Bahamas: PLAN IN PROGRESS: Govt pledges to help Potter’s Cay Dock vendors displaced by fire; defends pace of efforts

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources yesterday sought to clarify for the public what it said were misleading claims made regarding the plight of Potter’s Cay Dock vendors impacted by a recent fire, it pledged financial support to help those displaced vendors rebuild their stalls after the all-clear is given from the Ministry of Works’ technical teams.

A major fire at the popular site burned several stalls on the eastern side and destroyed two vessels on April 11.

In a statement yesterday, the ministry assured it has no intention or desire to see displaced vendors unduly hampered from making a living.

“The ministry met with vendors and representatives of both vendor associations on the morning following the fire — April 12, 2021 — with a view to plan the immediate response to the fire and the way forward,” the ministry said.

“A request for proposals for the cleanup of the site was submitted through the government’s eProcurement Portal on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 upon receipt of the incident report from the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Branch. Responses to the request came almost immediately. Before the contract for the cleanup could be awarded and executed, the vendors, along with outsiders, including political personalities, began cleanup of the site.”


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