One day after the Ministry of Public Infrastructure announced a ban on beach parties behind the Marriott hotel, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, has explained that the move was triggered by Court action filed by the parent company for the Marriott hotel in Guyana.
Speaking to News Source this morning, Mr. Patterson said Atlantic Holdings Inc. which owns the Marriott hotel, has moved to the Courts over the hosting of events with loud noise behind its property following several complaints from guests of the hotel.
“The Atlantic Holdings Inc., which is the owner of the Marriott, moved to the Court for an injunction against the Ministry for permitting any activities and that is based on the noise nuisance. They have sent supporting evidence and claims from guests including the recent cricket world cup, the Indian team and the Irish team. So as a interim measure, we have had to suspend and cease all applications and hopefully, if possible we can arrive at a resolution”, Mr. Patterson said.
The Marriott Hotel had also filed a number of complaints to the Police following the events hosted at the beach just behind the hotel that would go on into the early morning hours with loud music pounding through the air and affecting guests. Additionally, there were also complaints about cars being parked blocking the entrance and exits to the hotel compound, including those for staff.
Another hotel in the area and some residents of Kingston had also raised some concern.
Minister Patterson said the main complaint was about night events “and so if there is the possibility that we could get a resolution that we can have it during the days and so on, where the guests are not affected then have an agreed noise level, then we can look at it, but right now we had not do a total ban because we are in Court”.
The first major event hosted in the area was back in December of last year.
The promoter of that event was forced to move the event away from directly behind the hotel after it filed complaints when it could not get him to agree to pay a cost for use of the public area.
Since then a number of other events were hosted in the area including a recent stage show with international artistes that went in into the early morning hours.