Written by: Sinai Fleary
Jamaicans appeal to Black Brits to research holiday and help force change.
A LEADING campaign group has demanded British tourists boycott hotels and resorts that deny Jamaicans access to beaches across the island.
This comes after two of Bob Marley’s children, Ziggy and Cedella Marley backed Jamaica Beach Birthright Environmental Movement’s (JABBEM) drive, calling for all of Jamaica’s beaches to be made accessible to local people.
JABBEM was launched following reports that some local Jamaicans were being turned away from beaches in the Caribbean country.
The group’s president, Dr Devon Taylor, is a Biomedical Research Scientist and an environmental and social justice advocate and says he is thankful to Ziggy for using his voice to amplify the issue.
He told The Voice he would like to see similar actions that Jamaicans took against Apartheid in South Africa in the 80s and 90s, now taken concerning the issue of beach access.
He said: “A lot of music was made, we did a lot of protests and we let our voices be heard.
“I think it is time, that when you vacation in Jamaica you ask your resort ‘can a Jamaican walk over your property to get to the beach?’ and if they say ‘no’ then you say ‘well I can’t stay here.’”
Dr Taylor wants tourists to “take action” and “put their money where their mouth is” and tell hotels and resorts they won’t be booking holidays with them, if Jamaicans are denied access to the beach.
He also said travellers should exercise their “economic power” to create the change they want to see, as they have alternatives with the growing number of quality Airbnb’s available across the island.
“Jamaica’s economic model basically says that Jamaicans and tourists cannot coexist on the same beach,” he explained.
He continued: “Every hotel that comes, adopts that same model.”
Dr Taylor, who is from Steer Town, in the parish of St Ann, said he has witnessed first-hand parts of the North Coast of Jamaica lose all access to its beaches.
He said: “Growing up we had access to several beaches along that corridor we’re are just a mile and half outside of Ocho Rios.
“What we have witnessed over a period of twenty years is we have lost all access.
“So communities in Steer Town and Mammee Bay South have no access to the sea, it has all been closed off by the development and commercialisation of the coast by hotels, villas and private residence”
He added: “They have completely barricaded the community, so Steer Town is landlocked!”
He said: “Seeing my community impacted, we had to do something.”
According to the president of JABBEM, the campaign is gathering pace and is being supported by other parishes like Portland, St Mary and St Thomas.
Dr Taylor claims there are two cases in the courts in Jamaica, to retain access to the beaches and to also protect access to a popular beach.
The social and environmental justice advocate said that placing a limitation on the amount of beach front land foreign investors can purchase should be something the government considers.
He said: “The limitation should be a partnership with Jamaicans and you cannot own more than 50 per cent, so you will be on 49 per cent and 51 per cent stays in the hand of a Jamaican.”
Dr Taylor applauded Brits of Jamaican heritage who have a desire to invest in their home country and said the process of purchasing land needs to be more “transparent to the diaspora” so investment can be a reality.
He said: “Coastal land tends to change hands into the same socio-economic class in Jamaica and the ones that the government has they are not selling it to Jamaicans.”
“Our government has not targeted the Jamaican diaspora as investment partners,” he said.
Sinnéad Jackson, 20, is from New Cross, southeast London, and is of Jamaican descent and has a lifelong dream to purchase land ‘back home’ but doesn’t know where to start.
Speaking to The Voice, she said: “My dad has property out there that he wants to leave to his children who are born here but we know nothing at all about how it works out there.
“Even if we wanted to buy another property or sell it we got no idea how to do that.”
Ms Jackson’s mother has a property on the island and says she has to contact her father in Jamaica who understands how the system works and he has told her “you are getting ripped off and are paying too much Land Tax.”
The Freelance Journalist says the Jamaica High Commission should be doing more to inform Brits with Jamaican roots how to acquire land.
“A lot of us want somewhere to stay that is not touristy and we want our own place, but we don’t even know how to acquire one,” she said.
The 20-year-old said if she knew the right steps of how to buy land in Jamaica it would be something that she would “definitely” do.
She added: “If it was easier and clearer how to purchase property it would be a lot more popular amongst us who are British but have Caribbean heritage.”
Ms Jackson said Jamaicans who live on the island should be given priority to purchase land in the country and then those in diaspora.
She said: “There should definitely be restrictions on how much people from overseas can buy.
