Sign appears on 7MB denying access

| 14/05/2019 | 149 Comments
Cayman News Service

Private beach sign on Seven Mile Beach

(CNS): As beach access issues continue to remain a priority for many people in the community, a CNS reader alerted us last week to yet another sign on Seven Mile Beach which incorrectly states that an area of beach almost at the water line is private. This latest hand-painted offending sign at the side of a number of beach chairs is located between Calico Jack’s and the Kimpton. The sign and chairs are very close to the water, making it hard to traverse the area and all but impossible for anyone to sit on the sand.

CNS has contacted the Public Lands Commission about the sign and the denial of access, but the entity tasked with protecting public beach access has not responded to our questions.

Anyone who spots efforts to block or deny people access to the beach can send pictures to CNS and we will continue to press the commission about what action it is taking to deal with the growing challenges of accessing local beaches, especially on Seven Mile Beach.

Please send photos, videos and other information to news@caymannewsservice.com

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Use of beaches by the public – from the Cayman Government

    Various folks have asked at various times if they are allowed to use beaches in front of private property or hotels, and whether they can use the chairs, etc.

    I happened to come across today an appendix in the Department of Tourism Accommodation Manual which lays it out – I had been looking for a good reference and hadn’t found one. This may not be news to some, but wanted to put it here in case folks ask.

    Source: caymanislands.ky/content/files/foi/docs/land…

    Here we go:

    The public access to Cayman’s beaches is by the recognized public rights of way which are

    usually clearly marked on maps and physically on the ground. Landowners over whose land

    these public rights of way exist are under a legal duty to make sure that they are kept free and

    clear of any obstruction or debris.

    Once members of the public arrive on the beach the following rules apply:

    The seaward boundary of a landowner‟s or tenant‟s property is, in tidal waters, the mean high

    water mark. Between the mean high water mark and the low water mark, known as “foreshore”,

    the land belongs to the Crown as does anything below the sea up to the limit of territorial

    waters.

    Where, however, a landowner‟s property consists of “beach” above the mean high water mark,

    then the usual rule, that a landowner can eject anyone he chooses from his land, is displaced.

    Members of the public have the right to use any part of Cayman‟s beaches for recreation even

    though the part of the beach being used is on private property, i.e. is above the mean high

    water mark. Such a public right is one of a group of rights which members of the public enjoy,

    even over private land, in the Cayman Islands. It is a right which the law presumes to have

    existed for many years and which members of the public have acquired under the Prescription

    Law.

    Whilst members of the public have no rights to use private property such as beach furniture

    which belongs to beachfront property owners, they may not be prevented from using the beach

    or passing to and fro along the beach even where the beach they use is on private land. Hotel

    managers should ensure that all staff working on the beach such a security personnel and food

    and beverage staff are aware of the law and that the public right to use any part of the beach is

    not restricted or limited in any way.

    ================================

    This is about the clearest I have ever seen this explained. Hope this helps

  2. Anonymous says:

    as the calypso song says “da beach is mine, I could ‘bade’ anytime.

    “da wa ya get”

  3. Anonymous says:

    I usually go to Calico’s around 8-9AM on a Sunday. But lately, it’s as if I have to ask permission or go through security first before entering Calico Jack’s (which I can somewhat understand) though the first question the securities always ask is:

    “How long are you staying for?”

    And then when I head to the beach side there would be some of, who I would assume to be the beach vendors, cleaning the chairs. As I settle and put my things down, the moment I head to the water the vendor would then say to me “Mam, you have to pay for those chairs. Even locals have to pay for them. How long are you staying here for?”

    I wasn’t sure what to say, but it made me feel uncomfortable. I said I was only going to stay for half an hour, so he said “Ok, you can stay”. Then he left, came back with that same very sign and stuck it right on that same area and looked at me. LOL

    What is a local woman to do or say at this point? He was practically running me from MY beach when he’s not even from here, neither probably have any form of ownership of the land.

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    • Anonymous says:

      The chairs were there first. Keep it moving!

