Prime Minister Andrew Holness (sixth from left) cuts theribbon to unveil Anthony Hart Boulevard in Montego Bay on Saturday, August 20. Southern Cross Boulevard was renamed in honour of the late businessman, public servant and humanitarian. The Prime Minister is joined by Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Leeroy Williams (left) Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo Forte (second from left) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang (fourth from left) Councillor for the Spring Garden Division, Dwight Crawford (fifth right) Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (West), Homer Davis (fourth from right) and family members of Mr. Hart.

Southern Cross Boulevard in the Freeport area of Montego Bay, St. James, has been renamed Anthony Hart Boulevard in honour of the late businessman and humanitarian. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, attended the road renaming ceremony held on Saturday, August 20.

He hailed Mr. Hart as a visionary who was instrumental in the development of the Montego Bay Freeport in the late 1960s, which today is a central business hub in the Second City, hosting a deep-water pier, industrial hub and free zone.

He noted that the businessman, who died on August 20, 2020, was a “big thinker” whose vision for local economic growth was inclusive and charted pathways to a bright future.

“He had the commitment and the passion to ‘do’ because vision is not merely a dream. A vision is what you do while conscious, open, and active, so the visionary got it done. The visionary inspired others to do it,” Mr. Holness said.

“So, Tony was a great visionary, he had a big vision and he got it done and he inspired others to keep the vision going,” he added.

The Prime Minister further lauded Mr. Hart as a philanthropist who cared about people, noting that he took up public office as a councillor.

“So, he stepped on the field. He wasn’t just talking about what he believed in; he stepped on the pitch and put himself forward because he not only believed in what he said, he wanted to put into action what he was saying,” Mr. Holness noted.

The Prime Minister said that Anthony Hart Boulevard, which is a seamless corridor for commercial, maritime, residential, hospitality and pleasure activities, reflects “the dynamic nature of the development, the graceful evolution and the continued transformation of the area would be what Tony envisioned when he created the Freeport.

“So, the tree that he planted will grow and bear many fruits for us to continue to benefit”, Mr. Holness said.

For his part, Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Leeroy Williams, said that Anthony Hart is synonymous with the development of the infrastructure and business landscape of Montego Bay and the wider Jamaica.

He said it is not uncommon for the Corporation to rename roads in honour of persons, who have made invaluable contributions to the development of the city and communities over the years, and Mr. Hart is one such visionary who fits the bill.

“I use this occasion to encourage the citizens of St. James to emulate the work of this visionary, humanitarian, astute businessman and nation builder,” Mr. Williams said.