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BLUE LAGOON – PROTECT IT!!!!

*This video is a documentary trying to save one of my favorite spots in #Jamaica. Urgent action is needed! The onslaught has continued, despite the efforts of activists such as those who made this documentary.

BLUE LAGOON

The Blue Lagoon is located the beautiful and secluded Portland Parish.

Famous Past

The Blue Lagoon is the location for such films as Brooke Shields’ hot teen sensation, The Blue Lagoon. Call the Blue Hole at the time, the locals wisely switched the name to cash in on the popularity of the movie. This also was one of the primary scenes for Tom Cruises’ super hit Cocktail.

Portland Parish

I lived there in the late eighties, and my wife’s family, the Grants of Port Antonio, live there. One of my wife’s sister’s is a principal, and the other a nurse. I generally drop the “in” in front of laws when thinking of my Jamaican relatives. I got lucky when I married my wife, getting an extra mom and dad, a couple of sisters I never had, and more brothers out of the marriage.

Arguably the most beautiful of all Jamaica Parishes, Portland Parish is where the rain forests of the Blue Mountains meet the turquoise of the Caribbean Sea. Secluded and panoramic, the beauty of nature stretches as far as the eyes can see in any direction. Although Nicola and I moved back tot he states once we had children, the Portland Parish remains my home away from home.

While living there

I wrote my first book while living there in the aftermath of Hurricane Gilbert. It changed me perhaps more than any other experience, and certainly ranks with college and every other experience short of marrying Nicky and having our children, Adonis and Alexaundrinia.

My Connection to the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon, Frenchmen’s cove, and Winnifred Beach were the two places I typically hung out to write, think, and meditate while living there. I would start my day at the deserted (back then) Folly Ruins, then often end up at the Blue Lagoon. The two houses built for the stars in the movies were damaged during the hurricane. One of the locals arranged for me to rent one of the damaged cottages just to set up to write and have privacy overlooking the pristine lagoon and the tropical paradise of vegetation surrounding the various shades of blue water. Had many greatexperiences living in Portland, and the Blue Lagoon was definitely one of them.

Parting thought

If the Jamaican government will not save this landmark, they cannot be trusted to save the others. If citizens do not get involved, and quick, there will be no places like the Blue Lagoon, Winnifred Beach, or Folly left to protect. Take action now!
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BLUE LAGOON – Protect it!!! by Jerry Beller

 

Message from the creators of the documentary:

One of the Caribbean’s most spectacular and tranquil natural sites, Jamaica’s Blue Lagoon has long been abandoned to touts, illegal activity and decay, and is now being developed (most recent being a large artificial beach on its shores, the site of events/parties such as one shown in photos here) – facilitated, amazingly, by the country’s environmental agencies. Please write the authorities using the contact info shown near the end of this video, and below, to demand that all development be reversed, and the Lagoon restored to a natural state, protected forever as parkland, with all necessary facilities and regulations.

[All area below codes are 876: ]

Mr. Peter Knight, CEO
NEPA
10&11 Caledonia Avenue
Kingston 5, Jamaica
Fax:  754.7595/6
Tel.:  754.7540

Hon. Edmund Bartlett, M.P.
Minister of Tourism
Fax: 920.4944
Tel.: 920.4924/6
64 Knutsford Boulevard
Kingston 5

The Hon. Bruce Golding
Prime Minister
Fax: 929.0005
Tel.: 927.9941-3
Jamaica House
1 Devon Road, Kng. 10

Ms. Carrole Guntley, CD, JP
Director General
Ministry of Tourism
Fax: 920.4944
Tel.: 920.4924/6
64 Knutsford Boulevard
Kingston 5

Hon. Daryl Vaz, MP, Portland Western and
Minister without Portfolio, Prime Minister’s Office
Fax: 960.1241
Tel.: 929.8748, 929.8885
Jamaica House
1 Devon Road, Kng. 10

Mr. Earl Patrick
Exec. Dir., Tourism Product Development Co.
Fax: 929.8269. 754.9135
Tel.: 968.3441, -1909, -3626
64 Knutsford Boulevard,
Kingston 5

Dr. Donald Rhodd, MP, Portland Eastern
eportland@pnpjamaica.com
Tel.: 978.1337
89 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6

Mr. Dexter C. Rowland, Parish Councillor
Portland Eastern (Port Antonio)
Fax: 993.3188
Tel.: 993.2866
1 Gideon Avenue, Port Antonio, Portland

Cllr. Derron Wood
Parish Councillor, Portland Eastern (Fairy Hill) and Deputy Mayor, Portland
Fax: 993.3188
Tel.: 993.2866
1 Gideon Avenue, Port Antonio, Portland

His Worship the Mayor, Portland
Cllr. Floyd Patterson
Fax: 993.3188
Tel.: 993.2866
1 Gideon Avenue, Port Antonio, Portland

Mr. Robert Russell, Chair
Tourism Product Development Co.
Fax: 929.8269. 754.9135
Tel.: 968.3441, -1909, -3626
64 Knutsford Boulevard,
Kingston 5

Ms. Deanne Keating-Campbell
Director, Product Quality
Tourism Product Development Co.
Fax: 929.8269. 754.9135
Tel.: 968.3441, -1909, -3626
64 Knutsford Boulevard,
Kingston 5

Ms. Allasandra Chung
Director, Attractions Development
Tourism Product Development Co.
Fax: 929.8269. 754.9135
Tel.: 968.3441, -1909, -3626
64 Knutsford Boulevard,
Kingston 5

Dr. Wykeham McNeil
Opposition Spokesman, Tourism
feezzie@hotmail.com
Tel.: 978.1337
89 Old Hope Road,
Kingston 6

Mr. Noel Arscott
Opposition Spokesman, Environment
n.arscott@hotmail.com
Tel.: 978.1337
89 Old Hope Road,
Kingston 6

Hon. Roy Thompson, C.D.
Custos of Portland
Fax:  993.7848
Tel.:  715.6328
P.O.Box 5
Machioneal, Portland

 

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