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    • Anonymous says:

      I suggest you explain the position to him politely and go about your peaceful enjoyment. If he presses you, call the police.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You can sit on the beach for free but no, you can’t use chairs for free. The govt didn’t put the chairs there. But those vendors should have to leave lots of room for people to put their own chairs or towels.

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      • Anonymous says:

        You can’t use his chair for free, but he can’t plant his chair on the beach and then charge anyone else to use it unless he has a trade and business licence and PLC consent. Which seems unlikely.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Unless the govt hits them in the pocket they will not stop. Fine them!!!

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Suggestion for the Public Lands Commission – put up signs along the beach that state the beach is PUBLIC and reference the law

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    • Anonymous says:

      Why? We all know it is public. Do not deface our environment to correct the willfully ignorant. Just sanction them, and their behaviors will soon stop.

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      • Anonymous says:

        tourists don’t….and seen by these comments there is constant discussion as to whether the public beach part goes up to the highwater mark or vegetation line etc.

        signs don’t have to be obscene, just informative.

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        • Anonymous says:

          It is the vegetation line. We all know it and should stamp out anyone interfering with that.

          You seen the big yellow “no loud music” signs at Smith’s Baracdere? Equally wrong. Loud music is unlawful in public places under the Law. If the authorities just enforced all the laws all day, every day, there would be no issue.

          Put a sign in airport arrivals if you need to be satisfied that tourists and developers understand the laws of this country.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    No need to get all salty about it.

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  7. Ron Ebanks says:

    Do you all see what is the outcome of Government giving the vendors permission to use public property for personal gains .
    Worse is coming if you all don’t get off your assess and open your mouths .

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Yah! I know what they waiting on to move them chairs!… A hurricane passing going north but that’s not gonna only move the chairs gonna move them too across on the other side of the road up in the north sound! That will move it all! That ocean water!

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Squatters must go and take their chairs with them.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Why are you so docile? If they illegally erect signs and put their chairs, anyone is entitled to remove those signs and chairs.

    If police intervenes, make sure you video record (keep you phone in a landscape mode) the incident.

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  11. Ron Ebanks says:

    How can you people sit down with your mouths shut and
    let the Government and who put THAT SIGN on PUBLIC PROPERTY.
    Shame on you people someone grow a pair of B&&ls and go and remove THAT SIGN if Planning don’t do it . Remember THAT SIGN IS NOT ON THEIR PROPERTY AND THEY DON’T OWN IT .
    Who is head of the planning Board ? Who is supplying all the beach chairs and umbrellas ?

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  12. Anonymous says:

    SMB has gone to s*** in the last 7 years. You’ll reap what you sow. Just wait.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    What is really hilarious, sarcasm intended, that this country has nothing else of value to offer to visitors and rich investors, but SMB. The most prized, exceptional assets everywhere else in the world are stored behind a bulletproof glass. Figuratively speaking.
    Yet, in the Cayman islands, the most prized asset, the money making asset is not only unprotected, but in a such sorry state that one left wondering about mental state of people running this country.
    Do not throw your pearls before swine. They may trample them under their feet.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Wish I could like a million times. Truer words have never been typed. Well when it gone we’ll see what else they find to destroy…’Go East Initiative’!

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  14. Here first says:

    We’ll see how private it is when I come there and fish from that very spot and theres not a damn thing anyone can do about it legally.

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  15. Mervyn Cumber says:

    As far as I am aware, beach front land owners’ property extends to the “average” high water mark. So some comments are incorrect stating to the vegetation line. Below the average high water mark is public and access should be for everyone.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry to inform you, YES in 1986 the law was changed to give ownership to highwater mark BUT the Prescription Law FROM 1832 gives the public the RIGHT TO TRAVERSE OVER LONG USED ACCESS PATHS TO THE SEA AND TO USE ALL BEACHES AND FORESHORES AND CANALS.

      Government is failing to protect Caymanian rights.

