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Protect Winnifred Beach for the People of Jamaica

3,648 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 We call for the Urban Development Corporation proposal for Fairy Hill and Winnifred Beach to be withdrawn in its entirety, for the status of Winnifred Beach to be firmly declared as a public beach with no possibility of privatisation in the future, for the area to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
  • R Grant
    R Grant Canada, Toronto
    Feb 11, 2017
    Feb 11, 2017
    Stop selling your soul Jamaica
  • Krishan
    Krishan Germany, Augsburg
    Feb 07, 2017
    Feb 07, 2017
    Our world is there for everybody
    to live,
    not for someone to sell!
  • Jason Cook
    Jason Cook United States, Brooklyn
    Feb 06, 2017
    Feb 06, 2017
    I have never personally been to Jamaica, but when I do finally get there. I will visit Winnifred beach. I understand the local populous wanted to keep this a public beach and keeping the private investors out. When I come to Jamaica, I want to meet the local people. Not a banker from Pittsburgh on vacation.
  • Rita
    Rita Jamaica, Kingston
    Feb 04, 2017
    Feb 04, 2017
    Please keep this beach free. The road to the beach desperately needs repair
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Signatures

  • 1 week ago
    Mira Germany
    1 week ago
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    R Grant Canada
    1 week ago
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    Krishan Germany
    2 weeks ago
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    Jason Cook United States
    2 weeks ago
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    Rita Jamaica
    2 weeks ago
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    Marie Louise Neijts Italy
    2 weeks ago
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    Lisa Suermann Germany
    2 weeks ago
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    jonnoy miller Jamaica
    2 weeks ago
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    Barbara Pendorf Germany
    2 weeks ago
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    Karla Palmisano United States
    2 weeks ago
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    Cheryl Burton United States
    2 weeks ago
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    Angela Summers United States
    3 weeks ago
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    Ken MacKenzie Canada
    4 weeks ago
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    Nadine Germany
    1 month ago
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    Jessica Socwell United States
    1 month ago
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