Westin to dump ‘Seaside Closed’ indicators

Cayman News Service

The beach at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

(CNS): The manager of the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa has said that the facility will no longer be deploying its “Beach Closed” signs after pictures of them circulated on social media on Wednesday, stirring up significant public controversy.

Although the hotel has used the signs for years during private functions or when cleaning areas of its enviable stretch of Seven Mile Beach, Jim Mauer told CNS the signs would be replaced by ones that better reflect what is going on, as he repeated his position that local customers are always welcome at his hotel and the beach.

Mauer said he understands that the signs are polarising, given the current issues surrounding beach access, but that they were not meant literally because, of course, the beach cannot be closed. He said the hotel uses the signs for weddings or other functions as a way of alerting beachgoers that the spot is being…