“Otherwise they are going to continue to buy up all the beaches and all the land and before you know it, locals won’t be able to go and enjoy the beauty of the country.”
Dr Taylor also believes coastal land should be protected and kept in a trust for Jamaican people and not sold.
He added: “We are witnessing one of the greatest transfers of wealth of the country into the hands of private companies and that is almost criminal because you will find one day the country is landlocked and you cannot buy it back because its multinationals that control it and they will ask for a lot of money for it.
“You will find one day the country is landlocked and you cannot buy it back!”
JABBEM’s campaign and advocacy was created to challenge the Beach Control Act 1956, which Dr Taylor says is a “colonial era legislation” which “ does not give Jamaicans any right to walk along the beaches no right to swim or really access it.”
“It is written in law and that law has been sitting there for the last 67 years and no government at all has made any amendments to make that wrong become a right,” he said.
He added: “We must rid our emerging constitution of all discriminatory laws that were colonial hand overs that still impact the psychological state of Jamaica.”
Dr Taylor says any hopes of removing the legislation will require court action.
In the coming months, he says a legal defence fund will be set up and he is encouraging the Jamaican diaspora in the UK, to help contribute to the fund and use their voices to call for “constitutional protection for beach access.”
He also urged the global Jamaican and Caribbean community to sign the online petition to protect beach access for Jamaicans.
He says his campaign is clear, and he wants “general and unfettered” rights of access to all beaches in Jamaica and for that to be constitutionally protected.
He said now is the time for Jamaicans to have general rights of access which means “non-conditional” or that “no permission is required.”
Dr Taylor is also a senior research and drug discovery scientist in Immunology and says since Jamaica’s Emancipation in 1838, there has not been any serious land reform, meaning, most of the descendants of enslaved Africans have “experienced being landless and homeless” as a result of colonialism.
He says as Jamaica moves towards becoming a republic, “internal reparations” of land rights for Jamaicans must also put on the table to ensure the people can benefit from “development, wealth, power and independence” that comes with being a landowner.
Dr Taylor said the beach access issue will also have a detrimental impact on Jamaica’s natural resources and environment.
He said: “The removal of all the forestry that exists on the coastline, which is a living ecosystem, has consequences on the biodiversity on the coast.
“It’s bad environmental policy to commercialise so much acreage on the coastline that is going to have climate change consequences and that is going to be a bill that the country is going to have to deal with.”
Jamaica is the third-largest Caribbean island, with a total land area of just under 11,000 square kilometers.
According to the Jamaica Information Service, the government is the largest owner of land in Jamaica, with the majority of the land assets vested in the Commissioner of Lands.
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I am in total agreement with this move.
That Jamaicans can’t access their beaches is a big disgrace. Going republic is a good opportunity for Jamaicans to erase that rubbish of a law from way back then
I am a born Jamaican , lived in USA for a few decades, I visited Jamaica regularly, and I love Jamaica, but one thing Jamaican should understand is that their behavior dictates how they are treated. First off all , they do not obey rules, they disrespect laws, they behave badly every where they goes. (2) they must understand these are private properties, they have the right to set their rules to protect their businesses and quests.they are not public properties, there are public beaches that they can go. Jamaican that have. The financial resources, do not invest in their country, they bank their money in us and Canadian bank, but complain when foreigners invested their money in Jamaica. They destroyed almost everything they was belonging to the Jamaican people, the tourists industry provided 60% of gdp, of Jamaica, else the country would have been bankrupt. When the people who are complaining invest their own money, and open it up to the public, then they can talk, the Marley money are in Florida banks, they can buy the resorts and open it to the public.privately owned businesses have a right to set rules to protect their customers, employees and their properties. And stop spreading rumors 😂
Yeman I have just return home from amazing few weeks in Kingston, stayed in hostel and all can say is wow. If I want see tourists I’d go to Butlins. Jamaica is all about the people so talented and I felt at home. Raggamuffin hostel is an awesome place to meet amazing people. Might be me again
A Jamaican beach “Jim Crow” segregation and skin-colour discrimination needs to be rejected by all Jamaican-heritage people; and Jamaica’s elected Parliamentarians.
The visitors have no incentive to protest on behalf of the Jamaican citizens so that’s not going to happen. The JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT is the culprit in all of this mess. NO hotel should have been granted a license to do business in Jamaica if Jamaican locals couldn’t access the beach. In my humble opinion, the Jamaican Government is the sole entity which needs to be taken to task on this matter.
