Donor replaces stolen material from new Farmers Market

Farmers building the new Farmers Market on Thomas Russell Way, where roofing materials were stolen last month, got some good news last week. A donor has replaced the 35 rolls of wind and water seal stolen from the roof of the building. 

“Tuesday night the phone rang and my wife said a man was on the phone for me,” said Hamlin Stephenson, the farmer spearheading the building initiative. “It was Bob Watler of Watler’s Metal Products on the phone. He said, ‘I heard you got some material stolen,’ and when I said ‘yes,’ he said, ‘I didn’t know someone would do something like that,’ and asked how many rolls were stolen.  

“When I told him 35, he said he would replace them.”  

When Mr. Stephenson arrived at the site Wednesday morning, 35 rolls of wind and water seal had been delivered. 

Grateful for the materials, Mr. Stephenson said he wasted no time in getting the self-adhering roofing underlayments pasted to the roof to protect it from wind and water until the shingles could be put in place. 

The Royal Cayman Islands Police are still investigating the theft of $3,000 worth of wind and water seal from the site.  

Work on the 6,000-square-foot building across the road from the Red Cross building began in December 2014.  

Hamlin Stephenson walks under the new Farmers Market roof, now covered with wind and water seal. – Photo: Jewel Levy