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Carib Cement to re-open Rockfort Mineral Bath under 25-year lease

Published:Friday | May 24, 2024 | 6:37 PM
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (right) in discussion with Chairman of Carib Cement Parris Lyew-Ayee (centre) and the company's Managing Director, Jorge Martinez, at the signing of an agreement for the upgrade and re-opening of the Rockfort Mineral Bath on May 24, 2024. -Contributed photo

The Government has entered 25-year lease agreement with Carib Cement for the upgrading and re-opening of the Rockfort Mineral Bath in Kingston.

The facility is a national monument under the control of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. 

Speaking at the signing of the agreement at her ministry headquarters in New Kingston today, Grange said the facilities at the bath will undergo major upgrades over the next five years at a cost of $57 million. 

"Some renovations will be completed within three to six months — which would make the facility available to the public shortly," she said. 

Managing Director of Carib Cement, Jorge Martinez, said the development would focus on “enhancement of the baths, installation of accessories and the establishment of a robust security presence to ensure health and safety of visitors”.

Rockfort Mineral Bath is renowned for having healing properties.

Minister Grange said the planned development works would not only see the reopening, but a “re-position[ing] of the important Rockfort Mineral Bath among the list of culture, heritage, health and tourism attractions of Greater Kingston and Port Royal". 

Chairman of Carib Cement, Parris LyewAyee, said his company hoped to “restore and renew this iconic site, enabling large numbers of local and international visitors to experience the world famous therapeutic benefit of its sparkling mineral waters.” 

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