How the hell they are going to ban local from there beaches I can bet its the same white people coming up with that horrible plan the prime Minister should know better we should rise up an fight for what is ours that’s what it’s leading to then they blame the youth for their stupid decisions they are making in parliament no one in parliament could never be a role model for me because they are weak.
As a diaspora I am in a agreement in this movement ✊🏾 Freedom to our locals citizens of their native land Jamaica for free and open access
Appartite started in me home land Jamaica. I never know I would see the day when we can’t go to our own beaches. We’ll this is for ghc government of Jamaica. When these people you allowing to buy beach side hotels. Please sell them land beside the sea without beach. Then let them bulldozer the Bush and trees and create there own private beach,and leave our own beaches that have been there for centuries. Let them prepare there own private beach,aaw go cut down the wood land. Give you knowledge.
That’s because the general Jamaican public is filthy and they will litter the beach properties into eventual ruin as they do everything else. Have you ever seen the roadside along the North coast after the Government does their monthly bush cutting? It is littered with millions of plastic bottles, food boxes, and other trash that the locals just throw out of their vehicles. The same applies to the rivers, gullies, and most public places in general so until something is done about the littering and nastiness, I say let the general public pay for access to any beach properties so that the properties can be kept in a clean and acceptable conditions. Freeness always leads to nastiness it’s unfortunate and sad but true…
I agree with all comments made including those that decry nastiness among most of our population. I think giving access to all Jamaicans in an orderly way will bring great change to Jamaica’s journey towards 1st. World status as is our destiny. Place ti start is NATIONAL CLEANUP and consistent enforcement of LAW and ORDER!!
I most certainly endorse this movement. I am a hardworking Registered Nurse who called a Particular Hotel to book a weekend and as soon as I Informed them that I am a Jamaican who living here, they have no rooms and the quoted price went sky high. Its very unfortunate that the same persons who toil to build this Country is being prohibited from enjoying it.Very SAD
We as Jamaican of to be very careful about who and what we are in support of bob marley is the most popular musician in the world as a Jamaican.any music show you put is name to will keep tourist flying in to Jamaica where is this show today out a sea only for people who invited and who can afford it and this is what help to reck Jamaican music even in hell you have rules
Apartheid of the coastal line must STOP with immediate
What the government is allowing in Jamaica is wrong. The beaches should be left free for Jamaicans to use as they used to. It’s not right to sell the land & include the beaches in the sale. This does not happen anywhere else. I agree with all the proposal set out by Dr. Taylor.& Ziggy Marley.
Jamaica belongs NG’s to the people of Jamaica. Other Nationals are welcomed but not to barricade the citizens by taking their freedom away.
I Jamaicans will say anything comes to their mouth. They hotel said Marley boy did not obey the hotel rules. No hotel refuses any local resident. Resident can even buy a day pass to use the hotel facilities. Ziggy lied and must apologise to the hotel. Hi family was there previous weeks so how can they refused locals. His claim is malicious.
I definitely agree ..we are too nasty..we should clean up our mess..we all should have access to beaches island wide and pay for service rendered, nothing is free anymore.
As for locals being denied access Villas and hotels, I’m totally in agreement to keep them out until they change their duty and filthy behaviour.I work as a cook in a Villa on the north coast..tell you the truth,we Jamaicans don’t have nothing bout us.. we’re disgusting!!
I support the movement. We Jamaican have to stand up for our rights. We need more artists and we will over come. We need to put this issue to parliament now
I AM DEFINITELY IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH THIS, AS I FIND IT TO BE VERY UNFAIR TO THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF JAMAICA. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF HOW MY FELLOW JAMAICANS ARE TREATED AS THOUGH THEY’RE THE UNDERDOGS. WE CANNOT AND DON’T GO TO OTHER PEOPLE’S COUNTRIES AND DEMAND CHANGE, SO WHY DO WE ALLOW PEOPLE TO DICTATE TO US. JAMAICA YOUR GOVERNMENT STINKS 😡🇯🇲💯❤️
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I totally agree.
I agree 110% . If we cannot have free access to our beaches in Jamaica, where will we have it? Segregation in foreign lands and segregation in our own country. Madness 😠 😠
Lack of Public access to beaches in Ja. is an issue crying out to be addressed. I am in full support of JABBEM. There are ways & means to achieve this goal despite any complexities that exist.
