The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?


A tweet dropped into my timeline earlier this week from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Nothing unusual about that as he, like other government ministers, is a regular tweeter. This one gave me pause, however: Jamaica is open for business. The time is now. I want to thank the Amaterra Group for investing in Jamaica. The … More The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?

A Message and a Letter on the Discovery Bay Captive Dolphin Facility


Please find below a message sent to the Jamaican Government, tourism officials and cruise ship companies by Diana Morency, which she shared with me. We all need to speak out and express our thoughts on matters if they do concern us – whether by email, in blog posts or on social media. You can follow … More A Message and a Letter on the Discovery Bay Captive Dolphin Facility

An Update on the Captive Dolphins of Discovery Bay: Legal Action Taken


Before I even start updating you on the captive dolphins of Discovery Bay, dear readers, let me remind you: Discovery Bay is not the first or only place in Jamaica where dolphins are held captive for the entertainment of humans. There is a dolphin pen at the Moon Palace Hotel in Ocho Rios (I have … More An Update on the Captive Dolphins of Discovery Bay: Legal Action Taken

The Concretization of Jamaica Continues: Plans for the “New Negril” (A New Miami South Beach?)


It seems that the “concretization” of our coastline is to continue, and all in the name of tourism dollars. Yes, I know that’s not a real word, but it sprang to mind! I have been somewhat out of the loop for a while, but am trying to catch up. Below I am copying and pasting … More The Concretization of Jamaica Continues: Plans for the “New Negril” (A New Miami South Beach?)

St. Bess Heritage: Wattle and Red Earth


It all started with a house. Kingston-based architect Ann Hodges designed a house for Dr Courtney Coke, a Chicago-based member of the Jamaican diaspora, in Potsdam, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Potsdam District is in the cool, breezy Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the sunburned limestone plains and beyond, the blue haze of the Caribbean Sea. Dr Coke … More St. Bess Heritage: Wattle and Red Earth

Writing Letters About Discovery Bay Captive Dolphin Facility – But Are the Dolphins Arriving Next Week?


I am copying and pasting below two letters regarding the planned captive dolphin facility at Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay – a designated fish sanctuary – for the benefit of the cruise ship industry. Many of these arguments against such a project (which is not, by the way, “ecotourism” or “sustainable tourism” just because … More Writing Letters About Discovery Bay Captive Dolphin Facility – But Are the Dolphins Arriving Next Week?