Illegal vendors still operating at Seven Mile Beach

| 05/02/2024 | 43 Comments

(CNS): Thirty-four vendors received official permits last week to trade at Seven Mile Public Beach, chosen from 120 applicants, but it appears that people are still operating at the location illegally. Last week, the RCIPS, the Public Lands Inspectorate (PLI), Customs and Border Control (CBC) and the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) conducted a joint operation and found people selling drugs, illegal booze and other activities not allowed at the popular spot.

A 21-year-old work permit holder who was arrested for possession of ganja and suspicion of consumption was also ticketed by DCI for offences under the Trade and Business Licensing Act (2021 Revision). The PLI also seized a quantity of alcoholic beverages belonging to other vendors operating illegally who had fled the scene.

Last month, the vendors with permission to trade at the location went through a series of orientation and training sessions to familiarise them with the requirements, responsibilities and expectations outlined in the Seven Mile Beach Vendor Policy, and to address any concerns raised by the vendors.

“It is essential to educate vendors about their role as ambassadors of the public beach and to ensure compliance with the requirements set forth in the vendor policy,” said Jared McGill, the secretary of the Public Lands Commission. “By implementing a permit system with clear terms and conditions, we aim to bring vending under control and maintain the integrity of Seven Mile Beach as a cherished public asset.”

During the orientation and training sessions, various topics were covered, including the objectives of the Seven Mile Beach Vendor Policy, expected code of conduct and ethics, designated vending areas, provisional approval requirements, terms and conditions, and deadlines.

The Public Lands Commission said the sessions were instrumental in enhancing vendor education and awareness, ultimately contributing to the effective management of Seven Mile Beach. Moving forward, the PLI remains committed to working closely with vendors to maintain the beach’s beauty and appeal for residents and tourists alike, the commission said.

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  1. Cheese Face says:

    Can’t they all go to Kenny Beach when it’s finished in 2037? At a cost to the public of $356 million….

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m returning to Cayman for a holiday this year but looking at these pictures and reading these articles, I’ll be holidaying in Europe from now on. Such a shame and all because of greed. Absolutely no requirement for vendors on this beach at all.

  3. Fabricio Sato says:

    I live in Brazil and there is no shortage of vendors on the beaches. This is horrible. Cayman is making a wrong decision and there will be an increase in violence in this paradise. Advice from a Brazilian who avoids going to the beaches in his country: Review this policy

  4. Anonymous says:

    NO VENDORS should operate on beaches. Period.

    • Anonymous says:

      The quality of Our tourism product is only as good as the Quality of our minister of tourism.
      There’s your answer.!

      • Anonymous says:

        ghetto minister, ghetto tourism

        • Anonymous says:

          Quite frankly , but for the stupidity of his voters, our unemployable minister of tourism, would also be one of the beach higglers.

        • Anonymous says:

          Is that a mattress lying on the ground along with the shopping cart?The area looks unkept and the concrete building in the background seals the deal. Certainly doesn’t look like the Cayman Islands that I fell in love with a couple decades ago.

  5. Anonymous says:

    There shouldn’t be any beach vendors or licenses, or a hotel on the Easter camping land (former Soto land). It’s a public beach. This is a corruption wormhole started by the worst characters in government, and they’re still in office.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you have evidence of corruption, tell the Anti Corruption Commission. If you don’t, then you’re lying.

      • Anonymous says:

        Lol, the ACC is a joke. Any report made to them is going to be relayed back to the party in question and used to destroy the ones reporting.

        Stop being naive.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Did anyone really believe the law would be enforced and the vendors and their crap would be removed from the beach?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I never knew they had successfully moved the dump to SMB!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sad to say that Cayman is so cheapened as to allow this.

    This was never part of the Cayman experience – never part of the history of tourism on Grand Cayman. In fact, we prided ourselves for being different to the “third world” competitors out ther on the other islands…..

    Shame on the politicians and the police for being spineless.

    Kick the higglers and “traders” off the beach. It is the public’s beach – not their beach.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t look like a public beach on a Caribbean island.
    Concrete, hi-rises, ugly trash barrels, colored outhouses, trampled grass, supermarket carts, rows of beach chairs, crowds ….this is not just ugly, unkempt, this is The National Disaster! Paradise gone!

  10. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. says:

    Surprise, surprise, surprise!

  11. Anonymous says:


  12. John says:

    kick out all of the scum from Cayman!

  13. Anonymous says:

    1st Class!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Cruise ship passengers complimented Cayman for years for NOT having beach vendors approaching them… Why the change? Why allow this in ANY form?

  15. Anonymous says:

    not surprising the answer is simple. outlaw all vending on public beaches and roll back the crown land to the vegetation line. we don’t need our beaches to be co-optes by greedy scum.

    station a permanent rcip/coastguard personal on site. arrest anyone operating on the public beach.

  16. Anonymous says:

    That beach was once so beautiful… SMH.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with 6:37. Problem is most people here dont know what SMB once looked like. I see where they are considering a new hurricane rating of cat 6 We need one of those to demolish everything on SMB so we could start over

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah until Dart and another fellow developer built huge hotels surrounding Public Beach.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Why has WORC not prosecuted the work permit holder for working without a permit?
    Why have his assets not been frozen as the Proceeds of Crime?
    Why has the holder of his permit not been prosecuted for claiming to need the person when that was not true?
    Why was the raid so sloppy that the great majority of illegal traders were allowed to escape?

    This is all a joke. It is destroying Cayman.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Look like a ghetto not paradise.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Photo number 2. What is it? Please don’t tell me this is Grand Cayman. I refuse to believe 🤦‍♀️

  20. Anonymous says:

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. You mean to say the higglers and drug dealers don’t obey the law? You’ll be telling us they don’t pay health insurance and pension next…

  21. Anonymous says:

    Jamaica is here to stay!


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