Gm, when you really think about it there’s 2 sides to the coin.
1. The violence in JA – the need to attract tourist but for the fear of safety
2. The general behaviour of ‘some’ Jamaicans who don’t simply know how to even clean up after dem damnself!
I think where you have the ‘top range 5*’ who keep the beach clean, have life guards/security and are located in secluded spots should be entitlted to “closed beaches”.
Hotels and homes located along ‘strips’, l don’t believe have any rights to close beaches to the public.
In fairness, there are plenty open beautiful beaches in JA, but where you have people who don’t respect it you will have issues. 🤔
Well Done!!! Want to see more traction on this. Jamaica is one of if not, the only Caribbean that restricts beach access to it’s citizens. Beaches in Turks and Caicos, the largest hotel in that island owned by the sandals group CANNOT restrict locals to access their beaches yet they do it here in Jamaica. There is nowhere to take your family. Improve solid waste so ppl can dispose their garbage properly! The Jcan government is a set of theives and ABSOLUTELY disregard the locals. All they do is line their pockets
I was born in the 60’s, in Montego Bay. My parents sent for me to come to England. As long as I can see, the Jamaican government are slack and very money hungry when it comes to their own. The closing off of the beautiful Jamaican beaches to locals is WRONG. Jamaica is NOT South Africa. Government, fix this!
Jamaican politicians and ministers have little or no interest in creating benefits for their electorate only efforts are to line their own pockets and ensure their noses are in the trough when it is to their advantage The jamaican people have a right to their land and should have unfettered access to this country’s beauty Monies allegedly derived from tourism does little to improve the environment and infrastructure for the “everyday” people This “beach” policy creates frustration and anger against tourists who are seen to be not interested in protecting the rights of the jamaican people to enjoy that which belongs to them and not a special few
I agree Duns River falls is a place when i was growing up in jamaica our families use to take us there 5 -6 !per year and we just enjoyed ourselves last month i went there its a shame didnt get in
This is so disrespectful to everyone in Jamaica and around the world how can this be the same Jamaica if the people off Jamaica can’t go to their own beaches it can’t be Jamaica anymore no way that can happened even the people from different races will be upset about this because without the people of Jamaica tourism is dead the people is the culture this why people visit us
When Ziggy brought this to my attention i was absolutely livid- this is an outrage! Jamaica’s beaches should never ever be sold to wealthy foreigners. Never.
This practice must be made illegal and it’s illegal nature enshrined in a modern revised constitution beneficial and protective of its citizens rights as is the case in every other civilized nation on earth. How can any progressive country be clinging to Laws handed down from their enslavers and oppressors?
Jamaicans were invited to England to help build the country and 50 years later found themselves criminalised as illegal immigrants and deported by a racist Tory government – then when they get home, they discover that their beautiful beaches are now the private property of the ‘Kith and kin’ of the very people who have just deported them!
Sadly, successive corrupt Jamaican prime ministers (the current incumbent being no exception) are so busy lining their own pockets whilst in office, they have no time whatsoever to look about the affairs of the Jamaican people. I just cannot understand why they keep electing them.
I’m in totally agreement with this action. It’s rather appalling that residents have to pay to access beaches and rivers
This has been happening too long all Jamaicans should have access to their local beaches.
Yes I im a Jamaican
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Pm s, in Jamaica is not doing anything to help its people,
Enough is enough of greed and social injustice!! There is enough beauty for all to share. Not only that but humans, the common people are natures custodians – the ones who care and will look after it for future generations and not just for short term profit
I support this move to open up the beaches to Jamaicans from all walks of life. This is our country. The present government is sick in his head.
Spent quite a bit of time in Jamaica and can see both sides of the issue. Some locals took us to their beach in Ocho Rios, next to a resort, and it was a shame how difficult it was to get there. On the other hand, tourists dont want to be bothered by higglers when they go there, so for some, the exclusive beach is what they pay for. Here in US we have Florida beaches which are open to everyone. Yet we also have places in New England where the wealthy have bought huge swaths to keep everyone out. But some have donated land for public beaches. Seems like JA government should designate more areas as public beaches and maintain them.
I agree with the freedom of movements for all locals and visitors to enjoy the beautiful Beaches of Jamaica..However locals must first respect and treasure the great assets of the coastline and Jamaica in general.
