YJ Deli still operating on public land
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
YJ Deli located at the corner of Black Coral and Angel Coral Street has apparently been allowed to operate on prime public land for free for well over three years now. Despite the many articles published by The San Pedro Sun, and to much public concern, the local municipality has allowed the owners to operate their for-profit business without paying rent. However, the days of free rent seem to soon be coming to an end as The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) is preparing to implement a plan of action.
It is known that SPTC issued a letter of notice to the proprietors of the Deli to vacate the area by June 14, 2014. Nearly two years later, the Deli remains at the same location. Mayor Daniel Guerrero was questioned about the matter, and according to him he wants the Deli to move. “The plan is to move the Deli and start putting food booths, the proprietors have already been informed of the removal and the plan that we have and they have agreed. So when it happens, they will need to start paying a rental fee, to use the area,” said Guerrero. He emphasized that the building will be moved and be replaced with a food stand which the current proprietors of the Deli can rent.
According to Guerrero the plan of action is to take place soon, and has been approved by the San Pedro Town Council. He added that as soon as the public parking lot next to the new vendors area is done, they will execute the plan and start with the food stands which eventually will lead to the removal of the Deli. Guerrero also noted that beginning in March, San Pedro will begin to see a lot of changes which will benefit the well-being of the residents.
When the Deli first opened it was with the purpose to provide food for the workers that were working on the construction of the San Pedro Sunset Boardwalk and Water Taxi Terminal that began in June 2012. That was a construction under the Sustainable Tourism Development Project executed under the Ministry of Tourism. But once the project was over, the deli was supposed to have been removed from the public property.
At the end of the week, Guerrero will be sitting with the Area Representative Honorable Manuel Heredia to further discuss the execution of the plan, among other different projects coming up for the island.
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