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  • Custos of St. James, the Hon. Ewen Corrodus, is highlighting the growth and development that Montego Bay has achieved since it was accorded city status 34 years ago.
  • Custos Corrodus said the achievements are many and varied and they speak well of the development of the St. James capital.
  • The St. James Custos also highlighted the construction of the Montego Bay Convention Centre, expansion of the Sangster International Airport, and opening of new hotels.

Custos of St. James, the Hon. Ewen Corrodus, is highlighting the growth and development that Montego Bay has achieved since it was accorded city status 34 years ago.

Addressing a ceremony at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre on Thursday, October 9, to commemorate the anniversary, Custos Corrodus said the achievements are many and varied and they speak well of the development of the St. James capital.

He cited the expansion of the city’s boundaries with multiple shopping centres and housing developments; increase in the number of educational institutions and expansion of existing ones; and investments by local and international companies, which have opened branches in the city.

The St. James Custos also highlighted the construction of the Montego Bay Convention Centre, expansion of the Sangster International Airport, and opening of new hotels, which he said, are further confirmation of the city’s development.

“We now boast a world class convention centre…our airport has been expanded and upgraded to a first world facility, and there has been increase in visitor arrivals. Many new hotels now adorn our landscape…we now have multi-lane roads and traffic lights, none of which we had 34 years ago,” he said.

Custos Corrodus urged the residents, as they celebrate the accomplishments, to unite in addressing “the ugly head of crime”, which he said, is “over-shadowing our good reputation and positive developments”.

He also encouraged them to reflect on the growth and development that have taken place and “consider the future and the goals and projections that are to be set for continued growth and development”.

“A 34-year old person is no child, and I think we can safely say that Montego Bay is now an adult with all the attendant responsibilities and expectations,” he stated.