The Hyatt Regency in Grand Cayman will no longer operate and manage the Rum Point attraction on North Sound, effective Nov. 1.

According to Rum Point, Hyatt officials broke the news earlier this week to the 20 employees who work at the attraction, which includes the Wreck Bar & Grill; a beach with lounge chairs and hammocks; and a water sports facility offered by Red Sail Sports.

Rai Hill, a bartender at Rum Point, said that Hyatt gave employees no reason for its decision to cease operations. Hyatt could not be reached for comment.

The hotel firm had run Rum Point since 1995. Following Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Rum Point's dinner restaurant never reopened, although the owners recently said that they hope to reopen it for the winter season.

The hurricane also shut down the ferry service across North Sound that connected the Hyatt with Rum Point via a canal at the back of the hotel. The ferry service has not been resumed and the only access to Rum Point since Ivan has been a 45-minute car trip from George Town.

The Hyatt Regency resort, in fact, has not reopened since Ivan, although a separate facility called the Hyatt Regency Beach Suites on Seven Mile Beach across from the main resort, did reopen following Ivan.

According to the owners of Rum Point, they are in discussions with several parties regarding leasing the property, which got its name from the barrels of rum that once washed ashore after a shipwreck.

The attraction "might be closed for a month for renovations, but it will reopen," said co-owner Adrien Briggs.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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