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Protect Winnifred Beach for the People of Jamaica

3,629 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 We call for the Urban Development Corporation proposal for Fairy Hill and Winnifred Beach to be withdrawn in its entirety, for the status of Winnifred Beach to be firmly declared as a public beach with no possibility of privatisation in the future, for the area to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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  • Warren
    Warren Jamaica, Spanish Town
    Sep 22, 2016
    Sep 22, 2016
    Free Winnifred Beach, free up the others!
  • Rasheeba Thompson
    Rasheeba Thompson United States, Miami
    Aug 08, 2016
    Aug 08, 2016
    Please keep Winnifred Beach free
  • TrealMartin
    TrealMartin United States, Atlanta
    Aug 06, 2016
    Aug 06, 2016
    FREE WINNIFRED, FREE ALL PUBLIC BEACHES
  • Jennifer Sanders
    Jennifer Sanders United States, Fort Myers
    Jul 29, 2016
    Jul 29, 2016
    What the rich are doing to the ppl of Jamaica and the beach access is criminal!!! They should ne ashamed! I am praying for them and Their beach! Let them have Their home and their beautiful nature. Stop taking their Jamaica for tourists and money!! Stop trying to run them out of their own country out of greed! Makes me what to boycott going on vacation their so Jamaicans can have Their home back. Stop over running them! I wish them well, and pray for them and their freedom of their Own country!
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