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Minister: Glass House cannot be reused

Cayman's planning minister says the old Glass House government administration building can't be saved.

Lawmakers vote for mandatory fuel import price reveal

Cayman Islands lawmakers Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that seeks to force fuel importers to reveal their pricing structure for gasoline and diesel fuel shipped to the islands, massively increasing fines for noncompliance in the process.

Liquor license holders get extended 'grace period'

Cayman Islands liquor license holders who do not currently own or operate a liquor-related business will now get up to five years to retain those licenses, during which time they can apply for a business license.

Sanjenko adds steel in defense

Sunset women’s football team seems to have replenished its already dominant squad exceptionally well in the summer.

Big crowd hears George Town plans

Government plans to buy out some landowners and demolish buildings to make way for a new road layout in central George Town.

Design mishaps boost school work cost

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing work at additional classrooms at North Side district’s Edna Moyle Primary School went nearly 30 percent over budget largely due to design flaws, the Legislative Assembly heard last week.

Short-term thinking: Short runways, no jetways

When it comes to Owen Roberts International Airport, we are uncomfortable with an "economy-class renovation" in our "first-class destination."

New trends focus of Cayman healthcare conference

Palliative care, allied healthcare and mental health will be the focus of this year’s Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference.

Premier: Government ‘out of patience’ with fuel companies

Legislation that will require Cayman’s two major fuel distributors to reveal specific pricing information on gasoline and diesel shipments was approved in a key vote last week, but certain details of the bill remain to be hammered out in a Legislative Assembly committee Monday prior to its final passage.

Auditor general report: Government revenue collection ‘open to abuse’

Poor record keeping and a lack of specific criteria for waiving government fees leaves the “revenue collection operations open to abuse,” according to the acting auditor general.

Dart plans new office building

Dart Realty has submitted plans for a new four-story building in Camana Bay that will feature a ground floor restaurant, shops and office space.

Police and DoE team up in East End

Environment officers are teaming up with police to help improve enforcement of conservation laws in the eastern districts.

Petition leads to Mortgage Law proposal

A public push to lobby banks for leniency on home mortgages has led to a legislative effort to change Cayman’s lending rules.

Port economic impact predictions differ dramatically

Estimates of the potential economic impact of Grand Cayman’s cruise port project have varied widely during the planning phase of the project.

Cayman Trusts Law needs to evolve, trust lawyers say

The Cayman Islands Trusts Law is in urgent need of modernization, particularly with regard to the treatment of U.S. beneficiaries of a trust, trust lawyers said at the Mourant Ozannes Trusts and Private Client Conference.

Seven arrested in crackdown on drunk driving

Police arrested seven people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend.

Public meeting Oct. 20 for George Town revitalization

Consultants and government officials will host a public meeting next week to present plans for revitalizing central George Town, answer questions and collect public input.

John Gray construction business case under way

The mistakes and cost overruns that marred the construction of Clifton Hunter High School will not be repeated as government looks to complete John Gray High School, a senior education official has vowed. Chief Officer for the Ministry of Education Christen Suckoo said a careful planning and budgeting process is taking place before work resumes on John Gray High School.

OECD releases measures to curb corporate tax avoidance

The OECD presented a final set of measures that seek to reform international tax rules to close gaps and inconsistencies that allow corporate profits to “disappear” or to be artificially shifted to jurisdictions with low or no taxation.

Seaweed invasion continues

The sargassum seaweed invasion of Seven Mile Beach is likely to be over by Wednesday.

Details revealed for new, expanded HospiceCare home

Details of the new Seven Mile Beach home for Cayman HospiceCare have emerged, pegging the worth of the project at $3 million, and at least doubling the size of the present facility.

Ebanks faces world's best; ranking reaches No. 52

Cayman’s finest amateur boxer, Tafari Ebanks, is in Qatar with his coach Norman Wilson to compete in the world championships, which start in Doha on Monday.

Former minister defends role in schools projects

Former Education Minister Rolston Anglin has defended his role in the management of Cayman’s ill-fated high school construction projects, saying he walked into a “storm” when he took over the job.

Smith Road work nearly done

Work to widen Smith Road through central George Town should be wrapped up by the end of this month, weather permitting.

