Kinch in legal fight over licences

Businessman Allan Kinch is fighting back against the Royal Barbados Police Force, which shut down his places of entertainment over the weekend.

Kinch is going to court to challenge the police’s decision to stop him from holding events at Carlisle House and Pirate’s Cove, both in The City, on the grounds that he did not have entertainment licences.

However, the businessman said this was not entirely true, since he had a licence for one of the venues, and permission from the court to operate at the other location until Town & Country Planning responds to his application that dated back to 2015.

“We have an entertainment licence at the Carlisle House location and we don’t have an entertainment licence at the Pirate’s Cove location because we are waiting on the Town & Country Planning and the minister to make a decision on the application that we would have put in since 2015.

“It has been a year and half we have been waiting. We had this issue come up last year and we went to court and got and injunction from the judge saying that we could continue. That would have allowed us to have loud music without applying to police until the matter was concluded by Town & Country Planning,” Kinch told Barbados TODAY, adding that the police action had “crippled” his business by forcing the cancellation of several events.   

He said he was at a loss as to what would have prompted lawmen to close down his businesses.

“The police are not following the instruction from court so we are actually seeking to go back to court today or tomorrow to have clarification on it,” he added.

Kinch’s places of entertainment have been at the centre of recent violent outbreaks, captured on video and shared on social media.

Just yesterday, a street brawl broke out on Wharf Road – allegedly after a party cruise on the Jolly Roger, which he owns – with young men seen throwing what appeared to be bottles into a crowd while others jumped on top of vehicles to try to escape.

A week earlier, lawmen had to be called in restore order after patrons broke down the fence at Pirate’s Cove, after the last in the series of Waiki events got out of control. Patrons reportedly broke down the fence in a mad scramble to get into the event, which attracted an unruly element.

Kinch told Barbados TODAY he was “definitely concerned [about the] violence on the Jolly Roger and we have followed the guideline from the police in terms of security and the police have been very proactive”.

However, he was equally concerned about the impact the violence, along with the police action, would have on his brand.

“The impact can’t even really be determined at this time, and it is not just the event it is all the negative publicity, and we work with promoters to advertise with us and our concern would be that they would go somewhere else. So it is impossible to see what the future would be,” he said.

22 Responses to Kinch in legal fight over licences

  1. Sean Gibbs June 27, 2017 at 4:05 am

    He’s at a loss as to why lawmen would close down his business? He is a joker! All the violence his business attracts and he has no idea. What a clown. He should not be allowed to hold anymore events of that nature, period.

    • shane mccarthy June 27, 2017 at 11:32 am

      a boat doesn’t throw stones and event location does not shoot at people bajans need to learn to behave themselves

  2. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor June 27, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I hope d police never responds to any of these events at these placrs again! U serious? U almost had a riot at pirates cove and u aint grateful d police stopped d ppl from squashing d limited security and entering d place? Also alcohol at any event geared towards minors is illegal in my book! I would like to be d magistrate, u would got to pay for wasting d courts time! Bloodsucker!

  3. Dave Person
    Dave Person June 27, 2017 at 5:50 am

    this dude makes plenty money from partying… it’s good to put faces to what happens on this island

  4. Marcia Jpaul
    Marcia Jpaul June 27, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Accountability..ppl like him only care about themselves …profits.. …and the stupid ones fighing….

  5. Jamar Jones
    Jamar Jones June 27, 2017 at 6:36 am

    So let me see… I own a venue… an event promoter approaches me to use the location for a fee. I go ahead and rent it to them as with the permissions I got from the relevant places… the event promoters failed to provide a properly secure fete with adequate security coverage… and I’m at fault?!? I’m at a lost here… what more is he to do? Isn’t the onus on the promoters to make sure their events are safe for their patrons?

    Now if there was a fete there and say piece of the Jolly Roger broke off and struck a patron or a roof tile fell and injured someone… then FINE shut down the venue until he sort that out… but I see this as the responsibility of the promoters and guess Wuh… if the even move to another location and still they fail to provide adequate security coverage… IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. Them ain’t fight and get on unruly because of the location.

    Yet bajans up in arms about the apply and register with a committee member concept and calling it elitist when some ppl (though the few) behavior has caused some of this (some are really based on the elitist behavior).

    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome June 27, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Wrong, the promoter would be renting a venue which should have the required lisenses as would be expressed by the owner. Kinch clearly stated he is waiting on said licenses, and has been over a year now. You cant be waiting for it and have it at the same time. So promoters would operate at the risk of not having licenses which were to be provided by the owner.

