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Blocked beach access will hurt businesses

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Blocked beach access will hurt businesses

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2:45 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 6, 2010 – Residents in Paynes Bay, St James are angry.
They are against any access blockage to that beach.
Earlier today dozens of beach operators were speaking out , upset at the possibility that access could be blocked.
Taxi-driver, Lester Phillips says it will be unfortunate if the property owners block off the access that would impact on the business of jet-ski operators, chair vendors, taxi-drivers, and food sellers, who depend on the tourists who traverse the beach.
He says a hole has already been dug by property owners, adding that it seems a wall may soon be erected.
“I hope this is looked into,’ he says.
Judy Scott is worried that her food business will be hurt in a major way if the beach access is shut off. 
“This is major. I sell food and I need a free flow of the beach path to survive. If the people don’t come down to the beach, I won’t have anyone to buy food from me,” she says.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, MP for St Thomas Cynthia Forde and former Senator Kerrie Symmonds visited the area.
Recently a number of operators in that area raised the alarm and called for action to be taken.