NO Palisadoes Party Permits without Guaranteed Adherence to Logistic Rules

Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams says no more permits will be issued in the short term for entertainment events to be kept along the Palisadoes strip.

Mayor Williams says unless party promoters can guarantee that logistic rules will be enforced at these events, they won’t be permitted.

He says for now only small-scale events will be permitted in the area.

Mr. Williams says the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, KSAMC, was convinced the party would not cause logistic challenges. He says that’s because the organizers agreed to use a shuttle service and prohibit parking near the event.

Mayor Williams says the Norman Manley International Airport also provided parking space. The Mayor says the logistic issues resulted from the failure of the security forces to enforce the proper standards.

In the meantime, the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, says Monday’s logistic chaos on the Palisadoes strip was caused by lawlessness and disorderly motorists.

Acting Head of the JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Dahlia Garrick, says there were even persons offering illegal parking areas to patrons.

ASP Garrick says there were about four thousand patrons at the event and approximately 20 police personnel. She says that ratio would have been sufficient for an event of that nature.