JABBEM attorney says re-opening Little Dunn’s River only one day a week, once again highlights challenges faced with beach access
Attorney-at-law representing the Jamaica Beach Birthright Environmental Movement (JABBEM) Marcus Goffe, says the announcement that Little Dunn’s River in Ocho Rios, St. Ann will be opened to the public on Sundays, once again highlights the challenges with beach access islandwide.
Senator Matthew Samuda made the announcement on Wednesday, while noting that there were major issues to be resolved, before the resumption of commercial activities.
JABBEM had taken the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to court over the closure of the facility.
The attraction was closed last September to allow for police investigations, following the shooting death of a man in the vicinity.
There were reportedly concerns about reprisals.
The UDC said it supported the police’s efforts to manage public safety.
Residents protested at the time calling for the reopening.
Reacting to the facility being open only one day a week, Mr. Goffe said citizens should have access to Jamaica’s natural heritage.
He said citizens feel disrespected when public attractions are closed without consultation.
He argued that it should not be a case where these decisions are handed down to the citizens.