THE EDITOR, Sir:
I have received notice via Face-book that Jamaica is considering the industrial development of Goat Islands, which is now home to the iguana, a species that has dwindled to near extinction.
Before deciding this irreversible action, the far-reaching goal of preservation of the iguana and lands should be considered. What will happen to the iguana and other inhabitants? Where will they go? How will they survive? Is the lure of financial gain far more important than preser-vation of pristine land that is home to the iguana and other animals indigenous to Jamaica?
We travel often to the Cayman Islands and Bonaire where iguanas are often seen but few exist because of development, resulting in iguanas being hit by speeding vehicles. We have also had the pleasure of visiting Jamaica, and the beauty of the undeveloped lush land is what draws us there.
I hope Jamaica takes a closer look at the impact on the iguanas and other natural inhabitants, as once land is developed, there is no turning back when species become extinct.
SUSAN MCGRAW KEBER
New York, USA