Ocho Rios craft vendors object to proposed changes to UDC guidelines

Craft vendors in Ocho Rios St Ann are objecting to proposed changes to the agreement with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), relating to their use of three craft markets, in the resort town.

The vendors operate from the craft markets located at Dunn’s River, Pineapple Place and Main Street Ocho Rios.

They also complained about the Tourism Product Development Company TPDCo being reluctant to renew the Jamaica tourist board (j-t-b) licences for the vendors to operate legally.

President of the Ocho Rios Craft Traders Council, Devon Mitchell and president of the Pineapple Craft Market, Claire Pink-Bruce, chastised the UDC for what they deem to be, a breach of existing agreements.

Some vendors expressed frustration with the situation.

Meantime, People’s National Party, (PNP) candidate for North East St. Ann Dr. Ryan Simpson echoed the concerns and frustration of the craft vendors.

Dr. Simpson issued a 2 week ultimatum for the government to address the vendors concerns, failing which, the vendors are threatening to take industrial action.

The vendors want the UDC, political representatives and other stakeholders to quickly have discussions on how to address the concerns.


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