Controversy surfaces out of the Blue

Controversy surfaces out of the Blue

Written by Editor

Topics: Environment, Flora & Fauna, Travel & Leisure

It’s a scenario that plays out ever so often in Jamaica – environmental lobby groups sound the alarm over development projects that threaten to damage or potentially destroy areas that fall within the island’s treasured natural patrimony. On this occasion, the location in question is the fabled Blue Lagoon, known as Blue Hole to the locals, in the green and serenely beautiful parish of Portland.

The area by the Blue Lagoon slated to be developed into a beach (Contributed photo).

Area earmarked for the development of a beach along the Blue Lagoon (Contributed photo)

At the heart of the controversy is the possible negative impact of this project, which has been green lighted by the local authorities for the development of a beach. Transparency, enforcement and monitoring are the buzz words of green groups such as the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), which has once again locked horns with the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA). According to media reports, NEPA is currently preparing a detailed dossier on the matter for Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

Located in pristine Port Antonio and estimated to be over 178 ft. deep, the enchanting and mysterious Blue Lagoon is the most celebrated attraction in Portland. The fame of the scenic spot was no doubt fanned by the 1980 filming of the movie “Blue Lagoon”, which starred a young Brooke Shields. Boat tours, rafting, swimming and scuba diving are among the activities enjoyed by visitors to the attraction.

Visitors to the Blue Lagoon embark on a boat ride.

Swimming on the Blue Lagoon

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