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.