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  • Shoppers in the commercial district of downtown Kingston will benefit from bargains associated with the ‘Christmas in the City’ event.
  • The activity, which is scheduled to last from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, is being staged by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC).
  • Special vending areas have been identified for the period December 18, 2013 to January 4, 2014 to allow vendors to ply their wares.

On Wednesday, December 18, shoppers in the commercial district of downtown Kingston will benefit from bargains associated with the ‘Christmas in the City’ event.

The activity, which is scheduled to last from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, is being staged by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), in association with numerous sponsors.

Addressing the monthly KSAC Council meeting at its Church Street chambers, in downtown Kingston, on December 10, Mayor, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke, said the action is aimed at stimulating growth in the area, even as the Council is mindful of the current economic challenges.

“Usually, Christmas is the busiest time of the year, both for shoppers and vendors. But these are challenging times. So, the KSAC along with the merchants and vendors within the downtown market district, are kicking off the season with a grand shopping spree,” she said.

The Mayor noted that meetings are being held with major sponsors BOOM, Gleaner Company, Jamaica Chamber of Council (JCC), Vendors Association, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF),  Island Special Constabulary Force and other stakeholders to ensure that “no stone is left unturned in creating a Christmas to remember.”

In the meantime, Mayor Brown said special vending areas have been identified for the period December 18, 2013 to January 4, 2014 to allow vendors to ply their wares.

These areas, she said, have been identified from meetings with the police, JCC, Jamaica Urban Transit Company, National Works Agency, National Solid Waste Management Authority and vendors, adding that the locations will be disclosed at a press conference at a later date.

She further noted that all vendors selling in these locations must have permission from the KSAC,  adding that vehicular traffic will not be allowed on specific streets.

“For the period, December 18, 2013 to January 4, 2014, the additional vending areas will attract a cost. This fee is to offset some of the cost of vending, such as the removal of garbage from the respective areas,” the Mayor said.

Mrs. Brown Burke said meetings are being scheduled to discuss with the vendors the rules and regulations for the period under consideration.

She also pointed out that these measures form part of the KSAC’s efforts to facilitate and maintain law and order while accommodating the increased vendor population during the Yuletide season.