NEGRIL BREAKWATER SAGA COULD SPELL DISASTER FOR JAMAICA’S TOURISM SECTOR - ROBINSON
Opposition Spokesperson on Tourism and Cruise Shipping, Mrs. Shahine Robinson, said today that broadening local and international opposition to the government’s controversial breakwater project in Negril, and the Government's poor handling of the situation could spell disaster for Jamaica ’s tourism sector.
Mrs. Robinson says she is absolutely 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.
Mrs. Robinson joined Opposition Spokesman on the Environment, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, in calling for the dismissal of the NRCA board of directors. She also restated the Opposition’s 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.
Mrs. Robinson said the intervention of the Tourism Minister and Western Westmoreland MP, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is long overdue and again warned that the prolonged dispute could bring serious harm to the tourism sector.