McKenzie pledges to make proposed Negril market a reality

Observer writer

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has pledged to work with the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation and the Negril Chamber of Commerce to make the construction of the proposed $70-million fruit and vegetable market in the resort town a reality.

The commitment was made by the minister recently, during a tour of Negril, following an invitation by the Chamber.

“It is unfortunate that Negril is without a market and based on discussions that we have had and the tour that I did, in which I went to the location that I understand was given for the establishment of this market, where nothing has been done over the years, I have given a commitment to look at it. I will revisit it and I will be working with the Municipal Corporation and the Negril Chamber of Commerce to see how quick we can ensure that this market becomes a reality,” McKenzie explained.

During the meeting, Monica Shakes, a vendor in Negril, urged the minister to give his assurance that he will assist in getting the construction of the long-awaited market off the ground.

“I wasn't aware of all of this until I got here and I did say to the mayor (Bertel Moore) that if they did what was necessary, the market could have been built long ago,” McKenzie replied.

“So what I have said to the president of the Chamber (Daniel Grizzle), is that I have asked them to send the proposal to the (Local Government Ministry) so that the technical team can have a look at it, as to whether or not we could probably make some modifications if cost is going to be a factor, because it is about some $70 million or more to construct it.”

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