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NEPA warns property owners against self-fixing beach erosion

Published:Sunday | August 24, 2014 | 5:43 PM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging property owners impacted by beach erosion to contact its offices before trying to effect any personal solution.

The environmental protection agency warns that property owners may be served with enforcement notices.

Anthony McKenzie, the director for environmental management and conservation at NEPA, says while he understands the dilemma persons face when confronted with an eroding beach, they must operate under the the Beach Control regulations.

According to McKenzie, there first has to be a discussion to determine whether the problem requires an engineered physical structure.

The NEPA official was speaking at a community meeting in Alligator Pond, Manchester following the serving of an enforcement notice on a property owner in the southern fishing village.

The property owner went ahead and erected a beach erosion solution without the requisite licence in an attempt to protect his business located on the beach.



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