Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on Jost Van Dyke has been ordered closed until the business rectifies its sewerage-related issues.
This was revealed during an emergency press conference held by the beach bar’s Director of Operations David Dietrich as well as the establishment’s part-owner Philicianno ‘Foxy’ Callwood on Tuesday, October 14.
“Foxy’s current status of business today is that the Health Department has closed them down at the moment,” Dietrich stated.
In her response to the closure, joint-owner and wife of Mr Callwood, Theresa, accused Dietrich of being involved in sabotaging the business and ultimately forcing it to close.
“We had a sewerage issue because somebody managed to stick a bottle in the vent at the back of the septic system so that it backed up. Then he (Dietrich) made sure everyone went home including the plumber who was fixing the issue in the morning, so he could bring the Health Department over so they would close us, and that is why we are closed,” Mrs Callwood alleged.
“We’ve fixed them all. The Health Department has gone over this afternoon and we should be able to be open by tomorrow. Now I hear that he (Dietrich) has carried our staff in for labour violations so he’s trying the next tactic. He also told Dean (Foxy’s son) that he has 15 more up his sleeve to keep us closed,” she further claimed.
Following a series of other accusations from the Callwood family of Jost Van Dyke, Dietrich who was working at Foxy’s since 2015, immediately resigned from his post as Operations Director.
He said he feared for him and his family’s life and felt that the business-related issues should be resolved by the family.
“As of right now, I consider myself no longer the Director of Operations at Foxy’s nor do I want to be. As of today, I resign from that position as Director of Foxy’s. I have no interest in getting killed or having my family killed,” Dietrich stated.
Plans of sacking were already in place
Mrs Callwood and her daughter Justine, who is also a director of the business, said they had already prepared a termination letter which they planned to serve Dietrich, had he not resigned.
Dietrich has until October 24 to vacate the premises of Foxy’s and to hand over any business-related documents in his possession, the Callwoods have said.
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