When the new national beach policy comes into effect, animals such as dogs and horses will have designated areas to roam.
Minister for Natural Resources Vincent Wheatley said this is necessary to ensure everyone can enjoy their stay on local beaches.
“Right now, we are developing our national beach policy [and it] should be ready to go to the Cabinet information paper in about seven days. It would guide how we handle beaches,” Wheatley said on the Honestly Speaking radio programme on Tuesday.
“If I am on a beach trying to enjoy myself and you have dogs, horses … that cannot work. So the policy will be like: dogs will have to be on a leash, you have to clean up, and this is the area of the beach where you can have your dog. If turtles want to come and hatch in a particular part of the beach, we have to make sure that these things can happen within a particular space.”
The Natural Resources Minister further said persons who are interested in developing the beach will also be guided by the policy.
The same is true for vendors, he said.
“They would have very clear guidelines on how to treat a beach. We want to satisfy all users. If you want to come to the beach as a bather, you want to come and read your book, you should have that space. Just to make sure that everyone can enjoy the beach.”
In the meantime, the issue of accessing the beaches of the territory will be another area addressed.
“All beaches are public, and it should have access,” he said.
According to Wheatley, the existing laws governing this resource “needs some clarity to it, and it needs to be enforced.”
With the new policy, he said all the grey areas such as where does the perimeters of a beach start and end will be clearly stated.
“Everyone should know exactly where the beach is,” he argued.
Apart from the beach policy, Wheatley said the Andrew Fahie-led administration is also working on an environmental bill which will come into force in the coming months.
“We have to get better guidelines that are enforceable for how we treat our environment, whether it is filling up ponds or throwing sewerage in the ocean,” he said
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