Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Bogooyaggafication of Hellshire Beach

While I agree that the Hellshire beach has suffered from erosion where High waves have destroyed the sand dunes, which had served as a natural fortification. I am going to say that the main reasons for the destruction of the beach is the people themselves, who are their own worst enemies. Over the many years various groups including the Urban Development Corporation have warned that if nothing is done to protect the beach then the beach will simply cease to exist. There were multiple warnings, clear signs, that what was taking place over at Hellshire beach was and is not sustainable, nature and the environment cannot cope with that level of abuse. For many years the people squatting on the beach protested against any form of Government intervention to safeguard the beachfront and surrounding area. Claiming that it was a plot by the politicians to get them off the property, so that they can sell the property to their high class rich friends. Everybody who express concern about the area was fighting against the poor man because in Jamaica Poverty is the mother of all excuses.

Yes there has been beach erosion in that location but the main problem is over building of fish shacks and active competition for prime beach front location. The shacks started moving closer and closer to the waterfront and after a while the entire beach front was occupied by shacks with no place for people to relax on the beach. There was a time when the few fishing shacks were mainly occupied by day but over time the people selling in the shacks started to use it as their homes. Hellshire beach suffered from a serious case of over vending, there are more vendors over there than people and too much illegal buildings. It just amazes me that for a people so dependent on nature and the environment for their livelihood one would think we would be more concern and more proactive to protect the very thing that is providing our daily income and sustaining our lives. This is a classic case of shitting where you eat.

Hellshire beach is the perfect example of what will happen when you leave ignorant people without any rules and regulation, what results is a free for all cannibalization of the area and then they start crying to Government for help after the fact.

Back in the days (70s and 80s) nothing beat Hellshire beach on a Sunday morning. A perfect way to end a weekend, relaxing, playing dominoes, eating fish and festival, drinking beer and seeing all your friends to talk about the weekend activities, it was the place to be and be seen.

Nothing beats leaving a party at 3:30 AM in the morning and heading straight to Hellshire beach with good friends, making a bonfire and watching the sunrise then having breakfast from the stalls, first catch of the day before heading home to sleep.

Nothing beats lunchtime at work when one person says "let’s go to Hellshire beach for lunch", taking your shoes and socks off, rolling up your trouser legs, walking in the water and having a three hour lunch before heading back to work.

Back them it was the perfect place to relax, today I would not be caught dead at Hellshire beach, not even wild horses could drag my cold dead carcass out to that place. The “Bogooyaggafication!” of Hellshire beach is complete, it is nothing but a dutty-rub-up place, no beach, pure rock stone , low class people and constant booming of dancehall music…. Hellshire done and we killed it!

The area can be restored but the Government need to make it a no go area for at least 10 years, a sanctuary, nature preserve. Ban the general public and turn it over to the environmentalist and leave it up to nature to do what nature does best, Reclaim, Replenish and Renew!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jamaica’s Foreign Educated Bubble Headed Technocrats

Jamaica’s Foreign Educated Bubble Headed Technocrats live for disasters. There is nothing like a disaster to bring these idiots out from under their rock. These bubble headed idiots dust off their Sunday best imported suits then start jockeying for position in front of the TV cameras, trying to grab news headlines they can get. Disaster and human suffering to them is just an opportunity to get in front of the media and sound important, their chance to impress Jamaica with their advance High Education Lingo. Immediately everybody turn professional town and city planners with the techno-jargon to match. They love to declare which foreign university they picked up their degrees from and how they are professionals with zero practical experience. After the recent floods they are now all over the TV, Internet and print media, their chance to shine and show us just how bright they are.

Our Foreign Educated Bubble Headed Technocrats are not about hard implementation, they care nothing about actually solving any problems and most have no actual experience of doing anything but hustle like the rest of us. In fact all this verbal rubbish is just a part of their hustling game.

Their intention is not to implement anything but they know the people are easily impressed and so they parade about like peacocks, flossing here, there and everywhere, basking is their own self-importance. After the rain stops and the flood water drains away these Einstein’s will crawl back under their rocks to await the next big event so then can shine once again. Lunch at uncorked for maximum exposure anyone?

