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Fishermen protest plan to relocate them from Mammee Bay Fishing Beach

Rico Fullerton, President of the Mammee Bay Fishing Beach and Recreation Centre, Dian Gordon Bailey, Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, and Mayor of St. Ann's Bay Sydney Stewart
 
Several residents including fishermen protested Monday morning in Mammee Bay in St. Ann about a plan that will prevent them from accessing a property they have occupied for years. 
 
The property provides access to the Mammee Bay Fishing Beach.
 
Rico Fullerton, President of the Mammee Bay Fishing Beach and Recreation Centre, told Radio Jamaica News that the fishermen are being offered a $20 million deal for the property, however, they are not willing to give up the location. 
 
"The Mammee Bay Fishing Beach one acre that they gave to us from thousands a years ago, we not giving it up and we not selling it. It's not for sale because they are trying to get us to make a deal - $20 million does not cut it for a fishing beach. There's no way we can go back go buy a fishing beach. All fisherman weh gone, there's no way to operate," he contended.  
 
Dian Gordon Bailey, Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, who visited the Mammee Bay Fishing Beach Monday morning, said discussions will be held with the owners of the property to seek a resolution.
 
A meeting has been convened for Tuesday at the St. Ann Municipal Corporation in an attempt to end the impasse.
 
The meeting, called by Mayor of St. Ann's Bay Sydney Stewart, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
 
Mr. Stewart said six representatives of the fishermen, as well as representatives from the National Land Agency, and other relevant stakeholders will be asked to attend so that all the groups can "arrive at something amicably that benefits both parties."
 


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