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High seas put Grand Turk properties at risk
Published on February 17, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version




High swells and wave action in Grand Turk have resulted in severe erosion along the coast, causing concern among several beach-front property owners.

The Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) is working with property owners and, in some circumstances, has granted permission for emergency work to be carried out within the National Park to protect houses where necessary.

“The primary problem is erosion of the beach in the National Park which, so far, has been impacting roads, dealt with promptly by Public Works, and private properties,” said Katharine Hart, environmental officer for DEMA.

Throughout this period, some property owners have been permitted to use heavy machinery on the beach to carry out this work. All work is being monitored and regulated by DEMA, and the Department is aiming to deal with these important issues with minimum impact to the National Park.
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Peter Jones:

Has the erosion damaged the Osprey Beach Hotel, Salt Raker Inn, or the Sand Bar Restaurant?

What is the likelihood of ongoing damage?


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