We are certainly a reactionary society and we only react to events when they affect us, when we are suffering from these events. During the previous year’s drought and flooding the media was inundated with these Foreign Educated Bubble Headed Technocrats outlining theoretical plans after plans, all manner of plans on how to minimize the effects of the drought or prevent flooding but as soon as rain either start in the case of drought or stop in the case of flooding, all these Over The Top Theoretical plans are shelved for the next year’s drought, flooding or hurricane because for these bubble headed technocrats it is out of sight, out of mind, merriment time.

So long as there is no flooding, drought or hurricane then flooding, drought or hurricane is never an issue as the government and public turned a blind eye to all haphazard developments.

The thing is, it is not IF, these disasters is going to happen but a matter of WHEN it will happen. Jamaica is located in the tropics and it is not IF we will be affected by Hurricane, Drought and flooding but WHEN we will suffer our regular scheduled, almost yearly Hurricane, Drought and flooding and yet we express shock and awe, like a deer in a BLASTED headlight when the almost yearly Hurricane, Drought and flooding comes. We are a nation of idiots!

NO plans formulated and none implemented but as soon as we have flooding the usual mouthpiece technocrats start to pay lip service to some fictional concept called National Drainage System and the need for planning. The Concept of a National Drainage System is lip service design to take advantage of current situation for political effect. After every weather event Politicians always come up with some fictional programme that never sees the light of day. National Drainage System will be nothing but more gully cleaning crash programme. But as per usual I am more than open to be proven wrong and it develops into something else but by my experience, living on this rock, with my people who I know and love … it will NOT!!!

The Jamaican Bubble Headed Technocrats exist to get rich at the expense of the Jamaican people. Take for example the multimillion-dollar project touted by the Ministry of Agriculture as the future model for hay production in Jamaica started in 2014. $14.6 million of the $20 million was disbursed by the Jamaica Dairy Development Board (JDDB) to cover the costs associated with the project. To date the Jamaica people have nothing to show for, the project as not delivered on its objectives but the project managers have consumed millions of dollars. The Audit paints a picture of a free-for-all, with cost overruns, unauthorised spending, and poor record-keeping for an initiative that is costing taxpayers $20 million. These are the same Bubble Headed Technocrats we see on TV every day sounding important.

Samuda Used Government Programme to Enrich his Personal Assets

The funny thing about this is, the only reason we are hearing about this is because a member of the current Government got caught using Government's programmes to enrich his private assets and in an attempt to get the spotlight off him this information is now being released.

Arscott Used Government Programme to Enrich his Personal Assets

Documents tabled yesterday in the House of Representatives by Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, showed that Arscott was among 38 companies and individuals, including Samuda, who received grass under the JDDB programme.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Jamaica's Political Debate On Corruption

SO funny listening and reading post from Diehard Dieheart supporters of both political parties, debating with each other about who is more corrupt. They are not offended by corruption, they have no principled stance on it. What they are offended by, is corruption that was carried out by the party they do not support. Corruption is only real if it is done by the party they do not support else it is an oversight.

...Each diehard dieheart supporter can list in great details each and every corrupt events that was carried out by the opposing party, even quantifying the level of corruption if need be…

“Well we only stole 1 million and your party stole 2 million, so that proves your party is the bigger crook and far more corrupt"...WTF!! ....It takes a certain level of mental retardation to get to this level madness without shame.

This is like two rapist accusing each other about who raped a girl more simply because “It only took him 3 strokes to reach orgasm, while it took the other rapist 5 strokes to bruk” so clearly the 5 stroker must be the bigger rapist and more guilty, the fact that a girl was raped takes a backseat.

It is almost like being in the schoolyard with kids… And the only conclusion I can come to, after listening to charges and counter charges of corruption and crime is that members of both parties are just as corrupt and also corruption is a way of life in Jamaica.

