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'D-Tan Spot': McLean family opens business on Brandywine Bay Beach

- Hon Fahie calls venture a 'big step' towards moving VI economy forward
Virgin Islands Legislators and owners at the February 9, 2020, opening of D-Tan Spot on Brandywine Bay Beach in Tortola, Virgin Islands. Photo: Team of Reporters
Shaquon George and Ernest Jacob assisting with the setting up of beach chairs ahead of the opening ceremony of D-Tan Spot. Photo: Team of Reporters
Shaquon George and Ernest Jacob assisting with the setting up of beach chairs ahead of the opening ceremony of D-Tan Spot. Photo: Team of Reporters
BRANDYWINE BAY, Tortola, VI - A new family business called 'D-Tan Spot' sprung up its umbrellas yesterday, February 8, 2020, on the white sandy shores of Brandywine Bay Beach on Tortola, Virgin Islands.

The business, owned by local sports organisor Mr Milton C. McLean and his wife Michelle A. McLean, is one where the couple will sell food and drinks and rent beach chairs, along with umbrellas, at Brandywine Bay Beach on their property adjacent the beachfront.

'Big Steps taken' - Premier Fahie 

"Small business development in the BVI continues as entrepreneurs take big steps and are getting involved in moving the BVI economy forward. Our people continue to be innovative and creative. That is why I stopped by to welcome D-Tan Spot and congratulate the business owners Milton and Michelle McLean on this venture," Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said in statements released after the opening of the new business.

In addition to Premier Fahie, the official opening ceremony saw attendance from Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), Sixth District Representative, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines and Opposition Member and Third District Representative, Hon Julian Fraser RA, along with friends and family of the business owners.

Hon Wheatley remarked, "Whenever we think anything about Mr McLean, we always think sports, but now we can associate Mr McLean with not just sports but also with tourism and in the Seventh District no doubt, this is a Third District collaboration and I think only good things can come out of that," he said, while noting that the potentials of the beach has finally been unlocked through the efforts of the McLean's. 

Hon Fraser said he was happy to see Mr McLean focus on himself and business. "All along its sports, sports and more sports, every time I look around is a new programme... what I see here happening today is something that I said you applied for in 2006, the wheel of Government yes do turn slow," however, he said it is good the project has finally materialised as a new establishment.

'Everything has changed with the new Gov't' - Milton C. McLean 

According to Premier Fahie, the couple pledged their commitment to bringing excellent service to Brandywine Bay at the new D-Tan Spot.

"Indeed, the Government of the Virgin Islands is accelerating, transforming and revitalising our economy [by] partnering with our people to improve the quality of life for all of us. Together we will sustain economic growth, create new jobs and other opportunities to increase the wealth of the Virgin Islands," Hon Fahie said.

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), Mr McLean said the fact that the family has land adjacent to the beach made him realise that we are in a perfect location to earn some money while establishing something for his family for generations to come.

"Everything has changed since the Virgin Islands Party has now come back into power, so I'm very confident that this little beginning will be strong... that this will be a really successful business," he said.

Both Mr McLean and his wife said they were excited for the opening of the establishment and thanked all those who came along to the launch ceremony and for their prayers and blessings.

18 Responses to “'D-Tan Spot': McLean family opens business on Brandywine Bay Beach”

  • COUNTRY (09/02/2020, 13:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    good stuff
  • concern (09/02/2020, 13:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Together we achieve much more. Way to go.
  • - (09/02/2020, 14:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lovely couple! Congrats!
  • Congratulations (09/02/2020, 15:11) Like (11) Dislike (16) Reply
    Thank God Dr Pickering and the NDP had nothing to do with this. They make everybody life so miserable then they blame it on others. Thank God!
  • lodger (09/02/2020, 15:16) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Was ar church with them this morning. Did not see any signs of it this afternoon. Maybe its only open on cruise ship days?
  • Nice (09/02/2020, 18:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a great move. However, what about people who walk with their own chairs, coolers and umbrellas?
  • now (09/02/2020, 18:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now VIP have to start bringing them Cruiseship. More n more. Lots of people Are them.... Piece of the Pie is every Citizen right. ... Anyone that tells you that the Cruiseship business is not a good thing. Sick n selfish... Lots of employers and employees depend on these Cruiseship for survival. Hope VIP understands that and don't play... . Piece of the Pie is every Citizen right... Yep..
  • i from here (09/02/2020, 18:56) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Big ups they are locals
  • LCS (09/02/2020, 19:19) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Good luck. Really needed. Let's see how it will develop with those remote control boats making so much racket. It's no longer peaceful. Real shame.
  • he made all this possible (09/02/2020, 21:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The cuban missing from this photo
  • lol (09/02/2020, 21:45) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    The short lady with the bag taking more pictures than miss bvi
  • Real Talk (09/02/2020, 23:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. McLean has always been nice guy, I will support you my brother. I'll wait until the sun cool tho, lol. All the best to you and family.
  • Tori (10/02/2020, 05:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Small business development in the BVI continues! This is great news!
  • Hmm (10/02/2020, 07:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    The Spanish people coming for a piece of that too! I give it 6 months. They want to set up shop everywhere. P.S have you seen Huntum's Ghut????
  • Yep (10/02/2020, 07:37) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    That whole area needs cleaning up... old containers and junk everywhere by the road side.. Also the salt pond being filled in is not very green !
  • Queen (10/02/2020, 16:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Family!Support Your Own!You guys going do good.I already claim it.
  • greta (26/02/2020, 12:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am elated that you guys made this move. Milton and Michelle this is awesome. I'll be there in a few months to enjoy the experience the new amenities by brandywine. I really happy for you guys.

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