Late last week I passed by the craft market on Market Street and noticed the vendors packing up their stalls and moving out. On Monday, I passed and some were still packing up.
They have finally decided to move into the new craft market on Seaboard Street, opposite the Falmouth Pier.
The vendors had complained to Falmouth News about the new space being too small to accommodate them for the money that was being charged.
On the other hand, their (no longer) current location was a security risk as we see from this post with pictures of a break-in that caused much loss to some vendors.
The new location is just outside the gates of the Pier and was built by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).
From the Gleaner:
After initially refusing to occupy the new craft market, constructed by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) on Seaboard Street in Falmouth, Trelawny, craft vendors have belatedly decided to move into the facility, ending the dispute that had tourism stakeholders nervous.
The 31 craft traders had initially refused to move into the facility because, according to them, enough consideration was not given to their comfort. Since then, some of their concerns have been addressed, paving the way for their change of heart.
With the vendors now occupying the new craft market, Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager said that he was “waiting to see if the traders are going to refuse to pay the fees, as they did when the municipality was in charge”.
In response to the mayor concern, craft trader Daisy Watson said that once they are getting customers, they would be happy to pay the required fees.
“I am happy for the relocation. If the Port Authority lives up to their promise and sends guests to us, then we will be able to pay the fees and make a profit,” said Watson, in an interview with The Gleaner.
However, Linval Brown, another of the 31 craft vendors who occupy one of the enclosed shops, for which the fee is $20,000 per month, has no plans to get into any dispute with the PAJ if the venture does not prove viable. “If I can’t make it, I will just give them back their shop and look for something else to do,” said Brown.
Source: The Gleaner.