However regardless of who is more corrupt, one thing is for certain and that is the Jamaican people are being gangbang raped by the political class and their cronies. They are being buggered up the behind without lube ...but you know what? I think the Jamaican people love it and scream yes sir may I have another with each corrupt stroke!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Waiting out Trump - Jamaican Travel To USA in Decline

Travel Ban and Protectionism!

While at my sister’s Soup and Conversation night the debate turned to traveling to the USA. Several officials and individuals at soup night declared that the amount of Jamaicans traveling to the USA has declined and especially to a place like Florida (Kingston 21) because of increasing reports that more and more Jamaicans are being treated harshly especially at Miami Airport. Also there has been increasing reports of Jamaicans losing their visa on entry to the USA and deported back to Jamaica. It seems visa holders are not willing to risk it and are prepared to waiting out Trump thus keeping their high priced visa under wraps, after all they paid good money for it. In 2015 The US Embassy in Kingston confirmed that Jamaicans spent US$25 million (approximately J$3 billion) that year in application fees for visas. That is how much per year Jamaicans invest for a visa so the idea of paying that amount only to be treated like shit and your visa taken away does not sit well with some.

Florida “Kingston 21” is now seen as rude, unfriendly and a no go area. My cousin declared during the discussion that she will not be going through Miami anytime soon as that airport is off her list because of rude Cubans.

Jamaicans are among Miami's top 25 visitor and second from the Caribbean region but that have now declined to a trickle and Florida is feeling it. The problem here is that the usual hordes of Jamaicans invading Florida malls, spending MILLIONS of US$ to buy everything that is not nailed down has diminished to a trickle and Florida is losing money.

Officials of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) are now in the island making a destination push for the city located at the south-eastern tip of Florida that has been popular among Jamaicans for decades. “We're taking this opportunity to update the travel agents in Kingston to support the destination because Jamaica is a very important market for us,” Docal told the Jamaica Observer a few minutes before addressing the travel agents.

“Last year we had a little over 183,000 Jamaicans coming to Miami, and that's not based on people coming through the airport, because Miami is a hub, it's based on guests who have spent at least one night in a hotel in Greater Miami,” Docal said. The group is trying to assure Jamaicans that all is well but we all know that is all talk that have no bearing on reality because in Trump America you are treated like an abused dog so travel at your own risk.

It is not just Jamaicans who are staying clear, travel to the USA is on the decline. The entire USA tourist industry is in decline sharp decline since Trump started his purge. US tourism experiences a 'Trump slump’: Analysts estimate that President Trump has cost the US travel industry $185m in lost revenue in two months, with significant drop in flight searches and bookings. As tourists continue to steer clear of Donald Trump’s America, the US travel industry is bearing the brunt of his unpopular policies. European Tourism Interest In America Plummets 12% Following Travel Ban.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jamaica Coffee Revolution - Starbucks Invasion

Yesterday the Observer reported that Jamaica will get its first Starbucks and just reading the headlines filled me with rage. I do not normally express myself with curse words but that news was far too much to take. The very idea that Jamaicans will take money to pay for a Starbucks franchise in Jamaica is an affront to the entire coffee industry and the history of Jamaican coffee.

It is fair to say that even though Jamaica make some of the best coffee in the world, Jamaicans are not coffee drinkers. Jamaicans drink tea, we love our herbs and bushes and drink it day and night to fix various ailments. It is under this climate and uphill battle that our various Gourmet Cafés have been trying to carve out and create a market. There was a time, if you drink coffee then all you could get was instant Salada, instant Mountain Peak and imported Maxwell house rubbish which is like bringing sand to the beach but that was it. The Jamaican coffee revolution started some time ago and was on track to win the war, however slowly. I remember in the early 90’s when news broke that Jamaican Coffee was served at Buckingham Palace but it hardly served in Jamaica. In fact Jamaica has been exporting Coffee to Europe for centuries, so why do we need Starbucks?

