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Castries business owners face $1,000 fine for blocking pathways with signs

By MERRICK ANDREWS, St. Lucia News Online staff reporter/editor

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Businesses who continue to block pedestrian pathways in the city of Castries will have to fork up some cash when the cops pass by — if they can pass.

Castries Mayor is warning businesses that they can be fined $1,000 if they are found to be blocking pedestrian traffic, which he said can be a “hazard” and inconvenience for disabled persons.

In fact, there is a law that supports the mayor’s warning. In a press release, the mayor’s office quoted the “Criminal Code, Chapter 3.01 of the revised Laws of Saint Lucia 2013 states: (Section 493)” under “Things for Sale Projecting into or Over the Footway in City or Town”.

“A person who places, hangs up, or exposes for sale in any city or town any goods, wares, merchandise, matter or thing whatsoever, so that the same project or projects into or over any footway, or beyond the line of any house, shop, or building at which the same is or are so exposed so as to obstruct or inconvenience the passage of any person over or along any footway is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1,000,” the criminal code states.

The mayor said he understands that the signs are meant to attract customers, however, the signs cannot be placed in a position where it forces people to walk in the road and put themselves in the hazard of motor-vehicle traffic.

According to the news release, the mayor said “businesses should desist from the practice of placing signs on the sidewalks”.

“We continue to see signs placed to the center of the sidewalks hindering pedestrians. I have had complaints from persons with disabilities and concerned citizens,” the mayor said.

“I have also seen persons with disabilities and wheelchairs having difficulty trying to maneuver on the sidewalks. It is of the utmost importance that all pedestrians have full and unobstructed use of the sidewalk available to them,” he added.

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19 comments

  1. Is this the same guy ignoring the fact that the sidewalk between two schools has been completely taken up with no accommodation. It couldn't be...

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    • Thank you! I meant to expose this ugly fact! How the f can a person or business occupy an entire sidewalk...without providing alternative safe passageway for pedestrians? Where are the principals to strike? Where are the teachers to march? Where is the national students council to speak out? Where on earth is Sarah? Where is Mary F?

      I know that we cannot be perfect but gosh man.....deal with the obvious ills and blunders head on! Skyscrapers a built and pedestrians are never forced to walk into the vehicle lanes!

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  2. that's the only person working in Castries central......there is an elected rep.....idk. for the first time in my life I know we have a mayor in Castries. that because the boy working or trying at least. I hope you guys fixed the whole city police thing and really hope to see more from you.

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  3. If the police force was working like the this mayor, there would have been order all over the island.

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  4. First he was crying about people pissing all over the place and now this. This mayor guy is getting to be a real pain in the ass.

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    • shut up INN-YO-WA!!!!!!!!!!!!
      NONSENSE you ever see any mayor do work and get things right like him in Castries? he will be a pain for you cause is people like you that like to do illegal things and dont want people to speak against it

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    • Shut up you freaking hack.

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  5. You travel all over the word and see where business places erect small signboards with a menu or what have you, so why is it a problem here? I could understand those tents on sidewalks which are in pedestrians way on sidewalks but a $1000 for a small street sign. This mayor is out of money and is looking for ways to charge and ant for any violation.

    Give a man power and see what he is made up of!

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  6. Time will tell

    Not only signs. All the clothes hanging along the way that cause u to bend your head.

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    • Thank you Mayor for finally trying to bring order in the Castries jungle. Most sidewalks have been completely taken up by vendors.
      Lawlessness has been tolerated here for ever, so you will face opposition to progress.
      But all law abiding citizens support your efforts to reverse this. Keep up the good work.

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    • Check by Starry b4 S&S....Holy Cow you have to walk in the road

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  7. Thank you. Only enforcement works. Enough talk. Let them feel it in their pockets. Only then will we get some law and order in this god forsaken pit. And while you're at it, start fining those bar owners for blaring music in every little corner of town. There are laws for that too.

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  8. This man is always on the ball...keep up the good work sir.

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    • Thank you Mayor for finally trying to bring order in the Castries jungle. Most sidewalks have been completely taken up by vendors.
      Lawlessness has been tolerated here for ever, so you will face opposition to progress.
      But all law abiding citizens support your efforts to reverse this. Keep up the good work.

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