Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett yesterday participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the renovated Lyssons Beach in St Thomas.
The beach received a $49 Million upgrade, as part of the Tourism Enhancement Fund’s National Beach Development Programme. The Tourism Product Development Company managed the project, with construction done by M.A.E. Construction Ltd in the first phase and Stone Plus Ltd in the latter.
“St. Thomas is a parish that has immense potential for tourism development and we will continue to examine ways to expand and diversify this most important industry. I am particularly delighted to be here at Lyssons Beach, with its most scenic tranquil vibe that has attracted many to its location over the years.
This is not about building beaches for tourists. This is about building beaches for the people of Jamaica that tourists will also enjoy,” said the Minister.
The improvements carried out at Lyssons Beach included renovation of the restrooms, upgrade of the sewage system, construction of five gazebos, construction of a foot bridge and walkways, rehabilitation of the lower driveway and parking area, fabrication of three (3) lifeguard stands, construction of a guard house and an outdoor shower area.
Phase two of the project included the construction of a wooden perimeter fence and the fabrication of a chain link fence for demarcation purposes, construction of seating around the trees on the beach, the establishment of a parking lot and driveway and landscaping to prescribed areas.
“Tourism investments often lead to the development of infrastructure to support the sector. This is what we have here today at Lyssons. I am delighted to be in your company and to do the honours of cutting the ribbon to officially declare open the Lyssons Beach.
I implore the residents of the parish to see it as your own, to treasure it and to be creative in the use of the space so that you can leverage it to bring greater wealth and an improved quality of life,” said Minister Bartlett.
Other beaches improved under the initiative include Marking Stone Beach in St. Mary and Burwood Beach in Trelawny. Work has also been initiated for developments to take place at Salem Beach in Runaway Bay, St Ann.
Another twelve beaches are in the design phase for this financial year.