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Negril Chamber furious ... says it was denied fair chance to weigh in on breakwater project

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2016 | 6:53 PM
The Negril breakwater project was proposed by the government and would entail the construction of a man-made barrier in the sea to stop beach erosion in the resort town.

The Negril Chamber of Commerce is accusing two government agencies of not giving it a fair chance to present an alternative to the controversial breakwater project for Negril, Westmoreland.

The breakwater project was proposed by the government and would entail the construction of a man-made barrier in the sea to stop beach erosion in the resort town.

The project stalled last year because of opposition from the Negril Chamber of Commerce and other groups which claimed that a breakwater barrier would cause more harm than good to the beach and would also affect the livelihood of many people.

In a release today the Negril chamber said it is unfortunate that the Natural Resources Conservation Authority and the Planning Institute of Jamaica are stilling advocating the building the breakwater without any input from the group.

Negril Chamber director, Sophie Grizzle Roumel, says this is disappointing as her organisation was already assured by the Jamaica Labour Party government that it would give the Chamber a chance to present an alternative.

 

NCC director Sophie Grizzle

Grizzle Roumel says the chamber has a better alternative that could be implemented free of cost, protect the environment and satisfy the people who depend on the beach activity for income.

The chamber has proposed a number of measures, including beach nourishment and the use of sand banks.

Grizzle Roumel says the government should listen to these alternatives before moving to implement the multimillion dollar breakwater project.