Bull Bay

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For the village in Wales, see Bull Bay, Anglesey.

Bull Bay is located on the south east coast of Jamaica 10 miles to the east of Kingston on the border between St Andrew and St Thomas, beside its lesser-known sister, Cow Bay. It is said that both bays were so named because the whole area was once a slaughter centre of the buccaneers and the English colonialists.

Bull Bay has an energetic, close-knit community, and at night, the coastline pulsates with rhythms from the various nightclubs that line the beach.

Floods[edit]

Bull Bay is located in the flood plain of a number of rivers: Salt Spring River, Chalky River, Bull Park River, Spring Gut River and Cane River, and consequently has been the subject of a number of floods. The land is low-lying (between 0 and 150 feet above sea level). The drainage basin is composed of relatively hard and impervious rock structures.

The floods in September 2002 followed heavy rainfall that month (3,500 mm), thanks to Hurricane Lili. One person died. Local residents described the flood as being the most disastrous since Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988. A contributing factor to the flooding was identified by residents as silt. Some of this comes from local quarries, particularly belonging to Jamaica Gypsum & Quarries Ltd., but local deforestation by residents seeking firewood was also a contributing factor. The dumping of garbage was another factor.

The Ten Miles and Eleven Miles areas of Bull Bay are regularly subject to floods. Residents have lost livestock, personal belongings, cars, and houses. They also complained of increased problems with insects and pests, bad roads, and resultant health problems.[1]

Local industries[edit]

  • Jamaica Gypsum & Quarries Ltd.
  • Walker's Blocks and Quarry

Culture and entertainment[edit]

  • Bull Bay is home to a community of Bobo Ashanti known as Bobo Hill
  • Sun Coast Adventure Park - Jamaica's first and largest paintball facility
  • Bob Marley Beach
  • Cane River Falls - Bob Marley's favourite place to wash his dreadlocks

Sports[edit]

  • Surfing
  • Fishing

Notable residents[edit]

  • Danniel Bailey - national rugby league player and national discus thrower
  • Billy "Mystic" Wilmot - guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and surfer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bull Bay: A Town Ravaged by Nature by My Community Our Earth Project accessed 21 June 2008

Coordinates: 17°57′N 76°40′W / 17.950°N 76.667°W / 17.950; -76.667