The Ministry of Tourism is advising the public that Phase 1 upgrade works are currently being carried out by NIDCO, on behalf of the Ministry of Works and Transport, at the Maracas Beach Facility.
It says that these works in progress include the transition to a new wastewater treatment plant located adjacent to the car park and the demolition of the old wastewater treatment plant located west of the Life Guard Building.
Eight vendors were presented with the keys to their new booths at the Maracas Beach Facility by Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell on Wednesday.
These vendors had previously been displaced from locations in the Facility’s car park to facilitate ongoing upgrades.
In addition to congratulating the vendors, Minister Mitchell thanked them for their patience throughout the process, noting that they had continued to operate in less than optimal conditions.
A man popularly known as the "Maracas Guitar-man", Peter Plummer, has died.
The announcement of his death was made around 10 pm by close relative, Melissa Plummer.
Plummer, in making the announcement on her Facebook page, wrote:
"It is with deep sadness that I announce, on behalf of the Plummer family, the passing of Peter "The Maracas Guitar- Man" Plummer. Peter passed away today, May 11, 2017 at the Port of Spain General Hospital. We thank you for all your prayers and well wishes at this time."
After several stalled attempts, the Maracas Beach Redesign and Restoration Project has been again launched, this time to be completed at a cost of $60 million and within three to four months.
While president of the Maracas Bay Vendors Association Festus Imasekha welcomed the news, he complained that some vendors were not consulted.
Works Minister Rohan Sinanan said the project has been broken into three packages — roadworks, construction of the huts and the water treatment plant.