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Govt to launch Downtown Under the Stars to stimulate economy

Downtown Nassau will become pedestrianized on Friday and Saturday evenings in July as part of a new event called, “Downtown Under the Stars”, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.

He said the event will feature outdoor dining and entertainment, with proper health and safety protocols enforced.

“Recognizing the need to stimulate the domestic economy, the government wishes to encourage local entrepreneurship and product offerings,” Minnis said during his contribution to the 2020/2021 budget debate.

“One such offering will be ‘Downtown Under the Stars’.

“The event, which will take place over several weeks starting in the latter half of July, is a partnership between the government of The Bahamas and the Downtown Nassau Partnership.

“Bay Street will be transformed on Friday and Saturday evenings into a comfortable and elegant outdoor pedestrianized café setting featuring Bahamian, Caribbean and jazz music, along with gourmet food trucks and beverage pavilions.

“The government will facilitate small loans to encourage culinary entrepreneurs and to encourage the development of innovative food truck offerings.”

Minnis said he anticipates that the event will become an annual one.

“The Downtown Nassau Partnership will collaborate with local event planners, local entertainers, and the Bahamas Culinary Association to create an event we can all be proud of,” he said.

“Proper health and sanitization protocols will be enforced.

“We expect that Downtown Under the Stars will become an annual event that will cater to residents and visitors alike and will assist the process of transforming downtown into a world-class entertainment and culinary destination.”

 

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