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Protect Winnifred Beach for the People of Jamaica

3,616 Signatures Goal: 5,000

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 We call for the Urban Development Corporation proposal for Fairy Hill and Winnifred Beach to be withdrawn in its entirety, for the status of Winnifred Beach to be firmly declared as a public beach with no possibility of privatisation in the future, for the area to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.

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  • gina rose
    gina rose United States, Francestown
    Jun 26, 2016
    Jun 26, 2016
    Keep it pristine and respect mother earth and all that inhabit <3
  • Rolando Wright
    Rolando Wright United States, Bronx
    Jun 07, 2016
    Jun 07, 2016
    I strongly support keeping Winnifred Beach free to the public.
    As a native Jamaican, it is painful to return home to Large Conglomerate and unsavoury politicians selling out all the gems that make Jamaica a truly special place. It is an even more egregious shame that our local people are being fought to have sovereignty over the land of their birth. We have been raped by colonialism and it is time that we can have something that is truly Jamaican for the Jamaican people.
    Let us save Winnifred beach from the corporate assassins, and let it be a model for how Jamaicans can take back what our forefathers and slaved and died for.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun 06, 2016
    Jun 06, 2016
    Keep it alive... beautiful place
  • allie walker
    allie walker Jamaica, Kingston
    Jun 05, 2016
    Jun 05, 2016
    Love this beach so much
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