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Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Noel Donaldson, has lauded the city’s achievements over the past 25 years, which include significant development in infrastructure and considerable growth in commerce and tourism.
He cited the Montego Bay Free Zone, Sangster International Airport, Howard Cooke Highway, the development of Montego Bay South and the resilience of the Western Mirror, “as landmarks of which we can all be justifiably proud.”
He further cited developments taking place along the Rose Hall corridor, noting that the investments would have positive implications for employment and tourism.The Mayor was speaking at the Sunset Beach Resort and Spa in Montego Bay on September 16, where he also launched a weeklong programme of activities to mark the silver anniversary of Montego Bay gaining city status.
He observed that while the city continued to “strive and struggle to attain certain objectives, which, if realized, would give true meaning and worth to city status, all should accept the reality that notwithstanding the odds, Montego Bay had come a long way”.
“The future of Montego Bay, its growth and development, are uniquely our responsibility. As we embark upon this period of reflection and celebration. it is also imperative that we pause, step back and reconcile ourselves to the fact that Montego Bay has been, is, and will be only what we make of it,” Mayor Donaldson stated.
The events, which will be held under the theme: ‘MoBay 25 . Reflection, Celebration, Expectation’, include a thanksgiving service, sporting competitions, civic ceremonies, a lunch hour concert and a ‘Bayfest’ celebration and awards function. The municipal building will be remained the ‘Cecil Hugh Donaldson Municipal Building’ in honour of the former mayor.
The legal instrument upgrading Montego Bay from a town to a city was signed by then Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Florizel Glasspole on October 9, 1980 but the proclamation was made on May 1, 1981.