Friday, July 18, 2008

Stolen Beach, Anyone?

It sounds ridiculous, but it is true. A beach has been stolen in Jamaica. For what is a beach, if not the sand that adjoins to the sea's waters, inwards to the shore?
An estimated 500 truckloads of white sand have been illegally removed from the beach of a 64-acre property in Jamaica that was meant to be used for luxury villas (with spas, restaurants, amphitheatres and marinas, get the picture?). The removal of this sand has destroyed the beach-front and put a halt to US$109 million development plans. The whole country is in shock (that in itself is just hilarious), and investigations have been mandated by our Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, into the robbery.

Sounds like a joke, doesn't it? 500 truckloads of white sea-sand stolen? And a national investigation underway?

*Swtiches to Jamaican Patois*:
Me jus have a couple a questions:
1.Why would you steal 500 truckloads of sand that cannot be used for construction? What you doing with that?
2. Where on earth do you hide THAT MUCH sand?
3. You mean to tell me that nobody never see when them was moving off with truck-load after truckload of sand? Nobody never get suspicious after about the fiftieth truckload? Or the hundredth? Or the five hundredth? You mean to tell me that in Jamaica, where inquisitiveness is like second nature, and curiosity does abound, nobody never wonder what was going on and why? It never tickle nobody curiosity? That just hard to believe.
4. And you mean, if you live somewhere, and see truckload after truckload of sand being brought in, yuh ain't goin' want to know what them be doing with alla that sea sand?

Me ain't know, but it sound funny, very funny. In all senses: suspicious, weird and somehow strangely comical. On an even more serious note, though, we hope the thief them realise that is business that spoil for this country again. Is investment in we nation that them just set back for God knows how long. You can imagine the foreign businessman sit down in they big meeting to decide where to build another hotel, and when Jamaica come up, one a them say, 'no way, them people will steal anything, even the sand on your beach...'

Not funny at all...

16 comments:

Jdid said...

thats scary? what do you do with that much beach sand unless you're opening up a beach themed resort in the middle of the island or something of the sort.

Ruthibelle said...

I'm wondering...

Ms. Behaving said...

It's impossible [I think] for somebody [well in that case several bodies] to take THAT much sand and, for it to go unnoticed.

Something about this story just isn't adding up...

Mad Bull said...

Interesting story. People may not be as inquisitive as you think though. If the people moving the sand look confident enough, most times no one will question them, unless of course, is you own the property.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it is very funny. A stolen beach? That takes the cake

Anonymous said...

It's very bizarre. Sounds like somebody would have seen all that sand being removed...

Tom_Gurl said...

It's so sad to see that my people holding themselves & their country back!!

But for real-what on earth would these people do with all that sand?

David said...

Hi Ruthibell, thanks for commenting on our site/wedding blog. I like you site. Its a shame about the sand, I doan't think it was done by truck though.

- from the sea via a suction sand ship.

Anonymous said...

maybe they did it with a ship at night with a huge vacuum, suck sand, turn back to sea and drop the all sand to water.

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