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Government working to identify beach vendor solution

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Government said it is working to identify an area where beach vendors can sell their wares legally under the trade and business law.

In May, the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) handed out warnings to unlicensed beach vendors, saying it’s time for merchants get compliant under the law or face the penalties in the form of stiff fines.

Beach vendors protested that the burden of cost for the law’s insurance requirements was too burdensome to bear.

The two-week deadline came and went, and it appears an intervention may be in the cards to help get these beach vendors on the right side of the law.
Last week the DCI announced a one month extension before fines will be levied.

Tourism Councillor Joey Hew told Cayman 27 much is going on behind the scenes to help regularise these types of merchants…

“We are trying to identify an area for [beach vendors] to operate with permission so they can be licensed,” said Mr. Hew via text message.

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