Signs like this one make me smile. Specifically, it’s the part that states, it is my intention to apply. As long as you intend to apply, you’re golden.
Like most places, business establishments in Jamaica that sell spirits must have a license. However, they can begin operating without one if they post a sign like the one above.
There are clear requirements for the sign: it must be in capital letters not below 5mm in height, and displayed prominently.
The business owner must apply for a license and submit the application form ‘21 clear days’ prior to the sitting of the Licensing Authority, but I’ve seen signs like these displayed on businesses for months or even years. I’ve often wondered if the owners just never bothered to take them down after they receive the license or if they ever bother to submit an application. After all, if the authorities ask, you can just say, I intend to apply.
Applying doesn’t mean the license will be issued automatically. Members of the community can object, but it has to be in in writing.
This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.
36 comments on “Jamaica Board Signs, I”
Well they have an \”intention\” and if the autorities don\’t chase them up I guess it is ok! Signs can be fun travel pics sometimes. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
Marcia, I love this! I’ve never been to Jamaica, but it seems that the sign typifies the easygoing nature of the place. SHARING!
This really makes me laugh.
Ha! Ha! Gotta love signs.
It reminds me of signs I see in some stores in NYC that say “Closeout Sale” but the signs have been there for years and they never closed down.
well you do what you have to do, sometimes just going through the hoops to get a certain license can be quite frustrating in many cultures…thanks for sharing
Interesting article, Marcia 🙂 A cool sign…
That’s it, Jill. The intention is there so if someone asks, you can say, I’m going to the next meeting.
We have some fun signs. There are a few more I definitely want to take.
LOL, yes I think it does, Lisa. So true.
It did me too, Michele! I laugh each time I see it.
I agree, gotta love signs. I remember some of those signs in NYC. They seem to stay up forever.
I’m not sure how long it takes normally, so that could be a factor.
But this gives owners ample leeway.
Oh Marcia, I loved this post. Not only made me smile, but laugh out loud as well. Great sign! Great story!
That would never fly in Canada – but I think it’s a novel way of approaching the licensing issue. But really – does anyone check?
What an interesting slice of Jamaican life. Love that sign!
One small sign gives an insight into life in Jamaica. Great post
Wow, that\’s a lot of restrictions for business owners. Cool sign though. Island living at its best 🙂
Interesting sign. I guess authorities are not chasing them. Even if they did, they can always say they ‘intend’ to get the license 🙂
Similar, although less “artistic” signs (which use state-mandated/designed forms), must be displayed in restaurant/bar windows in California whenever there is either a change of ownership or opening of a new business that plans to sell alcoholic beverages.
I love reading signs. They tell us so much about people and culture~
That is so very funny!!! Love that with one sign they can sell spirits on the premises without having to apply for a licence 🙂
Gotta love Jamaica!
This is funny to me, Marcia. Because I pondered this is the States lol! Good post, friend! 🙂
How utterly quirky. Rhymes very well with the laid-back atmosphere Jamaica is famous for. 🙂
Definitely quirky, Sophie, and does fit our well-known laid back attitude.
This is one of the many reasons why I love Jamaica. No liquor license? No worries, mon!
Hahaha, thanks. Glad you got a laugh, Jackie!
My guess is, they never do, especially if the business is in some rural area.
No, that would never fly in Canada, Leigh!
Sure do, Irene!
Yes, Lisa, you can intend to apply! Hahaha!
I really like this, Marcia! (Don’t think it will work over here, though…)
Hahahaha, no problem at all!
Interesting, Dick. I had no idea.
Hahaha, probably only here, Andrew.
That is a great post about learning.
You can find a lot of similar signs here in Miami too..similar places I guess..
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