Nagin on vacation in Jamaica.
Nation: Who the hell is he trying to fool here? You are on vacation, just admit it without all the economic ties talk. I was born in Jamaica, mother loves Jamaica, but on the list of places to look at for economy help, it would be near the bottom of the list. On top of that Jamaica and South Florida is a better fit for economic ties.
|MONTEGO BAY, St James - Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, says as his city rebuilds in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it would be moving to strengthen economic ties with Jamaica. "As we look to rebuild New Orleans, we are also looking to rebuild relationships and the first place that we are looking to rebuild and strengthen relationships is Jamaica," said Nagin. The New Orleans mayor who is vacationing in the island with his wife Seletha and three children, at a private villa owned by Sandals chairman, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, was speaking to reporters in Montego Bay at a brief ceremony hosted by Sandals Resorts, shortly after his arrival at the Sangster International Airport on Friday. Stewart is also chairman of the Jamaica Observer. ....Commenting on reconstruction efforts, Mayor Nagin said that he was pleased with the pace at which the rebuilding of New Orleans was progressing. "We are moving in the right direction," he said. "The hotel industry is now up to 75 per cent of its capacity and it should be up to 100 per cent by year-end, and electricity has returned to almost 75 per cent of the city." According to the mayor, several annual cultural events, including Mardi Gras and the jazz festival, would return to the city next year. Nagin told the Sunday Observer that Congress had appropriated US$1.6 billion to assist in the recovery exercise. "But we are also pushing Congress for tax incentives for businesses and people to move back to the city," he said.|