      THE FIGHT TO PROTECT CAYMANIANS RIGHTS WILL BECOME MORE VISIBLE AND AGGRESSIVE.

      WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      you are right, but incorrect to allow the inference that the beachfront land owner’s property (not their chairs or anything like that, but the actual beach itself) cannot be also enjoyed by anyone else who has legally accessed it…and that is the point….the beach front owner’s property rights really only extend to their right to clean it!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Simply wrong Marcus. All persons have the right to use and enjoy the full width of the beach for their peaceable recreation. This includes laying down a towel and sunbathing – well up from the waterline.

      Respect you for using your name.

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  16. Alden says:

    Just like America, “Its better to ask for forgiveness than permission” Pretty soon TrUmp will be the next Premier. Cayman loves to follow suit

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  17. Beach Vendor says:

    Everyday I’m Hustlin’

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Pretty soon i’m looking to see riots happening

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    • Anonymous says:

      THE SOONER THE BETTER BEFORE GOVERNMENT HAS TOTALLY SOLD US OUT DART AND OTHER BILLIONAIRS.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Way to late for that fella as you all were sold off a long time ago. You are the minority now and better get used to it!

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Lot o f people say Barbara Conolly is a do little MLA, but she sorted the Smith Cove vendor issue in short order. Where’s the MLA whose jurisdiction covers Public Beach on this (and the vendors and the blocked access paths to SMB).? At the hairdressers?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh Lord, you really think Tara going down there in that hot sun…

      She couldn’t care less how many signs they put up…

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    • Anonymous says:

      Barbara is excellent at helping out the GTS residents and continues to work hard daily. In the case of Smith Barcaderre it is actually written into the land registry as the Webster family wanted to keep it non-commercial. I believe government needs to write the same conditions onto all public beaches – AND ENFORCE IT.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Barbara works very hard and for sure answers every call. Kudos to her. However I would like for her to organize some sort of clean up campaign in Windsor Park area driving east on both roads from the Park. This area does not reflect Cayman whatsoever. The unsightly and stink garbage is bound to breed disease. Then the bush in the yards and not to mention the old cars. Please time to deal with th property owners. Please Please lets keep Cayman clean.

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    • Anonymous says:

      The owners of these properties have every right to limit the ragtag bunch who come around. People of means do not want to spend all this money and not have a safe, clean hassle free beach spot. Keep the development going Mr Premier and Unity team!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Dartbot working hard again to push down Caymanians at every opportunity.

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      • Anonymous says:

        If don’t feel safe in Cayman, then frankly you shouldn’t have come.I guess the sound of a TAX FREE salary is very tempting.

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      • Anonymous says:

        If you persist in that view then this multiple university educated and calm and reasonable member of the rag tag bunch to which you refer is perfectly capable of chasing you and any owner that shares your view off your god-damned property. Beachfront properties were bought subject to other people’s rights to peacefully enjoy a substantial part of it. No one was misled. Everyone benefits from and enjoys the open nature of this society.

        Your definition of rag tag infers a label that you are applying to the general public of the Cayman Islands. It is insulting.

        Caymanian fishermen, English Bankers, Jamaican School Teachers, Filipino Construction Works, American Billionaires, Canadian tourists and unemployed persons of any nationality all have equal right to peaceably enjoy the beach, no matter who owns it. If your belief system does not allow you to believe or stand up for that core truth, please leave now before it gets really ugly.

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        • Anonymous says:

          It appears that all of these new “tough people – riff raff” are going to mess with the goose that is laying the golden eggs, now with all these empty threats of violence. Well you all wanted the money so now you can suffer the consequences of all your greedy actions.

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          • Anonymous says:

            The goose is the Caymanian people, and the eggs are their tolerance, welcome, and respect for outsiders.

            Spit in their face, and they have every right to withhold any more eggs.

            I will support them in that if they are backed any further into a corner – and I accept the consequences will be disasterous.

