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Negril needs a rescue plan

Published:Thursday | November 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I spent a couple of days in Negril last week and stayed on the seven-mile stretch of beach, as well as the West End. I quite enjoyed the West End. My days at one of the properties on the cliff side was oh so peaceful and quiet. The only voice I heard was my own as I gasped and wowed at the sight of the sunset. It was truly amazing to see something so enchantingly beautiful.

I am afraid I cannot say the same thing about the once-beautiful seven-mile stretch of beach. I was not prepared for the erosion that I saw all along the shoreline. The erosion created a two-level beach, a lower section at the water's edge and a higher section further inland.

I can't understand, therefore, why there are people in Negril who would object to National Environment and Planning Agency putting in a breakwater system that is designed to prevent further erosion and allow for beach accretion. It appears that certain people in Negril want to milk all they can from this attraction without any considerations for the future generations who have yet to enjoy this place.

I was also appalled at the way craft and food vendors and hustlers have been allowed to reign supreme on the beach. A wide swatch of it is taken up by craft vendors with shacks and boxes reminiscent of Coronation Market on a Saturday morning.

TPDCo and the Negril Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders must come together and agree on a plan to preserve this section of Negril so all Jamaicans can continue to enjoy this special place.

WINSTON D. BARRETT, JP

winstonbarrett1654@gmail.com