Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 2nd 2016 Contents letters
NOVEMBER 2-8, 2016
I wish to express appreciation to Tobago
Today for the article, "Fraud Squad probes
DIPU operations." There is no doubt that I
speak on behalf of hundreds of people in To-
bago who do not feed at the THA trough; that is
to say people who do not enjoy personal enrich-
ment at the taxpayers' expense.
It might seem to us as we observe the wide-
spread corruption among high-level THA em-
ployees that even when they are dismissed
early from their contracts for alleged misappro-
priation of THA monies, they will continue to
enjoy their ill-gotten gains. They will continue to
invest THA money in their own futures through
the medium of a rentable property, for example,
or even a sheep farm complete with a hand-
some farm dwelling. Recently the Attorney Gen-
eral spoke about new legislation which would
enable seizure of assets gained through white
collar crime of all types, not just drug trafficking.
Does this imply that guest houses, homes and
sheep farms in Tobago that were financed by mis-
appropriated THA funds will be seized and auc-
tioned back to the public? How complicated that
would be! May I respectfully suggest that it would
be a better resolution of these criminal acts if the
Fraud Squad stopped people from transforming
THA funds into bricks and mortar (and sheep
pens) by acting swiftly to charge them.
ontrary to belief, hotels and busi-
nesses in the Crown Point area
are not adverse to the idea of a
street Fair or cultural events in
Crown Point, but this is not what tran-
spired on the weekend of October 21st.
Just to clarify, plans for this event did
not start until the 1st week in October,
therefore the time span alone does not
allow for the various sectors to be noti-
fied and informed properly. When a few
businesses did eventually find out, sev-
eral individuals who would be directly af-
fected did try to attend a meeting to
address their concerns.
This particular meeting was cancelled
1 hour after it was scheduled to start
leaving concerned residents of Crown
Point frustrated over their time being so
casually wasted waiting for a meeting
that would never start.
A representative for the hotel sector did
attend the "Street Fair" committee organ-
isers meeting and assurance was given
that the intent of the event was to be
family oriented and that measures would
be set in place to control the traffic and
We were told there would be no music
trucks or outside food vendors. Despite
what was advertised on the flyer , we
were also told that everything would cut
off at 12 am . None of which was fol-
This event bared very little evidence of
a cultural or family "Street Fair", espe-
cially when advertised as 8 pm till. We
need to move away from the mind-set
that every event needs to be a Carnival
or Fete in the Street.
Events of such magnitude need to be
pushed to areas such as Scarborough
which has the infrastructure, parking fa-
cilities etc. Crown Point really is not suit-
able as a venue.
If in fact extra airlines were put on for
the event, none of the hotels in Crown
Point experienced any increase in occu-
pancy levels as a result. Several hotels
were greatly affected by the noise and
numerous guest complaints resulting in
calls to Police, without response. Some
accommodations even had premature
check outs due to noise extending until 5
am on Sunday morning.
Food businesses lost revenue on both
Friday and Saturday, and suffered the
stench of vomit, urine and garbage out-
side their businesses the next morning.
So if in fact there is any lament about
Business being slow, a more concerted
effort needs to be made to interact with
and involve ALL business sectors in
Crown Point,to ensure that such an
event takes all sectors into consideration
and is focused toward positive tourism.
It is quite irresponsible to label the
event a success without merit, and to
not perform a proper post mortem. Are
you really "doing it for Tobago" when you
disregard the numerous documented
complaints (see first page attached
below) from businesses who suffered
and lost money that weekend and call it
"Pretentious and Unfair". If anyone did
benefit from this event, it would have
only been a select few bars.
Owners of Tobago
Mini Carnival in Crown Point.
PHOTOS: CASWELL GORDON
Tobago "Street Fair" was held
in Crown Point on October 21.
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