Little Dunn's River to be reopened

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is preparing to reopen the three-acre property in  the northern parish of St. Ann, popularly known as Little Dunn's River.

The Corporation says a special walkway will be created for free public access on the eastern side of the property.

The UDC closed the property last month, stating that it does not have insurance coverage; lacks proper sanitary conveniences, and its operation was in conflict with the best practices of the tourism sector.

The reopening plans were outlined on Friday in a consultation session with officials from the Ocho Rios Ministers’ Fraternal and vendors that formerly operated from that venue.  

In a release on Friday, Desmond Malcolm, UDC’s General Manager, noted that while access will be provided to the sea in accordance with Beach Regulations, there will be controlled access to the falls.

The Corporation will also work through its community integration programme towards the incorporation of vendors in the phased development of the Belmont property, and the wider development of Ocho Rios in an effort to ensure business continuity.

 A public/private partnership is also being considered aimed at raising funds for capital improvement works at the Belmont Cove property.

The Corporation promised to ensure that the property is developed for the use of the public, through the implementation of a management and maintenance plan.


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