Mayor of Roseau Irene John continues to complain and express concern about sidewalk vendors, but no remedial results appear to be forthcoming. The Mayor says the vendors have been continuously warned against selling their agricultural produce on the city sidewalks.
She says Police officers on patrol have been working tirelessly in moving the vendors to the Roseau Market, but they return to the sidewalks as soon as the police leave the area, and resume vending on the sidewalks.
Mayor John is complaining about the difficulty that the vendors’ stalls and vehicles are causing for pedestrian traffic. She says some vendors park half of their double-cab vehicles, on the sidewalk, with half the other half on the road, and thereby making it very difficult for pedestrians to use the sidewalk.
The Roseau City Council is apparently relying on the police to confiscate the vendors agricultural produce and fish, and to take them to the magistrate court to be charged, as the main action to resolve the problem. She informed that many vendors have been charged, but there are still vendors on the roadside.
The Mayor and the Roseau City Council now appears to be relying on the people of Dominica to solve that problem. She says the police and the Roseau City Council are receiving backlash from Dominicans whenever vendor’s goods are confiscated. She says the Council is getting feedback that many people are saying that they are preventing these people from making their daily bread, and that they are keeping Dominicans down when they trying to help themselves.
The Mayor of Roseau says she is sending a strong warning to the vendors of fish and of agricultural produce, that the sidewalks are meant for pedestrians, not for fish and vegetable stalls, and steps will be taken against all those who refuse to obey the rules. She adds that those steps will be taken to show that sidewalk vending is not acceptable”.
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