Saturday 20 July, 2019

Quiet! Police silence loud dance near Godfrey Nixon Way

An after-hours dance came to a screeching halt after police arrived at the location off Godfrey Nixon Way and forced the party organizer to turn off the sound.

The police noted that the incident is part of a growing problem of excessive noise and nuisance being caused by unlicensed events in the George Town area.

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), they have received several noise complaints in recent times about possibly unlicensed events in the George Town, Rock Hole and Washington Boulevard neighborhoods.

In one instance on September 8, loud music was found to be playing at a few locations.

The persons responsible were spoken to and warned to desist under section 12 of the Town and Community Law, with which they then complied.

One of the persons was also informed by the DCI officers on how to apply for a license to host an event.

In response to these complaints, officers from the Community Policing Department joined with enforcement officers from the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) to conduct a series of proactive patrols in George Town.

Police note that the aim of the patrols are primarily to inform organizers about the legal requirements for such gatherings.

 “As the entity responsible for granting trade and business licenses, liquor licenses, and other related permits to the public, we are happy to be working closely with the police,” said Claudia Brady, Head of Compliance and Enforcement at DCI.

“Our goal is to make sure that any event which requires a license is not conducted without such a license. We also want to ensure that once a license is obtained, the license holders abide by the requirements and conditions of that license. If not, persons will be prosecuted according to the law,” she added.

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