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A quiet Pigeon Point Beach in Tobago.

With the nation’s beaches now open to the public, the future of a local landmark at one of the island’s most popular beaches is still unknown.

The iconic Pigeon Point jetty is currently cordoned off with caution tape.

Eyewitnesses report that the structure is unsound and the covering needs to be replaced.

The Pigeon Point Heritage Park like all other beaches has been closed in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations, but now that regulations have been relaxed the facility has been opened but the jetty would still be inaccessible.

Guardian Media reached out to the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly Ancil Dennis, who is also the Secretary of Tourism Culture and Transportation to find out how the THA plans to treat with the Pigeon Point Jetty.

He said, “Work on the jetty is scheduled to commence within the next month.”

Dennis, who said he would not be able to specify the extent of work to be done on the jetty promised to provide the details at a later date.

Pigeon Point is arguably the most popular beach in Tobago having gained international recognition on several occasions.

In January, Marie Claire ranked Pigeon Point as eighth in the 50 best beaches in the world.

In July 2017, Pigeon Point Beach was also ranked 98 of the world’s 100 best beaches by CNN.com which described the highlight as the thatched-roofed jetty “possibly the most photographed jetty in the world.”

Meanwhile, lifeguards in Tobago are warning sea bathers to proceed with caution as the waters are a little turbulent and COVID-19 is still around.

Lifeguard Supervisor in Tobago Charmaine Prescott Sylvester said although they do not anticipate any major turn out to the major beaches including Store Bay Pigeon Point and Mt Irvine until next weekend, her team is ready.

“Life guards are lifesavers and recognising the responsibility of a lifeguard and a lifesaver I can safely say the nation’s beaches will be at a level of readiness to accommodate all sea bathers.”