The chef behind the controversial town centre street vendor scheme says everyone has a right to make a living. While businessman Luigi Moxam agrees, he says it shouldn’t be at his expense.
The weekly event sees food sellers offering their goods to tourists but it means cardinal avenue is closed to vehicles. As we told you yesterday, this has left one businessman with a bitter taste in his mouth. Mr. Moxam said that closing the road is costing him money while the man behind the plan thinks its just fair competition.
“What we have done in the interests of peace, we have also now, I told the vendors, lets go across the street, away from his establishment because he accuses us of blocking his entrance, which is nonsense, we are on the street, he has a sidewalk there which is wide open, no body is on his sidewalk, that type of thing. And they normally have a little girl there that kind of promotes the business upstairs.” Said John Jefferson Jr, the organizer for the Vendors.
Mr. Moxam, owner of Breezes Bar and Restaurant on the waterfront, says he’s all for earning an extra buck, but not on his doorstep.
“I’m the last person to try and knock somebody for trying to earn a dollar and hustle on the streets. I’ve been doing that for a long time with my t-shirts, I have no problem with the vendors and craft vendors doing that, however with a lack of respect to the food vendors and the organizers of this, to not have the respect and decency to come talk to me as to how it is effecting my business and completely disregarding that. I mean you are talking about people literally setting up on my steps.” Said Mr. Moxam.
Cardinall Avenue will continue to be closed on thursdays until April when the contract for road closures is finished.