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Every Govt Dept. should be headed by BVIslander- Patsy Lake

- relates further struggles towards dedication of ‘Cutlass Tower’ building
Local businesswoman, Mrs Patsy Lake, said “every Government Department should be headed by a BVIslander.” Photo:VINO
The front of the cutlass building which was officially dedicated yesterday, January 30, 2013. Photo:VINO
The front of the cutlass building which was officially dedicated yesterday, January 30, 2013. Photo:VINO
A section of the gathering that attended the dedication of the Cutlass building in Road Town on January 30, 2013. Photo:VINO
A section of the gathering that attended the dedication of the Cutlass building in Road Town on January 30, 2013. Photo:VINO
A view of the Cutlass building from Waterfront Drive in Road Town. Photo:VINO
A view of the Cutlass building from Waterfront Drive in Road Town. Photo:VINO
Patsy Lake (left) looks on as her grandchildren are assisted by her son, Alex Lake, in cutting the ribbon for the official dedication of the Cutlass building. Photo:VINO
Patsy Lake (left) looks on as her grandchildren are assisted by her son, Alex Lake, in cutting the ribbon for the official dedication of the Cutlass building. Photo:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The occasion was the dedication of the Cutlass Tower in the heart of Road Town last evening, January 30, 2013. The rains came and briefly interrupted the dedication ceremony, but they seemed no deterrent to what National hero Mrs Patsy Lake had set out to say.

Mrs Lake told the gathering that the last stop notice she received from the Town and Country Planning Department lasted five months and cost her over $50,000 in losses.

The property developer related that she was told in a meeting with the Town and Country Department, “until you make up your mind to go to the land registry and assign this lot of land [the area outside the building where persons gathered], which by the way is free hold [land]… the building would continue to be at a standstill.”

She said an architect told her, “but Mrs Lake, you’re good at turning lemon into lemonade, why don’t you think about it?”

“I said ‘think? That was the first piece of property I bought on Wickhams Cay, now I must give it away?” Mrs Lake related, “but your head ain’t good...I don’t have nothing to think about… absolutely nothing to think about.”

Further, she told the gathering, the man at Town and Country Planning making the request was an expatriate and didn’t’ even know the history “I, Patsy Lake, who marched for Wickhams Cay and bought the land that I have from the foreign investor, must now give it away for parking....Give up land?...Boy you crazy, go back where you come from....give up my free hold land what I bought?”

Mrs Lake disclosed that it was times like those that she regretted being a member of the Public Service Commission (PSC). Though she felt humbled and honoured to serve on the board of the PSC, she thought if she had replied to what she had seen as condescending remarks, then persons would have heard “it is a member of the PSC”.

The prominent businesswoman said as an approach to a ‘forwarding’ mentality, she believed “every Government Department should be headed by a BVIslander,” and this is a policy she supports “wholeheartedly”.

She urged that Virgin Islanders love and support each other, after which “those among us” would no longer say that “we are not united because we have always been a very loving and caring people.”

Mrs Lake told the gathering that a current government minister had related that it was ‘nonsense’ to give up land for a parking area.

The moment she heard about a request to uplift an approved plan to continue with her building, Mrs Lake said it brought much joy to her.

She publicly thanked Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith and his government for "releasing her from the problems" she had been experiencing and noted this was the reason she was able to dedicate the property.

The ceremony was dedicated to the memory of Mrs Lake’s mother, Mrs Otencia Fahie-Warren aka ‘Miss Tensie’. The date also marked what would have been ‘Miss Tensie’s’ 93rd birth anniversary.

26 Responses to “Every Govt Dept. should be headed by BVIslander- Patsy Lake”

  • 999 (31/01/2013, 08:32) Like (25) Dislike (5) Reply
    It is people like her who give locals a bad name. Why does she think a local would not put a stop notice on the building if she was breaching the rules?
    • shaw (31/01/2013, 23:45) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply

      Even Colin O'Neal has parking under his commerce building. it is a better and smaller design and he saved the historical portion on Main Street. Patsy would have torn that down to maximize her square footage and ignore the historical importance of other buildings around her. 

