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Beaches taking a bashing


Beaches taking a bashing
Beachgoer Delisle Edghill said he planted most of the coconut trees along Sandy Beach, Christ Church, but was unsuccessful in getting help to save them from erosion. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

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The South Coast is quickly losing some of its pristine beaches, but Government says it is moving to stem the tide of erosion.

It is also calling on residents and beachfront property owners to work with the authorities in whatever the final plan is to stop the rot.

There has been massive erosion from Sandy Beach all the way to beachfront properties in Atlantic Shores, both in Christ Church, with some residents saying features that had been there in the past were no longer present as the sea had since reclaimed them.

Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey told the DAILY NATION that officials in his ministry and the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) were moving post haste to address the issue, beginning with a comprehensive plan.

He added he was aware of the situation at Sandy Beach and other spots along the coast, which he attributed to numerous years of coastal action that had impacted that region.

“Of course when the swells are in, as they have been, one can expect even further erosion of sand around the trees and so on. That’s why the South Coast coastal works have to be looked at comprehensively and holistically in the manner that Coastal Zone has approached it,” he said. (RA)

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