Caymans: Speaker calls for 50-story buildings on Seven Mile Beach

Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush believes buildings of 50 stories and higher are the next step for Cayman’s tourism product. The former premier courted controversy in his annual New Year’s message, by suggesting the island should consider sanctioning skyscrapers on Seven Mile Beach.

“I want to see buildings’ heights move to 50 storeys, even if only for one building, for tourism, residential and commercial businesses to make a mark in the region, so that the wealthiest among the wealthy will work, shop and live there, to set us apart in the region,” Mr. Bush wrote.

The maximum allowable building height in Cayman’s main tourist district was recently raised from seven to 10 stories.

The planning department is about to embark on a district-by-district public consultation exercise as it prepares to draw up a new Development Plan for the long-term future of the island. One of the topics up for discussion will be the building heights in Cayman’s main tourist zone.

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