THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is well known that Jamaica boasts the seventh largest natural harbour in the world, Kingston Harbour. Such a fantastic natural gift in most other countries would have its entire shoreline dotted with condos, marinas, restaurants, commercial shipping, recreational activity, nature reserves, etc.
There is about a one-and-a-half-mile section of largely idle shoreline stretching from the vicinity of the General Penitentary in the west to the power barge in the east. Run an imaginary line northwards from these extremities to delineate a northern boundary along the Windward Road. We should seriously consider this space so delineated, or at least a part of it, for the development of a trans-shipment facility. Would there be room for the Chinese proposal?
Of course, there are implications for this proposal, as there would be for all and any other proposals. Implications in this case include private residences and businesses, the coast road, the prison, Bellevue Hospital, Rae Town fishing beach and Bournemouth Bath, as they are all located within the identified space.
It cannot be beyond us, however, to have meaningful dialogue that would lead to a resolution of these implications.
Whatever we do, we have to think more broadly and long-term. We have to move boldly and transparently.
HARDLEY M. LEWIN