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Don't make a huge mistake with Port Royal

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Several letters have been written recentlyin an attempt to find out more about the plans for the development of Port Royal and though we have heard that Cabinet has given approval for US$7.4 million for a cruise ship pier to be installed by the Port Authority of Jamaica and this is great, it is but a small piece of the puzzle.

The entire town of Port Royal needs to be developed in a sustainable manner.

Port Royal, developed without reference to a master plan, which has already been done by the UDC and Port Royal Development Company, will be a huge mistake. Why are we trying to reinvent what took years to prepare and US$5 million, of which the Government invested over 70 per cent?

We, the private shareholders of Port Royal Development Company, stand ready to participate and are puzzled that our company, which was established as a public, private and community partnership years ago, has not been invited to participate in developing Port Royal in a sustainable fashion.

This is particularly surprising when we have public pronouncements and commitments made to sustainable growth, development, and job creation being led by private sector investment via private- public partnerships.

Are all those pronouncements just hot air or are we serious about engaging in public-private partnerships?

Robert Stephens

rspragma@yahoo.com

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