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Crafts Alive Vendors concerned about lease structure

- proposal made for meeting with MCW Minister on possible reduction of fees
Some of the vendors that met yesterday, April 16, 2013 to discuss issues concerning leases at the Crafts Alive Village. Photo: VINO
The leases were reportedly given in the amounts of $250 and $150; each covering a six month period of occupation at the Crafts Alive Village. Photo: VINO
The leases were reportedly given in the amounts of $250 and $150; each covering a six month period of occupation at the Crafts Alive Village. Photo: VINO
The new Crafts Alive Village was officially opened after a ceremony held on February 26, 2013. Photo: VINO
The new Crafts Alive Village was officially opened after a ceremony held on February 26, 2013. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Concerned vendors of the Revitalised Crafts Alive Village met yesterday, April 16, 2013 to discuss leases that were recently handed out for spots the vendors occupied at the location.

One vendor indicated that the rates appeared to have been arbitrarily decided upon and noted that the vendors would be seeking an audience with Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool.

The vendor was keen to note that all the leases had not yet been distributed and vendors were still in discussion among themselves about the way forward.

The leases were given in the amounts of $250 and $150; each covering a six month period of occupation at the Crafts Alive Village. According to a source, during the period November-April, vendors are expected to pay a sum of $250 per month for rental fees while during the period May-October they are expected to pay $150 per month.

It remains unclear what methodology was used in having the lease structure established.

One concerned vendor stated that the group had discussed approaching Hon. Vanterpool about having the leases reduced to either $200 or $150 year round or alternatively, having the fees done on an individual basis where possible.

A vendor noted that each occupant was being charged the same fee even though some stores were larger than others. “It’s like having a studio apartment where a one-bedroom apartment and a two-bedroom apartment were the same price,” the vendor noted.

Some vendors have so far been charged for the months of March and April and were also required to make a $350 deposit for their occupancy, a total which left them with a bill of $850.

It has not yet been ascertained when the rental fees are due.

According to a vendor, there may be a mistaken impression that the Crafts Alive Village receives a majority of the tourists that come to the island.

The vendor indicated that they only receive approximately twenty percent of the tourists since the majority would go to other islands of the Territory or visit beaches such as in Cane Garden Bay.

“When you see a bunch of tourists pass Crafts Alive, they are just passing by to go to the ferries to the other islands,” the vendor related.

Vendors have complained that business hasn’t been good and persons have not been spending. They suggested that the fees could perhaps be increased sometime next year with the arrival of additional ships.

“I think the public is under the impression that we get much more business than we actually do,” a vendor said.

City Manager, Ms Janice Braithwaite-Edwards, indicated that she would not be able to offer a comment at this time but would be willing to do so once she had spoken with the Minister for Works and Communications.

The new Crafts Alive Village was officially opened by Hon. Vanterpool during a ceremony held on February 26, 2013.

36 Responses to “Crafts Alive Vendors concerned about lease structure”

  • lipstick on a pig (17/04/2013, 08:42) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    craft alive wasn't well taught out, it was rushed
    • @ lipstick on a pig (17/04/2013, 11:02) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      i agree more political points and corruption for you know who!
  • homegrown (17/04/2013, 08:52) Like (35) Dislike (44) Reply
    These bag of ungratefull immigrants...Where in town can you find a spot to rent for $250 dollars a month...I think this is more than fair. I think they should revised how they issuing the spots... Ten stalls selling the same rubbish and local people who actually have REAL craft can't get a spot
    • usa (17/04/2013, 15:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      All I can say is NIEXX
    • @Homegrown, (17/04/2013, 20:36) Like (2) Dislike (18) Reply

      Please go to craft alive and see whether any sense are sold their. You will be better off buying some. Although you may not care to know, you island is on the map for being labeled badly in global financial services today. What if your tourism sector (that is failing) continues to fail drastically especially when visitors wants to see Cuba a place with very much history and culture to escape to...
      Remember we island people always got a home to go to!
      • Concern Citizen (18/04/2013, 06:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        "Remember we island people always got a home to go to!" ......... So why the HELL u don't go home! I am sick and tired of u ignorant people that comes to the Virgin Islands, and when something happens, always quick to say u got a home to go to, or that would not happen in your home town. Stop being so darn negative all the time...we did not extend an open arm to welcome ignorance and don't have to tolerate it!
      • homegrown (18/04/2013, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well please go.......I don't remember anyone begging u to stay here and sell rubbish to our tourist
  • Hmmm (17/04/2013, 08:53) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here we go again with these ungrateful vendors. But the bigger issues are we seems not to know the differences between leadership and cheer-leading, seems oblivious to the fact that we need real leadership more than ever.
  • she the cat mother (17/04/2013, 09:05) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI needs smart, skilled leaders with grit. We don't have them.
  • rubbish (17/04/2013, 09:06) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    for a prime spot in town and they crying for that. man look ayo get them @$$ out then see if a local aint goin want the spot. boy help my god if mark bend to this i going start a new party for election
    • janice (17/04/2013, 09:25) Like (18) Dislike (20) Reply
      They full of $%&. Please move so that I can have a space for $250. to operate my business. Yet every other month they want to be cruising. Get y'all ungrateful backsides out man. Sick of all these welfare recepients wanting every dam thing for free. Prime spot in town.....if Government bend on this one I will lose all respect for our officials.
  • voter (17/04/2013, 09:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    When will this political nonsense end and the well being of the people......the blessed with sincere leadership and commitment? Seems like mark will give away everything to deeds vendors for a vote!!
  • Hmmm (17/04/2013, 09:18) Like (21) Dislike (21) Reply
    Welcome to the welfare state known as the BVI!

