DCA holds off on Enforcement Notice to beach vendors

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Beach vendors who operate in Jolly Harbour say they have been given more time to ply their trade in the area.

One of the vendors, Sonia Williams, noted that the decision was made following discussions with Tourism Minister Charles “Max” Fernandez.

“We spoke to the Minister of Tourism; he spoke to Mrs. Browne and they gave us the assurance that they will not be coming

[today]

. They’re going to hold it off and we’re going to hold on until further notice,” she told OBSERVER media yesterday.

 Minister Fernandez is expected to visit the area on Thursday morning to assess the situation and identify the best resolution to the issue. The vendors appealed for assistance after an Enforcement Notice was issued to them on Monday by the Development Control Authority (DCA).

In the order dated July 1, the DCA gave beach chair vendors two working days to remove all their belongings and seek permission from the relevant authorities for a suitable relocation site.

Last month, the Ministry of Tourism issued a statement giving vendors plying their trade on the island’s beaches until the end of the month to remove all derelict and unsightly buildings. Beach chair vendors were also asked to discontinue the practice of leaving the chairs stacked on the beaches over-night.

The vendors previously had until Wednesday 3rd July 2019 to comply with the order from the DCA.

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