J'ouvert band-leaders reject proposal of fine for errant masqueraders

J’ouvert band leaders have rejected a proposal by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) and Port-of-Spain City Corporation for the introduction of a fine for errant masquerades who deface and damage properties during Monday mas.

And according to Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, the band leaders also rejected the payment of an up-front clean-up tax.

But five other recommendations received a favorable response.

Yesterday the band leaders, the NCC, the Minister and Port-of-Spain Mayor met in a closed-door meeting to discuss the issue of damage to residential and business properties in Woodbrook and environs during Monday mas.

According to Minister Gadsby-Dolly, one suggestion is to consider using downtown Port-of-Spain, specifically the South Quay route, to place public toilet facilities and a strong police presence along the routes, reach out to paint manufacturers to design water-soluble paint, provide home-owners along the route with physical covers for their walls and to engage in a media sensitization campaign to educate citizens on proper J'ouvert etiquette.


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