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New Fish Market Opens in Lucea

18 June 2013

JAMAICA - A newly refurbished fish market has opened in Lucea, Hanover. The refurbishment cost approximately $1 million.

The facility is attached to the Lucea Market and is able to accommodate some 15 fish vendors. It features tiled flooring, modern counters, wash stands with sinks, fans and proper ventilation.

Addressing the opening ceremony on June 14, Mayor of Lucea, Councillor Shernet Haughton, noted that the facility was well needed and a step in the right direction. She pointed out that it is developments like this that will push the parish and the country closer to achieving its Vision 2030.

"This morning we are gathered here for the official opening of the new Lucea Fish Market and I am sure we all share a sense of pride and happiness, as this was a long awaited facility (which was) needed in the town of Lucea," she said.

The Mayor urged the vendors to utilise the market as it was provided to satisfy all concerned. "I implore all you vendors to appreciate this facility and to take the best care of it," Mayor Haughton said.

In addition to providing a more comfortable and modern environment for vendors and shoppers, the fish market's construction was aimed at easing congestion on the streets, particularly in the vicinity of the Lucea Market.

She also encouraged the residents to be patient as the total development of the town and parish will not happen "overnight". She noted however, that if projects continue to be completed on time, "then we will have a more commercial and developed town in the future."

Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Ian Hayles, in his address, congratulated the Hanover Parish Council for its work in completing the fish market.

Mr Hayles, who is also Member of Parliament for Western Hanover, made a commitment to work with the council in an effort to try and solve some of the problems in the parish.

"We have some work to do and I am willing to roll up my sleeves and work with you so that we can together achieve things for the citizens of the parish," Minister Hayles said.

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