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Clamp down on Negril noisemakers

Published:Saturday | January 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

I find it very disturbing that music promoters in Negril are being warned to follow the laws pertaining to the Noise Abatement Act and the Spirit Act licence, and all they want to do is cry about it?

These laws have been in effect for many years, but not enforced, which gave everyone a sense of entitlement, at the expense of tourism, and everyone else's right to enjoy their homes in peace and quiet.

The comments below reflect the truth. These events are NOT for tourists, but mainly for a segment of the community that has no respect for others' well-being or rights.

These people who yell the loudest, are they a registered company, with the Companies Office? Do they have company TRNs or pay GCT? Do they contribute to the economy as a whole?

Junior Minister Damion Crawford has the opportunity to leave a legacy for the youth in Jamaica: study hard, make education your priority, not all about partying all night. Mind you, he is the same minister who is promoting the idea of youth going abroad for better opportunities. Well, why can't this opportunity be given in our country as well?

The music promoters try to compare themselves to the operators of Jazz Fest or other annual events. But that's the key, people; they are annual events. Such operators adhere to rules and actually contribute to the economy, as well as play genres of music that the general public is looking for - not just dancehall - or rude music.

Music promoters cry that they are little, poor people. However, are the thousands of people who choose to get up and go to work every day, and actually contribute to society, NOT the little people? No one even talks of, or cares about, this demographic group.

CHRISTINE COHEN

christine.cohen@hotmail.com