Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Anxious to revive the dying nightlife offerings in the tourism capital, Montego Bay, the city's mayor and chairman of the St James Parish Council, Glendon Harris, is spearheading the renaissance of the popular MoBay Nite Out.
This rebirth comes some 20 years after the event was first introduced to Montego Bay's Hip Strip (Gloucester Avenue) and several years of absence.
The first event kicks off on Monday, in the Old Hospital Park, Gloucester Avenue, and Mayor Harris says he is confident that all who experience the thrill of a modernised MoBay Nite Out will be partaking in well-organised entertainment package, targeting locals and visitors alike.
Addressing stakeholders at the launch at the Blue Beat Jazz Lounge in Montego Bay, Tuesday evening, Mayor Harris said he believed that, apart from the entertainment value that MoBay Nite Out offers, the event will provide economic opportunities for many local vendors.
"A committee comprising varied stakeholders (political, state agency and business representatives) has been put together and we have done most of the ground-work and pre-planning ... we have put together what I believe is a fantastic programme that will keep patrons entertained from one end of the Hip Strip to the other," said Harris.
The committee is being chaired by Councillor Suzette Brown, who notes that persons visiting Gloucester Avenue will have "ample amusement options to choose from, as businesses along the Strip will be encouraged to host their own entertainment, in tandem with the MoBay Nite Out committee's plans.
"Although we are now scheduled for a monthly staging of MoBay Nite Out, we are pleased at the response from stakeholders thus far and are looking forward to making the event a weekly happening," said Brown.
The night's main show will be staged at the Old Hospital Park, where the official launch and main entertainment package will occur. Programme sponsors and vendors of craft and food items will also be on location at the park.
So far, Diageo, Digicel Jamaica and Caribbean Producers Jamaica Ltd have come on board as sponsors.
During the event, traffic along the Strip will be restricted to one lane coming in from the Summit Police Station going down Gloucester Avenue towards the Aquasol Theme Park, with drop-off points in the Cornwall Beach area, at the Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge and at the Golden Dynasty Chinese Restaurant.