When street vendor Rayburn Ebanks was removed the site where he sold goods alongside the Owen Roberts International Airport fence in 2013, he simply moved across the road to the cricket pitch.
Recently, when he was told to leave the area of the cricket field, Mr. Ebanks moved across the road and set up shop on the sidewalk under an almond tree and conducted business as usual.
Many who commute that stretch of road are familiar with the 74-year-old seaman selling his assortment of goods.
Mr. Ebanks says he is fearful of the future, and that soon he will be moved again.
As with his last stall, the scale hangs from the limb of a tree. On a clothes line, pegs of ripe plantains and bags of seasoning and Scotch bonnet peppers hang; a coconut, a breadfruit, a bottle of soda, pumpkins and a slice of watermelon sit on a table.
Mr. Ebanks was moved from the airport fence area in 2013 because of claims his stall was an eyesore. At the time, Mr. Ebanks had this to say: “There are people struggling to get by in Cayman today. I’m not talking about those who don’t want to work or are lazy; but good honest Caymanians who know how to put in a hard day’s work. I’m talking about people who work hard every day and strive to improve themselves and their situation. I know it is rough right now for everyone but there are people who need to eat.”
With the arrival of the new farmers market on Huldah Avenue, beside the cricket grounds by the airport, many thought Mr. Ebanks would find a permanent spot there, but now strapped for cash, he said that was near impossible.
“I can’t afford to pay the fees at the farmers market, because some days I don’t make what they are charging,” he said, adding that he was told he would have to pay $29 a day for one of the stalls.
Hamlin Stephenson, one of the farmers spearheading the farmers market, said stalls range from $8 to $29 or more depending on the size of the stall that suits vendors’ needs.