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LETTER OF THE DAY - Portmore's investment potential going to waste

Published:Tuesday | May 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am a resident of Portmore, as well as a tourism service provider. During the past four years, I have done extensive research on the history of Portmore and its role in the development of Jamaica on a whole. The results have been fascinating.

There are currently approximately 24 historic sites from Hunts Bay westerly to the Goat Islands - a rich trove of architectural monuments and historical facts that undoubtedly makes this particularly small land expanse the most important reference in our local history that spans from 900AD to 1962.

My reason for writing is to express my great concern for the lack of interest been shown to this area, from both the perspective of a heritage site and a tourism development perspective.

The Port Henderson Hills is home to the following historical sites:

1. The Rodney Arms Group of Buildings

2. The Green Castle

3. The Old Barracks

4. The 12 Apostles Battery Site

5. The Old Coal Wharf

6. Rodney's Lookout and Home

7. The Lazaretto Cairn Lighthouse

8. Quarantine Station

9. Approximately 300 metres of pristine white sand beach.

The problem is that none of this is important, because I am told by the National Land Agency that the area is not available for investment, as the area is controlled by the Jamaica Defence Force.

Is this possible?

JOSEPH WILSON

joseph.wilson66@yahoo.com

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