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Heroes Circle crab vendors to resume operations after Obama leaves

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke says come Friday, the crab vendors whose stalls were destroyed and removed from Heroes Circle on the weekend will be allowed to return.

The crab vendors have been a staple at Heroes circle for decades.

Brown Burke has maintained that the removal is part of the KSAC's continuous efforts to address illegal vending across the municipality.

However, yesterday Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer hinted that the decision to remove the vendors followed talks with Washington regarding US President, Barack Obama’s visit to the island.

The US President arrives in Kingston tonight and is to visit Heroes Circle tomorrow for a Wreath Laying Ceremony.

 

Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer speaking at a press conference yesterday.

In a release last evening, Senator Brown Burke said she met with Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond Mckenzie to discuss the situation with the vendors.

She says the West Kingston MP agreed that the vendors were operating in an unauthorised vending area without the requisite licences and permits from the KSAC and the Public Health Department.

Both parties also reportedly agreed that the vendors were operating under unhygienic conditions. 

According to Mayor Brown Burke, the vendors will be allowed to operate temporarily as of Friday morning.

However, she says they will not be allowed to erect any permanent structures.

A meeting is being planned between the KSAC and the vendors to decide on the way forward.