Clock ticking on daylight saving discussion

| 22/10/2014

(CNS): The Department of Commerce and Investment is making a final appeal to the public to complete the government’s survey on the introduction of daylight saving time in the Cayman Islands. The on-line questionnaire will close at the end of this month and people are being urged to express their opinion on whether Cayman should adopt the practice of adjusting clocks one hour forward during the summer and back again in the fall in order to keep Cayman in time step with Miami and New York year-round. It is believed that by keeping in time with the US east coast there will be benefits for the cruise and overnight tourist industry, as well as the offshore financial services sector. The survey takes about three minutes to complete.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    All the arguments about why DST was introduced miss the point.  There are huge benefits to being in sync with the East Coast of the US and relatively consistent in time difference with Europe.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Whatever causes less congestion when a cruise ship is in works for me. 

  3. Anonyanmous says:

    Native Caymanians are quite happy with the time that we've had since 1503 and it does not include day light savings time.  

    • Anonymous says:

      the first permenant settler was around 1661, the islands were uninhabited when Columbus arrived. And our current system of time recording with time zones was in 1884, please learn your own history

      • Anonymous says:

        13:24, here is the truth, learn it and never speak down to us natives who DO know our history.

        Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands in 1503 and named the 3 islands then, "Las Tortugas" because of all the turtles he saw swimming around our waters.

        Please do not attempt to re-write our unique history, the islands certainly were NOT uninhabited.

        Just because Wikipedia says so doesn't mean it is so. I was taught from a young age that the first settlors of these islands were the Arawak and Carib indians. I was taught this in Elementary School. 

        Native Caymanian.

    • Anonymous says:

      I did not know blue iguanas could tell the time.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you suggesting that "paper caymanians" are not?


  4. Anonymous says:

    Why dont we just introduce an additional hour into the day? Let's make all our days 25 hours long… heck with everyone else, we are Cayman…we rule!  Plop in an extra hour from November 1st, in between 6 and 7 at night….that way, it stays lighter in the evenings, it's still a bit light in the mornings, and we get longer in bed…this is a win-win-win.



    • Anonymous says:

      At the same time can we add a day to September to bring it in lie with other months? I have always felt robbed that my monh only has 30 days when others get 31.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ummm…so seem to be missing the fact that February only has 28 and April, June and November also have 30.  

  5. Anonymous says:

    DST was actually started to save fuel during the World Wars is my understanding. More daylight for bombing I guess. It is interesting that some countries are now questioning the practise for various reasons.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The extra hour od daylight will burn the farmers crops!!  🙂

  7. anonymous says:

    I have just perfected my time machine so to be honest, it's irrelevant.

  8. anonymous says:

    Does this mean that Cross talk will start earlier?

    I AM NOT getting up earlier each day just to get in the phone call line up.

    They need to add an extra hour to the talk show so that it is fair to everyone.

    • Anon says:

      No, it will start at 7:00.  If we go to DST 7am will be 7am for everyone – even you. If you have to be somewhere at say, 9 don't turn up at 10  don't worry this won't happen until summer next year. 

  9. Cheezummms says:

    I haven't seen one good reason not to go for day light saving.

    • Anonymous says:

      How about your CUC bill may go up.

      my thermostat comes on at 6am to 7 am every morning.

      sun is only just up not very hot outside. The change wont make any difference.

      in the evening it runs from 5pm till 10pm.

      It is starting to cool down by 5 so ac doesn't have to work too hard to cool the place. Moving the clock back means it will start at what would be 4pm. Yes it will still run 5 hours but it will have to work  harder.

      I also agree somewhat to the skin cancer issue as the link shows but it will only be expat kids as most of the others just sit inside and play xbox.
      • Anonymous says:

        You just don't get it!

        There on't be anymre sunlight during the day, it is just that we will operate at different times.

  10. anonymous says:

    Why don't we campaign for our own Cayman time zone. It can be in between the central and eastern time zones at about 47.5 years behind Greenwich Meantime.

    We could also charge furriners to use it too.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The US is already having arguments to move away from dst, why would we now move on to it?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I believe that Daylight saving is worthwhile – but not during the Summer months, the same as Europe and US. Part of the reason they started Daylight savings was because (in parts) they have long cold winters and short mild summers – whereas Cayman has hit Summers and mild (or at least less hot) winters. When do most of the tourists come to Cayman? Between December – April, and that is when Cayman should adopt Daylight Savings time

    • Anonymous says:

      The summer monthsis when we need it – an extra hour of daylight during the summer would be super.  We would return "fall back"  to standard time in the winter months. 

    • Anonymous says:

      It's actually has to do with the amount of daylight, hence, it's name. Now if you want to tow Cayman into the Southern Hemisphere that could work….

