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Members of the Washington Boulevard community told Cayman 27 they are sick of their neighborhood being used as a dumping ground for broken down old cars.

They said illegal garage activity is making the place an eyesore, and they’re afraid it’s creating a haven for criminal activity.

“We shouldn’t have to be living like this,” said Peggy Bodden, who told Cayman 27 she was among the first to move in to the Washington Boulevard neighborhood.

“I was the third person to come in here, and I need to tell you, you could actually eat off the ground, she could tell you, the place was clean and nice. And look at it now,” said Ms. Bodden.

She told Cayman 27 derelict vehicles are ruining the quality of life for those who live in the area.

“I don’t like to see it. There are a lot of rats and all sorts of stuff be out here, and the place is nasty, very, very nasty,” said Ms. Bodden.

“When you ask for updates, it’s like a merry-go-round again, type attitude. It is blaming this one and that one,” said Doraline Welcome, describing the frustration of dealing with various government agencies to bring about a solution that sticks without success.

“Quite frankly, I just think the departments responsible should just come in, use the law, shut these people down, get them out of here and let us keep our place beautiful and clean,” said Ms. Welcome.

“I would like them to clean it up and let it look better and let it come back like how it used to be,” agreed Ms. Bodden, who expressed worry that the junk cars could become more than just an eyesore when the next big storm hits.

“We are in hurricane season right now, if we hear a hurricane is coming, what are we going to do? We’re gonna see all them cars bumper to bumper out in the front,” said Ms. Bodden.

For Ms. Welcome, the solution seems astoundingly simple.

“Each department would take responsibility for what they are responsible for, and just do what is right for them to do, and make everybody be happy,” said Ms. Welcome.

Ms. Welcome said  she’s calling for a multi-agency approach to finally find a solution.

Cayman 27 reached out to Planning, DCI, and the Department of Environmental Health.

Planning sent a list of 14 enforcement notices issued in the area since 2007, three of which are from this year, for derelict vehicle cases that are still pending.

The DCI said it’s looking into the matter, and the DEH hasn’t responded yet to our query.

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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 josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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