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Mayor of Falmouth, Councilor Collin Gager, is predicting that the town will be ready to welcome its first cruise ship on February 17, as all stakeholders are working in tandem to achieve this goal.Mayor of Falmouth, Councilor Collin Gager, is predicting that the town will be ready to welcome its first cruise ship on February 17, as all stakeholders are working in tandem to achieve this goal.

Speaking with JIS News following the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council, on Thursday, January 13, Mayor Gager explained that the missed deadline for the first cruise in December could be a blessing in disguise, giving the town more time to prepare for the event.

The deadline for the first docking was shifted from December, 2010 to next month, as aspects of the multi-million dollar cruise ship pier, and certain infrastructure, were not ready in December.

“I have no doubt that the town will be ready for February 17, when the first ship arrives here because we, at the Parish Council, are deeply involved now and is on the ground.  We are doing a lot of work in and around the town,” the Mayor declared.

Works being concluded include: fixing of roads; cleaning, flushing and rehabilitating of drains; rehabilitating and painting of sidewalks; and the painting of buildings in the town.

The Parish Council is working in collaboration with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), National Works Agency (NWA), the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the Health Department to meet the new deadline.

Mayor Gager said that the whole preparation process is work in progress, and should be at a stage to heighten the curiosity of visitors. He said that members of the private sector are fully involved with the preparation process.

“I should say now that they have started to jump on board, people are more willing, people are more involved.  You will notice that people are more willing for their places to be painted and they are coming in and asking, how can I get my place painted?” He stated.