Labour Minister Shahine Robinson is adding her voice to the loss of 67 Billion in investment in St. Ann because of politics.
In a release obtained by LBC NEWS she said: The recent news related to the withdrawal of the Palace Resorts Group from their planned $67Billion JMD investment to develop the Rooms Property and adjacent parcels along with the wider Ocho Rios area is a devastating blow to the people of NE St Ann, and indeed the wider Parish.
I further note with great disturbance that Palace Resorts noted that false “political commentary” damaging to their brand and reputation had triggered this withdrawal.
This investment represented to many in NE ST Ann the catalyst toward them achieving their hopes and dreams. There was indeed an expectation of significant Job Creation, starting in the near future, as the initial phase of the project was slated to commence in weeks.
This comes against the back drop of the fall out already being experience in NE St Ann because of the Corona Virus. The fall off in Cruise visitors has had a debilitating effect on the lives of many locals who service this industry with transportation, at attractions and who sell craft.
Minister Robinson said “Unfortunately we cannot say this investment died of natural causes, its death was a targeted assassination by the PNP”. She continued “through vulgar political jabs, and desperation for power the PNP hurt the lives and pockets of the people of St Ann, they will however never hurt our spirit”