I am appalled by the amount of litter that is left behind where ever individuals travel..I can see the same if locals are allowed to access resorts beaches that they service for paying guests. I frequent Ochi and for the most part,I cannot see any bins provide to dispose of rubbish..
Likewise there is a private beach in the town,I wanted to dispose of my rubbish and there were no bins in sight..Although there were guys regularly clearing trash left behind..
Come on Jamaica..”Let us practice a yard before we go abroad ”
Local government,Traders, We need bins to safely dispose of our rubbish.Make it an offence to dispose of rubbish anywhere apart from in designated areas. Think of the impact this is having from an environmental view point.
We need to show that we can keep our public areas clean and tidy,before resorts will entertain the thought of opening their beaches to all.
Thanks for highlighting the issue but a bigger discussion is needed to address the topic.
Many jamaicans now own seaside properties along the north coast, they also fence off their land.
Ziggys mother stayed at the same property the previous month, so this entire story is based on BS.
I’m one hundred percent agree I talk with a old Cuban man who told me the same thing was going on in Cuba before Fidel Castro a company called United fruit they were blocking Cuban from their own beaches and that’s one of the reasons for the revolution. so my messages for the Jamaican government is be careful because all it takes is a straw to break the camel back and people are ready to fight again for Jamaica if we have to. stop pushing us into a corner because we’ll fight.
Lack of beach access to our own people is criminalism! Stop capitalizing and take care of our own people. It’s simple greed! Let’s call it “One Love, One Heart”!
Public education and the laying down of rules regarding the use of beaches will certainly aid where the issue of littering is concerned. There are other Caribbean islands who sell beach front properties to foreigners, but locals have access and there are no negative issues. Jamaicans have developed some of their negative attitudes because of years of constant oppression and a lack of exposure. At a glance, it may appear that classism does not exist; however, such stinks in the Jamaican society; it’s shameful! The roads and water situation in some rural areas are clear evidences of the general view and treatment of the masses who don’t have access to the “luxuries” of the land.
This initiative, carefully executed, can add value to how Jamaicans are viewed, and stem some of the “darkness” that exists.
What a shame, how can the government sit back and allow such wickedness ? Out of many one people, don’t have any meaning to the govt
I support JABBEM in this effort to protect the health and dignity of my country and people.
These barriers are also affecting our food line- our fishermen don’t even have local access to fishing anymore- because all of the coastlines have being sold off to private foreign investors with the deal that now own & can set rules to denied access to the beaches space.
I am not against investment- but the moral and principle that our government seeing it fit to sell our human rights, it is now the same like in the past history of the bauxite industry was sold off to foreign without agreement help building or any benefits to us- not even the roads etc.
Ganga is next- importers are bringing in their products, although we don’t know what other chemicals they are lacing them with. Let’s look at opioid addiction industry plaguing American, because they are adding other ingredients to increase addiction & sustain their market.
Jamaicans beware- we already have high crime and gangs issues in Jamaica, can we deal with addiction- that’s another level of mental health – which will wreck our nation of sport like track and field excellence.
We have several brand to protect.
Please read and shared my views. I welcome all your dialogues on this platform.
JABBEM you have my support.
The beach belongs to the people of the island God created the world with the ocean and the beautiful beaches for us to enjoy and take care of it. Get up stand up and let us fight for our rights. It’s time to stop letting the government dictate what happens to our country. They sold us out of our inheritance they import everything to get rid of us we say no more.
Total rubbish about not be able to get to the beaches. Come August hundreds of people from all the world will come for independence. To enjoy our beaches and rivers. More jamaicans are enjoying the hotels and beaches than ever before. And has for Ziggy Marley i have a right to rent who I want to rent to. And I could not careless if you are Obama or the Prime Minister.
I am a Jamaican,born 1970..a lover of reggae music and Jamaican food and beaches,I love my country dearly and I love my unique culture..I support this Voice.
All. Jamaican beaches must be accessible by all Jamaicans, we’re marginalized in other countries, can’t be so at home. I have witnessed the removal of sand from Flavors Beach in Runaway Bay St.Ann , the Government have done nothing to recover same or to reconstruct the beach, “too good for our citizens to enjoy ???”.
