Coney Island — the area designated for children during the annual emancipation festivities — is expected to have a separate entrance from the festival village as one of the changes for next year’s events.
Chairman of the Festival & Fairs Committee, Carnel Clyne, told BVI News the decision was made because of public concerns; particularly from parents.
“People are saying that they want the Coney Island to be cornered off whereby we are able to charge for the village but leave Coney Island free because there are a lot of persons who don’t care to go to the village but want to take their kids to the Coney Island,” Clyne explained.
“That is one of the aspects that we are definitely looking into — finding ways to separate the two …. so that they (parents and guardians) would be able to maximise their dollar and then the folks that want to fete will go to the village side. So there will be two entrances,” he added.
During this year’s 65th Emancipation festivities, a number of parents complained of having to pay to enter the village on select nights.
Those parents said they were annoyed that they too had to pay, considering they were not staying for the festival entertainment.
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