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Lyssons beach to be upgraded

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 2:00 AMShanna Monteith
Lyssons beach to be upgraded.
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LYSSONS, St Thomas:

Dr Fenton Ferguson, People's National Party candidate for St Thomas Eastern, on Monday broke ground for the rehabilitation of the Lyssons Beach in St Thomas.

The $30 million contract falls under the Government's efforts to improve public access to the beaches in the country.

According to Ferguson: " One of the things that the Government has been focusing on, and Minister (Wykeham) McNeill, in particular, is how, across the country, we develop our beach fronts and create new attractions for our tourism and also our locals.

Today is yet a good example of this, and I'm extremely pleased to be here for this exercise and setting the tone for work to begin that will create opportunities for our locals in terms of work, but also will

create opportunities for greater entertainment and also greater attractions for

St Thomas."

Ferguson expressed that the parish is well known for its beach fronts and made mention of one of its finest attractions, the Bath Botanical Gardens.

"Once we continue to develop our beach fronts and continue the work that is going on now in the ministry, then I believe that the tourism product in St Thomas, while of a different nature, will be a unique product because of the significant number of heritage sites that we have, in addition to our history of Paul Bogle," he said.

Regional Manager at the Tourism Product Development Company, Lezley Bernard, who was also in attendance, shed some light on the scope of work to be done at the beach.

"As the minister says, this is an over $30 million project, and the main focus will be the restrooms, as well as the general upgrading of the beach area to include gazebos and additional seating, as well as inclusion of a parking area. A new driveway will be constructed and a guard house will be put at the entrance.

We will be upgrading the park, and we're also looking into upgrading the mini-football and volley ball field," she said, adding that, at the end of the project, the beach will be taken over by Eastern Attractions, which will be responsible for its maintenance thereafter.

Representatives from MAE Constructions, the company who will be carrying out the renovations told The Gleaner that they look forward to working with the people of the constituency, as they expect to employ more than 30 locals while they try to complete the work in the shortest possible time.

The project is slated to last four weeks.

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