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#509602 - 12/02/15 11:19 AM Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins
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The San Pedro Town Council is in the process of restructuring and renovating the San Pedro Central Park, as well as relocating the artisans. It was the intention of the SPTC to have completed the process before the Christmas Season but after re-evaluation and in order to put the right measures in place, the artisans will be relocated on the first working day of the year 2016.

Following a meeting with the park artisans, the SPTC has decided to place some of the artisans on the beach directly in front of the park. This was done to ensure that the artisans were not disenfranchised for the Christmas Season since it is considered one of the busiest times for them. All parties are cognizant of the need to have the park completely free for the entire month of December and available for our families to enjoy during the Christmas Season. As such, the artisans were asked to temporarily relocate to the beach for one month. In addition, the delay will give The SPTC enough time to ensure that the new artisan area is completed with the right facilities as was originally envisioned.

The new artisan area will occupy part of the open space directly in front of the Hon. Louis “Cuz” Sylvestre Sports Complex. The space will eventually be transformed into the official artisan area and in the first phase, priority will be given to the legally operating park artisans. Because of the growing demands to have better presentation and a more welcoming environment, The SPTC is in the process of drafting an operational guideline that each artisan will be expected to uphold if they desire to conduct business in the designated artisan area.

In addition, the SPTC has commenced the process to have various open structures built and each artisan will be allowed with equal space to operate. The structure will entail proper electrification, access for bathroom for the artisans and night security. The SPTC will be unveiling measures that will be taken to redirect tourists and visitors to the new artisan area. When the process is complete, no artisan will be allowed to assemble in the Central Park and eventually, all artisans operating in public spaces will be relocated to the official site.

The SPTC is therefore requesting the cooperation of our residents, the park artisans and the general public as we transition into the relocation process of our artisans operating in public spaces.

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#509618 - 12/03/15 11:20 AM Re: Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins [Re: Marty]
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Authorities from the SPTC reportedly told the vendors that they were to relocate by Monday, November 30th. However, the vendors do not want to move, as they argue that the new location is not viable for business and the conditions are not what they were promised.


In a press release issued on Tuesday, December 1st by the SPTC, the general public was informed of the artisans’ relocation, which was expected to be before the Christmas Season. However in order to get the right measures in place, the artisants will now be relocated on the first working day of 2016. The release continues to say that after a meeting between the SPTC and the artisans, some of them were placed on the beach, directly in front of the park. This was done to ensure that the vendors were not disenfranchised for the Christmas Season.

Months ago, Mayor Daniel Guerrero had indicated that the vendors from the Central Park were to be provided with colorful booths along the Boardwalk. “We will have the Mennonites build the booths and then bring them to the island on the barge, where we will proceed with giving them a touch of beautification before they are distributed. They will have different colors, something similar to what has been done in the Bahamas,” said Guerrero at the time.

According to the vendors, they do not feel optimistic about the advantages businesswise with the new location. They demand what was promised, proper facilities, a good marketing plan, and most importantly, parking space for their customers. The vendors added that some time ago, Guerrero told them that he was not going to move them until everything was ready at the Sunset Boardwalk. They are now upset that they are required to relocate when nothing has been prepared. They are willing to move if and when the adequate conditions are provided as promised by Mayor Guerrero.

The SPTC has commenced the process to have various open structures built and each artisan will be allowed with equal space to operate. The structure will be equipped with proper electrification, bathrooms for the artisans and night security. The release added that the SPTC will be unveiling measures that will be taken to direct tourists and visitors to the new vendors’ area. When the process is complete, no vendors will be allowed at the park, and any other persons selling in public areas will be relocated to the official site.

Guerrero admitted that it might be challenging at the beginning, but according to him it has and will work. “All the hotels will direct their customers to where the vendors are, the taxi drivers will also know where they are, people driving around will see them as well, and we will have banners and signs directing everyone to their new location. So it will benefit them and with music entertainment on weekends, things will eventually work,” stated Guerrero. He added that the fact that the San Pedro House of Culture sits in the same area, it will increase the potential for business as well.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in San Pedro Sun


From the Town Council:

The San Pedro Town Council is in the process of restructuring and renovating the San Pedro Central Park as well as relocating the artisans. It was the intention of the SPTC to have completed the process before the Christmas Season but after re-evaluation and in order to put the right measures in place, the artisans will be relocated on the first working day of the year 2016.

Following a meeting with the park artisans, The SPTC has decided to place some of the artisans on the beach directly in front of the park. This was done to ensure that the artisans were not disenfranchised for the Christmas Season since it is considered one of the busiest time for them. All parties are cognizant of the need to have the park completely free for the entire month of December and available for our families to enjoy during the Christmas Season. As such, the artisans were asked to temporarily relocate to the beach for one month. In addition, the delay will give The SPTC enough time to ensure that the new artisan area is completed with the right facilities as was originally envisioned.

The new artisan area will occupy part of the open space directly in front of the Hon. Louis “Cuz” Sylvestre Sports Complex. The space will eventually be transformed into the official artisan area and in the first phase, priority will be given to the legally operating park artisans. Because of the growing demands to have better presentation and a more welcoming environment, The SPTC is in the process of drafting an operational guideline that each artisan will be expected to uphold if they desire to conduct business in the designated artisan area. In addition, the SPTC has commenced the process to have various open structures built and each artisan will be allowed with equal space to operate. The structure will entail proper electrification, access for bathroom for the artisans and night security. The SPTC will be unveiling measures that will be taken to redirect tourists and visitors to the new artisan area. When the process is complete, no artisan will be allowed to assemble in the Central Park and eventually, all artisans operating in public spaces will be relocated to the official site.

