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Amid controversial ban, Tortola Pier Park CEO Dona L. Regis departs

- final working day is January 31, 2018
January 11th, 2018 | Tags: Dona L. Regis CEO Tortola Pier Park TPPL ban
Chief Executive Officer Dona L. Regis is parting company with Tortola Pier Park Limited (TTPL) after three years with the facility. Her contract with TTPL came to an end on January 5, 2018. Photo: BVIPA/File
Tortola Pier Park (TPP), under Dona L. Regis tenure as Chief Executive Officer controversially banned children 17 years of age and under from the Government facility unless accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age. Photo: VINO/File
Tortola Pier Park (TPP), under Dona L. Regis tenure as Chief Executive Officer controversially banned children 17 years of age and under from the Government facility unless accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Amid the controversial ban on minors accessing the Tortola Pier Park (TPP), its Chief Executive Officer Dona L. Regis is parting company with the Government owned facility.

In a letter to tenants and staff of Tortola Pier Park Limited (TTPL), dated Wednesday January 10, 2018 and obtained by our newsroom, Ms Regis said her contract with TPPL came to an end on January 5, 2018 and “has decided to pursue other professional opportunities while fulfilling personal commitments.”

In the same letter, Ms Regis said she will continue to work with the TPPL Board of Directors over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition, with her last day of employment at TPPL as CEO being January 31, 2018.

She related that prior to her departure, Mr Anghel George, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TPPL will communicate on the way forward relative to the park’s management.

“My term with Tortola Pier Park Ltd has certainly been a rewarding journey and I was honoured to be of service to you over the past (3) years. Together, we have nurtured Tortola Pier Park from construction phase to the award-winning shopping, dining and entertainment facility it is today. Your passion, drive and enthusiasm for your business has certainly contributed to the Park’s success as a local commercial hub and model cruise ship facility,” Ms Regis wrote in the letter.

Prior to taking up her post at TPPL, Ms Regis served as Director of Marketing and Product Development at the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority for over seven years and provided consultancy services for several other Caribbean cruise ports.

Controversial Ban

The management of TPPL in December 2017 announced a ban on children 17 years of age and under from the Government facility unless accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age.

Tenants of TPP were notified of the controversial decision in a letter dated December 15, 2017 from Ms Regis.

This had followed on the heels of Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) stating that students of Elmore Stoutt High School were "wreaking havoc" in Road Town and that Government was looking to end the shift system as a means of addressing the problem.

There have been much for and against the ban by tenants of TPPL as well as members of the public.

It was also reported to this news site that Hon Walwyn met with TPPL officials recently over the controversial ban but it is unclear at this time what came out of the meeting and whether the ban will be lifted or altered.

20 Responses to “Amid controversial ban, Tortola Pier Park CEO Dona L. Regis departs”

  • Schemelpenic (11/01/2018, 09:37) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    captain Orlando you ship is sinking. The seas are rough.
  • Anti local (11/01/2018, 09:41) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    They still not going give it to a local
    • fool (11/01/2018, 09:57) Like (25) Dislike (6) Reply
      The board at the park and the board at port including the director are all locals, all the ceo deputies are locals, a bunch of loafers.
      • Well Sah (11/01/2018, 16:28) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
        Watch your mouth, boy.
      • @fool (12/01/2018, 13:52) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        Yous issue is envy of locals. But the bigger picture is that the economy never supported the land side of the pier project at the cost of it and Irma is killing it all together.
  • wize up (11/01/2018, 09:43) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    what is the connection between this article and the captive headline: my question, who will fill that post in the BVI: the woman contact is up!!!!! Simple that
  • Put them to work (11/01/2018, 10:58) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those kids should volunteer to help clean up the community and contribute to the recovery efforts instead of playing on their phones and expecting things to be done for them! Leadership and inspiration starts at the top @NDP!
    • pete (11/01/2018, 13:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      great idea. figure out a way that they can get credit for community work. Get them involved.
  • i from here (11/01/2018, 11:21) Like (3) Dislike (30) Reply
    I'm glad they didn't renew her contract! Where she is from she coulda never ban all youths from their Pier Park!
    • Reading is Key (11/01/2018, 12:48) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      Obviously @I from here you, u can't read. Her contract is up and she decided to leave, end of story. BVI needs to get out of this ridiculous bubble, the ban is normal and it is used internationally in many similar facilities. Expand your horizons, get out of the BVI and see how the world operates, Its time we raise our standards and stop hiding behind "i'm born here" in order to accept mediocre behavior.
    • FYI (11/01/2018, 13:47) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      FYI... She refused to renew her contract!
  • Vacation time. (11/01/2018, 12:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now she has done the right thing let her do like what the Wise immigration chief is doing Visit other destinations see how they operate. I've Run into our immigration boss in Antigua, in Barbados and in St. Kitts she is always seeking ways to improve the department. I've been to Grenada, Barbados, St Kitts and the speed and hassle free people go through immigration and customs with, all I can say was wow.. Wow.. Make you want to go back..
  • Invaluable (11/01/2018, 12:41) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    Sad to see her go, the experience and knowledge she brought to the job was invaluable in the development of the Pier Park.
  • DOUBLE STANDARDS (11/01/2018, 12:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The NDP only need the youths come election. Youth this is a heads up. Be vigilant do not allow these guys to use you anymore. This is your home. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain. By mixing the headlines they are hoping that you remain confused. I hope I could help you see some light.
    • What? (11/01/2018, 17:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

      What does this have to do with anything? If they behave like human beings they will be treated as such, simple! There is something called PRIDE, not the fake stand behind a blog pride, REAL TAKE CARE OF YOUR @#$&*G COUNTRY PRIDE! That's what's lacking in this Territory and it's so sad.

      • Reply (11/01/2018, 20:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Governments are elected to lead, not to engage in ad hominem arguments about the Opposition, designed to deflect from its leadership responsibilities.
  • Dim Sum (11/01/2018, 14:40) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Umm what ‘awards’ have been bestowed upon TPPL? Did I miss it somewhere..? Thanks for your contribution- whatever it was......
    • bvistrong (11/01/2018, 15:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dim Sum stop being dim and do some research before making a fool of yourself:
      http://cruisebusiness.com/index.php/news-section-sp-605/ports-a-destinations/7095-tortola-pier-park-wins-port-of-the-year-award
      https://www.porthole.com/editor-in-chief-awards/
      • ........... (11/01/2018, 17:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        And no mention of this nowhere in the local media. I wonder why? It is just like governments performance process.....flawed.
  • Stupes (12/01/2018, 22:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what is the big deal about this. She came from some where. At least she is not like most - came on contract or work permit for naturalization


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