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?)

Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 21, 2017

We have some major issues to mention this week. The environmental implications of last week’s floods in Jamaica are not to be taken lightly. Click on the coloured links to read more… Jamaica and the Caribbean: Protected area in Antigua under threat from tourism development:┬áThe Government of Antigua & Barbuda is reportedly about to sign … More Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 21, 2017

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

The West Gets Wilder, Ganja Education Needed, and Hopes for Dragon Bay: Saturday, July 2, 2016

Every day is hot, dry and windy. I am waiting to hear news of bush fires in the hills, again – like last year, and the year before. The drought is hurting badly; today must have been the hottest day of the year for us – according to the Jamaica Weather website it was 37.5┬░ … More The West Gets Wilder, Ganja Education Needed, and Hopes for Dragon Bay: Saturday, July 2, 2016

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

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

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?