Fort Rocky to be first designated entertainment zone

Fort Rocky to be first designated entertainment zone

Friday, December 06, 2019

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MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange says work has commenced to build out Fort Rocky, outside Port Royal, as Jamaica's first designated entertainment zone.

Addressing Tuesday's launch of activities to mark Reggae Month 2020, at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Grange said the ministry has also identified three other locations in Negril, Trelawny, and Portmore where facilities will also be built out to host entertainment events.

The minister said consequent on provisions and stipulations under the Noise Abatement Act, “we are ensuring that there are facilities across the island where you can have your events [and] if you want to do [those] 24/7, you'll be free to do so”.

Entertainment zones are areas in which any legal entertainment and sports activity can be staged any time of day or night unhindered, once the organisers are mindful of the historical value of such sites. While fuelling the entertainment industry, these zones are expected to neutralise the problem of noise nuisance.

Grange has encouraged private business operators to take advantage of the opportunity to use these spaces. Meanwhile, the minister advised that the remaining members of the Entertainment Advisory Board, now chaired by football administrator Howard McIntosh, will be announced shortly.

The board functions to strengthen private/public partnership of the industry towards economic and social development. It also provides advice to the ministry on key issues and strategies, specifically the development of an industry policy.

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