    • Anonymous says:

      Daylight saving is only for the smart.  You won't find that here for at least ten more years.

  13. Anonymous says:

    It's five o'clock somewhere!!!

    For what purpose should we change to DST???  

  14. Anonymous says:

    I have a few business calls lost every year when Cayman does not change its time.  That costs money.  Telling everyone the clocks aren't changing is also a huge waste of time and communication capital.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Damn foreigners bringing in their new fangled time ideas. Why cant we stay on good ol' Cayman Neanderthold time????

    • Anonymous says:

      11:59. You ask "Why cant we stay on good ol' Cayman Neanderthold time????" I am sure no one will mind if you do.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you are going to try to be sophisticated you have to learn how to spell: "Neanderthal".

  16. Anonyanmous says:

    Keep Daylight Savings Time, Ebola, Dengue, Chick-V away from here we DON'T yes we DON'T want any of them HERE!

  17. Anonymous says:

    It is a no brainer to switch to Eastern time.  But any change is always opposed by the hard-core Caymunian posse.  So nothing will be done – even no brainers are too much for those with no brains.

    • Anonymous says:

       05:33.And just for you ,"Oh Brainy One" we are currently on Eastern Standard Time;no need to switch to it.

  18. noname says:

    Disregarding the commercial aspect, we would have an extra hour of sunlight in the summer months, the reason the practice was created. Think of having an extra hour to "play outside" after finishing work. More sport, more time on the beach, more time in the garden with the kids. I'm for it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ya know, I never have a problemgetng up and going down with the sun. I've lived w/ DST. It didn't help.

    • Anonymous says:

      think of that extra hour of sunlight not be the dreaded "witching hour", when you lose a pint of blood to the mosquitos.

    • Anonymous says:

      What's the difference between that and getting up earlier on your own accord? 

    • Anonymous says:

      An extra hour to get skin cancer

    • Anonymous says:

       05:32. Man has not yet found a way to increase the amount of sunshine in a day.Therefore there will not be "an extra hour of sunlight" produced by the introduction of Daylight Savings Time.The only change will be a shifting around of the working hours ,not an increase of sunlight.

  19. Survey Cheat says:

    Not only can anyone in the world participate, anyone can complete the form as many times as he (or she) likes.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Its all talk and no action in Cayman as usual.Another survey, more dollars spent just to ignore the answers – Why do we bother – realy???

  21. Anonymous says:

    of course bring in dst…it's a no-brainer……..but then again we are talking about caymanian politicians……

    welcome to wonderland…..where the (local) inmates run the asylum……

    • Anonymous says:
      22:10.Instead of mocking Caymanian politicians,you should be kissing their ..feet,After all if not for them ,you might be starving to death in your home country.


    • Hear hear says:

      Sad to say will go the way of the Sunday trading debate- politicians see the merit, financial gain, common sense!!! (More sunshine) but no way in hell will they implement this.  Weak kiss butts and nothing less. 

      I would love to be on business time with USA, UK, Bermuda & Bahamas, but they will sit back and laugh at us as usual as they take our business  

  22. Anonymous says:


    the main reason for the implementation of DST originally was to make good use of daylight and save energy by decreasing the electricity consumption. Studies have shown that energy reduction was negligible even for those countries that have long winters.

    While the concept of DST might be practical for other parts of the world is it really needed in the tropics? Cayman in particlar? where day and night are about the same length of time year round? Let Cayman leave well enough alone an remain as we are as far as this topic is concerned anyway.


    • Anonymous says:

      You are missing the point. You are discussing DST in general. Cayman needs to be onone time zone without the confusuion of swittchimg every 6 months which is what happens now. Many businesses have to arrange meetings by phone or video comnference and it is very confusing when half of the year we are 5 hours behind the UK and half of the year it is 6.  For the U.S. half of the year we are on Eastern and half of the year we are an hour behind (on Central).  I get bored of trying to expalin the fact that becuase our clocks don't change we are not the same time difference all year around. It is so frustrating, I just can't believe this didn't hapen 50 years ago!  

      • Anonymous says:

        So all that education and experience people have and common sense doesn't come into play?Cayman should adjust the clocks because some people didn't pass third grade math?  Isn't that the year that students learn how to tell time, add/subtract and have problem solving questions?


      • Anonymous says:

               08:29. It is quite simple really.Cayman uses Eastern Standard Time which is always 5 hrs behind GMT or UTC.However if you still cannot figure this out (some businessman you are) simply turn your clock ahead or back whenever New York does and adjust your business hours accordingly.Of courseyou will still have a little problem keeping up with London and a few other places that adjust their clocks at a different time than New York.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed 20:50

  23. N Lewis says:

    I am all for an extra hour of day light in the evening – just think the sun won't go down until 8pm in the evenings! Save on your CUC light bill and be able to spend time outside doing exercise in the daylight.

