Winnifred Beach located in the community of Fairy Hill close to Port Antonio in Jamaica and is one of the island\'s last remaining true public beaches. Jamaicans and visitors to the island have enjoyed the white sands, pristine waters and laid back atmosphere for many years. Beach vendors have been earning their living on the beach with items ranging from trinkets to some good and hearty Jamaican cuisine. Nothing is more wonderful than to experience Jamaicans and foreign tourists enjoying this beach together and seeing true community tourism at work. All this is to change if the Urban Development Corporation, an agency of the Government of Jamaica, is to have its way. Their proposal envisions beach cottages as well as luxury villas which will have several negative impacts on the area. To start with there will be environmental degradation which will lead to habitat loss for many species of birds as well as for the endangered Hawksbill Turtle, which nests in the area. There will also be more strain on marine life and the coral reef which is already suffering from the impact of housing developments in the area. In addition to the negative environmental impact there will be severe negative social impacts as the citizens of Jamaica loose yet another of their beaches to unsustainable development. We believe that preserving Winnifred Beach as a public beach is important in the fight for Jamaicans to retain their beaches all over the island and as such can set a precedent. We call for the Urban Development Corporation proposal for Fairy Hill and Winnifred Beach to be withdrawn in its entirety, for the status of Winnifred Beach to be firmly declared as a public beach with no possibility of privatisation in the future, for the area to be declared a conservation zone and for the Jamaican government tourism product development agency to assist the Fairy Hill Community with the sustainable management of the beach with a view to the preservation of the beach for the people of Jamaica and visitors to this island forever.
I ve been to this beautiful community beach! & felt at home and welcomed by the people and wonderful water! It's nature keep it free and for the people!
keep it with the people, not everything has to be sold so there is nothing left!!!
Please keep the beach free from developments for the indegenious people and the travelers willing,to experience a true Jamaica, it would a travesty to prohibit access by the locals due to,a profit based development.
Angela Walker2 days ago Comments: Any way myself and my sister can help and support we are there. We love Winnifred Beach and it has been a blessing for us for many years. We love Cynthia's vital cuisine and friendly and plan to visit in 2015 with a group. Being from Atlantic City, New Jersey we witnessed what commercial development can do to the beaches and community in the form of Casinos. Sustainability was replaced by greed. We support you Free Winnifred. Big up to the People!!!
kevron vanhorn3 days ago Comments: free winnifred, i have being going to this beach since i was a baby and now that am a adult am still going there. loving this beach and it WILL forever stay free, if i did have the money i fix the road my self
Gil Fairweather4 days ago Comments: Keep Winifred Beach a free Public Beach...cut roads to places like Cove beach in St Mary and develop those areas...!
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