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Jet ski ban decision needed now, says Negril Resort Board

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2014 | 8:42 AM

More members of the Negril Resort Board have again expressed grave concern at what they say is the failure of the relevant authorities to address their numerous pleas for the banning of jet ski operations in the coastal zones of the resort town.



Their calls have heightened after an American man died after being struck by an illegally operated jet ski, while on vacation at the Travellers Beach Resort in Negril, just over two weeks ago.



Among the concerns raised during the regular monthly meeting of the board was that Negril was fast developing a reputation among international tour operators as being an unsafe destination.



President of the Negril Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association Andre Dhanpaul says he’s not happy that more than a week after the killing the Ministry of Tourism and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica have not communicated directly a final decision on the banning of jet skis.



He pointed out that jet ski operators are complaining that they don’t have any money to send their kids to school.



Board chairman of the Hanover Parish Development Committee Cliff Reynolds says he plans to write to the Ministry of Tourism for the second time in three months, for the ban to be imposed.



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