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Cane Garden Bay beach finally reopens for recreational use

February 2nd, 2018 | Tags: Cane Garden Bay beach safe bacteria free
Cane Garden Bay beach has been reopened for recreational use. Photo: VINO/File
A press release issued on February 2, 2018 gave an all clear that Cane Garden Bay beach is officially safe for recreational use. Photo: GIS
A press release issued on February 2, 2018 gave an all clear that Cane Garden Bay beach is officially safe for recreational use. Photo: GIS
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI - Today, Friday February 2, 2018, Acting Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer Mr Kelvin Penn confirmed that following the results of a completed study the Cane Garden Bay beach is re-opened for swimming and related recreational activities.

Mr Penn said in the press release that water sampling was done at Cane Garden Bay on January 23 and the results were excellent water quality at all sampling sites. All bacteria levels, he added, were far below the recommended standard levels for coliforms bacteria.

Water quality sampling of popular swimming beaches was conducted late last year at Cane Garden Bay, Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay, Beef Island. The water quality at Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay, Beef Island beaches were said to be of excellent quality.

The announcement of the beach closure had also come days after Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull had blasted his own National Democratic Party (NDP) Government for neglecting Cane Garden Bay following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

Mr Penn had said in December that the results obtained for Cane Garden Bay indicated poor water quality in the swimming water which may have resulted from the excess runoff into the sea due to heavy rainfall just prior to testing and the nonfunctioning sewage treatment plant.

He added, “The water sample results showed very high bad bacterial counts for Cane Garden Bay within the designated swimming area at both the cemetery and Rhymer’s restaurant.”

Mr Penn further stated that his team will be conducting further testing for the coliforms bacteria in Cane Garden Bay. The Government of the Virgin Islands is working diligently to clean our beaches and coastlines.

Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull had previously told this news site that he had expected the beach to be reopened soon since he was aware follow up tests had cleared the way for it.

Reaction to beach re-opening

Speaking with Edward N. Hodge, a taxi driver, he stated that he loves to go to Cane Garden Bay beach after work.

"Sometimes after a long day of work especially on the weekends, I would go to the beach and relax for an hour or two. So it was sad when I heard that it was closed but delighted that it is back in business," said Mr Hodge.

"My friends call me a mermaid because I love any activity that involves the water. I do most of my water activities on Cane Garden Bay beach so when I heard that it was closed because of bacteria, I was very concerned," adding that she is still skeptical about going back to the beach, expressed Rebecca L. Franklin.

Many persons had been anxious to know when the beach would be declared safe for public use.

“Can you please provide a follow up on the condition of Cane Garden Bay and the water bacteria levels? I love swimming there; however, I do not want to become ill on my upcoming visit,” a Janice ODonnell had asked on January 16, 2018.

While the Cane Garden Bay beach was closed, cruise ship passengers were directed to Long Bay Beach and Trellis Bay on Beef Island.

See link to related story:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/new-tests-have-cleared-cgb-beach-to-be-reopened-hon-turnbull

16 Responses to “Cane Garden Bay beach finally reopens for recreational use”

  • vex (02/02/2018, 17:45) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mitch need to make the switch
    • @Vex. agreed (03/02/2018, 07:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Switching is the only chance he has of winning..This also goes to 4 of the other 5 back benchers. Switching is the only chance they have of winning..
  • wize up (02/02/2018, 18:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how sweet it is !!!!
  • open (02/02/2018, 18:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    onetime it is Open another it is closed. I wonder if the test was done on a dry day and when it rains you will have different results.
  • DON Q (02/02/2018, 18:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Finally
  • See (02/02/2018, 19:17) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Test results ???
  • wize up (02/02/2018, 20:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    is it true that the current #3 plans to link up with the current administration following the results of the next voters day.....
  • Hmmmm (02/02/2018, 22:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    While all the other beaches who finally go a break will be sucking wind again. We will continue to support the other beaches now that we are used to and love them. A breath of fresh air...literally.
    • @hmmmm (06/02/2018, 12:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Everyone has a choice as to where they want to go to the beach. you support who you want to support no one is holding a gun to your head to force you to come to CGB. However the beach will be restored to it's natural beauty. check it in the next few months.
  • LOL (02/02/2018, 23:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    And the economy is....."Robust" ( -_____-)
  • Back benchers take over.. (03/02/2018, 08:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm waiting to see a back benchers take over..imaging the news headline around the world. " "Hearing the People's Cry, Rescuing the People" This the Story (The Little Rich and Famous country in the Caribbean that was devostated by Hirricane Irma that Government has been taken over by back benchers. Elected members with no ministerial port folio".). They will be forever part of the BVI history..
  • Xxx (03/02/2018, 08:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes standby for the next announcement saying its closed
  • Street Reporter. Street News. (03/02/2018, 08:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alvera and Marlon deserved a ministry. They are the two most loved NDP. People see them as unselfish who truly love and care for people...A back benchers take over people have no problem with.. The issue with this move is. Will be Fahie, Marlon or Frazer be the Premier, This what the leadership looks like on the streets 45% Fahie , 40% Frazer 15% Marlon...What is clear, Either Fahie or Frazer they want Marlon to be deputy. Young with potential..
  • mAN uP (05/02/2018, 19:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is time that Mr. Turnbull stood up to the bullies in the fron and the in the front row and the NDP, even if it means breaking some glass here and there.
  • Nice (09/02/2018, 10:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The road needs fixing in Cane garden bay badly.


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