Illegal Sand Mining In St. Kitts – Nevis

Sand Mining Requires A Permit
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Sand Mining Requires A Permit

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
Ministry of Sustainable Development
February 22, 2011

The Department of Physical Planning and Environment in the Ministry of Sustainable Development is reminding residents that it is an offence to remove sand from the beaches and ghauts on St. Kitts and Nevis, without obtaining a permit from the Public Works Department.

To obtain such, a fee of $5.00 per cubic yard of ghaut sand or $7.50 per cubic yard of bay/beach sand has to be paid to the Public Works Cashier located at the Main Entrance on Wellington Road. 

Anyone found removing sand from the beaches and ghauts around St. Kitts without permits will be prosecuted in accordance with the laws of St. Christopher and Nevis, specifically the National Conservation and Environment Protection Act, No.5, 1987, (amended by Act 12 of 1996 & Act 21 of 2001).  It states that anyone found removing sand without due authorization can be fined $1000.00 or imprisoned for a term not exceeding one year or both.  In addition, any vehicle, equipment or machinery used for illegal sand-mining can be confiscated.

The general public is advised that the Department of Physical Planning and Environment will be collaborating with the Police and the Defence Force in making spot checks of vehicles transporting sand to ensure that they have the necessary permits.  Your kind cooperation is therefore solicited.

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