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Protect Winnifred Beach for the People of Jamaica

3,595 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 We call for the Urban Development Corporation proposal for Fairy Hill and Winnifred Beach to be withdrawn in its entirety, for the status of Winnifred Beach to be firmly declared as a public beach with no possibility of privatisation in the future, for the area to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.

Sponsor

Winnifred Beach Committee
  • Anna Klevak
    Anna Klevak United States, Providence
    May 03, 2016
    May 03, 2016
    Winnifred beach belongs to Jamaican people!!!
  • Sarah Hoffman
    Sarah Hoffman United States, Jeffersonville
    May 01, 2016
    May 01, 2016
    Keep true beauty to the people!!
  • Paul easy
    Paul easy United States, Hollywood
    Apr 21, 2016
    Apr 21, 2016
    We cannot change every piece of Jamaica for the sake of tourism and or what may be deemed as civilized progress
    Nature outshine every attempt by man to manicure his sourroundings.
    The people deserve to have a access to the few remaining untouched portions of Jamaica
  • Melanie Tilbury
    Melanie Tilbury Australia, Ryde
    Apr 21, 2016
    Apr 21, 2016
    I hope it's not too late!
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    Crystal Leyland United States
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    Kristin Hentze United States
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    Anna Klevak United States
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    Vanessa United States
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    Sarah Hoffman United States
    5 days ago
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    Rob Nelson United States
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    Paul easy United States
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    Melanie Tilbury Australia
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    colleen United States
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    Julia United States
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    Monja Schnupp Germany
    1 month ago
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    Claudia Gerbino e Antonio Farina France
    2 months ago
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    Stefania e Stefano Trombini Italy
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    Traci Burton United States
    3 months ago
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