- Vendors to be relocated
Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter
December 1 will be D-Day for all vendors plying their wares along Barnett, and St. James Streets, as well as in the vicinity of the Charles Gordon Market Circle in Montego Bay, to relocate.
They will all be required to seek occupancy in the Charles Gordon Market.
Councilor Homer Davis, Mayor of Montego Bay, says he, along with Pamela March,Commercial Services Manager of the St. James Municipal Corporation, will convene a meeting with these vendors at the Charles Gordon Market on November 17, at which time they will outline to them the “No Street Vending Policy” of the Municipal Corporation.
“This will be an ultimatum. All vendors must be off the streets come November 30 as it will be zero tolerance on December 1. We already have the commitment of the police to assist with this,” Mayor Davis explained.
Vendors in the meantime are being advised to register with the Municipal Corporation for a minimal fee of 300 dollars, at which time they will be issued with an identification card, and will be required to present the card whenever they wish to ply their wares at the Charles Gordon Market. He said the card would be valid for one year.
Mayor Davis also indicated that the presence of the vendors at the market circle would be hampering efforts by the Municipal Corporation to effect repairs to sections of the market, which is an ongoing process to curtail the illegal practice of street vending.
“Some work needs to be done down there and we cannot do the work with them there. When persons come to do their shopping, they must have free access to carry out their transactions,” he explained.
Responding to questions relating to the ‘Gun Court’ section of the Market, Mayor Davis said work has just begun on 28 new stalls and upon their completion, they will have 150 more stalls.
‘This will give us more space to accommodate the vendors so there should be no reason for them to occupy any area outside the market. This means we will take action where and whenever necessary,” he concluded.