Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris has confirmed that the public always has the right to access all beaches in St. Kitts and Nevis.

His comments come after a reporter at his monthly press conference referred to a recent wave of public concern as to whether beaches across the federation would remain accessible to the general public.

“All beaches belong to the government,” the prime minister said.

“I think it has long been established that there is a public access to every beach in St. Kitts and Nevis, and that is something which Team Unity as an administration will honour.”

“Simply put, at all times, citizens and residents in St. Kitts and Nevis must have access to a beach, and where that access is not provided the law empowers the government to act in the public interest to secure that access.”

He noted that all members of the public should conduct themselves appropriately when passing through private property to access a beach.

Dr. Harris said that he will instruct the Ministry of Sustainable Development, of which he is the minister in charge, to investigate and advise the cabinet as to whether public access is being provided to “all the prominent beaches in Frigate Bay and the southeast peninsula.”