            Moral to the story, respect local laws and customs or leave now!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t feed the “Premier and Unity team troll” – he really is obvious ( no one can be that blind or stupid) but people always bite

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    • Anonymous says:

      Representatives elected in the Republic of Expatistan, voted in by people locked away in gated communities, and who are predominantly not originally from the Cayman Islands and have a North American attitude towards land rights, do not care about public access rights.

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      • Anonymous says:

        May explain Tara. How does it explain the other 17 MLAs? How about those MLAs voted in by recipients of status grants in 2004? Whats their edge?

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        • Anonymous says:

          Relatively few cabinet status recipients live in the SMB corridor. They cannot afford to.

          • Anonymous says:

            A number of them seem to be renting deck chairs and selling on SMB tho – hence the original dispensation from the then Premier when it all started.

          • Anonymous says:

            Maybe i am wrong, however as far as i know the SMB corridor as you put it, is part of either West Bay district or GT district, there is no elected member for SMB. You might want to find out some of the names living in these gated communities, you will find out there are a lot of wealthy Caymanians who have made millions out land deals, local businesses and financial services who have the biggest properties in there, in fact i think the current most expensive house in there is owned by a Caymanian. Enough of the expat bashing on an issue that impacts everyone.

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            • Anonymous says:

              correction, Paper Caymanian..Cabinet grant…let’s not get carried away…and it is the ugliest building on SMB

          • Anonymous says:

            Yet one of the two most recent had been allowed to build the most hideous building since the Courthouse.

    • Anonymous says:

      Barbara is one of the few PPM MLAs truly representing her constituents.

      She has always worked hard.

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  20. Jotnar says:

    Why does the Public Lands Commission not look out the window in the morning – they have to have something to do in the afternoon! There’s incompetence, and there is simply not giving a f*&%. Whether its vendors higgling without PLC permission of T&B licence, developers limiting access on the beach itself, or rights of way to the beach, you would see more action from my granny – and she’s been dead for 40 years.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    most of these comments are going on about whos fault is this, who is to blame, its this guy, that party etc etc….someone who has no clue about the rights of others stuck this sign up and must now remove it. they were wrong. its no ones fault except the person who made it and put it in the sand. like if someone parks in a blue spot, its no ones fault except the person who parked there. if a guy rides his bike doing stunts in rush hour traffic, its no ones fault except him for doing dumb ass crap. these people exist among us and will always exist among us. its no ones fault except the person committing the crime.

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    • Jotnar says:

      That all works up to the point where no one ever enforces the laws against these behaviours, which encourages people to do “dumb ass crap”. And guess what – every one of your examples has the same marker – selfish or stupid people doing what the hell they want, and no one in authority enforces the laws that are meant to stop them. At some point its more than just the individual to blame – its the failure of the authorities to enforce basic laws meant to be for the protection and benefit of society as a whole.

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    • Anonymous says:

      So the people whose job it is to educate, enforce, and keep the path clear (here and everywhere else) get to shirk all responsibility? We pay millions to them (the police, the trade and business authorities, the planning department, and the ministers) and this crap happens and none of it is their fault?

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      Whoever put up that sign knew what they were doing, and it’s proximity to the Kimpton would give a clue as to who is behind this test run.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    I hope all of the people that enjoyed Kaaboo and defended that fence being put up don’t complain about this sign! You and your festival set that precedent. I doubt that it is a coincidence this sign showed up at calico jacks and Kimpton…..

    By the way, who is buying one of the new Air Biscuits on Dart’s Tunnel?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Davenport the ones selling them. Try to keep up.

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    • Anonymous says:

      A 2 day festival as opposed to a sign that is there until someone arrests someone is completely different. Quit trying to make Kaaboo evil, you sound jealous.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Only idiots, being rich not necessarily means having grey matter, would purchase a residence in the Dump vicinity. No elaborate design and exceptional quality of construction would turn real property near the Dump into something of value. The area is no different than around Chernobyl.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    According to the Premier crime is down because of increase spending on the RCIPS which includes the beach patrols and expensive electric four wheelers we all pay for.

