Chaguanas vendors will have to move.
The association representing the vendors has lost its application for judicial review in the High Court.
Justice Kevin Ramcharan this morning dismissed their claim that the vendors had a legitimate expectation to remain and have their vending booths permanently established at the old Chaguanas health centre facility.
Fish vendors are praying that sales improve as Easter draws closer because they have experienced a drastic drop in sales.
Fish vendors at the San Fernando and Otaheite Bay Fishing Depots believe consumers are not buying, mainly because they have no money.
Different types and sizes of fish and shrimp were on display on the stalls, but there were just a handful of customers, each looking for the most reasonable price.
Former government minister and Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner has testified on behalf of street vendors from Chaguanas, who are challenging a proposal to evict them from a temporary location which they have been occupying for almost eight years.
Warner took the witness stand before Justice Kevin Ramcharan, at the Hall of Justice, in Port-of-Spain as the vendors’ lawsuit against the Chaguanas Borough Corporation began yesterday.
Eight vendors were presented with the keys to their new booths at the Maracas Beach Facility by Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell on Wednesday.
These vendors had previously been displaced from locations in the Facility’s car park to facilitate ongoing upgrades.
In addition to congratulating the vendors, Minister Mitchell thanked them for their patience throughout the process, noting that they had continued to operate in less than optimal conditions.
The Police Service says that from next week it will embark on an exercise to remove all vendors who operate along the nation's highways.
This includes beverage cart vendors, fruit vendors and even windshield washers.
The Traffic and Highway Patrol Unit says these vendors are hazardous to motorists and they have already been warned verbally and in writing.
The unit says the next step will now be removing the vendors and that will commence next week.
This coincides with the work being done on the Curepe Interchange Project.