Wednesday 26 September, 2018

New beach access signs installed

The Public Lands Commission (PLC) recently installed forty newly designed Public Beach Access signs across Grand Cayman.

The beach access signs comes following a study, commissioned amid public complaints, that found that the majority of public access paths beaches lacked signage among other issues.

The PLC is charged with regulating the use and enjoyment of public land in the public interest and implementing the Government’s policies in respect to the regulation of public lands.

As a result of the 2017 Beach Access Report released earlier this year, the PLC deemed it a high priority to install brand new signage to ensure every access point is easily located.

 

The total number of registered public rights of way to the sea is 108 in Grand Cayman, 3 in Cayman Brac and 10 in Little Cayman. 

 

One of the initial goals of the PLC is to ensure that all registered public rights of ways for beach access have the new signage, and the PLC is developing a strategy to install new signs based on accessibility and priority locations.

 

“Generally speaking, proper signage that is highly visible immediately brings to the public’s eyes the physical location of any public beach access,” Rupert Vasquez, Chair of the PLC.

 “As such, it encourages maximum usage and the full benefits of these accesses dedicated for the general public’s enjoyment. It also sends a clear message to all that the public has full rights and can use these public beach accesses with absolute confidence and without fear," added Vasquez of the PLC. 

The NRA was contracted to order and install the newly designed public beach access signs in line with their specifications. They worked with Lands & Survey to mark the first 40 access points.

 

This first set was selected because they were already free and clear of any obstructions. Additional signage will be installed in Cayman Brac in the coming weeks, and the PLC continues to work towards ensuring that access to other paths to the sea across the Cayman Islands will be addressed.

“As a country, we must work cooperatively with local residents and developers to ensure that the public’s right to beach access is upheld and all have access to one of our country’s greatest resources,” Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Minister for Lands, “The Cayman Islands Government is committed to safeguarding public access to the beach for locals, residents, and visitors.”

Established under the Public Lands Law (2017), the PLC’s mandate is to regulate and protect the use, enjoyment and the right of access of public lands by members of the public; to respond to complaints regarding the use or misuse of public land; and to advise the Ministry on general policies in respect to enforcement and exercise other functions delegated to it by the Minister.