Rent deadline for vendors
Vendors at Rockley Beach have been given until March 14 to clear rent arrears owed to the National Conservation Commission (NCC) or be removed from the kiosks they occupy.
Speaking to the DAILY NATION on Monday, the vendors, most of whom preferred not to give their names, said that since they were encouraged to move from selling on the beach and into the kiosks, which were erected just over ten years ago, it had been difficult to survive.
Balvina Shortte, a vendor on Rockley Beach since the early 1970s, said she received a letter saying she owed $5 000 despite her efforts to pay as much as she could of the $329 each month.
“Previously you would pay the $25 for the licence every year and sell freely without the concern of having to pay rent every month. Now they take us off the beach and put us in these things here to suffer,” she said.
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