Sun | Dec 4, 2016

New bid process for security at track

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jason McKay

THE bid process to provide security services at Caymanas Park has, for the first time in decades, been split into two contracts - raceday and non-raceday services.

Sources revealed that what was previously a single contract to secure the Portmore, St Catherine, racetrack was put for tender under two bids with the intention that no one firm will hold both contracts.

McKay Security has been the sole provider of security services at Caymanas Park since 1994. The company's principal, Jason McKay, declined comment on the matter, but confirmed that his firm was among competing interests.

A CTL board member also confirmed the move but would not provide reasons for the change in procurement of security services.

Challenges

Caymanas Park's 196-acre property and its raceday operations pose many challenges as the racetrack's perimeter walls share boundaries with numerous communities, formal and informal.

Of late, informal squatter settlements on the northern outskirts of the compound have become trouble spots for cash-strapped Caymanas Park due to the illegal extraction of light and water from the property.