LIME rebrands as Flow

Telecommunications company LIME has rebranded and launched as Flow in the Cayman Islands.

Auditor 'disappointed' in planning board reappointments

Cayman’s outgoing Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick said he was “disappointed” to learn the members of the Central Planning Authority and the Sister Islands Development Control Board were reappointed following a damning audit released by his office earlier this year.

Entire government audited for first time

For the first time since the Cayman Islands government began using accrual accounting in 2004, the financial statements of the entire public sector have provided enough information to undergo an audit.

Dart touts hotel project impact

Developer Dart Realty says its Kimpton hotel project is having spin-off benefits for the Cayman Islands economy and will create more jobs as construction enters its final phase.

Bill seeks importers' fuel pricing information

Fuel price reporting by petroleum importers may soon be a legal requirement.

Government protection isn't free

The following dynamic plays out in the Cayman Islands too often. Something “happens” in the economy. Someone complains. Government steps in with a “solution.” And then the real problems begin.

'Nikki's Voice' marathon team pushes the limits

For the last three months, 24-year-old Nikki Christian has been preparing to compete in her first marathon. On Saturdays she can be found at Seven Mile CrossFit, and every Sunday morning she wakes up at 6 a.m., puts on her neon-colored sneakers, and sets out to train along the wide stretch of Esterley Tibbetts Highway heading into West Bay. The schedule is rigorous, the goal daunting.

Bill seeks to eliminate liquor license 'black market'

Sweeping changes proposed for Cayman’s Liquor Licensing Law seek to end what government and business leaders have often described as the “black market” for liquor licenses.

Large disparity in Grand Cayman gas prices

Gas prices at one group of retail gas stations fell significantly this week, while other retail average prices remained largely unchanged from two weeks ago.

Morris still missed 10 years on

The Cayman Islands cricket fraternity marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of young cricketer Daniel Richlin Morris on Tuesday.

Brac developments in the works

Expansions to two hotels and a new government-funded swimming pool are in the works for Cayman Brac. The Brac Reef Beach Resort is midway through renovations including a new pool and multi-level bar, while Le Soleil D’Or has added a spa, fitness center and restaurants and is planning to add accommodations early next year.

Cayman duo enjoyed world champs

Intrepid triathletes Kendall Ebanks and Justine Plenkiewicz enjoyed representing the Cayman Islands at the ITU World Championships in Chicago over the weekend.

Bill seeks move to two-year budgets

If legislative proposals made public Wednesday are adopted, the current government budget will be Cayman’s last one-year public sector budget cycle.

Chamber to host free monthly workshops for small business

The Ministry of Commerce has awarded a contract for hosting small business workshops to the Chamber of Commerce.

Morris wants a total revamp

Cayman’s national cricket team performed so badly at the ICC World Cricket League Division 6 tournament in England two weeks ago that a revamp of the system is an absolute necessity, according to the team’s spin bowler Alessandro Morris.

Laws without enforcement lead to injustice

For any perceived problem, government has at least one solution for it, on paper. Of course, there is a difference between paper solutions and real solutions.

Get into the mix with Cayman Cocktail Week

Parties, events and cocktail tastings at Cayman Cocktail Week, Oct. 23-20

Hosting dilemma: Which wine to drink first

When you have several wines to serve guests over the course of the evening, you don't always want to wait to serve the best one last.

Far-reaching effect of permanent residence ruling cited

A recent court decision in permanent residence case may be a game-changer, not only for immigration-related matters, but for many other areas in which appointed boards make rulings and hear appeals on a plethora of matters, from business licensing to planning issues.

Film production company coming to Cayman

A film production company is planning to set up shop in the Cayman Islands with the aim of nurturing local talent and making movies here.

Licensing enforcement worries business owners

Cayman Islands business owners are not particularly concerned about complying with a new Trade and Business Licensing Law, but they say they are worried about a lack of enforcement against those who do not follow the rules.

Several tourism improvements discussed with liquor board

A number of new developments in the tourism and restaurant business were discussed during Thursday’s meeting of the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman.

Planning board reappointed after critical report

All members of the Cayman Islands Central Planning Authority have been reappointed in the wake of an audit report.

