According to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, public beaches will be upgraded this fiscal year, to improve the overall experience for Jamaicans.
He said this is being done to facilitate the Government’s commitment to good governance and the unwavering belief that Jamaicans should be able to enjoy the natural assets of their country.
The Prime Minister underscored the importance of having public beaches protected, where the people can continue to enjoy a proud national pastime and where families and communities can have easy access.
“At a minimum, where applicable, each beach will be getting changing areas and restroom facilities, perimeter fencing, parking, gazebos, bandstands, children’s play areas, walkways, electricity, water, sewerage treatment facilities, among other amenities,” the Prime Minister noted.
“We never escape our history, and our history has not always been kind to the generations. But as the generations progress and we emerge as new leaders, we must ensure that we don’t make the mistakes of the past, that we don’t dispossess our people of their natural assets, and that as we pursue economic development, which we oftentimes conceptualize in buildings and roads, that we do not deprive the people of the use of their natural assets,” Mr. Holness added.
He said the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), which has already begun consultations with several communities across the island, will be financing the beach-upgrade initiative “with at least one to be addressed in each parish”.
“Development must take place with Jamaica’s social context in mind,” the Prime Minister argued.
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