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Property owner fed up with derelict vehicles along Durham Drive

One man told Cayman 27 numerous unlicensed, junked vehicles lining Durham Drive in Industrial Park have become an eyesore, and are hurting property values.

He said he’s brought his concerns to police and the Department of Commerce and Investment, but nothing gets done.

“They are either parking on the sidewalk, abandoning wrecked cars on the way into here, unlicensed vehicles, I’m trying to sell my property and what is happening here is not helping,” said David Guilfoyle.

He told Cayman 27 he is fed up with derelict cars on Durham Drive. He said a warehouse adjacent to his property is the epicenter of the activity.

“That should be storage of legal documents and bank documents, they’ve been turned into garages and God knows what,” said Mr. Guilfoyle.

Mr. Guilfoyle showed Cayman 27 a copy of the lease agreement for tenants at 22 Durham Dr., which explicitly forbids the washing, dismantling, or repairing of vehicles on the property.

“It is just getting from bad to worse, and they are parking on my property because they have no parking of their own for their operations, and I have to constantly ask people not to park here or put up no trespassing signs to no avail, I’ve had to buy stones to line the roadway,” said Mr. Guilfoyle.

He traces what he calls his ‘ongoing battle’ to a November 2016 incident he caught on camera.

“They were scrapping a car here, I had to call the police, actually two cars. The police came and interviewed a man and that was it, I ended up paying money to move cars from here, $75 a piece,” he said.

Aerial images of the area from 2014 show no such issues with derelict vehicles. Mr. Guilfoyle said he wants to see enforcement.

“I’ve been trying, fighting with this thing from 2016, trade and business license, everybody,” he said, throwing up his hands. “It only gets worse, I am up to here.”

Cayman 27 reached out to the RCIPS and the DCI about his complaint.

Police have yet to respond to our inquiries as of press time.

The DCI told Cayman 27 it has checked businesses at the location and they were found to posses valid licenses. The DCI also said if the tenants are operating outside the lease, that’s a matter for the landlord to enforce.

Cayman 27 also reached out to the owner of the warehouse. He said he was aware some tenants may be operating outside the terms of the lease, but declined to comment further.

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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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