    Spent millions on this project but the tenants want it for a hundred bucks a month! Really? If you cant make enough to cover the rent -sell better sh!t. If you still cant make enough then to cover $250 a month then you are probably in the wrong line of business and need to move anyway. RUBBISH
  • People are Crazy (17/04/2013, 09:18) Like (8) Dislike (15) Reply
    The NDP so unpopular they do not have the moral compass to 'say no' to the vendors half of them from the islands but we the people should not stop voice our dissatisfaction with the handling of this issue.
  • Fat Head (17/04/2013, 09:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Fed Up (17/04/2013, 09:23) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    These vendors are so ungrateful. Let them go rent any where else in the heart of Road Town and see if them don't have to pay more. I really tired of this. The government has a list of persons waiting to rent the same location. They should just be given notice to vacate and give to those on the waiting list.
  • posh (17/04/2013, 09:24) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mark if you bend to this, Im done with NDP all together!!!
  • Mike (17/04/2013, 09:28) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    These vendora are unreasonable.They occupied that place for years without paying a cent now this.
  • Local (17/04/2013, 09:37) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    the ones that are locally doing crafts should not be payin the same amount as those crap they selllng
  • Confucius (17/04/2013, 09:41) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    LOL! If you can't cover $250.00 per month in rent, you need to find another business! I only WISH my rent was so low!!!
  • son of the soil (17/04/2013, 10:21) Like (9) Dislike (17) Reply
    These should of been for locals only
  • Contractor (17/04/2013, 10:38) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is an open question, directed to all government ministers on both sides of the aisle.
    I have become friends with 3 other people because for the past 6 months we have been meeting at treasury and taking that long walk down the ramp empty handed. Imagine that a contractor, a caterer, and a consultant all of whom have provided this government with services (no complaints as to the work) and nothing is being paid to us. It is so bad that the people in the Treasury department know us by name, as week after week, month after month we leave empty. I can not go to the magistrates court and tell them that I cant pay my child support because govt owes me money. I can not go to the electricity corp and ask them for a break because govt owes me money.
    Could any of our elected officials tell us what is going on?
  • bvi (17/04/2013, 10:46) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    They should be charged no less than $500 a month for those spots. These greedy vendors are getting away with murder
  • qc (17/04/2013, 10:49) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    i hear only 4 locals in dey out of over 15 tola people fool fool but then again mark from the island
  • tola (17/04/2013, 11:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    It only have 3 local. Am one mark an Janice full a sh. Ttttttt
  • frog (17/04/2013, 12:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    and the pressure doesn't stop there. word is that the new "development" at Smugglers Cove is to include 9 kiosks for vendors. why?? who wants to go to the beach to go shopping for clothes and jewelry? And if vendors can't even cover $150 at crafts alive, why should government spend money for structures for people who can't make it in business? they are not adding to their livlihood in nickels and dimes.

    The first district minister is pushing for vendor room to reward his constituents for supporting him. But it will ruin the place. Vendors don't make any money and disturb the quiet with radios, limin' and gauking the women. That is what ran people off before. It has been proven with the other vendors previously. Food, drink and maybe one vendor shop and restrooms in the same smugglers cove snack bar and no more building! pay attention to any public meetings to express concern.
  • zoe (17/04/2013, 13:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The interest of the public purse is first, or is that not true.
  • DarkVaders (17/04/2013, 13:46) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I dont see anything wrong with the lease structure. All happen those vendors dont want to pay aything. If they sell things that are made in the BVI they will get sales. Everyone of them selling the same old things. They need to go to the YEP Center and see all the crafts that are mede there and get some to sell. Who dont want to pay let them move out for there are others looking a place and would be willing to pay the $250.00 a month. Advertise your place on FB or television so that locals can support you as well.
  • dem say (17/04/2013, 14:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The vendors melee is a microcosm of the state tola is in
  • . (17/04/2013, 16:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why do I get the impression that these vendors feel a sense of entitlement, as if the government owes them something? They get and they get, they whine and they whine, and it is never enough.

    Ever noticed that most times when the cruise ships are not visiting they are not open? One can only assume that they are contented with what they make, or they would come out and open their doors in hope of the odd sale.

    Government has already done too much for those ungrateful people. They have a choice if they are not willing to pay.

    About time they realize that nothing in life is free.
  • Rouck Rock (17/04/2013, 16:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    And the nonsense continue....
  • seller (17/04/2013, 19:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    if they don't want to pay put them out.
  • my two cents (18/04/2013, 00:06) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    give the people dem the thing for free dem done do not make any $$$$$$
  • womanoffaith (18/04/2013, 01:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Homegirlvender, let's stop embarasing our each time with this nonsence.they mak a price, wah we goin do.we can't beat them so we jion them. Look around and enjoy what we have. Look doo spoil things fot me and tak bread out me mouth and can't give have me children to feedi don't want any handout I feel proud when iwork and achieve. Let's do this thing right. It look bad/sound women let s keep our head up we vome to far now. These comments don't sound for women/ladies. What ever the goverment put to us ........,....... let's press on good things can happen let's have some faith and see god move. What ever we may make$...give god his share, he said give me 10% save 10% and live off. 80% and wacth him work on our behalf.let us be as wise men and don't do ourself no harm. I need to walk w head up high when on the street thankyou.these coment on either side is not nice at all. Let's see how we can plan a head for the n ext s eason 2013/2014. May god help us all.....Homme:-)

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