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Church group protests prolonged closure of Little Dunn's River

A small group, led by the Ocho Rios Minister's Fraternal this morning staged a protest at the informal attraction, Little Dunn's River.

The protesters are contending that the beach, which was shuttered at the end of August, has been closed for too long.

The facility was closed due to fear of reprisal attacks, following the fatal shooting of a man at the entrance.

But the protesters argue that the owner, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), has not taken any action since the closure.

Jonathan Hemmings, a member of the Ocho Rios Ministers Fraternal Reverend, said the group is calling for the UDC to immediately reopen the facility so residents can benefit.

Mr. Hemmings argued that the beach is the only one to which many "ordinary" Jamaicans have free access to along the coastline from St. Ann's Bay to St. Mary, so to deny them access is "unjust".