    • Alex Jackson
      Alex Jackson June 27, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Sunil Brome But if the court gave him permission to do this, then clearly he has the legal right to do so. Why should his business activity be halted by the fact that Town & Country is too lazy to do its duty and either grant/deny the license in a timely manner?

    • Mel June 27, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Finally some sense! The behaviour will be taken elsewhere, same crowd! I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said.

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 27, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Courts will allow him to continue to hold events because of who he is period.

  7. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome June 27, 2017 at 6:53 am

    But how you at a loss? If Town and Country ain come thru yet, it simply means you do not have the required permissions to conduct the type of business you are at present. You are not exempt from the Law. So if you are awaiting permission which is not guaranteed, then like anyone else who has to wait….you wait.

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith June 27, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Sunil it’s true,these people think they are above the law,but then again.

    • Lorna Deukett June 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

      I think y’all missed the part where it states that the courts has issued him with permission to operate until Town and Country planning comes through. So he is well within the law to operate his business Will love when Bajans stop looking to play out their race cards and deal with the real issues at hand. the deviant, uncouth, degenerates that now passing for people.

  8. Vadis T. Agard
    Vadis T. Agard June 27, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Events are usually geared towards a particular clientele. Therefore he would not have any control over the type of guests that would attend the event. The promoters would know this…they should then ensure that they have adequate control and security.
    He probably could insist on a the level of security and control from promoters if the events are targeting a particular type of guests.
    However, if he did so… I’m sure we will see complaints about him practicing elitist and biased behaviors.

  9. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony June 27, 2017 at 7:33 am

    if people would learn to behave

  10. BaJan boy June 27, 2017 at 9:40 am

    That’s exactly what happens when there is weak leadership. Everyone is a boss and they take the law into their own hands. Freundel Stuart is the head of the Town Planning Division and this next white man obviously thinks that if the man by the Harbour can build his cement storage plant without permission he can do as he likes too.Where there is no vision the people perish..

  11. hcalndre June 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Why don`t youll open churches and forget about fetes, Kadooment, Crop- Over and that would bring in more foreign exchange. Bajans always want their cake and eat it too. Shut down the man`s business on Bay Street and wait for the magic of the Hyatt to bring life to the town.

  12. Greengiant June 27, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    You obviously don’t know who Alan Kinch is. A long standing tourism official, and practitioner. I think he’s also a former B T A chairman. Has been in the cruise tourism industry for decades.

    It’s persons like him who usually refuses to to employ police to secure the venues. It’s simple pay the R B P F for security, pass on the cost to your patrons or cease to operate. This message must be sent to promoters, owners of entertainment establishments, and those investing in mass event entertainment. While they’re free to use private security firms, these firms should be under the direct supervision of the police fore who must be responsible for security.

    Any security mismanagement will then be at the fault of the police force. We want to be a developed country, but everybody wants to live on the cheap. Businesses want to operate on the cheap, citizens want to enjoy all the benefits of the state on the cheap, even politicians wants to be elected on the cheap without showing why they should be elected. Time for change in the way we live, conduct business, secure our people, borders, events and the way we govern in everyway.

    I was surprised to see the business establishment at the pirate’s cove location after I others were denied permission to compete with Boatyard, and Harbour Lights for decades on this stretch of beach. It just shows that only certain families are allowed in the foreign exchange earning sectors in Barbados. This is the case under both BLP and DLP.

  13. Cynic June 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Licences taking so long cos he did not grease the right palms?

  14. Just Watching June 27, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    As stated by Mr kinch the court allowed him to operate but I find it strange a court would allow a person to operate without have a loud music permit , ?????

  15. Devon June 27, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Well I can for one say that Alan Kinch is one of the most down to earth white business men in this country as we all may be familiar with the prejudice undertones which exist here ..he has black staff…all of whom I know…holds events for locals at the cove and boat…and is in full support of this local community …yes he makes money so what this is the point of owning a business …i have met and spoken to him many times and I see him treat the ones around him with respect and offers advice on how to better yourself…if the gov takes their time before they issue license how is this his fault and to blame him for the behvious of a few ppl if you don’t know him don’t hate

  16. Belfast June 27, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    He could always turn to his mates in the Cattlewash Militia, aka the Clay Pigeon Club, for help.


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