    How is it that obvious crimes like this are left unchecked without any recompense while police are supposedly patrolling for pot smokers and bag thieves?

    While those that know better ignore this sign our bread and butter tourist are forced to make a u turn for fear of trespass.

    This affects everyone and should be rightly prosecuted before a court of law. Set a precedent and deter this behavior before it becomes uncontrollable.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    The Courts say that “Access to the beach is not in the public interest.”

    Caymanians what is it going to take to get you to rise up to defend our beaches, foreshore and canals from being taken away?

    Caymanians you will loose that which you do not defend.

    Leave it to government and they will allow all beaches to be taken away from public use.

    The Public Lands Commission is just another waste of public funds to fool the public.

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  25. Anonymous says:

    The Mighty Gabby warned you all years ago from the days of selling the Holiday Inn Hotel. So literally Jack don’t want ya’all to bath on your beach!

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  26. Anonymous says:

    ppm destroyed public beach years ago by letting that rag tag bunch of vendors set-up without liscence

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    • Anonymous says:

      Mac did it. The inflatable monstrosity came first. He was warned.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Stop telling lies – that was McKeeva, I confronted the “pot smoking in the toilets at 7am boys” who first rented out chairs on public beach on more than one occasion and their answer was always “McKeewa told us it was OK”. This was when Mac was Premier, not Alden, not the PPM in power.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Alden? Julianna? Anthony? Anyone care that this is happening?

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  28. Anonymous says:

    Time for revolution.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    sooo.. I guess our beaches aren’t for us anymore as a lot of things……yea right someone need pluck that up

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    • Anonymous says:

      I guess the next thing they’ll say is that Caymanians are too lazy to use the beaches.

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      • Anonymous says:

        No, just too lazy to do anything about others stealing their birthright. Lots of public outrage about gay marriage, which doesn’t affect anyone not directly involved. Squat about people taking away the right to use the beaches, squat about our MLAs sitting on their well padded backsides and watching those rights – and incidentally our number one attraction for high value tourists – go to hell.

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  30. Anonymous says:

    Where are all of the Police that they were supposed to be walking the beach beat? Do they not see these things and report them??

    I am still dumbfounded as to why this is still allowed to happen? The Public Lands Commission needs to get their butts out of their office and walk the beach from end to end and they will see so many infractions and just maybe if they fine or enforce the laws some of these people might understand that they must follow the law of the land.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You think they are patrolling the beach daily, sorry that was an annual photo-op.

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    • Anonymous says:

      To be fair I am not sure this is a matter for the police. Its not an armed robbery – you wouldn’t call the police over a boundary dispute. Its an issue for the Public Lands Commission (albeit it would become an issue for the police if this flagrant breach of the law led to public disorder as outraged locals asserted their right of passage!)

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      • Anonymous says:

        Some years ago the police came and wrongly arrested a person who refused to leave an area of beach they were sunbathing on, at the request of a hotel. The cops ended up with egg all over their face after demonstrating total ignorance of the law. They now know the law. They must enforce it – or the public will.

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        None of them are doing their jobs as far as I am concerned..useless bunch..Living of the backs of hard working Caymanians..

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  31. Anonymous says:

    There’s no such thing as private beach, there is a such thing as private access to a beach, and there is such thing as private ownership of beach, they’re all being interchanged quite willingly to seek to confuse the public and enrich the developers and hoteliers and condo-owners, etc.
    Private ownership of a beach does exist outside many SMB condos and developments and homes all over the coastline of Cayman islands, however it does not stop anyone accessing that ‘private’ beach nor does it stop anyone enjoying it reasonably…what it does however is enable the land owner to put out private fixtures and fittings on that private beach that joe public has no right to sit on, and that’s fine…but the law does not stop joe public bringing his own chair to any part of any beach….although you’d think it does the way we’ve all been scammed by successive CIG’s and developers, etc

    Private access to a beach is a real thing and rightly so. Many properties have completely legally blocked access to the beach thru their properties, or gated access to the beach thu their properties…but this does not stop you using their beach as long as you do so reasonably and access it legally via a nearby public access of which they’re supposed to be every 200 yards or so

    private beach? not a thing….all those ropes on SMB? ignore them if you want, any security guard tell you otherwise, ask him to show you the law he’s enforcing…

    of course, its not about causing public nuisance and sitting in front of the watercolours and blaring music, you should be and will be arrested for that….it’s simply about everyone getting on….and understanding the law..and enforcing it

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    • T says:

      The beach is free to be used – up to the first vegetation. Whether in front of the Ritz, Kimpton or any condo along SMB.

