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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, centre, interacts with people on the "village" side of Buccament Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024.  (Photo: Lance Neverson/Facebook)
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, centre, interacts with people on the “village” side of Buccament Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. (Photo: Lance Neverson/Facebook)
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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says he will meet on Thursday with fishers and other residents of Buccament Bay to discuss beach vending and other activities.

“We have to make sure everything is done there in an orderly manner so that everybody would benefit,” he said on Wednesday, referring to beachfront activities in the Central Leeward community, where Sandals Beaches Resort is preparing to open on the South Leeward side of the beach.

He noted on NBC Radio that there is a beach vending law dating back to the early 1990s, which has not been observed.

 “People have not been paying attention to it but we have to make sure that throughout the country — otherwise, just a handful of people are going to jeopardise the product which we have to sell, which everybody has to make a living off.,” Gonsalves said.

“And they themselves — because we have six beautiful shops ready to give out down there. If you go down, you will see and we will put other structures in place but this thing has to be done orderly,” Gonsalves said.

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“What is down there is a gold mine for everybody, metaphorically but you have to work hard at it. The opportunity is there to make a good living,” he said, apparently referring to spill off activities from the resort.

“Independence operators, taximen, minibus operators, people selling craft, entertainers, farmers, fisherfolk — apart from the workers themselves, vendors,” Gonsalves said.

“But we can’t have the vending done in a chaotic manner. It has to be done orderly and properly.”

3 replies on “PM to meet fishers, beach vendors in Buccament on Thursday”

  1. It’s not going to be easy Ralph. Many entrepreneurs will look for an opportunity to make some money and they may have to get around some of your draconian rules, which often benefit only ULP supporters, to do so.

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