I believe that Jamaicans should be able to go to the beach just like the foreigners. It’s inconceivable to honk that the Jamaican citizens are not allowed to go to the beaches. I know it’s true because if you are not staying at a hotel, you cannot get through the gate. I can feel the racism whenever I visit. They always try to put me in a moldy hotel room in the back. I have to complain to have them remove me from it. I pay thousands of dollars for a week and yet some of them treat you like you are an Alien. There are no free beach that I can find, and when find and when I found public beach, I had to pay to use the toilet. Where is my Jamaica, the warrior people who knows what Black Power means.
I am very pleased to see someone fighting for our rights to access our own beaches. I am from Oracabessa and used to go to the beach on holidays and Sundays to have fun and swim with friends. Recently u csme with my family only to realized it was now owned by a Caucasian female. We had a rude awakening when at 8am on a Sunday she asked the guards to “Get them off the beach”…our beach. Now James Bond Beach.
It is shameful what the Jamaican Government has allowed to happen to its citizens. Everywhere one goes in the world the citizens of that country has an innate right only in Jamaica there is now.
A law should be inactedt to enable only persons who are of Jamaican ancestry should be allowed to buy land. For others they can lease buy not buy.
Another fact the island of Jamaica belongs to the decendants of slaves who earned it through blood sweat and tears. Not transplants who see an opportunity and has an agenda.
Wake up Jamaicans!!!!
Stand up for our rights we must. All Jamaicans at home and abroad. [email protected].
Definitely so all JAMAICANS SHOULD AND MUST HAVE ACCESS, Puerto Seco Beach in Jamaica 🇯🇲 where JAMAICANS are A BLACK NATION, Now in our own Country they are now turning us back and saying today is not BLACK PEOPLE DAY, GOD GAVE US HIS WORLD FREE FOR US TO LIVE AND ENJOY EVERYTHING TO THE FULLEST, WE ARE ALL ONE IN THE SIGHT OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD. FREE BLACK PEOPLE ⚫ 🖤 NOW OUR ANCESTORS FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM TO LIVE IN THIS GOD BLESS COUNTRY 🙌 🙏. WHEN i was younger the amount of Beach trips i keep going there and now in my own BLACK ⚫ COUNTRY you are telling us no BLACK PEOPLE DAY, WAKE UP JAMAICANS LET US STAND TOGETHER FOR OUR FREEDOM AND THE FREEDOM OF OUR CHILDREN AND CHILDREN CHILDREN TO COME, OUR MOTTO IS OUT OF MANY ONE PEOPLE, UNITED WE STAND DEVIVED WE FALL, UNITY IS STRENGTH 💪 FREE UP OUR BEACHES OR WATCH MY GOD THE CREATOR DESTROY. BLESSED BE 🙌
I find it very unfortunate that most of us as Jamaicans are so so easy to jump on anything thing without getting the facts. I read the comments of the respondents and they are not factual. Please tell me, which private hotel owner will open up their property to everyone for access to the beach? As jamaicans we are our own worst enemies. Can you imagine Hotel owners opening up their properties to everyone, that would be chaos, with all the crime and robberies. Most of our people don’t know or understand the value of Tourism and the beauty of Jamaica for that matter. Am sorry, we wreck everything. That’s the truth
The government of Jamaica need to take action now to stop any new developments blocking access to the Beaches and to look at how the already established hotels can make access available.
The excuses used by hotels all over Jamaica is that they are all inclusive and it’s difficult to have locals who just use the .
It would appear that although we have the belief that the beaches belong to the people of Jamaica, no one is interested in policing this right and so like everything else, lack of any enforcement or enquiry leads to the hotel owners/operators do exactly as they please.
I have even had the experience where the space in front of the rented cabanas on the beach is said by the hotel management to be only for the people who rent the cabanas.
Hoteliers have already successfully locked out Jamaicans from their properties and if a Jamaican wants to check-in for a day or 2 the price they pay is ridiculous.
When I lived overseas and paid for all inclusive, it was very affordable but I find that a Jamaican living in Jamaica has to pay a lot more than the visitors.
It’s clear that some hoteliers are not really interested in having locals at their properties and so until the government takes action to ensure beach access, it will be lost forever.
