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Negril breakwater saga could spell disaster for Jamaica’s tourism sector -- Robinson

Monday, January 12, 2015


KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Opposition spokesperson on Tourism and Cruise Shipping, Shahine Robinson, said today that government’s controversial breakwater project in Negril and the poor handling of the situation could spell disaster for Jamaica’s tourism sector.

Robinson said that she is disturbed by the gross level of negligence and arrogance being displayed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Authority’s (NRCA), which approved the project “despite a mountain of legitimate objections by stakeholders and experts”.

“The situation is even more appalling given the fact that the Tourism Minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill is the MP for much of the Negril area,” Robinson said in a statement.

She joined Opposition spokesman on the Environment, Dr Andrew Wheatley, in calling for the dismissal of the NRCA board of directors.

Robinson reiterated the position that beach nourishment is the preferred approach to rehabilitating the Negril shoreline and questioned the true motives behind “this mad dash to pursue a very risky, expensive and potentially economically and environmentally damaging project.”

Government has approved a project to use boulders in the construction of a breakwater off the Negril coastline in an attempt to reduce beach erosion.

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