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  • The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging property owners impacted by beach erosion to make contact with the authority before effecting any personal solution. This is in order to avoid being served with an enforcement notice.
  • Director for Environmental Management and Conservation at NEPA, Anthony McKenzie was speaking against the background of an enforcement notice served by NEPA on a property owner in Alligator Pond, who erected a beach erosion solution without the requisite license to do so.
  • One resident who participated in the meeting, Michelle Thomas told JIS News that now that the proper procedure has been explained she was in agreement that persons should apply for a license before erecting a beach erosion strategy.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging property owners impacted by beach erosion to make contact with the authority before effecting any personal solution. This is in order to avoid being served with an enforcement notice.

The caution was issued by Director for Environmental Management and Conservation at NEPA, Anthony McKenzie at a community meeting at Oswald’s restaurant, Alligator Pond, in Manchester on Friday, August 22.

He told JIS News that while he understands the dilemma persons face when confronted with an eroding beach, and a threat to their investment, they must be mindful of breaches of the Beach Control regulations.

“Contact NEPA and we’ll discuss a solution to the problem, which might require an engineered physical structure. So we’d want to discuss with them first and if the solution requires a soft or hard engineering solution then they would apply, get the necessary approvals and proceed,” he said.

Mr McKenzie was speaking against the background of an enforcement notice served by NEPA on a property owner in Alligator Pond, who erected a beach erosion solution without the requisite license to do so.
Subsequently, a community meeting was held to discuss with the residents the need for obtaining a license.

“Having served the notice we’d expect to get a response from them within the timeframe specified. They can appeal the notice, remove the structures or write to us with some explanation and all of that will be considered as part of the process,” he explained.

One resident who participated in the meeting, Michelle Thomas told JIS News that now that the proper procedure has been explained she was in agreement that persons should apply for a license before erecting a beach erosion strategy.

“They’re trying to do something but they needed to have gone about it the proper way…but it’s good that the meeting was held so everybody is at least on the same page,” she noted.