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DRAKE'S SEAT VENDORS GIVEN ANOTHER 90 DAYS

Drake's Seat vendors, under orders to vacate the scenic overlook by Sunday and advised by their attorney to ignore the directive, got at least a 30-day reprieve Thursday as Gov. Charles W. Turnbull stepped into the fray, terming the matter an issue of "vital importance."
Turnbull countermanded a June 9 order from the Housing, Parks and Recreation Department telling the vendors they would have to cease doing business at the popular tourist stopping point on July 9.
In a memorandum Thursday to Housing Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ira Hobson, the governor said he was putting everything on hold for another month – until Aug. 9. He said he was directing not only Hobson's department but also the Licensing and Consumer Affairs and Justice Departments to "once again review the matter."
According to a Government House release, letters telling the vendors to vacate were sent out by Housing Parks and Recreation "following a request for removal by the owners of the property, alerting the government to a clause that forbids selling of merchandise at Drake's Seat."
The Daily News reported that Clive Rivers, attorney for the vendors, said following a meeting with Turnbull last week that he was hopeful the itinerant sellers and the government would be able to reach an amicable agreement.
The owner of the property at Drake's Seat deeded the parking apron to the government for use as a scenic stop overlooking Magens Bay. The family that owns the land says a condition of the deal was that no commercial activity take place on the site. For years, taxi vans and safari buses full of tourists disembarking to take in the panoramic vista have been greeted by T-shirt and trinket sellers, managers of photo-opportunity donkeys adorned in hibiscus blossoms, and even a mobile food vendor.
More recently, Housing Parks and Recreation has in effect recognized the vendors' right to do business at the scene by granting them month-to-month permits priced at $75.

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Drake's Seat vendors, under orders to vacate the scenic overlook by Sunday and advised by their attorney to ignore the directive, got at least a 30-day reprieve Thursday as Gov. Charles W. Turnbull stepped into the fray, terming the matter an issue of "vital importance."
Turnbull countermanded a June 9 order from the Housing, Parks and Recreation Department telling the vendors they would have to cease doing business at the popular tourist stopping point on July 9.
In a memorandum Thursday to Housing Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ira Hobson, the governor said he was putting everything on hold for another month – until Aug. 9. He said he was directing not only Hobson's department but also the Licensing and Consumer Affairs and Justice Departments to "once again review the matter."
According to a Government House release, letters telling the vendors to vacate were sent out by Housing Parks and Recreation "following a request for removal by the owners of the property, alerting the government to a clause that forbids selling of merchandise at Drake's Seat."
The Daily News reported that Clive Rivers, attorney for the vendors, said following a meeting with Turnbull last week that he was hopeful the itinerant sellers and the government would be able to reach an amicable agreement.
The owner of the property at Drake's Seat deeded the parking apron to the government for use as a scenic stop overlooking Magens Bay. The family that owns the land says a condition of the deal was that no commercial activity take place on the site. For years, taxi vans and safari buses full of tourists disembarking to take in the panoramic vista have been greeted by T-shirt and trinket sellers, managers of photo-opportunity donkeys adorned in hibiscus blossoms, and even a mobile food vendor.
More recently, Housing Parks and Recreation has in effect recognized the vendors' right to do business at the scene by granting them month-to-month permits priced at $75.