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BVI Bulletin – Apr 07

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Trellis Bay is one of the most popular anchorages in the BVI.  The BVI government has recently approved the construction of an $80 million resort and golf course on Beef Island, making it the largest private development project in the territory. This approval was granted despite a series of public meetings over the past months where residents and conservationists said the construction of a golf course could damage salt ponds, coral reefs, and mangroves in the area.

BVI Chief Minister, Dr. Orlando Smith previously stated, "But let everyone who hears my voice know with certainty: If it is determined that any of these projects causes unacceptable environmental damage, then we will just say no to that project." His newest released statement quotes, "I am very pleased to be able to announce that we have reached an agreement with the developers, and government has given its approval for this project to go forward.  It was a very tough and lengthy negotiation."  The final agreement would reduce planned units by 10 percent, or 63 units.
Now both Beef Island and Smugglers Bay are cited for huge “high level” tourist resorts. All of the yacht-friendly businesses located at Trellis Bay will be greatly affected by this. The BVI of yesteryear is, sadly, no longer. 


The Make-A-Wish Foundation, started in 1980 to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions, has recognized the BVI for the territory’s role in helping to fulfilling the dream of Luis Angel from Puerto Rico.  The charity, which has some 71 chapters internationally, narrowed its “wish list” down to 12 and Luis, who has always wanted to be the captain of a boat, was one whose wish was granted through the charity, with the combined efforts of the BVI Tourist Board.

During a special luncheon hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Juan, the Tourist Board was presented with a plaque in recognition of its partnership efforts. Lynnette Harrigan of the board’s Puerto Rico office stated, "This award is for the entire BVI community who came together to make this wish happen.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a great charity, and we enjoyed supporting them. This experience has given our team a sense of pride and lifelong joy in knowing we can make a difference." Ms Harrigan said that she personally was inspired by the Make-A-Wish mission, and hopes that this commitment encourages others to learn more about the organization.  Other BVI Sponsors contributing to Luis’ dream were Cape Air, who donated the airline tickets. Tanya Whistler from Sunsail said, "We want to make a difference, and any time we can help Make-A-Wish, we’re on board!" This was all greatly appreciated by Irisaida Morales of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Puerto Rico.  "All of our sponsors dedicated time, effort and money; it was a complete effort where everyone got involved. The whole point is making a child happy."

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I first met Susanna Henighan when she was the editor of BVI Standpoint.  In 2003, she began working for the government of the British Virgin Islands as a communications officer.  It was here that she saw the opportunity for a guidebook combining the USVI and the BVI. Susanna explained that she wrote the book over a two-year period, during which time she visited each island and explored hundreds of attractions, parks, historic sites, hotels and restaurants.

The result is a 330-page guidebook that helps to provide trip planning advice and touring information for the Virgin Islands.  This Third Edition, published by Avalon Travel, of the Moon Handbooks series of travel guides, also provides a comprehensive overview of the history, culture, natural environment and geography of the area. “The more travelers know about their destination, the more they will get out of their traveling experience. Our islands are a wonderful and exciting place to visit.”

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