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Negril breakwater alternatives seminar organisers disappointed with gov't agencies

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2016 | 8:48 PM

The Negril Chamber of Commerce says it's disappointed two government agencies will not be attending a seminar it's hosting to discuss alternatives to the breakwater project which was proposed to prevent beach erosion in Negril.

The controversial breakwater project was first proposed under the previous People’s National Party administration and was to be implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).

However, the project was strongly opposed by the Negril Chamber of Commerce and environmentalists who insisted that more environmentally friendly options, such as beach nourishment, can be explored.

In June the present Jamaica Labour Party government decided to scrap the breakwater project.

The Negril Chamber of Commerce has since invited a group of Dutch engineers who are set to present environmentally friendly alternatives to the breakwater project at a seminar in Negril tomorrow.

Director of the Negril Chamber of Commerce Mary Viera says the Planning Institute of Jamaica and the The National Environment and Planning Agency were among the stakeholders invited to attend.

However, Veira says the PIOJ has said it will not attend, while NEPA has not responded.

 

Director of Negril Chamber of Commerce, Mary Veira

Veira says the seminar will be held despite the lack of confirmation from NEPA and the PIOJ.

She adds that environmentalists and stakeholders from the Negril community will be in attendance.

 

Director of Negril Chamber of Commerce, Mary Veira

The seminar will be hosted at Couples Swept Away resort in Negril, Westmoreland.

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IN PHOTO: PIOJ Director General, Dr Wayne Henry.

Meanwhile, Director General of the PIOJ, Wayne Henry, says he was invited to the seminar being hosted by the Negril Chamber of commerce but won't be going because of previous engagements.

Henry says the other representative who was invited from the PIOJ is also unable to attend because of prior engagements.

He says other government technocrats will attend.

Henry also assured that the PIOJ is committed to finding appropriate solutions to mitigate against beach erosion in Negril.