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Halted - Injunction secured against beach, Kidz Kastle nursery operators

Published:Monday | December 9, 2013 | 5:36 PM

The operators of Waves Beach in Portmore, St Catherine, are to appear in court on Friday after the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) secured an injunction barring them from operating the facility.

The operators of a New Kingston-based nursery Kidz Kastle have also been taken to court.

The injunction was secured against beach operators, Lennox Miller and Horace Edwards on November 22, because they have been operating the beach without a license.

Robert Collie, Director of Legal Services and Enforcement, at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says the injunctions signal to the public that the Agency will be using the courts to force persons to comply with the law.

He says this is the first time the NRCA is filing an application under the Beach Control Act to stop an illegal development since major amendments were made to that Act in 2004.

NEPA says the illegal operation of the Waves Beach was brought to its attention in 2010 when investigations revealed that Miller was operating the beach without a licence.

NEPA says despite being served Warning Notices to desist, Miller continued the operation of the beach.

The matter was brought before the courts in 2011, and the Supreme Court last month granted an interim injunction barring Miller from operating.

Meanwhile, an interim injunction was also granted by the Supreme Court on November 19 against the operators of the Kidz Kastle Nursery and Learning Centre.

NEPA says they were illegally operating a day care and early childhood centre on Pawsey Road in Kingston 5.

That matter will return to court on December 17.


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