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Should Microsoft billionaire
pay for reef damage?

Last week, a 300-foot luxury yacht belonging to US billionaire Paul Allen, in one of his regular visits to Cayman, dropped anchor in the West Bay Replenishment Zone, damaging 1,200 square meters of sea floor, destroying 80 percent of the reefs in the area.
 
Allen says the Port Authority told him where to anchor and high winds nudged the craft “near a marine reserve.”
 
Who is to blame? Was the Port Authority negligent? Was Allen negligent? Should Allen be fined, and the boat impounded? Should Allen be required to reinstate the reefs?

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Roni Wildoner was traveling along the eastern coast of Grand Cayman in October when she spotted a bull tethered on the side of the road near Breakers. She investigated and found that the animal was tangled in his rope. A plastic makeshift water trough, with jagged, sharp edges, was empty, save for a handful of leaves. Tethering animals on the side of the road is a traditional practice in Cayman, but some say it's time for the tradition to end.
The Bridge Foundation provides transitional housing for men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Residents of the foundation’s houses in West Bay – the Anchor House for men, and the Beacon House for women – like to call it their little piece of heaven off of Hell Road.
Amid rows of decrepit bunks men lie sleeping on tattered mattresses surrounded by the few belongings they carried with them on the dangerous sea journey from Cuba.
He’s the most successful footballer on Grand Cayman and the scorer of one of the best goals ever seen at England’s famous Wembley stadium. But few in Cayman know the name Sam Smyth, let alone his story. Mr. Smyth, a Northern Irishman who has lived in the Cayman Islands for six years with his daughter, realtor Sheena Conolly, is the last surviving member of the great Wolverhampton Wanderers team that won the FA Cup in 1949. Mr. Smyth scored the winning goal in front of 98,920 spectators, dribbling the ball from the halfway line before smashing it into the net to secure a 3-1 win against Leicester City. Now, at 90 years old, the memories are starting to fade.  
A British couple who gambled on a move to the Cayman Islands after appearing on the BBC television show “Wanted in Paradise,” say their dream turned into a nightmare after they were confronted with the reality of Cayman’s immigration system.
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