VENDORS TO PAY NEW FEES:


Marion Ali spoke with fish vendors at the Vernon Street Bridge and found that new fees are being charged, as of yesterday. A vendor who works in the area had this to say.

Vendor:


Actually the Government is taxing us twenty-five dollars a month to sell fish out here."

Marion Ali:


This has been in place?

Vendor:


Yes since yesterday they have been collecting, they collect from each stall and each boat.

Ernesto Vasquez:


That s a rental for the stall?

Vendor:


Yes that s a rental for the stall, and they did not even put the stalls out here we did, but we still have to pay them. They are collecting and we don t even have a bathroom out here.

Marion Ali:


Have you asked for one?

Vendor:


Yes we have asked them.

Marion Ali:


What has been the response?

Ernesto Vasquez:


So what are you paying for then, the space?

Vendor:


Just for the space. I think it is reasonable but what I am saying ids if they want to collect let them clean the place up.

Marion Ali:


You also go fishing, how the fuel price has affected the cost of your fish?

Vendor:


We have to sell the fish for more so that we can make back the gas money and enough money to pay your boat man and pay yourself.

Marion Ali:


Now what is the cost per pound for fish?

Vendor:


Right now fish is selling for four dollars and five dollars a pound.