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Scott's Cove construction will renew St Elizabeth tourism - McClarthy-Allen

Published:Tuesday | November 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas
McClarthy-Allen

WESTERN BUREAU:

Tanikie McClarthy-Allen, director of public affairs and sustainability for J. Wray and Nephew, believes that the company's recent move to construct new stalls for 20 registered vendors at Scott's Cove in St Elizabeth will bring private sector support to the community and renew the parish's tourism product.

She made the point during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between J. Wray and Nephew and the Westmoreland and St Elizabeth municipal corporations, recently.

"We view this as a historic occasion and an opportunity to reinvigorate and bring renewed attention to Scott's Cove. This project has the potential to be the catalyst for growth and development in St Elizabeth and Westmoreland and to provide a renewal of the tourism attraction at a time when the industry is growing at record levels," McClarthy-Allen said.

"This project will bring attention to the parish of St Elizabeth and to this location, and possibly, it will have other partners coming on board from the private sector," McClarthy-Allen added.

Scott's Cove, which is located on the border of Westmoreland and St Elizabeth, is famous for its fish and bammy, which are sold to passing motorists, and has been a popular eating spot for more than 30 years.

The construction project, for which planning began last June, will see J$15 million being spent over an eight-week period on the creation of new stalls and bathroom facilities and the refurbishing and rebranding of a bar at the end of the vending area.

Gloria Cunningham of the Scott's Cove Vendors Association expressed confidence about the work to be done at the location.

"For years, we have been getting promises that the authorities were going to develop the border, and nothing has come through. But today, I feel that finally, something is going to happen," said Cunningham.