Port-of-Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing says no glass bottles will be allowed in the city on Carnival Monday and Tuesday next year. He said glass bottles would be taken away persons those found with them and should someone refuse to give it up, charges of resisting arrest would likely be laid. He said appropriate notices and warnings will be made available. Lee Sing said the use of glass bottles had been a cause for concern since the origin of the city's Carnival. When asked if a law existed prohibiting its use, he replied no, saying however, there is a resolution within the council. "We are in charge of this city. Carnival is under our proclamation. "You think we do these proclamations every year because we don't have to?" he said.
Lee Sing was speaking to the media at a press conference yesterday at City Hall, Knox Street, in Port-of-Spain, to announce plans for Carnival 2012. Among some of the other plans are an increase in the prizes; prohibition of vending in certain areas; and the transformation of Woodford Square into a Carnival Picnic Square. Lee Sing said: "People have always found the glass bottle an excellent instrument of violence which is to say it is used as a weapon to be thrown." He said after some consideration the city decided to do something to discourage the use of glass bottles and wrote to the relevant manufacturers to alert them "that the sale of glass bottles and drinks in glass material will be prohibited within the city."
He said City Police will be on the alert and the Corporation will engage Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs and his officers and other security forces to ensure drinks in glass bottles are not on sale. Lee Sing said the city's Carnival route will include Charlotte Street and Piccadilly Greens. He said last year there was "tremendous" bottleneck at the Queen's Park Savannah (QPS) largely because the bands went up Frederick Street. "The beauty of the mas is the mobility," he said. Deputy mayor and chairman of the city's Carnival committee, Keron Valentine, said prizes for Downtown Carnival Band of the Year had doubled. He said winners will now receive $40,000, $30,000 and $25,000 for first, second and third places respectively.
• Big screen TVs for paying patrons downtown
• No J'ouvert bands allowed into residential areas not within parade route
• Criminal charges for J'ouvert bands bandleaders whose masqueraders deface people's properties
• Permission and payment for banners and pennants at City Hall
• Users of Carnival Picnic Square (Woodford Square) to pay fee
• No vending allowed on Ariapita Avenue between Alfredo and Fitt Streets; South Quay; New Street to the QPS and Memorial Park.