Delroy says Usain Bolt came from a similar neighborhood.

The tourists in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios don't see them, but if you take a long enough drive, you do.


Aug. 4 - 8:30 a.m.

By Steve Owen, Asst. News Dir.

So we woke up to find out we are under a tropical storm watch here because of Ernesto.  You would not know it by looking out the window. It is a calm, sunny day here. There is not a cloud in the sky.

No one on the island is talking about Ernesto. The nation is consumed by the Olympics and Usain Bolt's bid to win the gold medal again in the 100m dash.

VIDEO: Jamaicans pulling for Usain Bolt

PHOTOS: Jamaica Day 2

Bolt won his preliminary heat on Saturday morning in a less than sparkling time. There are whispers that he is not 100%.  The islanders are very stressed about this.
As for Ernesto, not so much.

It should be noted that we are on the north side of the island in Ocho Rios, which is well away from Ernesto's projected path.

On Sunday, we head south to the capital city of Kingston which would most certainly feel Ernesto's impact in some way.

We will report back later. Now, off to the rainforest!

Aug. 4 - 2:30 a.m.

By Steve Owen, Asst. News Dir.

Just moments after landing in Kingston, we noticed two things about Jamaica: the beauty of the island and the pride of the people.

The Jamaicans are very proud of what they have accomplished in their first 50 years.
They know there are problems on the island like in any country, but they brag that the world's fastest man and most famous musician come from Jamaica.

We visited the former home of the musician Bob Marley. It's now a museum. We were amazed by how peaceful it was, being right in the middle of bustling Kingston.

We talked to several families from South Florida who have made the trip to Kingston for the anniversary celebrations .  They all said they wouldn't miss it for the world and how South Florida is the perfect second home for them. 

Today, we got acquainted with the island, tomorrow we get to see it's jewels up close with a trip to the rain forest.

Aug. 3 - noon

By Steve Owen, Asst. News Dir.

There are very few jobs where you meet a huge star like Pharrell one day and then leave the next day for Jamaica to produce a prime-time special.

On Friday, I leave with Local 10 News anchor Jason Martinez and Chief Photographer Bill Damas on an amazing journey to Jamaica as the island country celebrates its 50-year anniversary. Jamaica broke away from the UK on August 6, 1962.

Although a small country, Jamaica has become one of the largest brands in the world. Everyone knows Bob Marley, the country's beautiful beaches and rainforests and their amazing athletes, including the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt.