Minister Working on Amicable Solution To Beach Access Problem

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Lands Minister Maria Browne says her Ministry wants an amicable solution to growing concerns over beach access in the country.

Browne says measures are already being put in place to make good on a Cabinet decision to make beach access stronger.

She says her ministry is working with land owner near the beach to “enable access for all.”

Browne says easements are being identified so that residents can access the beaches “at all times.”

The minister says easements must be “accessible and clearly marked” so residents know exactly where the access points are.

“The beach access is number one on our list at the ministry,” Browne added.

She says any discussion on beach access must be amicable.

Residents have been expressing concern that increasingly, more and more fences are being erected at the entrance of beaches.

The government also intends to look at the law governing beach access in the country.

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  1. The beaches of Antigua are for the benefit of ALL the citizens of Antigua. We should always have the right to access all beaches and public government signs should be erected that says so at each site. Sure, we like hotel owners and international investors that provide jobs for our citizens, but our beaches are equal access for all.

    Rich and poor people can have the same experience in life by enjoying our beaches. But, at the same time, it is important for Antiguan citizens to be polite at the beaches, clean up trash always, and be respectful to hotel guests relaxing at the beach and tourists visiting our fine country.

  2. I guess they’re going to look at the law and amended it to finally keep the little black people off the beaches. The white investors and the rich blackman who owned the beach front lands don’t want the little black man and woman on the beaches.

    • Your comment is funny, however, I think the government is trying to protect the rights of the little black man and woman in this case. If the Minister is to be believed, I think she is saying that the government is making efforts to ensure beach access is protect for all of our citizens, rich and poor alike. By the way, our country Antigua and Barbuda has some really nice beaches, I love our beaches compared to other Caribbean countries.

  3. ALL beaches in Antigua are public. How did it get to this point where “land owners” are making it difficult for people to access our beaches?

  4. Apart from hotels you have private properties along our beach line that will not and cannot give you access to any beach in front of their homes. Places like, Hodges Bay, Crossbies, Fitches Creek Seatons, Browns Bay, Mill Reef. And many more such places. This will be fought in court for many years.

  5. What the of July, 1959 Beach Control Act, Cap 45:6? Outdated? The 18th July, 2016 press release on “public access to beaches across Antigua/Barbuda? Not legal or what? Too much pussy footing.

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