Gov't moves to protect heritage sites
The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) has been mandated to undertake an urgent mapping of sites that are to be considered for protection.
In making the announcement in Parliament on Tuesday, Culture minister Olivia Grange said that the Blue Lagoon in Portland is among the list of sites being given priority attention at this time.
"I have instructed the JNHT to prepare a Preservation Notice which will ensure that there is no illegal development taking place within the boundaries of the Blue Lagoon, which includes the Pellew Island, over the six-month period in which the Notice will be in force. During the period, consultations will be held with diverse stakeholders to discuss the proposal to declare the Blue Lagoon as a protected national monument," Grange said.
The Blue Lagoon in Portland
The minister also said she has given instructions for the submission of a nomination dossier on Port Royal to UNESCO in the coming year.
"Port Royal is the only site of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and my ministry intends to have this site inscribed as the Caribbean's only underwater Cultural Heritage site on the World Heritage List," Grange said.