Cabbage Beach Vendors Consider Options After Losing Legal Case

The entrance to Cabbage Beach.

The entrance to Cabbage Beach.


Tribune Staff Reporter


LEGAL counsel for the Cabbage Beach Business Owners Association (CBBOA) on Friday said they were awaiting Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner’s written ruling to determine the best way forward in their bid to guarantee access for vendors to the popular Paradise Island beach.

Justice Turner on Thursday sided with Access Industries, the landowners, over the dispute over whether vendors had a right to work on the beach.

According to Halston Moultrie, legal representative for the CBBOA, Justice Turner acceded to a summons put forward by legal counsel for Access Industries, suggesting that the association did not hold the legal position to file an injunction or block the property’s owners from restricting vendors.

The summons insisted that the association did not have the right to exist because vendors were not employees hired by property owners but each operator was contracted to provide a service. Access Industries is further charging that those vendors signed agreements giving the property owners the right to cancel the contracts at any time.

In 2014, the ownership of the Cabbage Beach property was transferred from Atlantis (Brookfield) to a subsidiary of Access Industries, the One&Only Ocean Club. Prior to the sale of the property, Atlantis (Brookfield) had allowed access to the beach via an easement through their private property; however, the company had petitioned the government on several occasions to address the unregulated vendor operation there.

In early December the vendors association filed an injunction in the Supreme Court to prevent Access Industries from restricting access via the easement. Subsequently, a 30-day injection was put in place. Further applications were made to get that injunction extended, but motions were eventually denied, allowing Access Industries the leeway to erect a fence to restrict access to the beach atop its property.

Mr Moultrie on Friday said he was not able to properly advise his clients on the best way forward. He explained that without Justice Turner’s written ruling in hand, he and other legal representatives for the CBBOA were unable to plot the proper course of action, stating: “We need to know his exact reasoning before we take our next step. We know he sided with them, but we need to know clearly why.”

Mr Moultrie Told the Tribune that there are two courses of action facing the CBBOA; to appeal or for individual vendors to petition the court to have access granted.

An appeal is expected to be filed if Justice Turner’s written ruling is not backed by legal claims beyond those of Access Industries.

If it is, Mr Moultrie is expected to lead single petitions by each vendor, sustaining that if the CBBOA does not have the legal right to block the closure, with vendors being viewed as businessowners should.

Justice Turner’s written ruling will be presented on Tuesday.


Well_mudda_take_sic 4 years, 3 months ago

Politicians within the corrupt Christie-led PLP government and their business cronies have made a fortune allowing our country's waterfront property to be sold to foreigners who then use our PLP controlled courts to enforce their "Nigga Ain't Welcome" policies! Our looney tune corrupt Christie-led PLP government has yet to explain why we "Nigga types" ain't allowed to gamble in the plush and opulent casinos owned by white foreigners; instead we "Nigga types" gat to gamble our hard earned money in da crooked street corner web shops run by Craig Flowers, Sebas Bastian, etc. who rig their games to make sure the numbers' bosses always win big time!


proudloudandfnm 4 years, 3 months ago

I do not like the idea of vendors on the beach. We need to nip this in the bud now. Allow vendors and how long before our beach is nasty like the straw market?


SP 4 years, 3 months ago

I certainly support the vendors and thank Halson and team for staying the course!

Every country I've visited in the region have no problem with beach vendors. In fact, beach vendors add expected flavor and cultural exchange welcomed by visitors, as one of the main reasons individuals actually travel is to experience and interact with various cultures.

The real issue here is properly managing vendors to keep trashy, undisciplined individuals out. This is easily achieved by requiring vendors to be properly licensed, and to go through a certain checkpoint screening process to access the beach...FOLLOWED by strict enforcement.

This situation never need to have happened if the lousy good for nothing government had responded to years of complaints and put measures in place to police areas in question.

Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Cayman, Bermuda etc. have governments that actually WORK in the peoples interest. Unlike the PLP and FNM which couldn't decipher a nail from a hammer, and are too pig headed to listen to someone with the right knowledge.


Observer 4 years, 3 months ago

Beach property was being sold in the Bahamas from time immorial; generations before the Progressive Liberal Party was formed. Well_mudda_take_sick should know that, unless this pseudo is a new-comer.


Well_mudda_take_sic 4 years, 3 months ago

You sound like a greedy realtor who would be willing to sell every acre of the Bahamas to foreigners. Most of us age 50+ remember growing up as children with unfettered access to many of the beaches we are now forbidden from enjoying; our children have access to less than a third of the beaches we had access to while growing up on New Providence Island and the same can now be said about many of the family islands.


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