(CMR) Woody DaCosta has been removed as acting chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman according to our sources.
Minister Joseph Hew asked him to step down today and apparently he will no longer be affiliated with the board in any way. Noel Williams will be acting board chair and local attorney Lynn Bodden will be deputy chair.
The board has been under some serious scrutiny recently in relation to a liquor license application for gas station sales on Sundays. There were some allegations about dual meetings and minutes when the Peanut's application for a retail license was approved.
The minister did not link his decision to these recent issues but instead made a more general statement that the new government had taken the opportunity to reshuffle the board and bring in more experienced and legal-minded leadership.
An audit of decisions has been requested and is currently underway.
In other new Mr. Ralph Lewis, a board member has tendered his resignation but CMR understands he has made a statement indicated it was to prevent a possible conflict of interest for his business clients.
Mr. DaCosta is the host of Cayman CrossTalk on Rooster 101.9 FM.