The perceptive man who emailed me made a connection between the business of selling parking spaces on the street in downtown Kingston and limited access to Pearly Beach. It appears to be the same issue: The Government of Jamaica selling the rights of citizens to the highest bidder, whether foreigner or local.
Tourism is now vital to our economies across the Caribbean. But we have to find a way to balance the requirements of the tourist industry and the needs of citizens. We can't just fence in tourists and fence out locals.
We have to launch a national campaign to take back Jamaica's beaches from private operators. In the 1970s we used to say we're more than a beach, we're a country. Now, we need to claim our beaches. They should belong to all Jamaicans. Not just a few hoteliers.
We don't seem to realise just how far Jamaican popular music has spread. We take our creativity for granted and we rarely stop to think about why so many people from such diverse cultures are attracted to the music produced on this little rock. And it's not just the beat and the lyrics that fascinate foreigners. It's also the academic value of the music.
The twelfth staging of the Calabash International Literary Festival, a month ago, was dubbed 'globalicious' by Kwame Dawes, the programmer for the event. And it certainly was both global and delicious. The calabash was full to the brim and running over with both literary and musical delicacies