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I’m afraid I agree with you on that………….also think that the local contractors have taken a beating from the Ritz………….bills not being paid, etc……..from what I have gleaned from Cayman papers…………I wonder why that LARGE of a structure was allowed in the first place…….don’t care for the “feel” I got from being in Bermuda last year……the people there are not as WARM as the Cayman people, but like that they have restrictions on size and height of bldgs there ……….some of the OTHER restrictions are a bit much however………
Joe, what’s your take? I’m not necessarily asking you what you think personally, but rather how do you think the Caymanians feel about it?
Thanks for not asking for my opinion.
I will state that the overwhelming majority of locals that I know are not fond of the Ritz.
The property itself looks out of proportion. But browse through their website and it seems as if monolithic construction is a brand trademark. is Ritz Carlton attempting to attract the “St. Bart’s” crowd. Maybe Hyatt’s decision to defer re-opening across the road until 2006 and completely renovate had to do with competing with the Ritz. I have also heard that the Mandarin group has plans for Cayman as well. Mandarin operates some of the most luxe properties in the world. I do not know if I am ready to contemplate a Grand Cayman remade as the next Paradise Island.
I want this to be a fun and friendly place for people to come and discuss all things tourist-related. I’ll let the post stand as you have made a lot of other positive contributions and I am sure your intentions are good. Please don’t take this the wrong way.
I’ll be the first to admit to not being in a position to judge what is or is not in the best overall interest of the island!
That being said, I DO hope that as years proceed SMB does NOT mimic Palm Beach in Aruba with high rises shouldar to shouldar along the beach front. It’s not the height of the Ritz that offends me so much as the weightiness of it’s massive size that seems to choke the area it sits upon. One big plus is, no matter what gets built, there are NO casinos in the Caymans:)
just repeating what I read in the CaymanNetNews
hopefully I will not get demoted and lose my second turtle
hopefully I will not get demoted and lose my second turtle. GJM
No worries there. You are well on your way to your
Thanks for absolving me for what I feared was a big no-no. Aside from feeling better that my personal view concerning the building doesn’t put me in the penalty box for a long, long time, I definitely will carefully consider future statements that might have the potential to open a can of worms that denigrates the purpose of this WONDERFUL board