At the festival’s international media launch at Jewel Dunn’s River on Wednesday night, Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of operations at Area Two headquarters, Michael Smith, outlined the traffic arrangements that will be in place for the event.
This includes four lanes of traffic from the traffic lights at Priory, heading westward beyond the entrance to the venue, Grizzly’s Plantation Cove.
“We have worked the logistics out to a ‘T’,” Smith said.
Smith said that the only inconvenience will be people turning across traffic to enter the venue. No right turn will be allowed for vehicles leaving the venue, he pointed out.
The promoters, Organic HEART, have also promised another safe, incident-free event this year, filled with good music.
A taste of this was evident at the launch with snippets from Zamunda, Prohgres, Deep Jahi, King Sounds, Tony Rebel, and a masterful display from DOPE (Definition of Percussion Entertainment) drummer, Malik Stewart.
Tony Rebel also revealed some interesting statistics as it relates to the number 56. He pointed out that his first recording was at 56 Hope Road (Tuff Gong), his first hit was recorded at 56 Slipe Road (Penthouse), his office is now at 56 Ken Hill Drive, and on his birthday on January 15, he will turn 56.
Rebel Salute, now in its 25th year, received ringing endorsements from Charmaine Deane, area director of marketing and communications of Jewel Resorts and Hilton Hotel; Mayor of St Ann’s Bay Michael Belnavis; and Vana Taylor, vice president of Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association.
Jewel Dunn’s River, which has sponsored the festival since it made St Ann its home, also presented a birthday cake to Rebel.
The two-day festival takes place today and tomorrow, and features a lineup of some of the best reggae artistes available.