Booby Cay still in UDC's hands

Published: Friday | October 14, 2011 Comments 0

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has indicated that Booby Cay in Negril, Westmoreland, remains in its possession and that the public is to be invited "in the coming weeks" to submit proposals for its development.

During a sitting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) on Wednesday, it was stated that Booby Cay had been sold for $351 million, substantially less than its original forced sale valuation.

However, yesterday PAAC Chairman Dr Wykeham McNeill said it was not the intention of that body to mislead the public about the sale of Booby Cay and that an error had been made in identifying that property during a discussion about another UDC property in Hanover.

McNeill stressed that the committee had no quarrel with the UDC regarding the matter, but simply wanted more and better particulars after reports surfaced that the Hanover property had been sold.

"We met with the UDC and indicated that we would like to know what was being divested and if they could let the committee know about it and the process by which that would take place," McNeill said.

"We heard about the divestment of this parcel of land and, in January of this year, it was brought to the committee, and the committee secretary wrote to the UDC seeking this information," McNeill said, reiterating his explanation of the previous day.

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