Interesting? Were signs posted by the abandoned home abutting the park area or all around the cleared out area? Have not seen any no trespassing or private property signs in 5+ years there. If around the structure, that is indeed private property, as apparently is the lot in question. Hopefully the public beach access sign will be better situated to reflect this. Regardless of the ownership of the beach area, the water and sand that make up the beach is open for use to any member of the public as recreation space.
House in question is to the very right on the image below:
From Rum Point Public Beach
TOURIST ACCOMMODATION INSPECTION GUIDELINES & REGULATIONS
GUIDELINES FOR OWNERS AND MANAGERS OF BEACHFRONT
1. In order to dispel any confusion or misunderstanding which may have arisen in the past over the rights which members of the public enjoy over Cayman‟s beaches the following guidelines may be of assistance, especially to managers of beachfront hotels and other tourism related beachfront properties.
2. The public access to Cayman’s beaches is by the recognized public rights of way which are usually clearly marked on maps and physically on the ground. Landowners over whose land these public rights of way exist are under a legal duty to make sure that they are kept free and clear of any obstruction or debris.
3. Once members of the public arrive on the beach the following rules apply.
4. The seaward boundary of a landowner‟s or tenant‟s property is, in tidal waters, the mean high water mark. Between the mean high water mark and the low water mark, known as “foreshore”, the land belongs to the Crown as does anything below the sea up to the limit of territorial waters.
5. Where, however, a landowner’s property consists of “beach” above the mean high water mark, then the usual rule, that a landowner can eject anyone he chooses from his land, is displaced.
6. Members of the public have the right to use any part of Cayman’s beaches for recreation even though the part of the beach being used is on private property, i.e. is above the mean high water mark. Such a public right is one of a group of rights which members of the public enjoy, even over private land, in the Cayman Islands. It is a right which the law presumes to have existed for many years and which members of the public have acquired under the Prescription Law.
7. Whilst members of the public have no rights to use private property such as beach furniture which belongs to beachfront property owners, they may not be prevented from using the beach or passing to and fro along the beach even where the beach they use is on private land. Hotel managers should ensure that all staff working on the beach such a security personnel and food and beverage staff are aware of the law and that the public right to use any part of the beach is not restricted or limited in any way.