THE EDITOR, Sir:
I note with regret the article in CNN's June 6, 2013 article, 'World's 100 best beaches'. It ranked only one beach in Jamaica, and it's placed 41st out of 100.
The exact comment is below:
41. Negril Beach, Jamaica
It's not as pristine as it was before the resort developers rolled in, but Negril's yawning expanse of shoreline, featured in The Man With The Golden Gun, is a lively magnet for party-happy spring breakers as well as convenience-seeking families.
I hope those who agree with the Goat Islands construction (not development) view this carefully. For those who visited Negril "before the developers moved in", I know we agree that the beach has changed.
It has lost much of the appeal. With debris and erosion as evidence of development, more resorts have placed their claim on what was free and open space.
We need foreign direct investment, but what else are we willing to lose? It's funny how during slavery, many were were sold to work on fields owned by 'discoverers'. It evokes a tingling feeling in my spine when I recall what we fought and died to be free of. We have sold our sugar, bauxite, cement, beaches, land and more to the very people whom we fought to be free of.
While globalisation has its benefits, what else will lose its appeal with further development? What else will we sell because we cannot manage ourselves? How quickly are we returning to what so many died to be free of? What else will we allow the 'developers' to destroy?
Montego Bay, St James