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Unlicensed vendors get second warning to comply or pack up shop

Unlicensed vendors at the West Bay dock face action, after the Department of Commerce and Investment issued another warning notice.

“They gave us this second warning, told us the next one would be a fine. Giving us 14 days and then get outta here,” lamented Mack Bush, who has been vending at the site for more than a decade.

He told Cayman 27 he is willing and able to pay the $75 fee for a trade and business license, but said pension and insurance requirements are too high a hurdle for him and other small vendors.

Government has said it’s looking into creating an area for vendors like Mr. Bush that could help make compliance more feasible.

For Mr. Bush, that solution seems too far off.

“We had the impression according to what we were reading in the papers that they were coming to work with us immediately,” said Mr. Bush. “Can we wait until they fix a new road, or decide where to put this thing? People have their rent to pay, people have kids that depend on this.”

As the clock keeps ticking on his humble source of livelihood, Mr. Bush hopes for a compromise that can help legitimise small-scale vending under a legal framework with a lower burden for pension and insurance.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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