Negril Breakwater Discussions Continue

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Environment Minister, Daryl Vaz, says further consultations on the controversial Negril Breakwater project will not be done in the media.

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Mr. Vaz says the government decided to scrap the project because of the negative publicity and objections raised against it.

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Mr. Vaz says the process is a sensitive issue.

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In the Meantime, an international coastal engineer is warning that the original plan by the government to build two breakwaters on the coast of Negril could be dangerous.

In December of 2014, the National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA, approved the construction of two breakwaters off the Negril shoreline.

A breakwater is a barrier built in the water to break the force of waves and protect surrounding land from erosion.

The JLP administration halted the controversial project last month, following objections from the Negril community.

The Coastal Engineer, Arjen Luijendijk, says the government didn’t do enough research on the project.

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Another environmental specialist, Alexander Van Oudenhoven, says beach erosion is a natural process and the sand will always return.

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