Letter to the Editor: Favoring Local Vendors

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Dear Editor:
As a frequent visitor to San Pedro, I'm disappointed to see the artists have been moved from Central Park. I thought it was charming to see wood working and jewelry making. Personally, I never felt any pressure to buy and in fact, enjoyed conversing with the locals. Their new location is not in a place that most tourists go to.
What is most frustrating is that no-one seems to be regulating selling on the beach, and from what I saw, the beach sellers are not peddling local or handmade art. Having lunch, I watched a woman sending her young child to "peddle" aggressively to diners on a patio. It was not a pleasant experience. Since the beach is used as a walking path, shouldn't those vendors have been moved as well?
It would be nice if the policies could favor local residents with art made on the island.
Cindy L Simon

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