Goodday:Am all for birthright at the beach for Jamaican and I applaud Ziggy and Cedella for fighting for the rights of the Jamaican citizen..But let’s not forget we as Jamaican have to do better..The problem I saw that’s been happening is the younger generation does not care for their environment, and the crime of violence…My family house is near an open beach in a community in Jamaican and we constantly have to clean it up..They just toss bottle, foam box from food and leave it on the beach.. dirty baby Pampers all over the place..loud vulgarity music with no respect for anyone living near the beach..in which the community is now planning to close it off to the citizen of Jamaica..They have a gold mine and the younger generation don’t care..We are tired of cleaning up and talking to them..and when you do they want to cuss you are threaten you..They don’t get it..Are they that ignorant that they don’t see are understand what is happening..People in foreign country would die to have access to the beaches and they just take there’s for granted..When did we as a society became so nasty..Love your Island..Appreciate your country do whatever little you can to make things better..and stop waiting for government..I wish you all the best in the fight but there’s a greater problem that needs to be address and bring to the forefront and that is why majority of private entity is closing off their beaches..
The government is selling out the country, soon the Chinies will own Jamaica.
I am a Jamaican descendant and is really disappointed by the lack of access to the beaches to those who are the back bone of the country, the locals. This should not be allowed to continue.
I totally agree with Devon’s movements and it’s effort to rid these unconscionable decisions been forced upon the people of Jamaica, it’s nothing but a disgrace to see how these politicians are misrepresenting there own fellow Jamaicans. The country is riffled with so much corruption, where these decisions are been made hiding under the guise of development with no consideration for the inevitability of the consequence that will surely follow these actions by the government. For me, I do think this will be long drawn out battle with these corrupt individuals spearheading the effort of denying the people a sacred rights of such. The people of Jamaica does not need to sanitize or massage these elected individuals behavior, they need to throw them out of elected office and appoint representation that will advocate in the nations best interest for all Jamaicans and not just the MORE THAN WEL CONNECTED for what they are intentionally doing dismissing the people of there rights.
You need to provide a list of hotels who are applying this rule so we can make informed choices. You can only evoke change when you report in a transparent way. If that is their policy to ban local people I am sure they will have no problem in being identified.
We need to fight back with our love for our country. we work to hard to build this country and now we need to carry out grandparents and the beach .Let them enjoy what we have the freedom of the land.
Not going to spend 6000 us dollars to go to a beach that looks like the interior .The indigenous people don’t care
Well why don’t we do this have public beaches and if a private property has a beach it’s theirs but allow locals to pass can’t stop access but can’t linger unless you’re staying on that peopy remember the private property is paying to maintain these beaches so charge a local an entrance fee another thing I have noticed we need to encourage locals to stay at these hotels as well it used to be you could pay a local rate some are no longer offering locsl rates discouraging locals what going on locals are not good for their hotels anymore
SIMPLE VERY SIMPLE WE GOT TO WAKE UP ALL AROUND UNITY IS STRENGTH .LOOK AT THE INDIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD THEY STAY WITH EACH OTHER WHILE WE PRACTICE HATING AND KILLING EACH OTHERS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ENVY COVIT IS RIPPING US APART.ITS TIME FOR US TO GET IT RIGHT OUT OF ONE WE ARE MANY. NOT OUT OF MANY. WE ARE FROM ONE. PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU ALL
For me. It done gone bad already. I would push for a tax on all businesses on the beach front. The tax should be used to finance the maintenance of designated local beaches and modernise by constructing rental areas for people to sell things in an organised way ( like margarita ville in Ochi ) create proper broadwalks and recreational areas for the people and children. And make laws that allow access for all but regulate those who wish to charge for beach access. These Jamaican governments are good at giving away everything and watch others develop Jamaica whilst they reap what they didn’t sow.
I agree l agree the natives need access. Its not rights for any one to be locked out of their country( beaches).It is degrading to the people.
Well let me had my two cents. I am a Jamaican citizen living in the States.. All i have to say if they don’t do the need for.. Everyone will loose.. I know my fellow Jamaican’s when push to the wall they will Rebel….. Just saying do the right thing…….
I was shocked today when I wanted to walk from Bamboo Blue towards Riu (Ochie) and it is forbidden. To walk (not even to stop or lie on the beach). This really I have never seen anywhere in the world. The shoreline is public as well as the sea. It is also bad that to find a less dirty beach you have to pay the entrance and everything is locked, gated, difficult to find. I think you need to fix this guys, not only for locals but also for tons of tourists not liking big resorts neither plastic all over.
