CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust, JET, Susan Stanley’s expressing concerns about the Sugar Cane Bay Hotel development in St Ann.

The development is being hailed as the most ambitious tourism development project ever undertaken in Jamaica.

It has been under planning since 2013 with the principals being the Karisma Resort group from Mexico.

The plan is for more than four thousand rooms in nine separate hotels at Llandovery, near Runaway Bay St Ann, over five years.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness broke ground for the project last Friday.
Ms. Stanley says the hotel’s at significant risk of flooding.

Ms. Stanley says in 2016, JET was alerted to the development as the first of several “shovel ready” projects in the tourism sector.

She says there are cumulative impacts from these major infrastructural development projects on the environment and the communities they are located in.

Ms Stanley says they’ll be monitoring the operations at the Sugar Cane Bay development.

Susan Stanley, CEO of JET, speaking yesterday with Nationwide News.