Vending in San Fernando is one of the issues that will be dealt with in 2013, says San Fernando mayor Navi Muradali.
In a statement to the media on Sunday, Muradali listed the accomplishments with respect to the development of San Fernando under his tenure so far as well as the challenges he faces in the new year.
He stated that various meetings were held with High Street vendors, "and despite being designated a vending area on Harris Promenade, vendors choose to remain on High Street".
"This situation must be addressed in the 2013 and consideration given to the refurbishment of the San Fernando Central Market with the inclusion of a major dry goods vending area," stated Muradali.
Other challenges, he stated, include poor infrastructure in the extended boundaries, including Marabella and Cocoyea/Tarouba, which require a comprehensive long-term plan as for decades the resources have not been provided to complement the expansion of the boundaries of the city.
Muradali stated that a request in the 2013-2014 budget will be made to correct this long-standing anomaly.
He added that the issue of overgrown vacant lots and dilapidated buildings continues to plague the City, and the City Council will strengthen its resolve to take delinquent owners to the courts to have these matters addressed.
"In 2013 the City of San Fernando is poised for greater development, notwithstanding the economic and social challenges. We look forward to greater development along the San Fernando Waterfront, better infrastructure to meet the demands of an ever-growing population, and greater discourse among the City Council and its residents and stakeholders within the city," stated Muradali.