The government of Jamaica has too much power..The politicians are the people who are responsible for most of the criminal activities on the island….It doesn’t matter which party is in power… They’re only the opposite side of the same coin….The citizens should have the right to go anywhere, especially the beaches! Those dirty politicians are the worst… It’s all about them and their family….As long as they have food, and comfort, everyone can go to hell…. It’s about time the people of Jamaica awake from their slumber …
This situation has arisen due the inadequacies of the government, whether knowingly or unknowingly.
This is the law in Mauritius
Public beach, private property, right of way… Long-standing conflicts between waterfront hoteliers or owners and picnickers or strollers are frequent! Short brief about the rights and obligations of each and everyone…
The ’’Pas Geométriques Act’’, often misunderstood or misinterpreted and thereby causing endless debates, already exists. The law was voted in 1807 by General Decaen under the French administration, for defense purposes against the British army. After being approved in 1895 under the current name ’’Pas Geométriques Act’’, this law is still in force today.
In other words, the beach is represented by a strip of sand located all around the island. This strip band is public from the sea up to the point reached by the waves at high tide (the High Water Mark). The Coastal Law is very similar to the French law, thereby authorizing access and free use of the area until the high water mark; it is however strictly forbidden to use the private facilities set up by the owners along the beach without prior authorization..
The confusion lies often between ’’private beach’’ and ’’private property’’. As such, there is no private beach along the coast of Mauritius: the coastal lands being public, this means that they belong to the State and are leased to individuals or groups. The right of use goes logically to the person or company that owns the contract and pays the rental fees (lease). The land is owned by the government of Mauritius but, without prior permission from the tenant, access on the leased land is prohibited. The part which is not rented is accessible to all. This part is between the high tide marks on the beach and extends to the horizon and varies with the tide.
It is only allowed to walk freely between the high water mark and the sea while swimming remains completely legal.
The Beach Authority (BA) has listed 93 public beaches along the coast, some partly equipped with toilets, water point, tables, BBQ area, with daily cleaning and strict rules for picnics, camping or BBQ. The Beach Authority also governs access to beaches and it should be pointed out that there is no law stipulating the need to allow public access to beaches every 500 meters…
born in Jamaica live in St Mary and St Ann work many years in both places The beach story is a good issue no one Ja govt should build bathroom in designated area Land owner must make a small fence line acces to all Jamaican to the beaches a rope restriction to private property the Prime Minister should use some of the tax dollars for that purpose everybody Wilbe happy M Joy Graham Clarke
Jamaica needs tourism? The hotels provide facilities and make people feel safe to visit. Will tourists still come if Jamaica opens the beaches? Surely , the Jamaicans need to address this first?
To all my beautiful people of Jamaica and the stunning green island, gorgeous sunshine through the divine mountains, claim luscious rivers and miraculous sandy beaches.🇯🇲 Our beautiful country and the most wonderful people who are resilient and should not be taken for granted this must stop. Why are we Jamaicans aren’t allowed to legally have access to our land beaches, who does that? I have never heard of this nonsense anywhere else on this gob-blessed planet. This is the twenty-first century, stop selling our rights against freedom now it’s time to get up and stand for your rights Jamaicans, we Jamaicans should enjoy the land we love 🇯🇲, our ancestors fought long and hard so let our voice be heard this island is our identity. Thanks, to Ziggy Marley, Dr Devon Taylor, president of JABBE and many others who are making this happen for changes for our sweet sweet Jamaica and our Jamaicans. 🇯🇲
This article has been sent to me many several times this week for comment. As a British born Realtor (real estate agent) living and working in Jamaica for over 30 years I would certainly question some of the comments contained in this article with regards buying and selling land and property in Jamaica. I also travel to the UK and hold free open forums where we discuss all things real estate. The next is due in London in August. In the meantime I will be happy to assist with further accurate information. In particular to Ms Jackson and other persons facing a similar dilemma. Please feel free to reach out to me via Instagram @Myislandream.
One of the reason is they do not want the bad Boys to come and take things from people because when I was their I heard the Bad Boys say the weekend that they was going to go and take things they needs to keep them out who wants people like them around them
I am fully in agreement with this movement its about time we stand up for our right, what the government is doing to us is wrong, every Jamaicans should owe a peice of land and have the right to go to our beaches with any stress and also for free.
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