The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has noted the article in today\u2019s Western Edition of the Observer, in which the Chamber of Commerce has called for restorative work to be done to the Dome in Montego Bay and has reached out to the Parish Council to assist. The Dome is a national monument of some historical significance to Montego Bay.
\u201cA key facet of the TEF\u2019s remit is to assist with the restoration, preservation and maintenance of Jamaica\u2019s heritage sites and this matter attracted our attention,\u201d said Clyde Harrison, executive director of the TEF today. \u201cWe have therefore reached out to the Parish Council and expressed our willingness to be of assistance in restoring this important monument.\u201d
The Dome was erected in 1837 and is located at the intersection of the city\u2019s Creek Street and Dome Street. It was created to protect the mouth of the creek which fed the town's early central water supply system and became a major source of water for the area until 1894. Much later, and up to the late 1960s the Dome provided an emergency source of water to householders in the area. It was later declared a National Heritage Monument by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.