Violent robbery creates 'climate of fear,' judge says

James Romano Whittaker was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment Thursday for robbing a couple at knifepoint late last year as they were sitting on a seawall in George Town.

Government takes steps to new courthouse

The Ministry of Planning has issued a request for proposals for consultants to begin planning for a new court facility. The RFP asks companies to bid on the outline business case for a new building to replace the aging courthouse.

Little decline in Cayman gas prices

Steadily falling fuel prices in the U.S. and worldwide since early July once again are not reflected at the pump on Grand Cayman, statistics examined by the Cayman Compass reveal.

EY reform plan: One year later

It has been a year since the Cayman Islands government announced an ambitious public sector reform plan to restructure the civil service, amalgamate certain services, privatize others and sell off certain public assets.

 The reforms were based on a $155,000 consultant report done by EY, and although many of the recommendations were longer-term projects, Premier Alden McLaughlin said in April that six areas in particular had been identified as issues the government would pursue immediately.

 

Cayman teacher’s mission supports Syrian refugees

An image of a lifeless child washed up on a Turkish beach has stirred emotions and galvanized public attention to a growing refugee crisis in Europe. For John Gray High School teacher Ted Todd, the picture hit closer to home.

Business in brief

RBC Royal Bank launches private banking; interns get work experience at LIME; Mourant Ozannes expands Hong Kong practice; Appleby acted for holdings firm in Hong Kong listing

Camana Bay underpass work to start in October

Construction of the long-planned vehicular underpass on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway at Camana Bay could start as early as next month, according to a Dart spokeswoman.

Smith Road congestion to extend to late October

The $1.8 million road-widening project on Smith Road that started in July will not be finished until late October.

South Sound builds on development boom

South Sound is undergoing a new development boom with at least five projects in various stages of completion.

Survey: Business leaders would pay more tax for greater clarity

Three-quarters of global business leaders would accept higher taxes in exchange for greater clarity on acceptable tax planning.

Football leader re-elected; corruption probe possible

Football boss Bruce Blake has promised full cooperation with any investigation into the Cayman Islands Football Association’s finances after being confirmed as acting leader of the organization.

Students bound for UK network at Gov't House

A reception drew 50 people, mostly current and former students, to the Governor’s House to mingle and network, joined by Premier Alden McLaughlin, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Minister of Education Tara Rivers.

Obituary: David Bronson Catron, 1958-2015

David Bronson Catron passed away in July 25.

Crystal Cave attraction to open this year

A new cave tourism attraction could be open in North Side before the end of the year.

U-15s football team unlucky not to reach Caribbean final

The Cayman Islands Under-15 national football team returned home from St. Maarten with their heads held high after gaining third place at the Caribbean Football Union U-15 Championships.

Government in dark on full property value

Even after a recent valuation, the Cayman Islands government does not know what all of its property is worth.

Impact of port construction highlighted

The negative impact of the estimated three-year construction period for the proposed cruise berthing facility in George Town harbor should not be underestimated, according to a new review from the Environmental Assessment Board.

The price of ‘price regulation’ is too high

Price regulation on gasoline is not something the government should implement in a free-market society.

MLA: Road maintenance budget 'not enough'

Cayman's current roads maintenance budget is not enough to suit Cayman’s infrastructure needs, a former roads minister says.

Audit slams Nation Building expenses

A report by Cayman's auditor general is highly critical of the former Nation Building Fund, but the country's former premier defends the program.

Public utilities legislation due in the fall

Claiming residents have endured uncompetitive and inflated petrol prices for too long, Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts warned gas and diesel distributors that they must turn over their operational cost data to government or face fuel price control legislation.

Legislature clears way for two developments

The Legislative Assembly approved two changes to the 1997 Development Plan on Wednesday, clearing the way for the Gran Palazzo condo project on North Sound and a new commercial development on the Linford Pierson Highway.

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.

Speed limit immobility: Sign of the times

It is difficult to think of an act of governance more simple than setting a speed limit.

Golf resort aims for 2018 tee-off

A second golf course has been added to the plans for the proposed Ironwood resort, with the development’s project manager now predicting a 2018 opening date.

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