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  • A number of communities in Montego Bay are to benefit from road repair and beautification works under ‘Operation Restore Paradise’.
  • “We will do some patching of potholes, some painting of curb walls, and repair of some drainage systems,” said Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis.  
  • “We will be looking at replacing street name signs and [painting] pedestrian crossings,” he added.

A number of communities in Montego Bay are to benefit from road repair and beautification works under ‘Operation Restore Paradise’.

“We will do some patching of potholes, some painting of curb walls, and repair of some drainage systems,” said Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis.  

“We will be looking at replacing street name signs and [painting] pedestrian crossings,” he added.

Mayor Davis was addressing councillors and city stakeholders at the Corporation’s monthly meeting on Thursday (June 13).

He said that the project is estimated to cost over $25.3 million, and dialogue is being held with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to assist with funding.

Mayor Davis said that the programme will benefit communities such as Barnett Lane, Railway Lane and Hart Street.

The work will be done by citizens from the respective communities and supervised by the security forces, he indicated.

“What we are seeking to do is build bridges between the security forces and some of these communities,” he noted.

Mayor Davis said the objective is to complete the project during the 90-day period of extension for ‘Operation Restore Paradise’, which will end in August.

He noted that the work to be undertaken will beautify the city and make it easier for locals and visitors to get around.

“Oftentimes, persons come into this city and find it difficult to [navigate] because some areas do not have street signs. As a result, we are seeking to cover those areas,” he said.

The St. James Municipal Corporation and the police launched ‘Operation Restore Paradise’ on May 20 as a one-week initiative aimed at restoring and maintaining law and order in St. James.

Focus was placed on enforcing the statutes related to traffic, public health and public order and sensitising citizens about the various laws, rules and regulations.

The project involved collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Island Traffic Authority, Transport Authority and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard.

A decision was undertaken to extend the project for a further 90 days to build on the success of the measures undertaken.

Operation Restore Paradise is part of the social intervention aspect under the State of Public Emergency (SOE) that is currently under way in the parish.