Pisgah really needs roads!

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Pisgah really needs roads!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

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Dear Editor,

I use this platform to add my voice to the calls for help for Pisgah and surrounding communities.

The community of Pisgah is located approximately nine miles from popular tourist destinations Y S Falls and Holland Bamboo, and is nestled between Ginger Hill and Springfield, which are communities that play a vital role in the farming industry. Our pineapple farmers supply major hotels and many other wholesalers throughout Jamaica.

Additionally, most recently added to our diverse community is the Pisgah Pineapple Tours, which attracts tourists to the area weekly for pineapple tasting and a first-hand experience of how the succulent pineapples are cultivated.

I was born and raised in Pisgah and I am very concerned about the well-being of the people of my community. In fact, some time last year a few of my relatives from South Florida took a trip to Jamaica and visited Pisgah. The word embarrassment is an understatement to describe how we felt because of the deplorable conditions of the roads. I resolved in my heart that I would do everything in my power to bring awareness to the situation so that help can come to the community. God has truly answered my prayers as I join my fellow community members in shedding light on the road issue.

Hence, I petition the powers that be to act expeditiously in fixing the roads.

Safe roadways should be a basic necessity provided for the tax-paying residents of our community. However, the current road condition serves only as a disaster waiting to happen.

Currently motorist and pedestrians are left with no choice but to traverse these pond-sized potholes on a daily basis, as well as road banks and bridges near collapse.

Being in the insurance, property and casualty industry, I can say that, based on my experience, it is better to mitigate a risk to prevent a loss. In other words, “Prevention better than cure.” Let us not wait for a life to be lost.

Tracian Wright-Miller


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