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Protect Winnifred Beach for the People of Jamaica

3,653 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 We call for the Urban Development Corporation proposal for Fairy Hill and Winnifred Beach to be withdrawn in its entirety, for the status of Winnifred Beach to be firmly declared as a public beach with no possibility of privatisation in the future, for the area to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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  • D'Andra Montaque
    D'Andra Montaque Canada, Toronto
    Apr 24, 2017
    Apr 24, 2017
    How can you be a caring and selfless person if you are trying to take away a public beach from the people born, raised and living in Jamaica? Just for a profit? For money? To have for your own selfish view two or three months out of the year? I cannot fathom it. We must stand strong and unite together to ensure this beach is for the people with their birthright.
  • Chloe Carter
    Chloe Carter United Kingdom, Crawley
    Apr 23, 2017
    Apr 23, 2017
    Myself & my husband are from the UK, when we come to Jamaica we head for Portland as we like the undeveloped feel. We use Winnifreds beach regulary & would certainly stop coming to Jamaica & relocate our vacations to a less developed island if the use of these public beaches changed to a tourist/urban development. The beauty of Jamaica for tourist is that it has some untouched parts where locals can live & local culture can thrive, if this changes the beauty & unique feel of the place will cease, so eventually tourist will look to other islands that are less developed.
  • Lloyd Williams
    Lloyd Williams United States, Beacon
    Apr 10, 2017
    Apr 10, 2017
    This beach must remain for the people of Fairy Hill, The people of Portland, and of Jamaica.
    That was the first place I remember going to on a Sunday School picnic as a young child going to Bethesda Gospel Hall
  • Phil
    Phil United Kingdom, Norwood
    Mar 18, 2017
    Mar 18, 2017
    I have visited this beach on a visit to Port Antonio. This needs to be kept available to the Jamaican people, they also have the right as human beings to enjoy nature. Why should the poor be denied access to such a natural resources just because they are poor. Barbados does not sell off its beaches to the rich! Jamaica needs to stop selling its jewels and think long term as to the many consequences of this approach!
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    D'Andra Montaque Canada
    18 hours ago
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    Chloe Carter United Kingdom
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    Lloyd Williams United States
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    Phil United Kingdom
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    Kyle Gonzalez United States
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    Mira Germany
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    R Grant Canada
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    Krishan Germany
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    Jason Cook United States
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    Rita Jamaica
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    Marie Louise Neijts Italy
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    Lisa Suermann Germany
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    jonnoy miller Jamaica
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