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Hellshire, Beach erosion Oct 2015

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posted by owen on 2015-Oct-7.

It is surprising how rapid the progress has been since the last time. Lots of Sargassum this month. And now the wall and stairs at Prendy's is starting to give way despite all their attempts to re-in-force it. All these shops need to move back away from the shoreline but I am sure it is gonna cost a pretty penny to relocate them.

Hellshire Beach, Portmore Jamaica.

Sargassum up close

Sargassum up close

Prendy's staircase

Prendy's staircase

Prendy's staircase

Prendy's staircase

View from the sea

View from the sea

Sargassum coming in

Sargassum coming in

The water soaked sand below the wall is causing it to weaken

The water soaked sand below the wall is causing it to weaken

Walls tipping for ward

Walls tipping for ward


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  1. There were no regulations from the onset at this beautiful beach..which was UDC owned along with other Hellshire areas.There was total disregard for the planning of this area. UDC, with all it's Planners, must have know what would happen if there were no regulations in place in the utilization of the beach. No one cared. The users didn't understand the impact of building there structures out there, in the manner they did. And no-one stepped in to stop them & explain anything to them. Now everyone loses with the erosion of this once beautiful local beach, those who go to the beach & they vendors. So sad.

    by Rosey 2015-Nov-17 

  2. No one care until it is too late. Such is life. Thanx for your comment.

    by owen Wed, 06th Jan 2016 at 5:55 pm  

  3. I KNO9 RIGHT

    by LELO Sat, 05th Nov 2016 at 12:30 pm  

  4. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THERE WERE NO BEACHES IN JAMAICA

    by LELO Sat, 05th Nov 2016 at 12:25 pm  

  5. SOMEONE TELL ME PLEASE

    by LELO Sat, 05th Nov 2016 at 12:29 pm  

  6. wow, please stop with the smilies

    by owen Sat, 05th Nov 2016 at 7:02 pm  

  7. Thank you for the article Owen. I'm a Jamaican planning a visit back to JA after 6 years and was planning to take my children to Hellshire. I remember Prendy's and it's pretty disappointing to see the loss of the beach.
    In your first paragraph, the term is 'A pretty penny' not 'a pretty pen'; it's usage however is correct. I'm sure the cost to relocate would be expensive.
    Thanks again for an informative article.

    by T.G Sun, 18th Dec 2016 at 4:46 pm  

  8. thanx, it is the usual case of poor planning and poor monitoring/education. we just let things run down until its no more. At least the sea and fried fish is still good.

    by owen Fri, 07th Apr 


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