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Take your eyes off cholera cemetery

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Every so often, real estate developers spy some open land, and their eyes glisten as to how they could make a development.

Thirty years ago, they made after Devon House. Prime Minister Seaga blocked that. Look at what we have today.

More recently, they were after Hope Gardens, then it was the Office of the Police Commissioner, then Police Officers' Club, then it was Up Park Camp.

They have apparently got a part of King's House. Now, for the second time, they are after the old cholera cemetery.

Yes, the population is growing and we need more land. However, we must preserve our open spaces.

Jamaica's disastrous earthquake was in 1907. We have some magnificent monuments to that event at the May Pen Cemetery. The National Heroes Park, formerly 'the Race Course', was the refuge for the homeless. We are having earthquakes all around Jamaica, the most recent in Trinidad.

What if Jamaica has a strong earthquake. The disaster is unimaginable. We need open land for people in an emergency. We must preserve what we have.

Speak up, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.