The SPTC is therefore requesting the cooperation of our residents, the park artisans and the general public as we transition into the relocation process of our artisans operating in public spaces.






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#509628 - 12/03/15 03:52 PM Re: Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
NOW MOVE the water taxis back there and make it a central activity area.


Edited by ScubaLdy (12/03/15 03:55 PM)
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#509661 - 12/04/15 03:20 PM Re: Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins [Re: ScubaLdy]
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Originally Posted By ScubaLdy
NOW MOVE the water taxis back there and make it a central activity area.


but dredge the approaches first so the first water taxi to moor up isnt the last.... wink

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#509663 - 12/04/15 04:33 PM Re: Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins [Re: Marty]
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I went by the park this morning. having the tables on the beach instead of the street is already a big positive move. less congestion, better access to the park ...... open and inviting.

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#509674 - 12/04/15 07:28 PM Re: Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins [Re: Diane Campbell]
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Originally Posted By Diane Campbell
I went by the park this morning. having the tables on the beach instead of the street is already a big positive move. less congestion, better access to the park ...... open and inviting.


Just so!

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#509701 - 12/06/15 12:14 AM Re: Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins [Re: Marty]
El Gringo Offline
As a visitor, one of the things I have enjoyed in the central park are the food carts. Will these be moving to the new artisan area as well?

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#509906 - 12/14/15 09:35 AM Re: Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins [Re: Marty]
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Mayor Guerrero speaks on plans for artisans’ relocation

The community was informed through a press release from the SPTC that the vendors/artisans were to be relocated to the HLSSC on the first working day of 2016, but that date has now been changed. “The vendors on the beach will be there for a month, they can stay there until the 30th of December. On the 31st they can be there but to celebrate New Year’s Eve, the only ones that will be there will be the food vendors, but no artisans. They need to move to the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex area as previously planned, however, it will be temporary as we are speeding up on the plans we had envisioned for them regarding the facilities,” said Guerrero. At the moment temporary booths are being built for the artisans adjacent to the House of Culture.

A couple months ago, Guerrero spoke about providing the artisans with colorful booths at their new location. The booths, which are to be built by the Mennonites, will soon start arriving to the island. “I have already ordered to have the kiosks/booths built, which will be painted in tropical colors. Each artisan will receive one for which they will be charged a weekly rental fee. The booths will belong to the SPTC and the vendors need to take care of them; we will be monitoring that they are kept in good shape,” said Guerrero. The Mayor also mentioned that they will be putting up signs and holding a marketing campaign so everyone knows the new location of the artisans. He added that the combination of events at the nearby House of Culture and live music performances during weekends will increase the chances of business for the vendors.

The SPTC guarantees the vendors that the new location will be as good as the Central Park. He understands that a new change might raise doubts in the artisans, but it is a change for the better and the Town Board expects that with everyone’s participation and hard work, the relocation will not just be a success for the artisans, but for everybody who will be involved in one way or another.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in The San Pedro Sun


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#510698 - 01/15/16 06:33 PM Re: Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins [Re: Marty]
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New location for San Pedro Artisans Market

San Pedro Artisan Vendors commence relocation

All is set for the relocation of the San Pedro artisan vendors from the Central Park to the Honorable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex parking lot. A meeting was held on Wednesday, January 6th between the vendors and the San Pedro Town Council to finalize details for the relocation. The big move will see up to 30 vendors benefiting from new facilities while adhering to new operating regulations. Vendors had up to Friday, January 15th to move from Central Park to the newly designated location or lose their Trade License. The facilities which the vendors will move to are just temporary, as the SPTC plans to further develop the area in the future.

“The booths that have built right now are just temporary, until we can construct the wooden casitas. Each vendor will have their own casita where they can operate from. These casitas while be styled similarly to the vending establishments you see in other tourism markets across the world, in particular those in the Bahamas. They will be painted in tropical colors to enhance the beauty of the area,” explained Guerrero. Guerrero indicated that in the coming week, samples of the permanent vendor casitas will be available for presentation to the public.

As part of the new regulations, each artisan will have to sign a contract with the SPTC in order to obtain a Trade License and a booth in the new market area. Picture identification cards will also be issued to all vendors to further promote professionalism. “The artisans will be allowed to temporarily operate at the San Pedro Artisan Market Area on the parking lot of Honorable Louis “Cuz” Sylvester Sporting Complex under the San Pedro Artisans Market Operational Guideline (schedule 1) accepted by both parties. This agreement is valid for one year as of the date of signing and any additions, deletions or the like must be done in writing, signed by both parties and attached to this document,” indicated Jorge Aldana, Local Economic Development Officer at the SPTC.

The San Pedro Artisans Market Operational Guideline include 21 regulations that, if violated, may result in the artisan’s eviction, and/or the loss of their Trade License. The regulation include clauses on professionalism, proper attire, alcohol and drug use among others.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


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#510856 - 01/19/16 08:06 PM Re: Relocation of Artisans from Central Park Begins [Re: Marty]
Marty Online   happy
Check out the San Pedro Local Arts Market at their New Location at the Parking Lot of the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex.


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