For Coffee growers, producers and retail outlets it has not been an easy road BUT if you want Jamaicans to appreciate something that they already own, appreciate their own local produce then all you have to do is export it, then Import it and slap a made in the USA label on it. The Jamaican body might be trapped in Third World, developing Jamaica but the Jamaican mind is wondering landscape and streets of New York, Miami and LA, London, Paris and all the world’s major metropolitan cities. Think of it like being hooked into the Matrix, a virtual world, living our pretend “Over the Top” lifestyles that we clearly cannot afford but who gives a damn!

The news of Starbucks’s impending arrival was met with great celebration and fanfare because Jamaicans in their feeble little small minds, think this is a status symbol. If all the world’s major metropolitan cities have Starbucks and Jamaica now have Starbucks then Jamaica is right up there with them, we have arrived to the promise land. People who do not even like to drink coffee or do not normally drink coffee are now impatiently awaiting Starbucks arrival to start drinking coffee because it is only worth drinking when it is an imported brand name product from foreign.

Cypher: [cuts a piece of steak; holds it in front of him] You know, I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? [eats the piece of steak; sighs contently] Ignorance is bliss.

Starbucks offers brew and beans from various regions, including Colombia and Ethiopia. It also sells specially curated beans for its Reserve line from regions like Sumatra, Guatemala, Antigua and Jamaica.

Starbucks Jamaica will also seek to sell coffee from global origins, but avoided responding directly to whether it would import beans into the island.

Offering beans from global origins implies coffee importation which requires a licence from the Coffee Board, unless Starbucks Jamaica opts to source beans through an existing coffee importer who can match Starbucks' standards.

Jamaica already imports around 433 tonnes of green coffee beans each year to shore up its own supplies. The imports represent around $300 million (US$2.3 million) of expenditure annually that critics say can be better spent domestically to provide jobs and grow coffee output.

What is it about us Jamaicans, we complain that we suffer from low productivity but spend most of our time kicking away the legs from under our local industry simply because we want what those people in that country is having even when what they are having is inferior to what we have.

I remember when we first started importing bottled American water, people use to take great pleasure walking around with these foreign water bottles, with labels facing outwards, sipping with pride. Basking in the knowledge that they are now drinking the same nasty water that their American counterparts are drinking. I also remember in the 80’s being at a party that was serving canned Bud Beer, it was very new at the time and everyone at that party stopped drinking Red Stripe and only wanted to hold those cans in their hands, it was total poppy show on display for all to see. This is the mindset we are dealing with, one that is not only counterproductive but our own worst enemy.

The Jamaican Coffee Shops and Gourmet Café Houses are the front-line soldiers in the Jamaican Coffee Revolutionary War. They have taken on the responsibilities to convert Jamaica from a tea drinking country to a coffee drinking country, promoting our local flagship product. They have made large financial investments and just when it seems they are about to break even and making some progress here comes Starbucks and the idiots who got the franchise, local businesses be damned.

I love our Coffee houses, I find most of them comfortable places to visit and the product they sell top quality. It is a shame most Jamaicans are not as excited about them as they are excited about Starbucks coming to Jamaica. What is it about Starbucks that made it more exciting than any of our local coffee houses? I fail to see the appeal, can someone please enlighten me.

Cafe Blue – Great coffee and consistently good food and service 

Cannonball Cafe – Loshusan and Sovereign North

CPJ Market and Deli

Brew’d Awakenings - Matilda’s Corner

Kicking Away the Legs From Under Local Production
As responsible Jamaicans we also need to follow the money trail, who own the franchise, are they also members of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Cartel? The ones who have the entire industry working for them and them alone. Who got the licence to open Starbucks in Jamaica when the coffee shop industry in Jamaica, is still in its beginning/Startup stages and why Starbucks?

WHO is the target market and should we not be using our nascent coffee shop industry to promote our Jamaican Coffee? The industry has been devastated these past few years due to natural disasters and falling prices, so how this going rebuild our coffee brand with the establishment of Starbucks?

Why is Jamaica helping to turn around Starbucks at the expense of our own Coffee shops?

