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Forum Beach occupants say they are now out in the cold

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 10:15 PM
Demolition crews removing structures from the Forum Hotel property - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Chad Bryan, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Fish vendors on the Forum Beach in Portmore, St Catherine are complaining that they have nowhere to go following today's demolition of their settlement on an order of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to vacate the beach.




However, the communications manager at the UDC, Tyrell Morgan, says the corporation has alternative facilities for the vendors and that they were involved in the planning process.



Morgan says in addition, a $45,000 grant was given to the vendors to help in their relocation.



Yesterday, the UDC warned the occupants of the informal Forum Fishing Village to move all their belongings and temporary structures from the property by midnight last night.



This as the UDC said it would be clearing the beach of all the structures starting today and that it would not be responsible for any damage or loss of property.



According to the UDC, the demolition exercise is being carried out pursuant to a notice served on July 15.



The property is being cleared in light of the sale of the Forum Hotel in January to Portmore Marine Developments Limited.



Earlier today, several fisher folk were tearing down board structures.



Televisions, mattresses and refrigerators were among other debris strewn along the beach.



Other persons could be seen dumping items into trucks that were at the beach.



Representatives of the Jamaica Public Service Company were also present removing service wires from light posts, while the police watched.



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