(CMR) Premier Wayne Panton said the current situation with beach vendors taking over the Seven Mile Public Beach is “a challenge that can't be ignored.”
Mr. Panton, who was speaking on Premier Access with Sandy Hill Thursday morning, said Caymanians are not able to enjoy public beaches as chairs and umbrellas operated by beach vendors are strewn all the way to the water.
“We made a mistake a long time ago in allowing that activity to go on. Yes, I understand that they are Caymanians trying to make a living there, but at the end of day a public beach is supposed to be for the people of the country to enjoy. Not a free for all situation where there is no regulation, no control. Caymanians can't go there at all to enjoy it all with their families,”
He said the issue with beach vendors is one that should not have been allowed to get to the current state. He, however, admitted that it was a politically sensitive issue that will only get worse if it is not addressed.
“I think we need to carefully look at this situation and find a workable solution. I feel strongly that we have to make sure that public assets are available to the public,” he said.
“This is supposed to be for families; it's supposed to be for the public to enjoy. it's not supposed to be a flea market on the beach,” he added.