THE PORT Authority (PATT) is expected to help a retired couple who were moving to Trinidad when covid19 disrupted their plans.
Keith Kennedy and Glendora Kennedy, both 62, have been married for 37 years. They were separated for the first time when Keith was given an exemption to return home recently – but not Glendora, who is Barbadian.
They said they were both initially on a list to return months ago, but then came an unfortunate change in government rules, saying that non-nationals would not be considered entry. Keith Kennedy had to pay for a charter flight to TT.
Glendora Kennedy is still in Barbados, hoping the TT government will allow her to reunite with her husband for the sake of both of their well-being.
Both told Newsday they have found it increasingly difficult to live apart from each other.
Newsday, in highlighting their plight in Wednesday's issue, noted that the couple bought a house to move to Trinidad. They also packed all their belongings in a 40-foot container to ship to Trinidad.
They intended to arrive in Trinidad before the container so that they could receive it.
However, they were stuck in New York when the borders closed on March 22, meaning they were left with no choice but to keep the container docked in Port of Spain, costing them tens of thousands of dollars.
After the story was published, the PATT called Newsday in an effort to arrange a meeting between the two parties.
Keith Kennedy confirmed that the authority did indeed contact him and they are working with a broker, with the intention of trimming the hefty bill.
He also said he had received considerable support since the article was published.
However, both he and his wife were adamant that while they are most grateful for any waivers and similar support, their most pressing concern is being together once again.