News at Dart

Kimpton Seafire splash park planned as new children’s amenity

A new splash park at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa designed to be a fun-filled amenity for toddlers to primary-school-age children was recently approved by the Central Planning Authority.

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Cayman International School welcomes students into new high school building

Cayman International School opened the doors of its new high school building this week, welcoming 160 returning high school students in grades nine through 12, its highest enrollment in the division to date. The high school expansion was completed in partnership with Dart and the school’s governing body International Schools Services and marks the final phase of a $60 million investment by the Kenneth B. Dart Foundation to double the capacity of the school.

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Dart's 2020 year in review

For all of us, 2020 will be an unforgettable year. The world over, we've either witnessed or experienced the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic on human life, of natural and environmental disasters, of economic turmoil and of social unrest.

However, in the midst of deep uncertainty and unprecedented changes, there has been reason to be hopeful and optimistic about a better future.  

Dart remains committed to the Cayman Islands, and where possible, has moved forward with projects and investments expected to benefit and bolster the economy. Throughout the year, the company worked with the Cayman Islands Government, the private sector and non-profit organisations to provide help and resources where needed.

Here are a few highlights of the year that Dart is proud to look back on.

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The future of Cayman recycling

For those residents who already diligently separate their plastics, glass bottles and aluminium cans for recycling, they might wonder how that process could change once the integrated solid waste management system is introduced on Grand Cayman. In conjunction with a number of new facilities, recycling remains an essential component to reducing waste under the new system.

The Cayman Islands National Solid Waste Management Strategy follows a waste management hierarchy that evaluates processes for dealing with waste from most favourable to least favourable: reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, dispose.

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A gift for the future

If there’s one time of year residents of the Cayman Islands love most, it’s the holiday season. But, even in Cayman, there is no denying that Christmas will look a little different for everyone this year.

“Even as Christmas lights are strung and families put up decorations, there are so many in our community who continue to face difficulties as a result of the pandemic,” said Pilar Bush, Dart executive vice president with responsibility for community development. “Through Dart’s annual Christmas give, we wanted to give back to our youngest learners who have shown such adaptability and perseverance in the face of adversity, and to the educators who have provided their unwavering support throughout these unprecedented times.”

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New high school building completed

When Cayman International School and its governing body, International School Services, partnered with Dart on a US$60 million project to expand the school’s campus, no one could foresee the challenges this year would bring.

Construction on phase two of the Cayman International School expansion, an almost 100,000-square-foot high school building, began in November 2018 with an initial completion target date of August 2020. This date became unattainable when COVID-19 arrived on Grand Cayman’s shores earlier this year. However, despite the setbacks of an island-wide lockdown, closed borders, social distancing restrictions and material concerns from international suppliers, the project team pulled out all the stops to ensure it could still deliver a state-of-the-art high school building for the current school year.

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