Stop the destruction of people's homes and three local Jamaican Communities by developers!

Stop the destruction of people's homes and three local Jamaican Communities by developers!

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Little Bay and Brighton Community Association` started this petition to Prime Minister of Jamaica Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The Communities of Little Bay, Brighton, and Salmon Point, living on a stunning piece of South-Western Jamaica's natural coastline are in the process of being evicted. Their homes, possessions, and small businesses are planned to be destroyed by the arrival of a demolition crew on Wednesday 6th April 2022 this week. Hundreds of residents from all over the Parish of Westmoreland gathered and prevented the eviction process with the attendance of the local police and the Jamaican army.

14 homes were served with eviction notices a week ago. The families, many of whom were born and grown on these lands, have created their own families there too. Their children attend the local school and families attend the many churches in the villages. The people, many of them fishermen, farmers, micro-business owners, hotel workers' and tour drivers have nowhere to go or relocate their homes and businesses to. The eldest person is over 80 years old and born on the lands. 

A US citizen, Mr. Barber, supposedly bought these crown lands many years ago and left them for 'poor' people to live on. When he passed his son 'sold' the lands to a Mr. John Euger another US Citizen. After the sale was completed in the USA the new 'owner' returned to Jamaica and told the people already living on the lands to leave. Ridiculous as many are descendants of Africans from slavery days, left on the lands at the end of slavery who built their homes and grew their families on the lands. The British did not compensate the African/Jamaicans when slavery ended but they did compensate the many slave owners with huge amounts of money.

These communities have developed their homes and lived peacefully, working as fishermen, farmers, hotel workers, and tour drivers for decades. Others have created small and micro-businesses to support their families. The area is very popular with foreign visitors who love to be around areas of Community Tourism - enjoy the stunning nature and friendly local culture of the communities on this beautiful unspoiled coast.

Mr. Barber's son sold the lands - 3 pieces of British Crown lands, approx. 768 acres to American Citizen Mr. John Eugster for $450,000USD in 2002 without leaving any of his father's paperwork to protect local people whom his father had encouraged to settle there. Mrs. Eugster is now supposedly the sole owner of the 3 pieces of land worth $62,000,000US (which she currently owes $3,195,190JMD in unpaid Land Taxes and Penalties to the Jamaican government). She boasts they have  Billion US Dollar foreign investors keen to develop the lands, where hundreds of Jamaica people now live, into 2 luxury hotels and 2 P.G.A. golf courses.

The indigenous people in the area will lose their homes, farms, and businesses. Others will lose their investments on the lands they invested in, expecting to pay Mrs. Eugster as advised. She changed her mind 3 years ago and announced that she had decided to sell it all to developers and everyone must leave. Many local people are in similar positions under the threat of losing businesses - fishing boats, farms, animals, crops, shops, bars, cook-houses they have worked with for decades. They have always been prevented from buying their lands and therefore having no titles they were excluded from obtaining finance through loans and grants to develop their businesses. One of the reasons many people are so poor there.

The lands are beautiful, natural, and unspoiled with beaches that are protected turtle and wildlife habitats. So many land and sea birds around the coastline and further out at sea often provide a multitude of sea fish which is the staple diet of many families. We can't allow developers to turn these amazing organic lands into a concrete jungle. 'Progress in the name of Tourism', which will undoubtedly create more very low-paid jobs for Jamaican people, plus encourage more crime and violence before the next coastal villages fall into foreign developer's hands too.

Please help Little Bay, Brighton, and Salmon Point Communities keep their lands, homes, businesses, and livelihoods by signing this petition now and sharing it with your friends and colleagues. 

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