Heads up guys. The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture sent a letter to the Bequia Tourism Association intimating they are going to allow jet ski use throughout SVG. The letter asked for feedback on the idea although it is clear from the wording of the letter that they have already made their mind up to allow the use of jet skis as 'a valuable contribution to develop our tourism product'. Letter is copied below.
As a means of diversifying the marine tourism product, the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture is presently considering the introduction of jet skis as a watersport activity and also to facilitate in the patrol of the waters throughout the destination.
Although covered under the Power Craft Act, the importation of jet skis is currently prohibited under the Supplies Control Act. The Ministry is cognizant of the importance of collaborating with stakeholders to ensure that all the necessary parameters are established for the smooth and safe operation of this craft.
To this end, the Ministry is inviting your feedback/ recommendations with respect to the introduction of this craft, inclusive of the following:
- Designated beaches
- Speed limit - operational distance from the shore
- Safety Guidelines
Anticipating your valuable contribution as we continue to develop our tourism product.
MINISTRY OF TOURISM, SPORTS AND CULTURE
You can show your support (or not) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture direct at email@example.com
P.S. Please CC the BTA if you do email the Ministry direct so they can keep a tally of those for and against.Edited: 6:13 am, May 28, 2013