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One month to move for vendors by cruise port

JAMES SEARS, president of the Woodes Rodgers Wharf Association.
Photos: Moise Amisial

JAMES SEARS, president of the Woodes Rodgers Wharf Association. Photos: Moise Amisial

By JADE RUSSELL

Tribune Staff Reporter

jrussell@tribunemedia.net

VENDORS at the Prince George Wharf said they don’t know where to go after the Downtown Revitalisation Unit told them they have until next month to vacate the area.

Although many vendors were surprised when the unit told them in a February 15 letter that they must vacate the area by March 15, James Sears, president of the Woodes Rodgers Wharf Association, acknowledged yesterday that Ministry of Tourism officials told him previously that they had found a relocation spot for most vendors. He said the controversy involved “miscommunication.”

Removing the vendors is a part of the ongoing efforts to revive downtown Nassau. The letter to vendors said officials would explore alternative locations for them, but didn’t say where they would be relocated.

 The vendors sell various products, including food, drinks and T-shirts.

 Marylin Major, a vendor of Bahamian Boutique, claimed she was told businesses in the area don’t want vendors operating near them anymore.

 She said Senator Randy Rolle, head of the Downtown Revitalisation Unit, should have met with stakeholders to prepare them for the move rather than send a notice letter.

 “You’re just going through all these emotions right now,” she said. “And the uncertainty, you know, you’re unable to buy the supplies and the products that you need or even make products to put here because we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

 She said vendors were not given enough notice time. She said their livelihoods are in jeopardy, with many people who work at the stalls disabled.

 Mr Sears, president of the Woodes Rodgers Wharf Association, said vendors were upset that the letter didn’t specify where they would be relocated.

 “The letter was quite vague in explaining to the vendors what would happen in the interim and also what plans were in place for them to continue their businesses,” Mr Sears said. “I think it was probably just a miscommunication because I would have been speaking on an ongoing basis with Senator Randy Rolle.”

 Mr Sears said the Ministry of Tourism indicated vendors would move on the street of Market Close, which is by the Straw Market. 

 “It was determined that only certain vendors would be tolerated in that area, being the ones selling food and drinks, and the live artists like myself who paint and do live art,” Mr Sears said.

 Another vendor, Vincent, said he doesn’t want to move from the wharf. He said if some vendors were forced to move near the Straw Market, it would be uncomfortable and harmful for their business.

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ExposedU2C 3 months, 4 weeks ago

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TalRussell 3 months, 4 weeks ago

The constant pushing around of the ordinary popoulaces' ---  Turns 10 January/April 1967/1968 Political and Calypso histories, into myths', --- Yes?

ThisIsOurs 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Lawlessness and disorder. They should never have been allowed to get a foothold there. Remove the shanty stalls from Montagu before that gets out of control too. And fix Carnichael

TalRussell 3 months, 4 weeks ago

@ComradeThisIs. seems not to have register with you, that ...... Bay Street's original charm, --- Owed a debt to the Bay Street Vendor makeshift stalls, which once lined Bay street and the Prince George Wharf. ---- Yes?

bahamianson 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Yeah, and move that paper guy from government house. Also. Is his wife still on Bay Street. Move both. Why does one family have access to prime commercial and others do not? Total corruption!!

ExposedU2C 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Royal Caribbean, Carnival,, Nassau Cruise Port, Chester the Jester and his girl friend Jibrilu are the main players behind this initiative that treats Bahamians trying to make a living as second class citizens in their own country.

Bahamians have idly sat by for decades now while the corrupt political ruling class in our country and their local cronies have partnered with ruthlessly greedy foreign interests to take away our beaches, our downtown district and whatever else our corrupt governments have allowed to be stripped from our national heritage to wrongfully enrich themselves.

James Sears is "owned" by the special interests behind the corrupt public-private-partnership that now seeks to lock Bahamians outside of the Nassau downtown district so that it becomes for exclusive use by cruise ship passengers and other tourists. Talk about a traitor! And let's not forget that other traitor Michael Maura who has been paid millions of dollars to help transform Bahamians (especially black Bahamians) into second class citizens.

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