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The Falmouth cruise ship pier, in Trelawny, is expected to welcome its first ship in January 2011, Falmouth’s Mayor, Councillor Collin Gager revealed in New York, on May 29.
Declaring the 29th Annual Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA) Annual Business and Economic Development Symposium opened at the Holiday Inn Hotel, JFK Airport, in Queens, New York, on May 29, Mayor Gager said that the developers have assured him that work on the multi-million dollar pier and cruise ship facility would be completed by December of this year.
The Mayor informed members of the audience, mostly former residents of the parish, that the investment climate at this time is good. “I am once again using this opportunity to encourage my countrymen here in New York to come home and be a part of the Trelawny renaissance. I feel confident that this is a good investment and even a better investment for your retirement,” he said.
According to Mayor Gager, a major upgrade of the infrastructure of Falmouth being undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), would enhance a number of other developments, such as the Falmouth Safari, Burwood Beach and the addition of hotel rooms and tourist attractions.
In her message, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks praised the organisation for its demonstration of patriotism over the years.
“I consider your efforts to be an exemplary demonstration of the kind of positive impact that the Jamaican Diaspora can have on the development of Jamaica,” she said.
Trelawny’s Custos, Hon. Paul Mushette, in his message, said Falmouth and Trelawny are on the cusp of a great renaissance with the development now taking place in the parish.
“At last, Trelawny is being recognised once again for its great potential. The port development in Falmouth, hotel development at Harmony Hall and the housing developments now taking place on the northern section of the parish, are all manifestations of the potential seen by investors as opportunities to be taken at this time,” he said.
“As you hold your celebratory functions, it would be good to reflect on what is to be and how you as individuals or as a group can help us sons and daughters of Trelawny, to take advantage of the new opportunities being offered at this time in our history,” said Custos Mushette.
The presenters at the seminar included General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Joyce Douglas; Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), North America Regional Manager, Robert Kere; and Vice President of Scotia Jamaica Building Society, Gladstone Whitelock.
The symposium was one of the major activities to mark the 29th annual FOTA reunion weekend, including a kick-off fete on Friday night and an out-door picnic attended by just over 7,000 parishioners and friends from across the United States, Canada, Jamaica and the United Kingdom

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