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Lee's triumphant return

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Portmore's mayor-elect promises much

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

George Lee has not yet been sworn in as mayor of Portmore for a second time, but already he is moving to revive a project to construct the elusive public hospital for Portmore.

A seemingly reinvigorated Lee disclosed that a technical team from the United States and the Cayman Islands is scheduled to arrive in Jamaica today to finalise what he described as the "Cayman Project".

Lee's relentless advocacy for a type three health facility in Portmore in the 1990s, and later a full-fledged public hospital, has not yielded the desired result, but he now insists that this must be accomplished in the community that is rapidly expanding.

The mayor-elect complained that the plans for the hospital were shelved when he left office.

refashioned vision

Lee disclosed that he has refashioned his vision of Portmore for his second time around in the prestigious office.

If he has his way, Lee's triumphant return as mayor of the sprawling community will be marked by development-focused job creation initiatives, sports development and community outreach.

"These are the major planks but we will have to focus on other areas, including the environment," Lee told The Sunday Gleaner.

After a protracted and at times lonely campaign for municipality status for Portmore, Lee was in 2003 elected as the community's first mayor.

But then came the jolt that he did not anticipate - a defeat to the Jamaica Labour Party's Keith Hinds in 2007 banished him into the political wilderness for four years.

The political tables have once again turned and Lee is back in the driver's seat.