More entertainment zones this year
At least three more areas are expected to be declared as entertainment zones this year.
Governor-general Sir Patrick Allen, in delivering the Throne Speech to open the new session of Parliament in Gordon House yesterday, said that the Government will begin work to build entertainment zones in Fort Charles and Fort Rocky Port Royal, Seville, St Ann, Westmoreland, and St Catherine.
According to the governor-general, the necessary legislative work and amendments to the various laws regulating entertainment will also be done in parallel.
Fort Rocky in Port Royal was declared Jamaica's first entertainment zone last October. At the time, Entertainment Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange said that two other entertainment zones would have been declared outside of the Corporate Area in short order.
The governor-general did not indicate where in Seville, St Ann, Westmoreland, and St Catherine entertainment zones would be declared.
Entertainment zones are areas in which any legal entertainment and sports activity can be staged at any time of day or night unhindered, as long as 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.