What, if any, will be the relationship between Starbucks and Jamaican coffee suppliers? Will they Starbucks sell Jamaican coffee blends? Who benefits? Will the growers benefit? (Growers i.e. small farmers’ vs big busha who own the plantation and drive round in in Range Rover).

With all this talk about fair trade and community coffee, how will that play out with Starbucks relationship in Jamaica? Will Starbucks target to small farmers?

Jamaica itself has not done much to promote brands that are not premium Blue Mountain coffee, so how will they survive the Starbucks.

Starbucks sells hot chocolate and Jamaica grows lots of Cocoa, so will there be any tension, will Starbucks use local Cocoa or will they import?

But we know how all of this will play out, we have been here before many times. McDonald's/Burger King/Popeye’s etc. has already shown us. The franchisees will have to source their makings from abroad because Jamaican beef/chicken/tomatoes/lettuce/now coffee and cocoa beans are not up to their standard. So who benefits? The franchise, the franchisee and couple little counter / cashier / dishwasher subsistence workers.

We have already seen that some Jamaicans who live the rich lifestyles, have no problem feeding the populace cheap pink slime beef patty because they won't source natural organic Jamaican beef, preferring instead to maximize their profits at the expense of Nation Building.

I am not shocked that Adam Stewart is a member of the company that is opening Starbucks. The Best thing to ever to Butch Stewart and his Family was getting this Rubber-stamp Government to authorized anything and everything that is not in the National Interest but in the Interest of the Stewart Family. What is magical about this is that the Butch Stewart and family have managed to convince most of Jamaica that what is in the Stewart Family Interest is also in the National Interest while lining their own pockets. This Government is in the pockets of the Stewart Family who bankrolled their political Party to power.

What People are saying:

Max Maro said: So even though majority of the money will be shipped back to the US. We can still make gains where taxes and employment is concerned. There's also a possibility of sponsorship. Who knows, local coffee growers may make something and plus, more competition for cafe blue and competition is great. Might pay something less when you visit cafe blue next time.

JTID:  It is not a secret that Café Blue cannot compete with a Global Brand like Starbucks, how could they? But you would prefer to kick away the legs from under local companies like Café Blue and other local outlets who started this local Coffee revolution in the first place in favour of Starbucks. Jamaicans are Jamaicans worse enemies because they cannot see the forest for the trees.

Competition is only great when you stand a chance at surviving. A company like Starbucks can under price the local competition to death and you would support that.

This is my trusted coffee maker

This is my favorite Brand

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Jamaica's War on Green Space and The Environment

The Waterloo cholera cemetery ground is being developed by a Portland member of the government who owns the lot. I am amazed at the fact that the cholera cemetery ground is privately owned and also at the speed of the development once approval was given. It was a rush to certify that the ground was safe by what I am sure is a well-paid Chief Medical Officer. In Jamaica one can get any of these so called professionals to say what you want them to say, if you pay them enough money to say it because they are all Eat-A-Food-Professionals. The privately owned land, located at Waterloo and West Kings House roads, is where victims of an 1860 cholera outbreak are buried.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Cholera remains a global threat to public health and an indicator of inequity and lack of social development. Researchers have estimated that every year, there are roughly 1.3 to 4.0 million cases, and 21 000 to 143 000 deaths worldwide due to cholera.

That development was made possible only because the Portland MP’s party and Government is in power. Not to mention the concept of "Conflict of Interest" does not exist in Jamaica. Members of our Political class and Government are not afraid to use their position of power to generate great personal wealth for themselves and their friends and family. In fact both they and the population take great pride in it. The fact that the MP developing the land is advising the public that the land is safe is classic Jamaican way of doing business. The proposed development on the land is for a two-storey commercial building consisting of a restaurant, bistro dining, pharmacy, supermarket, retail and office space, including rest rooms.

Everything about this deal tells me, that nothing about this deal is above ground and how could it be if a person like that Portland MP is involved. I am hoping that one day this person will run out of luck and be made accountable for once in his disgusting miserable little over privileged life.