      I say for those that want to use where the chairs are parked, go in numbers and if the chairs aren’t occupied, MOVE them sit on the beach and enjoy yourself.

      Vendor cannot hold a space on the beach for every chair. The chairs Are to remain stacked until rented. When rented, the renter is to find a spot.

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  32. Anonymous says:

    Any surprised by this? This is a land pirates free for all! Where are the CPA/DCI enforcement foot soldiers or have they been told to lay off?

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  33. Anonymous says:

    Only a matter of time before the public loses access to Seven Mile Beach. Developers rule in Cayman and by having private beaches they can increase the value of their properties.

    Due to the fact that the CIG is in bed with developers nothing seriously will be done.

    Our SMB is rapidly going the way of Jamaican beaches. Sad but true.

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  34. Anonymous says:

    Is anything in place to deter this kind of action? Fines? Suspend T&B license?

    If there are no consequence why wouldn’t people try to restrict access?

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  35. Anonymous says:

    Luckily for them, I have not run into this.

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  36. Anonymous says:

    It is terrible what has been happening with beach access recently at Public Beach. They lay the beach full of beach chairs ‘available to rent’. If you rent a cabana you basically have no beach access and the chairs cover the beach so there is nowhere to sit on your towel. I don’t necessarily have an issue with someone having a business making chairs available to rent from a stack stored out of the way but there is no way they should be allowed to spread them out before someone has actually paid for them. They should be required to keep them in a stack to one side and put them out only once paid for and someone is sitting in them? I don’t have an issue with that but as it is right now is terrible! It used to be a lovely place to take your family or visitors with the playground and Calico Jacks to eat at ..

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    • Anonymous says:

      I totally agree!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      See also Anonymous at 10:47 am.

      I agree totally with her/him as well.

    • Anthony says:

      Totally agree. In addition, they should be required to move the chairs back away from the sea so that all public can more readily access and enjoy the beach. A family sitting on beach towels cannot be expected to be sitting behind the rows of chairs. If they are moved back, the public can enjoy the beach and those on the beach chairs still have access and a view. Everyone benefits.

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  37. Anonymous says:

    Looks like i know where to take the dogs for a walk this afternoon.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Everyone should go there with their dogs, their their children, their coolers, their towels, their books, their barbecues and their boats, and exercise their inalienable right to use that part of the beach for their unfettered peaceable recreation and enjoyment. Once the lesson is learned, the mobile party can then move to anyone else trying this crap. Take it back Cayman, or you will risk losing it forever.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I thought this is a civil country ruled law and order.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Yes, and then law is you cannot restrict access. Break that law, and buddy up with politicians who refuse to enforce the law, then the public will take it into their own hands. They have every right to. It is the law.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Ha! You thought wrong.

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          Whose law?

          By whose order?

          If you are looking for a country respecting the Rule of Law then do not stop in the Cayman Idlands.

      • Anonymous says:

        Better keep them them on a leash or you’ll be just as much a criminal as the beach vendors.

        • Anonymous says:

          If anyone tells me my friendly dog cannot chase a tennis ball into the sea, or catch a frisbee I have thrown, something I have done on the beach with friendly pets for 30 years, I may well punch them, uniform or not.

    • Anonymous says:

      would totally join an organized group – perhaps on facebook – that plans a time to meet at various public beach spots that are under threat

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  38. Anonymous says:

    Trolling.

