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Upgraded Burwood Beach ready for visitors

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2016 | 1:00 AM

The Burwood Beach, located in Falmouth, Trelawny, which was upgraded at a cost of $28 million by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), was officially handed over to the Trelawny Parish Council on Thursday.

The facility, for which entrance is free of cost, is heavily used by both Jamaicans and cruise ship passengers. It now boasts sanitary conveniences, a kids' play area, as well as showers. There is also a plan to add restaurants and bars.

Speaking at a handing over ceremony, tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, said the upgrading of the beach formed part of the ministry's plans to identify and upgrade the best beaches across the island for use by Jamaicans and visitors alike.

UPGRADING THE BEST BEACHES

He pointed out that the $250 million project was announced two years ago and work has started on 16 of the 30 beaches that have been identified.

The minister said that because of hotel developments, the number of public beaches has been reduced, which has pushed his ministry to go across the island to identify and upgrade the best beaches and ensure that they remain free and accessible to the public.

"There must be a programme that protects the opportunities of Jamaicans to truly enjoy their country, and that is what the beaches programme of the Tourism Enhancement Fund is all about," he added.

"The fact is wherever we can identify beaches that we feel would be best kept in the public interest, we are going to acquire those beaches and put the proper infrastructure on those beaches. These beaches will remain free and open to the public," the minister said.

He said the projects across the island were being implemented with support from the parish councils, the Urban Development Corporation, the Ministry of Water, Land and Climate Change, and the National Environment and Planning Agency.