George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan has written to the Deputy Premier and Minister of District Administration, Tourism and Transport, Moses Kirkconnell, for permission to hold a Hog Sty Bay Day some time this year.
Seeking to recreate similar enjoyable recreation that was enjoyed by many in the years gone by, Mr Bryan has asked to use the North and South Terminal of Hog Sty Bay in George Town for this special event.
“As you and I are both aware, the Hog Sty Bay is a historical location and holds a special place in the hearts of many Caymanians, in particular, the residents of George Town. It has been used for decades and generations, as a location for the enjoyment of swimming activities,” Mr Bryan wrote.
The George Town Central MLA said that he had spoken at length with people in his constituency and they had many happy memories of jumping off the rocks at Hog Sty Bay, as well as learning how to swim in that area.
“As a result of those discussions, an idea came to mind to create a ‘Hog Sty Bay Day’. In doing so, many Caymanian families, residents and visitors will be afforded the opportunity to enjoy the Caymanian tradition of swimming in the Hog Sty Bay,” he said.
Mr Bryan said he intended for the day to be open to all and he would ensure that all the necessary safeguards were put in place to ensure that such an event and opportunity could be safe and enjoyable. Mr Bryan wrote that he was requesting usage of the area for about six hours some time in 2020, preferably on a Sunday when no cruise ships were in port.
His request comes at a time when the Government is working to revitalise George Town, an area of Grand Cayman that has appeared to be losing out to the more popular Camana Bay when it comes to leisure and recreational activities, as well as businesses that have relocated to that location. However, unlike Camana Bay, which is owned by one developer, George Town has multiple owners, so the plan to revitalise George Town is complex and lengthy. Happenings such as the Saturday Night Live in George Town music and food events that took place last year have managed to entice more people back to the island’s capital.