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Chair vendors spoiling Public Beach

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Public beach playground closed until end August

The playground by the Seven Mile Beach public beach parking lot will be closed until Friday, 30 Aug., as work by Dart in the area continues.

Vendor village nearing completion at Seven Mile Public Beach

Work on the final phase of a $3 million project to enhance Public Beach and create a ‘vendor village’ for licensed traders begins next month.

EDITORIAL – A much-needed upgrade for Public Beach

Seven Mile Public Beach has been a victim of its own success in recent years, with vendors, tourists and locals all vying for their place in the sand and sun.

$3 million Public Beach plan includes ‘vendor village’

A $3 million project to enhance Seven Mile Public Beach and create a new “vendor village” for traders begins Monday, according to the Dart group.
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Cayman resident dies in water-related incident

A 68-year-old man died Wednesday in Cayman’s 10th water-related death of the year.

Calico Jack’s to leave Seven Mile Beach

Calico Jack’s, an institution on Seven Mile Beach for the last 15 years, is planning to move to Barkers Beach in West Bay.

Tourism Minister Kirkconnell: Beach thefts an ‘affront’ to tourism industry

A series of thefts from tourists on Cayman Islands beaches has been labeled an “affront” to one of the “core pillars” of the Cayman Islands economy.

Beach upgrades, slots for vendors approved

Plans for upgrades to Public Beach, including volleyball and beach soccer courts, as well as huts for beach vendors and designated spots for food trucks, were approved this week.

Drug dogs to patrol Cayman’s streets, beaches

Officers with drug-detecting dogs will soon be regularly patrolling the territory’s streets and public beaches, according to Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Commissioner Derek Byrne.
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Three missing people located in same day

Three people reported missing, including a child, an elderly tourist and a teenager, were relocated Wednesday, following efforts by first responders and the public in Grand Cayman to bring them to safety.

Visitor robbed near Public Beach

A man visiting Grand Cayman was robbed by “two masked young men” near Public Beach on Wednesday night.

Charge withdrawn against business operating on public beach

Three defendants’ court cases have been affected by a recent grant of permission to operate a business on the public beach.

Thefts on Public Beach reported

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported Thursday that it had received calls regarding a pair of thefts in the vicinity of Public Beach on Wednesday. The police received a report late Wednesday morning about a beach bag that was stolen after it was left in the sand.

Driver reached 127 mph in fatal accident

An Audi A4 was traveling at approximately 127 miles per hour on West Bay Road when it collided with a curb, crashed and burst into flames, causing the death of 21-year-old Jessie Perry in September 2015.

Net your tickets for NORCECA beach volleyball

Beach volleyball fans are eagerly awaiting the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour, scheduled for Friday to Sunday at Public Beach next to Calico Jack’s.

NORCECA tournament comes to Seven Mile Beach this weekend

Raise the nets and sweep the beach. Professional volleyball returns to the Cayman Islands this weekend, when Public Beach at Seven Mile Beach will play host to an international tournament sponsored by NORCECA.

Teen volleyball star aims to grow Cayman game

Marissa Harrison, ace student and star volleyball player, has taken on the role of her sport’s chief ambassador to the Cayman Islands.

A year after boat tragedy, hope endures

Friends and family of five boaters missing at sea for a year gathered on Seven Mile Beach Tuesday in a tearful tribute to their lost loved ones.

The only calendar you’ll need this Christmas

There are already Christmas items in the shops and festive ads on the television, now that the holiday season is near. The local calendar is filling up with events guaranteed to get people in the holiday spirit, beginning with the Christmas tree lighting at Camana Bay on Saturday.

Tales told under night

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s much anticipated annual signature event, “Gimistory,” is set to be even bigger and better than ever. Launching the event this year will be a fundraiser: The Tradewinds’ Cayman Reunion Concert on Saturday at Tiki Beach.

The only calendar you’ll need this Christmas

There are already Christmas items in the shops and festive ads on the television, now that the holiday season is near. The local calendar is filling up with events guaranteed to get people in the holiday spirit, beginning with the Christmas tree lighting at Camana Bay on Saturday.

Beach training for dogs marks 10th anniversary

For a decade, volunteers have been matched with dogs to spend about an hour teaching their canine partners to sit, heel, walk on a leash and other skills. In between the short training sessions, volunteers take the dogs for a swim or a walk on the beach.

EDITORIAL – A ‘fine’ day at the beach for vendors

For political reasons, our legislators may not wish to appear to be “picking sides” between the livelihoods of the beach vendors and the peace of mind of residents and visitors. But in the end, a decision must be made. And, clearly, the correct course of action is the one that preserves the sanctity of our tourism product.

Public Beach vendors fined $500, vow court fight

A number of unlicensed vendors operating on Grand Cayman’s Public Beach were fined $500 last month and told to pay up or go to court.

‘Sky of Hope’ lanterns honor those who have passed

Hundreds gathered at Public Beach on Wednesday night to release paper lanterns honoring loved ones who have passed, at the “Sky of Hope” fundraiser for Cayman HospiceCare. HospiceCare’s Danielle Coleman said more than 200 people came to the beach for picnic dinners and sparkling wine as they released the glowing paper lanterns into the night sky, with a backdrop of lightning storms over the sea.

Illegal vendors remain on beachfront

Tuesday’s scene on Public Beach at Seven Mile Beach this week was a familiar one, with unlicensed vendors setting up at the waterfront, beach chairs stacked up dozens high and Waverunners and banana boats gliding past swimmers in shallow waters next to shore.

Licensing, training and dress code required for Cayman’s beach vendors

Any Public Beach vendors who remain in the Seven Mile Beach corridor past the end of this month will have undergone customer service training, participated in government inspections and will have to adhere to a dress code, according to government officials.

UPDATE: Arrest in Public Beach stabbing

A 21-year-old man remained in hospital Thursday after being stabbed in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the parking lot near Seven Mile Public Beach.

Vandals slash ‘floating waterpark’

Overnight Wednesday, someone took a blade and stabbed dozens of holes into the thick green and yellow rubberized canvas of the inflatable waterpark, normally seen off Public Beach.

Deadline for unlicensed vendors nears

Trade officers with the Department of Commerce and Investment have issued warnings to 36 unlicensed businesses who operate on public land.

Officials say vendors need permission to use public land

Trade and business licenses cannot be granted to Grand Cayman’s Public Beach vendors, or anyone else operating on Crown land, without prior approval of Cabinet, the head of the Department of Commerce and Investment confirmed Tuesday.

NORCECA Beach Volleyball returns to Public Beach

Volleyball enthusiasts can look forward to a weekend of stellar performances, with aces, bumps, blocks and digs galore as the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tournament returns to the sandy beaches of Cayman.
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(UPDATED) Police identify man found floating off Public Beach

A man found floating in the water just off Public Beach on Grand Cayman has become the islands’ fifth water-related fatality victim since the start of 2016.

Residents: Seven Mile Beach being destroyed by vendors

Unlicensed businesses, carelessly discarded trash and dangerous watercraft operations are adding to a “lawless mentality” on Grand Cayman’s Public Beach that residents have warned is in danger of being “destroyed by a growing horde of unlicensed vendors,” according to complaints filed last week with the government’s Ministry of Tourism.

Dart plans children’s resort in new SMB tourism district

A children’s resort is being planned as part of a new tourism district surrounding Dart’s new hotels on Seven Mile Beach.

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