KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 18, 2018 - Cabinet is reviewing the government's Beach Access and Management Policy with a view to reinforcing the right of public access to recreational beaches owned, managed or leased by public bodies.
Technical representatives from the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation presented the draft policy on Thursday, September 13 during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the Office of the Prime Minister.During the meeting, Prime Minister Holness highlighted the Government’s position that all Jamaican’s must have the right to access the island’s public recreational beaches.The draft Policy outlines, among other things, the Government’s intention to grant public access to those recreational beaches owned, managed or leased by public bodies.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 the coastal resources
Subsequent to the presentation to the Committee, the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation was asked to further refine aspects of the draft Policy; and make a second presentation to the Committee.Once approved as a Green Paper by Cabinet, the Policy will be tabled in the Parliament, then subject to public consultations. The outcomes of these consultations will inform the revision of the Policy prior to its submission to Cabinet for approval as a final Policy.