  24. Anonymous says:

    What difference does this make?  Some companies now already cater to the time.  If they choose to open earlier to cater to the tourists or to the time of the business hours in the countries which they conduct business, then a company can do so. That would be a policy of the business.  What difference does it make?  Government does not have to dictate everything.  Or do we want that?

    • Anonymous says:

      19:28, last time I checked, our Government dictates nothing, the Church does.

  25. Anonymous says:

    this is the PPM's sol1ution to the bad financial and economical situaion in Cayman…Go Wayne! ..Go Alden!..go PPM……GO find something productive to do.. these guys are completely hopeless…Lord help us….

  26. Anonymous says:

    There is one major flaw with the survey;it is not limited to Cayman voters or even Cayman residents.Therefore it appears that anyone with access to a computer can take part in this survey.That means that we could find that the decision on DST or no DST could be made by persons with absolutely no connection to the islands.Wrong ,plain wrong.

    • T Rankine says:

      I'm a Caymanian living in England and those living overseas are perfect people to comment because they know what actually happens when you observe DST. I completed the survey and did my NO vote with reasons to support. There is no reason for a country in the tropics to be observing DST as all it will succeed to do is throw off your sleep cycle.

    • Anonymous says:

      Piss up and brewery come to mind.


    • Anonymous says:

      In other caymankind words.  Its only about me,  just me.

  27. Anonymous says:

    changing the clocks will confuse the chickens

  28. Anonymous says:

    Really!!!??? Do we not have other matters of weighted importance to deal with in Cayman? How much business/money is being lost because of a 1hr difference with New York. We are at time differences with other major cities, Hong Kong, London, Dubai, etc. and so is other places in the world. Do what they do in other places; have shifts for those timeframes. Besides with $1 billion unaccounted for in Government Daylight Savings Time should not even be nowhere in eyesight of matters to be dealt with.

  29. Anonymous says:

    It just makes so much sense to be on EST all year round.It will benefit everything

    • Anonymous says:

      OK. Then we need change nothing. We are already on EST all year round,

  30. Anonymous says:

    My carpets are already fading. I DO NOT want the extra hour of sunlight.

    What about the extra risk of skin cancer.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh dear.  You won't get an extra hour of sunlight, Dumbo.  Neither your carpets nor skin can tell the time.  

      It will be the clocks that change, not nature

    • Anonymous says:

      I guess you must be a product of the Cayman public education system.  There is no extra daylight to cause cancer just because you change a clock.  There is the same amount of daylight as before, just at a different time.  Besides, this is a non-issue if you're smart as use sunblock (along with DEET mosquito repellant to avoid dengue and chikungunya).

      • Anonymous says:

        "A product of the public education system"?  I doubt you know anything about it and to blame someones ill thought out posts on the education system is just stupid.

        • Anonymous says:

          Even funnier is the original post is obviously satire.

          Although the skin cancer has some merit.


        • Anonymous says:

          I bet you doubt a lot of things in life.  Anyone with a working brain and eyes to see and read can see truth and get beyond doubt.  Hopefully your kids can show you.  Unless their edumacation is as bad as yours.

      • Anonymous says:

        Nothing wrong with the Cayman pubic education system. As I went through it I can speak from experience, but I don't believe that a sense of humour escapes any education system. Sadly, if you are a product of private education system then your parents wasted a whole lot of money on tuition.

  31. Anonymous says:

    This should have been done years ago, The numerous benefits far outweigh any perveived negatives. let's just do it so that we can be on EST all year around – the sooner the better.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ummmm…I think the point is that we are already on EST all year round. What they are proposing is that we should go on EDT along with the east coast of the U.S.  

    • Anonymous says:

             08:23.   FYI we are currently on EST (Eastern Standard Time) year round.Like you I hope it remains.Sooner that is made official the better.

  32. Anonyanmous says:

    Let is tic toc away we don't want it ya!

  33. Anonymous says:

    waste of time….the ppm as usual will do nothing….. despite the fact that anybody with a brain knows bringing in dst makes perfect sense……

    • Anonymous says:

      Totally agree. Your third comment regarding "anyone with a brain", also 100% agreed, suggests why it will never happen Cayman!

  34. Anonymous says:

    F dat! I want my extra morning TV news time watching the poor souls in the States having to drive to work in the dark. I don’t know about you all but I like it the way it is. (smile)

  35. Anonymous says:

    It's stupid! Everyone needs to stop catering to what the U.S.A. is doing or wants to go their way.

    • Hear hear- says:

      How about catering to our tourists who complain the sun goes down at 6PM?  Where's the sunny vacation when it ends before 7:00PM every night?  THIS is WHAT we SELL – "Sunshine!"

