Cayman Islands, is one of the biggest fundraising events for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, and organizers are urging participants to come out and support the cause.

CarePay trial: Webb hid CarePay profits from ex-wife, says Defense

Caymanian businessman Jeffrey Webb tried to cover his involvement in the company that won the Health Services Authority’s patient swipe-card contract because he was trying to hide his profits from his former wife during divorce proceedings, defense attorneys in the CarePay trial alleged.

Pauline ‘Polly’ Tibbetts, 1927-2016

Polly Tibbetts passed away on January 4, 2016

Voter numbers continue to decline

The number of registered voters in Cayman has continued to decline since the general elections in May 2013.

Pump prices average below $4; lower power bills likely

Average fuel prices on Grand Cayman last week fell below the $4 per gallon mark for the first time in more than two years, according to data provided by the Cayman Islands Petroleum Inspectorate.

Brac hotel owners told to clean up site

The owners of the Divi Tiara Beach Resort on Cayman Brac have been served with an enforcement order requiring them to demolish dilapidated buildings and clean up the site. The hotel, vacant for almost a decade, has become an eyesore on the island, and planning officials are concerned that the site is unsafe.

Full Moon Sock Hop promises Rock ‘n’ Roll under the stars

Brac residents are urged to mark their calendars for the upcoming Full Moon Sock Hop on Jan. 23, to be held at the Public Beach.

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

Top stories of 2015 in the Cayman Islands

In Memoriam: Obituaries of 2015

Obituaries of nine people who died in 2015 and who received Queen's Honours during their lifetime.
Celebrity chefs, the chefs of The Ritz-Carlton, and local and international culinary talents.

Entertainment roundup for 2015

Let's take a look back at all the fantastic events held throughout 2015, as we ring in 2016.

Three-year grant for Little Cayman research center

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute has received a three-year grant from the Dart Foundation to support programs at its Little Cayman research center.

Caroling brings Little Cayman together

Keeping up a long-standing tradition on Little Cayman, every Christmas Eve locals and visitors gather at dusk at the Little Cayman Baptist Church to sing Christmas carols.

Brac duty concessions extended five years

Cayman Brac receives duty concessions on certain imports for a further five years.

Little Cayman honors Gladys Howard's last request

Little Cayman honors Gladys Howard, who passed away in October, with a memorial service, a costumed parade and a party, abiding by her last wish to celebrate her life rather than mourn her passing.

Gladys Howard Celebration of Life

Friends and family will be celebrating the life of the late Gladys Bravenec Howard this week in Little Cayman, with a memorial service and a parade.

CarePay trial: Contract was 'highway robbery,' witness says

Fees that were expected to generate more than US$2 million a year for a Jamaican company providing services to the Cayman Islands public hospital system under the CarePay contract were called “highway robbery” by a Crown witness who testified Thursday in an ongoing criminal trial.

Spectacular homes net design awards

A spectacular contemporary home on the waterfront in Rum Point and a tranquil beach house nestled among sea grape trees in Little Cayman share the 2015 Governor’s Award for design and construction excellence. Despite their contrasting styles, both homes impressed the judges at the biennial awards ceremony because of their harmony with the surrounding natural environment.

Bodies found on boat remain at morgue

More than three months after they were found floating off the coast of Little Cayman, two bodies found on board a Jamaican boat are still at the Grand Cayman morgue.

National Trust in Little Cayman focuses on coming year

Now that the Green Iguana B’Gonna project is up and running, the Little Cayman district committee for the National Trust is brainstorming for the coming year, with topics to be discussed at the committee meeting on Dec. 14.

Linton Tibbetts a humble entrepreneur and philanthropist

Linton Tibbetts was a humble mogul who spent a lot of time on Little Cayman.

Lobster season gets under way

Lobster season opened this week, giving free divers a three-month window to catch the coveted but protected species.

Jet-setting student flies to school

For most kids, getting to school is simply a matter of hopping on a bus. Mathieu Pothier is not “most kids.” To get to school, the 10-year-old has to spend a lot of time on airplanes.

Free AIDS testing this week

Six days of free HIV/AIDS testing have been organized this week as part of the observance of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

Festival of Seas supports reef research

The ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman hotel was transformed into an underwater wonderland Saturday.

Bulk waste collections begin

It’s time to get rid of old household appliances, furniture and yard waste: the annual bulk waste clean-up campaign started this week.

'Festival of Seas' moves to The Ritz-Carlton

The Festival of Seas fundraiser will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for the first time this year.

Recycling to expand in the new year

Government is working to get more recycling stations set up around the islands in the beginning of next year, according to Jim Schubert with the Public Works Department.

UCCI awards highest honor to three citizens

While UCCI’s 2015 commencement celebrated the hard work of dozens of its graduates, the highest form of recognition bestowed at the October ceremony was reserved for three of Cayman’s most notable contributors.

50 years ago: Brac news tidbits

In the Nov. 17, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Carnival donates $75K for reef conservation

The philanthropic wing of Carnival Cruise Lines has donated $75,000 for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s coral reef conservation and education programs on Little Cayman.

Chefs vie for glory at the Sister Islands Cook-off

Little Cayman’s usually tranquil Southern Cross Club was a hotbed of cooking action last weekend with stoves all fired up for the 18th annual Sister Islands Cookoff.

Dump strategy on view

The Ministry of Health and Culture is holding open house sessions to familiarize the public with its proposed national solid waste management strategy.

Pirates land in Grand Cayman!

The pirates came ashore Saturday amidst the sounds of cannon and musket fire, quickly outnumbering the red-coated British soldiers assembled on the dock. Thousands of revelers awaited the landing along the waterfront, which turned out to be a relatively peaceful affair. Peaceful, that is, once the swashbucklers successfully kidnapped the governor – or at least the man playing the part of governor for the annual rite kicking off the Pirates Week parade.

East End students visit Little Cayman

In early September, 13 students in Audrey Leahong’s Year 6 class at East End Primary hopped aboard a Cayman Airways Express plane and headed for Little Cayman.

Little Cayman Museum: Presenting the history and culture of the island

Situated not far from the airport in Blossom Village, Little Cayman, the Little Cayman Museum is a constantly evolving attraction which germinated from the personal collection of the late Linton Tibbetts and his wife Polly.

Spooktacular run for kids

The Halloween Spooktacular fun run raised $1000 for a new playground on Little Cayman.

Kiters to cross 100 miles

Kite surfers in Cayman are organizing a marathon crossing from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman in the new year to raise funds for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

Remembrance Sunday ceremonies honor our heroes

Veterans from two world wars and men who lost their lives at sea were honored Sunday in the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. Veterans and Seafarers Association members attending included those who served in World War II as well as Home Guard who performed distinctive service at home during the war.

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Festivites kick-off Friday, Nov. 6 on Cayman Brac and culminate on Saturday, Nov. 28 on Little Cayman.

Coral bleaching in Cayman passes 'mass event' threshold

The waters around the Cayman Islands hit the threshold in recent weeks that could cause mass coral bleaching around the islands, part of a global event this year caused by warmer than usual water temperatures throughout the world’s oceans.

Revival seen in turtle nesting population

A dramatic recovery in Cayman’s nesting sea turtle population, from the brink of extinction at the turn of the century, is demonstrated in two decades of data collected by environment officials on Cayman beaches.

Brac focuses on Remembrance Day rather than pirates

This year, the Cayman Brac Pirates Weekend and Heritage Week Committee is choosing to focus on remembering those who died in war and in celebrating the island’s culture and history rather than on pirates.

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