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February 21, 2014
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St Thomas mayor unaware of Sizzla's project

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Miguel Collins, otherwise known as Sizzla Kalonji, this week revealed plans to take over a section of a beach in Grants Pen, St Thomas, to develop the area as a centre of attraction in the community.

The entertainer spoke of his plans in an interview on Television Jamaica on Tuesday night.

In the nightly news segment, the deejay and a group of men were seen with work instruments seemingly starting what he claimed was the Sizzla Beach project.

The deejay said the initiative would see the establishment of facilities such as a kitchen and bar as well as bathroom facilities for members of the surrounding communities. He went on to state that he would incorporate the help of the Sizzla Youth Foundation, as well as the services of men in the community.

However, the news report revealed that when the parish council was contacted, Mayor of St Thomas, Ludlow Mathison said no application was submitted for work to be carried out at the location and checks were done up to last week.

According to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), under the Natural Resources Conservation Authority act of 1996, "a permit is required to undertake any construction or development of a prescribed nature anywhere in Jamaica and its territorial sea."

It was also revealed that applications should be submitted to the local planning authority in respective parish councils.

Sizzla appeared in the Yallahs resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent language, and was fined $1,000.

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