Gov't favours access to

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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THE Government is to table a green paper in Parliament on its policy regarding access to public beaches, as soon as a draft is approved by the Cabinet.

According to a release issued by Office of the Prime Minister Monday, technical representatives from the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation presented a draft of the Beach Access and Management Policy to Cabinet during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness last week Thursday.

The document was forwarded to the Cabinet's Economic Growth and Job Creation Committee, which has since reviewed the contents.

According to the release, the draft policy outlines, among other things, the Government's intention to grant public access to recreational beaches owned, managed or leased by public bodies.

It also noted that Prime Minister Holness highlighted the Government's position that all Jamaicans must have the right to access the island's public recreational beaches.

Some of the issues addressed in the draft policy are: Increased physical access to the foreshore, the floor of the sea and the water column above it, expansion of beach-related recreational opportunities, and institution of measures for pollution control and safety for the protection of users of coastal resources.

The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation has been asked to further refine aspects of the draft policy, and make a second presentation to the Economic Growth and Job Creation Committee.

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