Montego Bay's evolution into the city it is today dates back to developments that kicked off in the late 1960s with the massive reclamation and redevelopment of the waterfront.
Among the business titans most associated with the city's rise is Antony 'Tony' Hart, whose career has spanned both public and private sector.
Hart, who over the years has earned national honours for his contribution to country and commerce, will add another accolade as the newest inductee to the Private Sector of Jamaica's Hall of Fame, a tribute paid annually to a private-sector leader who has contributed a minimum of 25 years to industry and to national development.
"This giant of the west" as the PSOJ described Hart on Wednesday, was central to the development of Montego Freeport, "which he conceived, promoted and saw through to completion."
The waterfront project, which began in 1967, reclaimed 350 acres of land, created four berths for ships, an industrial estate, upscale residences, and resort properties.
Freeport's diversity is encapsulated in the fact that the area is both home to the Montego Bay Yacht Club and the Montego Bay Free Zone. It also houses the Montego Cruise Ship Terminal.
Hart, who is now retired, was also chairman of the Hart Group of Companies, whose operations once included apparel, a savings and loans company, an Avis car rental licensee, a stevedoring company, a hardware business, port management, a safety supply company, and five farms, including the attraction Good Hope in Trelawny, said PSOJ on Tuesday.
Over his career, Hart has also served as chairman for a number of government boards, including Air Jamaica, the Coconut Industry Board, and Caymanas Track Limited. He has also sat on many company boards.
"Tony has been a significant force in the private sector. He has also served his country in a number of areas, spanning politics, education and government, and provides a model example of a real business leader," said PSOJ President Chris Zacca.
Hart joins a list of 20 previous inductees, including last year's recipient, Lorna Myers, chairman of Restaurants of Jamaica Limited.
He will be inducted on October 31 at a gala event in Kingston.