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Protect Winnifred Beach for the People of Jamaica

3,534 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 We call for the Urban Development Corporation proposal for Fairy Hill and Winnifred Beach to be withdrawn in its entirety, for the status of Winnifred Beach to be firmly declared as a public beach with no possibility of privatisation in the future, for the area to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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Winnifred Beach Committee
  • GIUSEPPE PATTI
    Aug 29, 2015
    Aug 29, 2015
    FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
  • Khamp Thongrivong
    Khamp Thongrivong United States, San Diego
    Aug 15, 2015
    1
    Aug 15, 2015
    I have seen it in Cozumel. With a few beaches available, the locals have to travel far to find a nice beach to escape the heat or go to an abandoned hotel site. Government must do more to help to ensure the beach is available to the citizens. Additionally, make sure citizen beach goers have bathrooms to use.
  • Isabell Unger
    Isabell Unger Australia, Brisbane
    Aug 07, 2015
    1
    Aug 07, 2015
    It is a shame, that so many beaches are private in jamaica. Jamaica belongs to all people who live in jamaica and people who wanna enjoy jamaica in a positive way and meet and respect the locals!
  • nicola robinson
    nicola robinson Jamaica, Ocho Rios
    Aug 01, 2015
    1
    Aug 01, 2015
    The people should have acess to beaches across the island. There are no public beaches in Ocho Rios..it's horrible. The government must stop destroying the land and the birth rights of the natives.
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    Jennifer Kassis United States
    4 days ago
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    GIUSEPPE PATTI Italy
    5 days ago
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    maureen sullivan United States
    3 weeks ago
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    Khamp Thongrivong United States
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    M Chang Canada
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    Isabell Unger Australia
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    Gissell Valdez United States
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    nicola robinson Jamaica
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    sidney reynolds United States
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    De Giuseppina Italy
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    Bianca bazzocchi Italy
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    Robert Ritchie United States
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    Laura Garofalo United States
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    claudio Italy
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    hyun young jung United States
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