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Ombudsman orders Cabinet to release Smith Barcadere planning decision

The Office of the Ombudsman has ruled that excerpts of Cabinet minutes relating to a planning-permission exemption for Smith Barcadere should be made public.

Glad Smith Barcadere makeover rejected

Please DON’T redevelop or put up new structures at Smith Barcadere – we have been visiting the beautiful Cayman Islands for many years now...
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Smith Barcadere redevelopment plan abandoned

Government has quashed its plans to redevelop Smith Barcadere.

Smith Barcadere exempt from planning permission

No planning permission will be required for the proposed redevelopment of Smith Barcadere. 

Smith Barcadere project paused

Plans to enhance Smith Barcadere have been put on hold until further public consultation is held and agreement on a way forward is found, officials announced Saturday.

Smith Cove parking plan ignites debate over site covenant

Debate over the Smith Barcadere development has intensified, as advocates to protect the cove clash with government over plans for an oceanside parking lot.

Smith Cove enhancement to start in March

The Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure has said it will begin enhancements to Smith Barcadere next month.

3 months for indecently touching child

Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn imposed a sentence of 12 weeks’ immediate imprisonment after finding a man guilty of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 13.

85-year-old visitor dies of drowning

An 85-year-old woman, visiting from Florida, USA, was found unresponsive at Smith Cove just after 11am Monday.

Man convicted for indecent assault at Smith Cove

Valiyaveettil Josepeter was convicted in Grand Court for one count of indecent assault and acquitted on another Friday in a trial related to an incident at Smith Cove that occurred in February.

Commercial activity at Smith Cove shut down

A tour company offering snorkel trips to Smith Cove has been moved off the beach amid public outcry about commercial activity encroaching on the popular site.

Woman assaulted at Smith Cove

Police are seeking witnesses who may have seen an assault on a woman at Smith Cove in the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 18. A 31-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of the assault.

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.

Teen burglary suspects linked to other crimes

Two of the three teenage suspects apprehended at Smith Cove Thursday on suspicion of burglary made court appearances on unrelated charges Friday.

Letter: MLA responds to criticism over beach disabled access comments

Following a July 10 community meeting regarding the redevelopment of Smith Barcadere at South Sound Community Centre and the ensuing comments made through various forms of media, I want to assure the people of the Cayman Islands that I have the best for my people at heart.

Three burglary suspects apprehended at Smith Cove

Police officers converged on Smith Cove Thursday afternoon, bringing multiple cars, a helicopter, the K-9 unit and a boat from the Joint Marine Unit in pursuit of three burglary suspects.

Gun found near Smith Cove

Police recovered a rusty-looking handgun containing one bullet in the vicinity of Smith Cove Wednesday, after a member of the public spotted the weapon.
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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.

Government seeks to add park to Smith Cove

The layout of Smith Cove may soon be getting a face-lift. Barbara Conolly, the elected representative for George Town South, is holding a community meeting on Tuesday evening, July 10, to discuss the enhanced development of the beach at Smith Cove.

Easter campers hit the beaches

You know it must be Easter when the colorful encampments of tents begin popping up on the beaches around Grand Cayman.

‘Colour Me Purple’ event supports women’s empowerment

Hundreds of people participated in the Colour Me Purple 5K Walk/Run on Saturday and Sunday morning, proceeds of which go to support empowerment programs for women and youth.

Off the Beaten Track the most difficult to date

The participants of the 9th annual Off the Beaten Track 50-kilometer ultramarathon and relay took on and conquered the toughest course to date on Feb. 28.

Man charged in child indecent assault case

A man appeared in court Wednesday charged with two counts of indecent assault on girls at Smith Cove on Sunday.

EDITORIAL — Year in review

Today we are featuring excerpts from some of the most interesting, compelling and entertaining editorials that have appeared in the Cayman Compass in 2016, on some of the most important issues facing our country.

Smith Cove a perfect setting for Pirate vows

New Yorkers Christiano and Marian Buono took the Cayman Islands’ pirate heritage to heart at their five-year vow renewal at Smith Cove during Pirates Week.

Government approves Smith Cove purchase; Pageant Beach eyed

The Cayman Islands Cabinet has approved the purchase of property adjacent to Smith Cove public beach for US$5.4 million (CI$4.4 million), Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts said Wednesday. The price is about US$1.2 million more than a private developer bought the same parcel of land for in 2015.

Campaigners celebrate saving Smith Cove

Campaigners who fought a brief battle to save Smith Cove from development enjoyed the spoils of their victory in a day of celebration at the historic, natural beauty spot Saturday.

Government allocates $5 million for Smith Cove

Government agreed Monday to take $5 million from the Environmental Protection Fund to buy part of Smith Cove to protect it from development.

After Smith Cove ‘saved,’ is battle for Barkers next?

Just days after sealing a deal to buy part of Smith Cove, government is facing calls to purchase another piece of oceanfront real estate to protect it from a planned development. A private landowner is going before the Central Planning Authority on Wednesday.

Smith Cove fundamental to Cayman

Although I am no longer there, I write as someone who spent an unforgettable 25 years in Grand Cayman to add my voice to the efforts to acquire Smith Cove in perpetuity and to resist adjacent developments to the site.

EDITORIAL – Premier McLaughlin muddies the waters of ‘Alden Pond’

On Thursday, Premier Alden McLaughlin purported to “correct” a Cayman Compass editorial that stated his Progressives government had squandered an opportunity to obtain land adjoining Smith Cove from the Dart Group. Premier McLaughlin then proceeded to lay out, in detail, how accurate the Compass’s observations were.

Premier: ‘Agreement in principle’ to purchase Smith Cove

The Cayman Islands government has agreed “in principle” to purchase a property on the northern end of Smith Cove, to prevent part of the beach from being developed. Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Friday in Legislative Assembly that the agreement had been made with Bronte Development Ltd. to buy the land, but a price had not been agreed.

A history of Smith Cove ownership

The northerly part of Smith Cove has been in private ownership since the first official countrywide land survey was conducted in the 1970s. The 2.5-acre plot comprises part of the smaller beach, a rocky outcrop and a grove of seagrape trees.

UPDATED: Agreement ‘in principle’ to buy Smith Cove land

Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Friday that government had reached an "agreement in principle" to buy land on the northern side of Smith Cove from the private owners of the parcel.

EDITORIAL – Smith Cove: ‘Alden Pond’?

Smith Cove (or, as many longtime residents know it, Smith Barcadere) is a national, natural treasure. For decades, the white sandy beach–flanked turquoise lagoon has been a magnet for swimmers, sunbathers and tourists in the South Church Street area. Simply put, Smith Cove is the epitome of a beautiful public space.

Development planned on edge of Smith Cove

An oceanfront piece of land on the edge of Smith Cove is being developed into a condo complex, with 24 two- and three-bedroom homes. The privately owned land to the north of the beach includes a grassy area and rocks commonly used by children to jump into the water, as well as a small portion of one of the sandy beaches.

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