  • smfh (31/01/2013, 09:18) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
    She of all people need not to tell anyone to go back to their country. She should be a shame of herself for that, if you walk into Onestop mall all her workers are not from here. Some people really needs to think before they talk. With out the qoute on qoute island people and foreigners, where would this country be??? more than 80 percent of construction workers are not from here. Some people know how to give bvilanders a really bad name sah.
  • ooooo (31/01/2013, 09:27) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    hope ayo seeing who dr smith personally helps
    • vince (31/01/2013, 09:50) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply

      doc met those two buildings almost complete so hush your dumb @$$. ralph is the one that approved the construction in the firs tplace.

  • Bryson (31/01/2013, 09:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seize the time Ms. lake
  • Hmm (31/01/2013, 10:33) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why couldn't she just dedicate her building and make it ah memorable event rather than staining it with those comments we all come from somewhere
  • Local (31/01/2013, 10:36) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    Being a local myself, I agree with her however i think that it may have a downfall effect also. There are many reasons why it can work and why it can not. Locals should be able to head each government department but the problem with us locals is we are easily persuaded and influenced to get things done for "our own." Thats where we go wrong with this "from here" mentality!
  • I-BVI lander (31/01/2013, 10:57) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes we should understand our history and the importance of VIlanders, but our history shouldn't be placed ahead of a good functioning Virgin Islands. Parking Parking Parking it is needed!!!!!!!!!

    Its the one thing that drives me nuts about the VI.... everything is made to be more difficult than it needs to be because we refuse to follow rules and do things correctly. you older folk say the problems of the VI start with the younger generation, younger generation learn breaking the rule from you.

    Yes the VI is small and so land comes at a premium, but every man want to drive so decide either land for parking, put a limit on vehicle ownership or limit on vehicle access to Road Town ...set some rules for the betterment of all and follow them!!!!!
    • Village Girl (01/02/2013, 06:01) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      Freak'n Awesome project Ms Lake god bless you our national hero!

  • . (31/01/2013, 11:04) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    BVIslanders, listen well. These are your issues to deal with and your country, not anyone else own.
  • Albion (31/01/2013, 11:39) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    "go back where you come from" - how sad is it that our business leaders actually boast about how badly they behave towards heads of Government departments, just because they happen to come from somewhere else. Rude is rude. Sense of entitlement to flout laws is something else again.
  • ... (31/01/2013, 13:12) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Patsy you will leave this earth and the land will still be there..Where do you expect people to park when you create these buildings???
  • the cigar (31/01/2013, 13:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    She looks Cuban to me.
  • Guest (31/01/2013, 13:36) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Ms. Lake is right. Virgin Islands should support each other. I don't feel we do enough of that.
  • Jerry (31/01/2013, 19:23) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    i fed up with you people making comments about the woman. and i know all of you that are making these comments you call yourself christians.you need to stand and support your locals.
  • Jerry (31/01/2013, 19:23) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    i fed up with you people making comments about the woman. and i know all of you that are making these comments you call yourself christians.you need to stand and support your locals.
  • ... (31/01/2013, 19:58) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The very mere fact that both of these new buildings have been "dedicated" without being finished, simply because she was adamant about the specific dates that she wanted the ceremonies on; lets you know the type of mind that she is operating with. She is determined beyond a reasonable doubt... to have things HER way. Whether her way is rational or not, things will get done. I applaud her drive to succeed but there is something fundamentally wrong with her outlook on how her actions affect others. That is all I have to say. OH... and I hope I don't see another Patsy Lake headline on the news for a while, because it's sickening.
  • sheila (31/01/2013, 21:07) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    go Ms. Lake the haters have lsot this one.
    • to sheila (02/02/2013, 14:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      we have all lost when a high profile role model boasts about bypassing TCPD, getting special permission, and then not adhering to the rules of new tall building- new parking. Why is she above the law? does the world revolve around her? just wait til the accidents start to happen. That is why there needs to be an urban planner and zoning to protect what is left and keep things fair for the rest.
  • wise-up (31/01/2013, 21:43) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    long live Mrs.Lake
  • Jay (31/01/2013, 22:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    She sell out after all ralph did for she but truth be told we changing the government again so funny man and staff haraser will not be no help to you again
  • cnbc (02/02/2013, 07:45) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    ayo just leave my sister P alone
  • kk (04/02/2013, 21:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    we should never forget her spineless support of the NDP over the 15 months
    vote them out!



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