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  39. Anonymous says:

    i have noticed the same thing happening at Regal Beach right next to Marriott. They have roped off an area of the beach leaving little space to pass. When will Government enforce the laws regarding this.

    I understand that they have Police now monitoring the beach on foot and on quads.Why haven’t they seen any of this?

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    • Anonymous says:

      I wish there was an easy way to quickly document this and send it on to someone that may be able to do something about it. Let me assist..
      Noted at the bottom of the article;

      Anyone who spots efforts to block or deny people access to the beach can send pictures to CNS and we will continue to press the commission about what action it is taking to deal with the growing challenges of accessing local beaches, especially on Seven Mile Beach.

      Please send photos, videos and other information to news@caymannewsservice.com

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      RCIPS. We dont care, we dont listen and we dont act.

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  40. Donny says:

    Just ripped the sign out of the sand and threw it in the trash, thank me later.

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  41. Anonymous says:

    I see that by Governors Beach on SMB there is now a moveable stall selling coffees and snacks and a car for sale!

    When is “OUR” public beach and land going to be protected for ALL the Cayman Islands public and not just “some” of the public. Please do NOT let Governor’s Beach go the way of Public Beach and become a higgler’s paradise and a beach user’s nightmare.

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    • Anonymous says:

      the “moveable stall” is a food truck which sells smoothies and coffees- they’re not located on the beach. They’re at the entrance of the parking lot of Gov Beach… what’s wrong with that? They’re not invading your beach spot, they’re offering a good service! I know my kids would love to have a smoothie after a day at the beach- this is nice that we don’t have to drive elsewhere to get that. I don’t think this food truck is even remotely the same as those putting hand written stakes in the sand saying the beach is private. (that is total BS, by the way.. I agree with you on that)

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        There should be no commercial activity permitted on public land. It really is that simple.

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      • Anonymous says:

        So what happens when 25 other food/trinket stalls decide it is their divine right to park and set up shop in the “parking lot” of Governors Beach?

        There is a place for everything and NO – you just can’t come and set up shop where ever you want. That is what happened to Public Beach on SMB. At least they stopped it at Smith’s Cove.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I am afraid it is exactly the same – the land they are parked on is public land, just the same as the beach. The spot they are taking up is meant to be for people to park to enjoy the beach – following your view the entire parking lot could be full of vendors and you would have to walk to get to the beach – like that?

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        • Anonymous says:

          if you receive your T & B license to run a food truck, I’m sure DCI must give them rules of where they can and can not set up. If they don’t, it’s really not the business’s fault if they park in a lot for beach access. Guidelines need to be established so that the business as well as the public can understand what is appropriate or not. Food trucks are very popular around the world, there’s no reason why Cayman can not be more embracing to this concept. If there’s a place for them to set up which is agreeable to the public, why not?

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          • Anonymous says:

            Inland, on private property, with owner consent and all appropriate licensing, no problem.

            Just stay away from the beach!

      • Anonymous says:

        If they want a smoothie after a day on the beach take your kids to Smoothie King or some other properly licensed establishment operating from commercial premises on your way home!

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        • Anonymous says:

          They are properly licensed.

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          • Anonymous says:

            They may well be licensed – that does not at all mean they are allowed to or should, set up shop on the public’s property to effect personal/commercial gain and negatively impact the public’s beach experience.

            BTW I am licenced to drive a car. That does not mean I can fill in for Capt. BoBo on KY103.

            • Anonymous says:

              sorry, I wasn’t talking about the beach chair vendor putting their private beach sign up… I was talking about the food truck that parked at the entrance to Gov Beach. Like I said, if Dept of Commerce and Investment gives them a T & B license, they really should be outlining where and when they can set up shop! There must be some rules in place for this, don’t you think?

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    WTF??

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      Too late to be indignant.

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      Yup. It really is that bad, and Alden and his government are directly responsible. It is a sick joke.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Whoever voted that comment down, why would you think that Alden and his government are not responsible for this worsening lawbreaking and fettering of Caymanian’s rights? Are they not in charge? Have they acted to stop it?

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