St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Public Works Department is notifying the general public that all Sand Mining Sites, including Wash Ghaut and Pump Bay, will be closed from the 18th December, 2017 to 5th January 2018.
Regular scheduled activity will commence on January 8, 2018.
All interested parties are asked to govern themselves accordingly.
The notification comes two weeks after WINN FM carried an initial story which drew attention to illegal sand- mining in the Canada Estate area. Unlawful sand-mining at the beach has created a 35 meter wide pit. There are some areas where the pit is as deep as four feet.
WINN FM was directed to a photo of a white truck, with a red bed, and a loader at the Canada Estate, removing sand. The Department of Environment revealed investigations were on going into the matter. However, up to press time, we were unable to get an update on the investigations.
An officer from the St. Christopher National Trust has indicated that sand mining is a recurring problem within the federation. The officer, after viewing some photos of the sand mining pit at the Canada Estate beach, also noted that the pictures are self evident that the area just above the shoreline is below the sea water level.
The officer went on to state that high surf would definitely create a salt water lake and that the illegal sand-mining makes the shoreline vulnerable to coastal flooding and extensive erosion.
The breaching of the shoreline also means the destruction of the natural habitat of local wildlife, including nesting turtles.