Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
CAYMANAS Track Limited (CTL) has moved to remedy what many owners and visitors to the Caymanas Park racetrack have deemed a major turnoff from enjoying a day at the races - harassment by touts and beggars en route to the main car parks.
Responding to the cries of long-suffering patrons, CTL and McKay Security Limited have instituted a 'no-wait' zone, clearly identified by barriers leading to the official car park and the main parking area by the Independence City entrance to the racetrack.
The move has reportedly left patrons happy and racetrack touts angry as no loitering is allowed in the vicinity of the barriers, especially at the end of races when beggars descend on patrons making their way to the car parks.
Manned by security personnel, the system has been working perfectly as patrons now exit the club stand and North Lounge areas, free of harassment, as they make their way to their vehicles.
McKay Security's chief executive officer, Jason McKay, said the barrier system was just one of many initiatives being undertaken since the start of October, to make the racetrack safer and more organised.
"It is part of a drive to reduce harassment and I am asking members of the public to assist by not encouraging the hustlers by giving them money.
"The touts need not think of entering the car park either as the A, B, C and D car parks, at the Independence City entrance, are out of bounds to all who are not leaving in a car," he added.
CTL and McKay Security recently unveiled a Stable Patrol in which the vast stable area is manned for 24 hours by an armoured personnel carrier.