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Cayman Margaritaville off of probation

December 25th, 2007

The The Liquor Licensing Board for the Cayman Islands has ruled that the Margaritaville Cafe on Grand Cayman is no longer on probation. The ruling came at the Board’s quarterly meeting on Thursday. In September, the cafe was placed on probation after members of the Elmslie Memorial United Church, located next door to Margaritaville, complained that loud noise and public drunkenness was disrupting church activities.

Elmslie’s John MacMillan said the church was satisfied with the steps the venue’s management had since taken to curtail noise.

“We have taken a number of steps to become better neighbors and we have met a number of times with the church’s board,” explained Margaritaville Manager Arthur Screaton.

This has included telling DJs performing at the venue to keep music to lower levels. The venue now ensures that the large doors on its balcony are closed while DJs are performing. Speakers on the balcony are also turned off when there is entertainment inside, Mr. Screaton explained.

Mrs. Bodden–Smatt said she had recently visited the venue and noted the impressive changes management had made. “I commend you for that,” she said.

Police also confirmed they had had no complaints about the venue since it was placed on probation.

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