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McKenzie awaiting findings on Royalton hotel, pleased with progress of investigation

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2016 | 5:11 PM
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie (centre), is accompanied by technical officers from the ministry and representatives of the Royalton Negril Hotel on a tour of the property in Hanover yesterday.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says the public will get a full update on the collapse of a section of the Royalton Negril Hotel in Hanover after he has received the report of a technical team probing the mishap.

McKenzie was speaking to reporters last evening following a tour of the accident site with the Mayor of Lucea Wynter McIntosh and Deputy Managing Director of Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts Daniel Diaz.

On Tuesday, the lobby section of the building collapsed, injuring five workmen, one of whom was trapped in the rubble for several hours.

The team probing the accident is expected to submit its report in seven days.

The local government minister revealed that technology was being used to assess the work being done and says efforts are being made to ensure that members of the technical team are given full access to conduct the required tests.

McKenzie says after the team submits its report he will meet with the Mayor and other stakeholders to review some of the interim recommendations.

Meanwhile, the owners of the property say it is too early to determine whether the 30-day stop order imposed by the government would delay the opening of the hotel.

Construction of the 573-room Royalton Negril began in February and is expected to be completed in December in time for the start of the winter tourist season.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Deputy Managing Director of Blue Diamonds Hotels and Resorts Daniel Diaz said meeting the December deadline would depend on the outcome of the probe ordered by the government.

However, Diaz says he is confident that with the commitment of all stakeholders the hotel will open in December as scheduled.