The Font Hill property located near Black River in St. Elizabeth and comprising more than 3,000 acres of land is now being viewed for massive development, which would impact positively on the parish as well as on the overall economy of the country.
Owned and operated by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), the property is poised to herald in unprecedented development on Jamaica’s South Coast, with such possibilities as the construction and establishment of an airport, hotels, public beaches and a golf course.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (second Right) and Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson (right), in discussion with Director General of the Fiesta Hotel Group, Abel Matutes (second left) and Director of New Projects and Investment, Jesus Sabrino (left), during a tour of the Font Hill property in St. Elizabeth, on May 5.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett and Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson, yesterday (May 5), conducted a tour of the property with the first of the possible investors, from the Fiesta Hotel Group, Director General, Abel Matutes Prats, and his team.
Addressing journalists during the tour, Minister Bartlett said that the visit and tour of the property represented an undertaking that was given on his visit to Spain last month, where he met with the Matutes family.
“On that recent visit and subsequent discussions held with regard to development potential that they see in Jamaica, we are here today and are delighted to have them viewing the location with us. I am very happy that they could be here looking at the property and we expect that within another week, another set of investors will come to view another property for possible investment,” he added.
The Minister said that the commitment shown by the Matutes family toward the development of tourism in Jamaica went beyond rooms, as earlier discussions were centred around the enhancement of fisheries in the Southern part of the country.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (second left) and Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson (right), in dialogue with Director of Tourism, John Lynch (left) and community member, Oliver Nembhard (second right), during a tour of the Font Hill property in St. Elizabeth, May 5.
“The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, who is Member of Parliament for the constituency, will be following up on a proposal from the Matutes family with regard to not only deep sea fishing, but the establishment of processing facilities and this area of St. Elizabeth is perfect for it. We are in fact looking at the deep water port that is close by, and overall, to have an integrated development project, which would deal with marine activities, golf courses, hotel rooms and the fishing complex, providing not only for local demand, but for export,” he said.
Minister Robertson, in endorsing the proposed development for the area, noted that the world was looking for large and small projects that would make a difference to the country and the region.
“What you will see from now on is Ministers working together to get massive projects landed in short order, to make a great impact on the country’s development,” he said.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (centre), speaking to journalists during a tour of the Font Hill property in St. Elizabeth, on May 5.Looking on are: Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson (left) and Director General of the Fiesta Hotel Group, Abel Matutes (right).
In his comments Mr. Matutes said that he was excited about the future proposals as there were “huge” possibilities for the country’s economy to experience a boom.