(CMR) Some 34 vendors have been approved for the Seven Mile Public Beach Park area following an invitation for vendor permit applications last year.
Current vendors who have not been granted a permit have been issued with a cease and desist order to vacate operations by 14 February 2024.
The Cayman Islands Ministry of District Administration and Lands (MDAL), in conjunction with the Public Lands Commission (PLC) and Public Lands Inspectorate (PLI), announced the approval of vendors for the Seven Mile Public Beach Park area on 15 January.
Following the Cabinet’s approval of the Seven Mile Beach Park Vendor Policy in 2023, an invitation for vendor permit applications to legally sell or trade goods and/or services on public land at Seven Mile Public Beach Park garnered over 120 applications to occupy one of 34 available vending spots. All vendor applications were individually scored against published criteria.
Lounger rentals are limited to 384 loungers in total and through 8 vendors. These vendors are approved to rent up to 48 loungers, each on separate designated areas of the beach. Vendors will not be permitted to operate at weekends and public holidays or to occupy the public cabanas.
The PLC said it will upload a list of the approved vendors to its www.gov.ky/plc in due course.
The PLC issued notices on 15 January 2024 to all vendor permit applicants, including those approved and rejected.
Approved vendors are only able to operate based on PLC permit conditions and in compliance with the parameters stipulated in the Seven Mile Beach Park Vendor policy.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has responded to various complaints and occurrences of illegal activity on the Seven Mile Beach Park, including issues related to vendors. With the permit approvals issued, the RCIPS, the PLI, and other enforcement agencies will work in conjunction to enforce regulations and ensure compliance with the Public Lands Act towards protecting and regulating the use of public beaches.