Negril Chamber of Commerce: Investors Can’t Just Do As They Please at Jamaica’s Expense

Here is a press release from the Negril Chamber of Commerce regarding the collapse of the Royalton Negril hotel building. The Chamber has been following the issue of the former Grand Lido Hotel very closely and has been very active in seeking information on the project – as well as persistently advocating on several other … More Negril Chamber of Commerce: Investors Can’t Just Do As They Please at Jamaica’s Expense

All Relevant Planning and Environmental Agencies Knew About the Royalton Breaches, As Did the Political Directorate

The collapse of a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton Hotel in Negril in the early hours of yesterday morning raises many issues and a multitude of questions. Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has told the Hanover Parish Council to issue a 30-day stop order on the project. A three-man team of officials is investigating … More All Relevant Planning and Environmental Agencies Knew About the Royalton Breaches, As Did the Political Directorate

Both Royalton Hotels in Breach of Their Environmental Permits; JET Calls on New Environmental Minister to Take Strong ENFORCEMENT ACTION

This is, again, disturbing news involving tourist developments that are already under way – in breach of Jamaica’s environmental laws. I trust that swift action will be taken. Here is the Jamaica Environment Trust’s press release. April 5, 2016 Having received reports of concerns about the construction and renovation of both Royalton Hotels (one in … More Both Royalton Hotels in Breach of Their Environmental Permits; JET Calls on New Environmental Minister to Take Strong ENFORCEMENT ACTION

“Di Guy,” Political Footballs and The “Tiefing” of Our Heritage: Friday, November 6, 2015

The weather has been cool, damp and low-key – rather unusual for the tropics, but I like it. The garden, which has had to endure some harsh weather this year, likes the frequent showers of rain, too. Nothing low-key about happenings in Jamaica though – in particular, the politics. The party rallies are becoming ever … More “Di Guy,” Political Footballs and The “Tiefing” of Our Heritage: Friday, November 6, 2015

Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A high pressure ridge is over Jamaica, which means considerable heat, no rain and a wind that offers no respite. I am almost hugging the fan right now (and no, air conditioning is not an option for us, although I would like to explore the possibility of solar a/c). We have a thick haze over … More Fluff and Bluff, Nuh Guh Deh and a Hotel Times Three: Wednesday, April 29, 2015