UDeCOTT to address beach chair vending issues at Maracas Beach
The Urban Development Corporation (UDeCOTT) has been selected to provide management services at the Maracas Beach Facility and will tackle a range of issues including beach chair vending which has been a problem for many beachgoers.
This was announced by Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell in a statement issued on Thursday.
According to the release, UDeCOTT is responsible for ensuring that general maintenance capabilities are sustained on the beach on a daily basis.
“UDeCOTT will work closely with the service providers currently providing security, garbage disposal, cleaning, car park and washroom management services. As the new facilities manager, UDeCOTT will address ongoing security issues including the activities of beach chair vendors through enhanced security measures which will be implemented before the end of 2018.”
UDeCOTT will also ensure that food vending facilities are fit for purpose as a priority. The Corporation is also in charge of retaining additional landscaping, fire suppression, wastewater treatment and general contracting services.
Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell said “UDeCOTT’s expertise in providing facilities management services will ensure that visitors and citizens alike will benefit from the fulfilled potential of Maracas Beach.”
The Ministry says it looks forward to this partnership with UDeCOTT, to implement its restoration, action and operational plan for the Maracas Beach Facility.
“Visitors to the beach may now look forward to a safe, environmentally sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, modern, clean, and well-managed facility of international standards. This is an important step in restoring this iconic stretch of beach to its internationally acclaimed status,” the release said.
Phase 1 of the Maracas Beach Improvement Project Facility is being concluded by the Ministry of Works and Transport’s National Infrastructural Development Company Ltd (NIDCO), including the completion of a new sewage treatment plant.
With the closure of the Tourism Development Company in 2017, the Ministry of Tourism assumed responsibility for the Maracas Beach Facility, Las Cuevas Beach Facility, Manzanilla Beach Facility, Vessigny Beach Facility and the La Brea Pitch Lake.
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