As of 31 July 2020, fencing will be erected around the Calico Jack’s beach bar site to prevent unauthorised access and discourage unlawful activity on the premises. The restaurant and bar closed in April as a result of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, due to plans for heavy machinery operations in the area to remove a refrigeration unit and shed that are currently on land owned by the Cayman Islands Government, vehicular access to the Calico Jack’s parking lot will be restricted.
Public Lands Commission Chief Inspector Winsome Prendergast explained the fencing is limited to private land and a privately-owned road, and will not impact pedestrian access to the beach.
“The Chief Inspector of the Public Lands Commission has been in communication with Dart as the landowner and inspected the fencing plans prior to construction,” she said. “Our focus is protecting public beach access rights and ensuring the safe enjoyment of Seven Mile Beach for all.”
Dart Senior Vice President Property Management Linda Podlaski said there has been an increase in litter and criminal activity at the site since the beach bar closed.
“It’s an unfortunate but necessary step to protect the beach from littering, prevent vandalism and property damage, and stop people from using the site for illegal activities,” she said.
While the Cayman Islands’ borders remain closed to tourism, Dart is in the early stages of exploring future options for the site.