I am told by a police friend of mine (hearsay) that skeleton remains of some of the cholera victims were found and bagged away in secret so as not alarm the general public, the area is now completely fenced off as work continues.

I thought places like cemeteries were supposed to be sacred ground, to be respected and never touched. In the movie the Poltergeist, the housing development was done on top of the graves because they only removed the gravestones and left the graves in place. Let us hope that this wicked action does not come back to haunt us by doing us harm.

It is not surprising to me that the so called Environmental NGO’s and the Articulate Minority are so very quiet at this development or any development so long as their political party is in power. Jamaica’s Environmental activist are all partisan political operatives, operating as a wing of the political party. The same environmental activist who were firmly against dredging of Kingston Harbour when their party was in opposition but now their political party is in power and the leader of the pretend Environment NGO received National honours, they have been very quiet. Picking their battles carefully as not to oppose their friends in Government. Trying not to cause any ripples of discontent and discomfort for their political masters. I must call it like how I see it. 

IN MY OPINION... JET the pretend Environmental NGO is partisan and act as an arm for the ruling JLP party and is only active when that party is in opposition. Only then do they talk a good talk and put up a good fight but when their party is in Power, their palms are greased with gold and their lips sealed… Hypocrites the lot!

Yes concessions are made in other areas, so as to make it look like they are working in harmony with the Government and achieving something but for the most part they have gone missing, MIA like a dog who was given a nice big soup bone.

The area surrounding the Waterloo cholera cemetery ground is well developed and the green space round-about that now sits on the lot, is a welcome break from that development.  It would have been nice to convert the land into a lovely green forested garden area supporting the ecological system so that wildlife would have a space to co-exist among the over developed concrete jungle.

This is War!
I have come to the conclusion that most Jamaicans hate Green Space and the Environment. It seems to me that most of us think that to have Green Space is backwards and not very metropolitan. For some reason Green Space is not seen as progressive but something to be destroyed and replace with concrete. Jamaicans view anti-green space concrete construction as the only context where progress can take place and that is because they view smog filled American rat infested concrete cities as a true symbol of modern progress.

The war on greenspace and the environment is real and taking place right in front of our eyes but if we do not respect the environment and green space then we do not see this as a destructive war on life itself but as progress.

Kingston and St. Andrew is beginning to look like a concrete townhouse congested Jungle and I wonder why the Environmental Groups were going crazy over Goat Island, predicting Environmental doom but are completely silent on the destruction of Kingston and St. Andrew at the hands of unscrupulous developers.

Galactus - The Destroyer of Worlds and his Herald

Every piece of empty land in and around Kingston and St. Andrew is being converted into some tacky over the top Florida style townhouse complex compound with big tacky slow moving electric gates bigger than God's own pearly Gates. This to me is a catastrophic environmental disaster because where there was once a nice house in a big lovely green yard or a nice piece of open land, full of trees, birds, various wildlife and a flourishing eco-system, now sits a tacky looking oversize hideous townhouse complex that is almost invading the blasted sidewalk, squeezing every square inch out of the yard and causing an eyesore to all.

Dillsbury Avenue Is A Total Wreck
Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 4:00 AM

It's a shame and disgrace that local authorities have continued to ignore the appallingly deplorable condition of Dillsbury Avenue. Dillsbury Avenue connects Jacks Hill Road and Millsborough Avenue, and is heavily traversed by a wide range of citizens, sometimes using it as a shortcut to avoid the Barbican Road traffic.

Dillsbury Avenue is home to almost a dozen townhouse complexes. With the construction of the last two over the past year, the destruction of the road has come to a head. Running water from National Water Company construction, and building materials such as aggregate, dirt and rubble that are left on the roadway for months, continue to impede traffic and further destroy the road.

Heavy construction equipment and trucks carrying construction materials further fatigues and breaks away the surface. While the parties responsible for construction have promised to fix the roads once they have completed their works, the road remains unfixed.

The potholes they created continue to widen, and have become so big and deep that it is not uncommon to burst a tyre or damage the front end of your car.

It is not all of us who drive SUVs, and it is becoming unbearable to use either end of the road.

