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Negril Chamber of Commerce in the 'black' – new president Daniel Grizzle

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — The Negril Chamber of Commerce is currently out of the red where its finances are concerned.

That's according to the newly installed president of the Chamber, Daniel Grizzle who took over the reins at the Chamber's recent annual general meeting held at the Couples Swept Away Resort.

“I feel obliged to point out that two years ago, this chamber was seriously bankrupt, owing millions of dollars to the government in taxes with no sure way of financing. Today, we have cleared up all our tax obligations and our bank account is in a healthy state,” assured Grizzle.

The company is not registered as a charity organisation which resulted in penalties accumulation as a result of the failure of the Chamber to file tax returns during the two-year period (2014 and 2015).

The Chamber undertakes fundraising events for various projects within the resort town.

Grizzle who was a vice president during the previous administration takes over from Lee Issa who served the chamber for two consecutive terms (2015-2017) and did not seek re-election this year.

Richard Wallace was elected, first vice president and Pansy Rayson as second vice president. Other members of the of executive are Sophia Grizzle Roumel as treasurer and Nola Stair as secretary.

Grizzle in his acceptance remarks not only thanked Issa for the outstanding work he has did, but added, “I would like to thank you all for your confidence in me, and I will try my utmost to do my very best leading the chamber in the way we would all appreciate, hope we will have some achievements in getting some of the important things done.”

“And, we will be working very hard, because this year we have got quite a long long list of things to achieve. Negril will be as good or as bad as we make it to be,” added Grizzle.

BY ANTHONY LEWIS
Observer writer

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