Battle brews in Jamaica over Blue Lagoon’s fate

Commerce might trump cove’s beauty

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But Mr. Knight said that doesn’t mean the artificial beach is illegal.

It’s not just environmentalists who worry about his agency’s effectiveness, however. Jamaica’s auditor general recently issued a report saying NEPA had “severe managerial weaknesses” that resulted in lax environmental oversight.

Ultimately, conservationists worry that more development of Blue Lagoon will attract a barrage of motorized watercraft and dangerously increase silt levels, causing the small cove to lose its famed luster.

“Some say the unique color of the lagoon is protected by vegetation. So if we lose the surrounding greenery, what will be left? We may find out, because the [politicians] are only moved by what the local population wants, and that is jobs,” Mr. Donegan said.

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