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Rambachan backs coconut vendors in fight with mayor
Local Government Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan is lending his support to coconut vendors around the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, saying they have always been a part of the city’s culture. He said both tourists and citizens reminisce over the enjoyment of a drink of fresh coconut water while liming or exercising around the Savannah.
Rambachan made the comments speaking to reporters during a tour of San Fernando on Wednesday. This follows a call by president of the Coconut Vendors Association Baldeo Babwah to Rambachan to be on standby to assist them if Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing continues with his plans to impose a $700 monthly fee on vendors.
Rambachan said ways must be found to accommodate cultural practices in a modern business environment. “You have to understand that there are certain traditions that you will have in a town; there are certain cultural practices you will have in a town and you have to find, even within the new environment of doing business, a way to accommodate this.
“It is part of the nostalgia that people experience when they come into town. People like to feel the nostalgia of drinking a coconut around the Savannah or taking a tourist from the Hilton in a bus, stopping there and letting them see a man cutting a coconut,” Rambachan said. He said it was important to preserve these cultural practices.
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