Plans for a $ 20 million, 10-story hotel at the north end of Seven Mile Beach drew plenty of objections from neighboring residents who called it “cheap and nasty.”
The developer, identified in planning documents as the Libanon Corporation, refuted the multiple complaints point by point, insisting that the hotel was not intended to be “substandard”.
The Central Planning Authority was due to debate the request for a 10-story, 129-room hotel on West Bay Road, tentatively named The Shores, on Wednesday. But the hearing was adjourned and the developer was tasked with republishing their plans, which were changed during the official notice period. The request is now expected to be heard next month.
The project, slated for land on the side of West Bay Road, north of the Kaaboo festival site, has met with stiff opposition from residents of the beachfront condo complexes. The CPA received 10 letters of objection from neighboring residents and strata representatives, who claimed it would overshadow their properties and lead to congestion in the “quiet end” of Seven Mile Beach.
They also highlighted concerns about the number of tourists crossing the street from the hotel, which does not have a beach front, to use the beach.
Representatives from Discovery Point, The Mandalay, Heritage Club and Villa Royale all wrote to the authority expressing concerns about the impact on their properties.
“The development itself looks cheap and nasty,” wrote one objector.
“It will attract the worst kind of tourists to the area. We won’t feel safe letting our children run outside, knowing that strangers looking for cheap accommodation are staying nearby.
Another opponent claimed the hotel would attract an unwanted element to the quiet beach.
“It will be the residents who will have to clean up after these unwanted visitors. Residents already negatively impacted by the noise and the crowds of more than 260 people per day who painfully cross their properties to get to the beach. And how long will it take for those looking to take advantage of tourists to move in? Sale of alcohol and rental of beach chairs. Offer to braid hair and sell half-hour experiments on beach toys, ”the objector said.
The developer refuted all of the objection letters point by point, insisting that the hotel would be of high quality and that it was a suitable and eligible project in a hotel / tourist area.
“The proposed hotel is not intended to be a ‘inferior hotel’ and the star rating of any hotel development should not be a factor in approving the planning,” the developer wrote.
“We completely disagree with the characterization of our project, as well as the guests who will visit it.”
The developer added, in written comments, that hotel guests would be required to use the existing paths to reach the public beach. “Any implication that Cayman’s beaches are private and for the exclusive use of residents of oceanfront properties must be rejected. Cayman’s beaches are public and for everyone to use.
Plans for the project also include two swimming pools and a restaurant.
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