TEF has spent millions in Ocho Rios
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I write in response to an article published in the February 24, 2016 edition of The Gleaner (page A11), headlined 'Mayor wants TEF money to upgrade Ocho Rios'. The article, written by Carl Gilchrist, reported on the passing of a resolution by the St Ann Parish Council to that effect.
It is clear that the mayor and council may need to be reminded of the extensive and transformative projects funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund in Ocho Rios over the past few years in the amount of J$770.2 million. I list below a few of the completed projects:
1. Identification and signage of seven public rest stops: $6.2 million.
2. Ocho Rios CCTV system and control centre: $57 million.
3. Purchase, repair and maintenance of service vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force: $50 million.
4. Ocho Rios Enhancement Project Phase I: $208 million, as follows -
- Pedestrianisation and landscaping of the Turtle River Road: $68.2 million.
- Parking and traffic circulation area: $68 million.
- Redevelopment of the Ocho Rios Terminal Building: $29 million.
- Aesthetic upgrade of the Finger Pier: $29 million.
- Redevelopment of board walk.
- Terminal gate to marina gate - Phase 1: $14 million.
Programmes are in progress for the training of young people for tourism-related employment and plans are advanced for other projects, such as the major upgrading of the public bathing beach in Salem.