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Ocho Rios vendors angry with parish council

BY RENAE DIXON Observer Staff Reporter

Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 1:23 PM    

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OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Hurricane Sandy has left vendors at the Ocho Rios market fuming at the St Ann Parish Council over what they say is the failure of the council to properly fix the market.

“We keep telling the parish council they need to cover the place properly,” one woman stated.  “Yuh think a now we a beg dem? We no stop beg dem.”

Sections of the market were flooded after Hurricane Sandy destroyed a section of the roof at the front of the market yesterday.  

The vendors say for years they have been hearing that the market would be fixed, however, this is yet to happen.

“From 1998 mi deh here and from then till now we complaining to the parish council,” Carlene Coombs, a vendor in the market stated.

Coombs said the vendors have to keep buying tarpaulins to protect their wares from both rain and sun.

But the tarpaulins weren’t enough to withstand Sandy’s wrath, and the vendors were left with soaked goods. 

“We want to know if we can carry we landlord (the council) to the Rent Board,” one upset vendor asked. 

Coombs told the Observer that the council collects $650, plus money for electricity, every week, yet they are not maintaining the market.

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