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Mar 23, 2011

West Canal vendors move inside Finnegan Market

Phillip Willoughby

Vendors along West Canal, situated adjacent to the newly opened Michael Finnegan Market, were up in arms recently over relocation from their usual place of business.  That created a heap of controversy because the vendors did not want to shell out more money to conduct business inside the market.  The transfer should be completed by the second week of April as the City Council can only complete the construction of thirteen additional stalls inside the market square on the weekends.  According to councilor Phillip Willoughby, all the wrinkles have been ironed out.

Phillip Willoughby, Council Responsible for Markets

“This afternoon I met with the vendors from the Belize River Valley explaining to them what the cost formula would be, as well as this morning I spoke with the vendors along West Canal explaining to them and everybody are in agreement with the current fee restructuring.  The fees will be now nine dollars per day and that is at the lower end which will come up to about probably two hundred [and fifty dollars], two hundred and fifty two dollars per month and that is what they will be now asked to pay the Belize City Council.  This fee encompasses their sanitation fee, a sanitation fee that will be leveled.  It won’t be seen directly but some part of the cost would be dealing with that.  There was a request from our manager to look at employing additional staff to man the grounds, we now have market police to provide the security within the interior of the market and maybe on the periphery of the exterior market and also other facilities that would be available to them will come at a cost but will be borne by them.  I know there’s water that will be needed at the market and other facilities I think we should be providing.”

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5 Responses for “West Canal vendors move inside Finnegan Market”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    Good job Mr Willoughby just hope the Market Police are armed or it would defeat the purpose of having them there.

  2. Disgusted! says:

    If I say what I really think about Phillip Willoughby on this medium it probably won’t be published so to make along story short, I will seek him out and tell him to his face when I go home on vacation. Oh…. and even without the cap you’re still a “SUPER SIMPLETON!”

  3. Earl Grey says:

    NOW……….WE NEED TO PAVE THE CANAL SIDE……………………
    and put some BENCHES there, making it look nice in front of the main market in the big city.

  4. Earl Grey says:

    WHERE IS THE RESTAURANT INSIDE THE MARKET????????????????

  5. Johnny Q says:

    I like this dude. He is a real Mr. Fix it. PUP or UDP he is a hands on guy and is good at getting things done and resolving disputes.

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