APRIL 9TH 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS FM) – A number of business owners who operate bars and restaurants on the Frigate Bay Strip, are up in arms with the Team Unity government over the significant increase to the lot rental fees on the beach.
Several proprietors have labeled this as an attack on their businesses and a modern-day eviction notice from the government, through the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Lindsay Grant and Chairman of the Frigate Bay Development Corporation (FBDC) Sleigh Boncamper.
Business owners on The Strip recently received a notice informing them of the coming increase.
Sources have disclosed that some increases see a jump from as low as $375 to to as much as $3500.
John Wilkes, the proprietor of Buddies Beach Bar, took to social media to express is exasperation with the government and the FBDC for their actions.
In his post, Wilkes remarked, “A few ghetto people – some were called beach bum and all sorts of names, built little shacks. My place is a poor people place. I don’t depend on the tourist. Is my local people that keep me afloat, and in the eleven years I have never raised my price once on my people. They want to move the poor man out for people from Christophe Harbour, the St. Christopher Yacht Club, and the Indians at Port Zante to take over.”
Wilkes continued that with the increase, he will be forced to close down his business and let go his staff as he will no longer be in a position to afford the rent.
This is allegedly the case of many other proprietors across the beach.
To this date, a number of bar owners have made attempts to meet with the FBDC and Minister of Tourism, but all attempts so far have been unsuccessful.