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?)

Postscript: On Eating Ganja Cakes and Cookies – Be Careful!

This is a quick postscript to my earlier blog with the Medical Association of Jamaica’s (MAJ) press release. I had a response from a Negril hotelier that I wanted to share with you. I do hope the MAJ and the Ministry of Health will look into this as soon as possible, before major problems result. … More Postscript: On Eating Ganja Cakes and Cookies – Be Careful!

Negril Beach Discussions, Bird Shooting Season Opens, Desertification in Africa: Environment News: August 16, 2016

I have been a little under the weather, and so rather late in posting my weekly stories. However, much has been happening in Jamaica and further afield – including numerous stories about the harmful effects of coal power plants, largely in the United States, in the past week. Please click on the links (underlined words) … More Negril Beach Discussions, Bird Shooting Season Opens, Desertification in Africa: Environment News: August 16, 2016

Negril Chamber of Commerce “Thrilled” at Government’s Decision on Breakwater

The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) was, in a word, “thrilled” to receive a letter from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) – the National Implementing Entity to the Adaptation Fund informing the Chamber that in June “the Cabinet approved a recommendation for the termination of Component 1 of the GOJ/AF Programme and all related … More Negril Chamber of Commerce “Thrilled” at Government’s Decision on Breakwater

Negril Chamber of Commerce Still Unhappy Over Unresolved Breakwater Issue

Much more clarity is needed on the issue of the proposed breakwater for the resort town of Negril – one of several environmental issues left hanging in mid-air by the previous administration. A very confusing media report has apparently not helped matters. Here is the Negril Chamber of Commerce’s press release dated 20th June. You … More Negril Chamber of Commerce Still Unhappy Over Unresolved Breakwater Issue

I Predict Duppy Highways and Daryl Vaz Approaches the Breakwater: Saturday, March 26, 2016

It’s the Easter holiday weekend, it’s hot and our neighbors have apparently all fled the city. They are likely sweating it out on a beach or on one of Jamaica’s famous new highways, now. Meanwhile, all I can hear is our wind chimes (the wind is fierce) and the birds. It’s been a long while … More I Predict Duppy Highways and Daryl Vaz Approaches the Breakwater: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Negril Chamber of Commerce Is “Appalled”; NRCA Chairman Concedes “Bungling”; and Is Jamaica For Sale?

The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) issued a short press release today, expressing its shock at Monday night’s withdrawal of the Minister of Environment’s stop order for the removal of sand from a property in Negril to a new hotel development in St. Ann. Executive Director of Jamaica Environment Trust Diana McCaulay observed that Minister … More Negril Chamber of Commerce Is “Appalled”; NRCA Chairman Concedes “Bungling”; and Is Jamaica For Sale?

Surprise, Surprise: Environment Minister Withdraws Stop Order on the Removal of Sand From Negril

I am quickly copying this from the “Gleaner” newspaper. You may find the article at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160125/govt-lifts-order-barring-sand-removal-negril-property  So now we know. The “economy” (that is, foreign investment) “outweighs all other consideration” and is clearly far more important than the environment… says the Environment Minister. And “the material belongs to the developer.” Interesting that our own beaches – our … More Surprise, Surprise: Environment Minister Withdraws Stop Order on the Removal of Sand From Negril

Our Threatened Beaches and New Mega-Hotels: Negril Chamber of Commerce, JET Very Concerned at Sand Mining

It’s not rocket science. There is something that our government bureaucrats, so-called developers and overseas investors don’t seem to be getting. They don’t seem to understand what COP21 – last December’s Conference on Climate Change – was about. It was not just a junket, a nice trip to Paris. Despite all the evidence, they don’t seem … More Our Threatened Beaches and New Mega-Hotels: Negril Chamber of Commerce, JET Very Concerned at Sand Mining