      How about our Financial Industry?  Our #1 competitor (Bermuda) is 2 hours ahead of us and gets an extra 2 hours of busines a day while we try to compete….Bahamas, Barbados, and Bermuda are all laughing at us with our disatvantage.

      Family time after dinner?

      Fight Obesity!

      Better airline schedules!

      This makes sense and anyone who thinks otherwise has not looked at the benefits to every houshold HERE (not USA.)

      • Anonymous says:

        14:15.I don't believe that tourists are silly enough to complain about what time the sun sets. If tourists are complaining that the sun is setting before 7pm ,then I suggest that they turn their watches ahead to the time they want the sun to set.In other words if they want sunset to be at 8pm and it is happening at 6pm turn their watches ahead by 2 hrs ,or if they want it to set at 10pm ,turn their watches ahead by 4hrs.Guarenteed to work,like clockwork.                                                                                                           You also lament the fact that Bermuda is 2 hrs ahead of Cayman.Then why don't you push for Cayman to adopt Britsh Time,incoluding the use of British Summer Time ,that way Cayman will be 3 or 4 hours ahead of Bermuda .

      • Anonymous says:

        The tourists are on ships time. Tourists time for aerial depends on when the ship is scheduled to arrive. Late or early a change in time on our part won't give them extra sun if they arrival at the same time according to the ships normal schedule. If they want more sun and more time, then the ship needs to arrive earlier. 

        If the businesses feel that they need longer hours to compete then they should require the employees to either work overtime or tell them to start at a later hour in the morning or have two (or more) sets of employees in shifts. 

        Family time after dinner- if you're not doing it now and making time for your family you won't do it with the extra hour

        Fight obesity- same comment above. I think this gives an extra hour to eat and go drinking rather than an extra hour to go exercise. If people are really serious about exercise they would make the time for it. Not have to wait on a 'magical' creation of 'time'.

        Airline schedulers – plan your flights in advance and adjust your flights as necessary. Quite simple really. I've been to the airport and I've seen the nonsense. The mess is due to an imminent need for a new airport not just an influx of flights due to the time difference. Saturdays at the airport is always packed. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I want Daylight Savings Time.

      The tourism industry is on Miami time. The Finance industry is on New York time

      Cayman is on Dallas/Chicago time. Too stupid.


      • Anonymous says:

        15:20. Wrong ! Cayman is on Eastern Standard Time.

      • Anonymous says:

        The entire Finance industry is not on NY time. There are many other companies in Cayman that conduct business in Brazil, Dubai, London, all parts of Canada, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Ireland, Argentina, Switzerland, Luxembourg etc. So should we adjust our time for them too? A bit silly to adjust for that reason. If your workers need to communicate with your colleagues in a completely different time zone, then shift work or working on graveshift or different hours than 9-5 maybe best for your company. 


  36. Anonymous says:

    Obviously the correct, thoughful, and educated thing to do would be adopt DST.

    However, it will never happen because someone would actually have to make a decision. 

    How we doing on the Wesy Bay Road speed limit? Minimum wage? OMOV?

    Let alone the things that matter. Audits, turtle farm, airport, dump, port…  The list goes on.

  37. Anon says:

    Leave it alone.

  38. Anonymous says:

    In tyrpical CIG fashion the survey form doesnt work correctly, you cannot complete it if you want the use the 'other' option for job sector…….

    • Anonymous says:

      Not only that but the question regarding the age ranges is out of order too.  Typical.

  39. B. B. L. Brown says:

    Why does anyone want to jack around with the clocks?  Can't folks who want to open earlier or later, etc. do it without changing their watch?  I really HATE to change my watch!  Let time be the same year-round.  Less confusion!

  40. Anonymous says:

    The clock is ticking on this government if they want to push people's favourite television shows back by an hour 8 months of the year and not give us an extra day to get our shopping done. This is about the least "progressive" anything I've ever seen.

    • People's Front of Judea says:

      I must admit, I laugh to myself every time I hear this government called "The Progressives".  Did they not look up the definition of the word before they started calling themselves Progresssives? Did they just like the sound of the word as it rolled off their tongues? Because, as you have pointed out, there is absolutely nothing progressive about them!

      • Anonymous says:

        Well the UDP had "Party" in their title ………….. and boy could they party!

        Vegas Baby!!!!!!!

  41. Just Sayin' says:

    We should probably just go on whatever the churches decide is best, they seem to know. What would Jesus say?

    • Hear hear- says:

      Jesus would say to take this time to be with your family and enjoy a sunset instead of watching TV and eating junk food.

    • Bluff Patrol says:

      "Render unto Ceasar that which is Ceasar's." 

    • Judean People's Front says:

      He wouldprobably say something like " is that the time, I thought it was earlier than that?". In Aramaic. Probably.

    • anonymous says:

      "Don't shoot me, I am only the messenger"?