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Were breakwater consultations a scam?

Published:Saturday | October 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I saw in an article in The Gleaner of Thursday, October 2, 2014 that there has been no decision made to date on the Negril breakwater project. The stage of the decision-making process for this project was clearly explained by Ainsley Henry of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).

From what was stated, it was abundantly clear that NEPA has made no recommendation to the board of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority, which has to either approve or reject this project.

Surprisingly, online is an article by David McFadden of The Associated Press ( In this article, he states that the programme manager of the implementing entity, Sheila McDonald-Miller of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, expects construction of the proposed breakwaters to start next year.

So is the talk of 'no decision as yet' correct and to be believed? Or has the decision been made and we are just not being told? Is the process just the pretence of following the law in an effort to keep stakeholders of Negril quiet, frustrating them with a long wait, hoping it will be another nine-day wonder?