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St Peter's locks out craft vendors, accuses them of harassment

The Falmouth Parish Church, the St Peter's Anglican, has closed its doors to the tourism sector, citing visitor harassment by vendors outside its gates.

The church, the oldest public building in the historic town, said it was forced to take this drastic action because of harassment, unruly behaviour and defiance on the part of the vendors to pay rental fees for the spaces occupied.

"The harassment is not only bad for the church, but bad for the community," Archdeacon Justin Nembhard told Hospitality Jamaica last weekend.

The doors were closed five weeks ago and the gates three weeks ago, after one of its workers was threatened by the vendors, said a letter written by the church to the police.

Archdeacon Nembhard was uncertain of a reopening date. In the meantime, some 20 art and craft vendors have been affected as well as several cruise ship tourists, who buy the tram tour ... read more

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