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Karisma seeking to resolve sand mining issue

Published:Friday | January 15, 2016 | 1:16 PM

Further steps are being taken to try to resolve the dispute involving Karisma Hotels and Resorts in Negril and government regulators regarding the accusation of illegal sand mining and removal.

The company’s attorney, Christopher Honeywell, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that he’s in the process of writing a letter to the Chairman of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), John Junor, to see if the matter can be resolved amicably based on discussions held yesterday.

Honeywell declined to comment any further on the situation.

Yesterday, the attorney indicated in an interview on Power 106 FM that the Karisma investors would be examining their options over the next 48 hours.

An emergency meeting involving representatives of Karisma and government officials, including the NEPA Chairman, was held yesterday in a bid to end the impasse.

Karisma is reportedly considering whether to pull out of the country in relation to the impasse.

A cease-and-desist order was placed on Karisma’s multibillion-dollar hotel project arising from the allegation.

However, the company’s lawyer has denied the accusations.

Honeywell revealed that the hotel developer applied for and received a quarry licence to remove sand from its own property in Negril to another property, which it also owns, in St Ann.

The Commissioner of Mines confirmed the issuance of the licence.