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St James Municipal Corporation councillors to table resolutions for renaming of roadways

BY MARK CUMMINGS
Editor-at-Large
cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Resolutions for the renaming of two separate roadways in the resort city of Montego Bay in honour of two prominent St James businessmen are expected to be tabled at today's regular monthly meeting of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)-controlled St James Municipal Corporation.

Councillor for the Spring Garden Division Dwight Crawford (JLP) is expected to move one of the resolutions, which seeks to rename the Southern Cross Boulevard in the resort city, the Anthony Hart Boulevard, in honour of veteran businessman and philanthropist Anthony “Tony” Hart.

According to Crawford, Hart continues to make significant contributions to the social and economic growth and development of the City of Montego Bay, and to public life as a member of the parochial board and as a philanthropist.

“…the Saint James Municipal Corporation is of the view that Anthony Hart must be recognised by the City of Montego Bay by the attachment of his name to a roadway in his honour,” Crawford argued.

The 85-year-old Hart, who was awarded the Order of Jamaica last year, is famous for starting the Montego Bay Freeport Industrial hub in 1967 and is the founder of the Hart Group of Companies.

He has also served on many boards and, despite claiming to be retired continues to work closely with the local community in several ways and also assists his relatives in maintaining the family businesses.

Two years ago, the business exemplar was inducted into the inaugural Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Leaders Wall of Fame.

And just last year Dyer, a renowned hotelier and businessman, was also inducted in the Chamber's Business Leaders Wall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the tourism sector, several government and civic organisations, and his personal interest in the growth and development of Montego Bay.

Deputy chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation Leeroy Williams (JLP) will table the resolution for the renaming of the roadway now known as the 'Sunset Boulevard' to the Godfrey G Dyer Boulevard in honour of Dyer.

“...Godfrey G Dyer has and continues to make significant contributions to the social and economic growth and development of the City of Montego Bay and to public life, including being a director and a former president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the current chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund,” said Williams.

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