Jamaica halts Ocho Rios beautification project

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica's tourism minister has suspended a nearly $1 million project to beautify the popular resort town of Ocho Rios in the island's northern region.

Wykeham McNeill says he is scrapping plans to clean drains and renovate sidewalks following concerns about how the money was allocated and has been spent. He says investors were never asked how the program would be developed or the money used.

McNeill said Friday that he will review the project after appointing new advisory boards that oversee resort issues across Jamaica.

Jamaica's former tourism minister Edmund Bartlett had announced the project last August.