We are calling for the National Works Agency, the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation and other relevant authorities to come to our rescue.

Kingston 6

Political Mouthpiece for effect ONLY! Now you are the Government , what do you intend to do about it? NOT a DAMN thing. In fact since they became the Government they have stepped up the war on Greenspace and the Environment by handing out more permits even to Building on cholera cemetery ground.

People's Report: Save Kingston 6 From Hodgepodge Construction
Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 5:00 AM
This is an open letter to Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke.

Over the past 10 years or more, numerous residential developments have caused gross and egregious inconvenience to residents of my constituency. The residents are bombarded with heavy-duty equipment, unwholesome noise levels, and damaged and eroded residential roads.

Let me state very clearly that I strongly favour development, especially attractive developments that preserve and/or improve the character of the neighbourhood. However, the concerns and complaints of the residents cannot be ignored.

I bring to your attention three areas in which apartment developments in Kingston 6 have damaged the residential roads and caused unspeakable dislocation and nuisance to residents:

1. Washington Drive, Drumblair;

2. Dillsbury Avenue, off Millsborough Avenue;

3. Halifax Avenue, off East Kings House Road; and there are others.

I strongly urge that the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), which you chair, properly supervise the developments to ensure that:

(a) Heavy-duty construction is only performed during normal working hours;

(b) The roads are maintained during construction;

(c) Dust and noise nuisance is avoided;

(d) The adjoining roads to the developments are returned to a satisfactory condition and a National Works Agency certification obtained before certificates of title are issued.

These conditions, inter alia, should be normal obligations of developers. Yet, if the roads such as Dillsbury Avenue, Washington Drive, Halifax Avenue and many others are examined, developers damage them, make their profits, and move on. Surely, the KSAC is failing in its duty to impose and supervise these basic conditions on developers.


MP, North East St Andrew

SO very soon something like this - A big yard with lovely green space

Will be converted into something like this. Fugly - tacky and over the top

Even the Prime Minister Andrew holness is a part of the War on Green Space and The Environment. In fact he is the Commander-in-chief leading his army of Environmental destroyers to wreak havoc on the natural word. A nuff green land space homeboy clear fi build dat deh palace deh!

 Andrew Holness's Butu Baroque and Ghettofabulous Compound

The Great Wall of Beverly!

Sustainable Architecture - Construction designed to have minimal negative Impact on the environment and one that promotes a healthy natural environment. It is architecture that seeks to maintain and enrich the natural environment. What we do in Jamaica is scorched earth, slash and burn development. A perfect example of this is taking place right now on Dillsbury Avenue.

Our Political class and Property developers are in fact Environmental destroyers who exist to wreak havoc on the natural word out of selfishness and pure greed. Profits without morality, void of all conscience.


I am not going to say we never get any flooding because we do, BUT Does all this over the top building of ugly gated communities, blasting away hills and mountain sides and cutting down the trees contributed to this flooding especially in places that use to never flood. I see a definite change in flooding patterns. We are building without adequate planning, nothing is taken into consideration. Our development is driven by greed and greed alone and we are courting disaster when rain falls.

I remember the development of the Golden Triangle was done without proper sewage development and as such people who paid million for their townhouses, was forced to live in shit until it was fixed after the fact.

Gleaner : “Get It Right - Engineer Says Flawed Drainage Contributing To Severe Flooding” … Well in the corporate area where we use to have a nice big yard, land and vegetation to absorb the water, we now have gated communities that are almost entirely paved over. The water no longer gets absorbed but runs off but to where? Take for example Millsborough Avenue, that entire Avenue use to have more open land space with a house sitting in the middle. When it rains lots of water got absorbed but now one house is replaced with a gated community, one family is replaced with 15 to 20 families and everywhere is concrete. It is hot when the sun shines and floods when it rains. There is no such thing as town or city planning in Jamaica.

We have groups of people with titles of planners, pretend planners but the groups are just social groups, somewhere to be seen. They hang out at uncorked and drink wine. We are a nation of profilers...