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Jost van Dyke: The ‘step-sister’ island the NDP forgot

Among the first impressions, as a visitor or resident makes their way to the Ferry Terminal—as if providing a backdrop for the government officials, carrying out official duties under a tent—an array of discarded electrical transformers and other debris, strewn about the place. Photo: Team of Reporters
Getting off the ferry, visitors are greeted with some of the most dangerous roadways in the territory. Photo: Team of Reporters
Getting off the ferry, visitors are greeted with some of the most dangerous roadways in the territory. Photo: Team of Reporters
Derelict vehicles and abandoned boats, garbage and debris is now a commonplace scene in Jost van Dyke, a situation compounded by failed electoral promises to the Jost van Dyke electorate. Photo: Team of Reporters
Derelict vehicles and abandoned boats, garbage and debris is now a commonplace scene in Jost van Dyke, a situation compounded by failed electoral promises to the Jost van Dyke electorate. Photo: Team of Reporters
One of the many abandoned boats left strewn across the territory. Photo: Team of Reporters
One of the many abandoned boats left strewn across the territory. Photo: Team of Reporters
Public Security on the Jost van Dyke is a daily worry for residents. Photo: Team of Reporters
Public Security on the Jost van Dyke is a daily worry for residents. Photo: Team of Reporters
Inside the Jost van Dyke Police Station. Team of Reporters
Inside the Jost van Dyke Police Station. Team of Reporters
The Police Station on the island was ripped apart by the Hurricanes in September last and to date has not been cleared out, much less rebuilt. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Police Station on the island was ripped apart by the Hurricanes in September last and to date has not been cleared out, much less rebuilt. Photo: Team of Reporters
Health Services are also at a standstill on the ‘step sister’ island of Jost Van Dyke. Photo: Team of Reporters
Health Services are also at a standstill on the ‘step sister’ island of Jost Van Dyke. Photo: Team of Reporters
WHITE BAY, Jost van Dyke, VI - Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) will today, August 21, 2018, kick-off a series of territory-wide consultations on Jost van Dyke, aimed at soliciting and engaging the public as it regards an external threat.

He will, however, be in for an ‘earful’ since those residing on sister island ‘Jost van Dyke’ are growing tired of the rhetoric and promises of the current National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration and its neglect of the island and its inhabitants and their domestic concerns.

Step-Sister Island

Some say, Jost van Dyke’ is in fact treated more like a “step sister” Island.

Virgin Islands News Online visited the smaller ‘sister island’ in the Virgin Islands (VI) ahead of the Opposition Leader’s visit tonight, and was greeted with a desolate, abysmal state of affairs—a situation this publication was told, was only compounded by the Hurricanes of 2017 since, Jost van Dyke, has long been neglected by the ruling administration.

Arriving on the still popular tourist destination, Customs and Immigration Officials continue to struggle with make-shift arrangements, tents included.

Among the first impressions, as a visitor or resident makes their way to the Ferry Terminal—as if providing a backdrop for the government officials, carrying out official duties under a tent—an array of discarded electrical transformers and other debris, strewn about the place.

No Shelter

As the Territory and residents brace for the peak of the 2018 hurricane season, those in Jost van Dyke are certain of one thing; the shelter is not an option, as this too is in dire need of repairs—already in a dilapidated state, even before the hurricanes of 2017.

Post Irma and Maria conditions on the ‘step-sister’ island of Jost van Dyke continue to resemble the immediate aftermath of the Category-5 hurricanes, a year later.

The Jost van Dyke Day Care Centre—one of the many critical ancillary services provided for particularly working parents of young children—remains shredded, now not even a shell of its former self.

There has been no indication from government on when any of these facilities would be restored or brought to a new splendor.

Compounding the situation, the children of Jost van Dyke’s are also faced with the fact, there are no doors and windows on their already extensively damaged school building and are made to face the elements that engulf the Caribbean.

Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), updated the House of Assembly members on July 19, 2018, on the works to be done on schools across the Territory.

Reconstruction of the Jost van Dyke Primary School was not listed.

Health Services are also at a standstill on the ‘step sister’ island of Jost Van Dyke.

Deaf Ears  

One brave resident speaking with Virgin Islands News Online, spoke to some of the failed promises by the NDP administration and the District Representatives in the HoA.

Speaking from his White Bay home, in Jost van Dyke, 55-year-old, Gregory A. Callwood, told this publication, “from 2015 till this day the second and ninth district has been neglected big time by the NDP and it’s such a shameful thing cause Anegada and Virgin Gorda, Cane Garden Bay, Jost van dyke are the biggest tourist places and nothing has been done to enhance.”

Mr Callwood told this publication Second District Representative, the Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull, known across the Territory as ‘Mitch, “beg and plead for assistance in the House on many occasions it all fell on deaf ears.”

Just Talk

Citing a practical example, Mr Callwood recalled, “we in Jost van Dyke were promised our Hilltop Road from the onset.”

He said, elections has since come and gone and “nothing, we calling for help cause it’s a terrible thing cause they say they gonna improve tourism but just talk.”

Basic infrastructure in what was once one of the more pristine of the islands in the sailing capital of the world, is all but crumbling.

Getting off the ferry, visitors are greeted with some of the most dangerous roadways in the territory and according to Mr Callwood, they have not been rehabilitated in ages.

Public Security on the Jost van Dyke is a daily worry for residents.

This, since the Police Station on the island was ripped apart by the Hurricanes in September last and to date has not been cleared out, much less rebuilt.

The Police in Jost van Dyke, in addition to their accommodation worries, are also without a working vehicle to respond to any emergencies.

Traversing the once pristine vacation destination, roads transition into trails at some points, a result of the erosion and deterioration over the years.

Derelict vehicles and abandoned boats, garbage and debris is now a commonplace scene in Jost van Dyke, a situation compounded by failed electoral promises to the Jost van Dyke electorate.

 

 

10 Responses to “Jost van Dyke: The ‘step-sister’ island the NDP forgot”

  • POPE (21/08/2018, 13:14) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mitch please switch or dig a ditch
  • hey (21/08/2018, 13:30) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    AND THESE PHOTO IS TODAY UPTODATE!!!! WHAT A SHAME
  • biker (21/08/2018, 14:15) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    I guess JVD won't be entertaining any Disney cruisers next week. What a disgrace!
  • jokers (21/08/2018, 16:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    THATS WHY THEY WANT TO BRING DISNEY DIRECT TO THE BEACH AND ELIMINATE THE TOWN GREAT HARBOUR
  • just asking... (21/08/2018, 21:39) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
    Good for you all who told you all to vote for the wicked NDP?
  • ??? (21/08/2018, 23:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI is such a comical place that is so not serious about tourism. Just Pathetic meson. Makes me sick.
  • mark this (22/08/2018, 09:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    THIS IS THE DOCK THE DISNEY PEOPLE LANDS ON THE 28TH AUGUST THERE IS OVER 300 OF THEM COMING TO JOST VAN DYKE WE HAVE NO GOVERMENT WAT A TING!!!!!!!
  • Regina (22/08/2018, 15:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    They do not care about us.
  • RealPol (22/08/2018, 17:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is nothing new, for the outlying or sister islands have always even treated as stepchildren or second class citizens. The benign neglect was more egregious on the southern cays. The sister islands have always received less than their commensurate fair of resources. They are routinely received poor political representation from Chief Ministers/Premiers, Deputy Premier, District Reps and at large members. Of course, at election time, they receive lots of attention. Should Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Virgin Gorda........etc have their own/ individual rep in the HOA? No. A 59 square mile island chain with a 30,000 population and 13 elected member should have less not more reps. .What the sister islands need is better representation and their fair share of resources.


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