Udecott to clamp down on 'illegal' chair vending at Maracas

The Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of Trinidad and To­ba­go (UDe­COTT) has been award­ed the con­tract to pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment ser­vices at the Mara­cas Beach Fa­cil­i­ty.

A re­lease from the Min­istry of Tourism said it is the ob­jec­tive of the Min­istry to work with UDe­COTT to im­ple­ment a restora­tion, ac­tion and op­er­a­tional plan for this beach and its fa­cil­i­ties to pro­vide all who vis­it with a safe, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ly sus­tain­able, aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing, mod­ern, clean and ef­fec­tive­ly man­aged at­trac­tion of in­ter­na­tion­al stan­dards.

UDe­COTT will op­er­ate and main­tain all as­pects of the Mara­cas Beach Fa­cil­i­ty, in or­der to en­sure that the pub­lic and vis­i­tors to this pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion have an op­ti­mal ex­pe­ri­ence.

The ser­vices to be pro­vid­ed in­clude con­tract man­age­ment for the ser­vice providers at the fa­cil­i­ty; me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing and gen­er­al in­fra­struc­ture main­te­nance; grounds main­te­nance; over­sight of ven­dors; over­sight of the carpark and wash­rooms; over­sight of ex­ist­ing se­cu­ri­ty ser­vices and im­proved se­cu­ri­ty arrange­ments and ser­vices; main­te­nance of the fire sup­pres­sion sys­tem; land­scap­ing; garbage re­moval; pest con­trol; de­vel­op­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion of op­er­a­tions man­u­al and ser­vice provider pro­to­cols; gen­er­al fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment (on a dai­ly ba­sis) and event man­age­ment.

One of the crit­i­cal is­sues that will be a pri­or­i­ty for UDe­COTT is re­solv­ing the is­sue of il­le­gal chair vend­ing on the Beach and safe­guard­ing the safe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty of all pa­trons.

The Mara­cas Beach Fa­cil­i­ty Im­prove­ment Project is on-go­ing.

Phase II of the project, which is be­ing man­aged by the Min­istry of Works and Trans­port’s Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­tur­al De­vel­op­ment Com­pa­ny Ltd, (NID­CO) will start in the new fi­nan­cial year.

The Mara­cas Beach has had a num­ber of chal­lenges as­so­ci­at­ed with ser­vice providers and its main­te­nance and man­age­ment.

These chal­lenges in­clude the is­sue of il­le­gal park­ing and il­le­gal vend­ing, in­clud­ing chair vend­ing for which many cit­i­zens have com­plained pub­licly about be­ing ha­rassed and bul­lied.

The Min­istry of Tourism recog­nis­es that sev­er­al prob­lems ex­ist which have neg­a­tive­ly af­fect­ed the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and the tourist prod­uct of­fer­ing at the Mara­cas Beach Fa­cil­i­ty and are work­ing as­sid­u­ous­ly to re­store this icon­ic stretch of beach to its in­ter­na­tion­al­ly ac­claimed sta­tus.

The Mara­cas Beach and its ever pop­u­lar bake and shark fish sand­wich is syn­ony­mous with Trinidad’s tourist of­fer­ing.

The Min­istry of Tourism gives the as­sur­ance that every ef­fort is be­ing made to pro­tect and pre­serve the lega­cy of this tourist site; the en­ter­prise and liveli­hood of those who have trad­ed on this Beach for decades as the cit­i­zen­ry will gain from in­creased vis­i­tors re­turn­ing and new to this ever pop­u­lar at­trac­tion.

With the clo­sure of the Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­pa­ny Ltd in 2017, the Min­istry of Tourism as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for the Mara­cas beach Fa­cil­i­ty, the Las Cuevas Beach Fa­cil­i­ty, the Man­zanil­la Beach Fa­cil­i­ty, the Ves­signy Beach Fa­cil­i­ty and the La Brea Pitch Lake.