NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Vendors operating at the Tin Ferl Pop-Up Market on Mackey Street will resume their operations this week after being granted provisional licenses.
However, Brandon Kemp, one of the principals of the pop-up park at the Dundas Centre for Performing Arts, said it was unlikely operations would resume today.
“There is a likelihood that we won’t reopen until Thursday,” Kemp said.
“The Commissioner of Police has given his approval and we are grateful for that, but for other reasons we may not be able to open until Thursday. We just want to work on some things with the Dundas.
“The Department of the Inland Revenue is working with us. They have assigned a team to work with us and the Small Business Development Centre to figure out the best solution for this. Until that is resolved we will have temporary permission to operate the park.”
According to Acting Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson, organizers and select vendors met with the Department of Inland Revenue (DIR) to discuss how to execute the event within the parameters of the law and regulations.
“Many of the vendors at the location did not have the appropriate license to sell food, other than from their homes,” said Johnson.
“To sell food from a mobile location there are additional health and sanitation requirements.”
He noted that vendors will be issued with the appropriate provisional licenses to allow them to open up again.
“The provisional license will give them the time to get their full proper licenses while they remain open,” Johnson continued.
“The DIR will work with the relevant public agencies and the SBDC to ensure that they get the attention necessary to get their full licenses – and to see where they may be able to qualify for grant or loan financing to enhance or expand their businesses.”