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JVD business owners blast uncaring drivers; Police

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Business owner, Paula Chinnery, complained bitterly about speeding drivers at the Great Harbour beach front and the resulting dust created as well as the danger it posed to persons in the area. Photo: VINO
Rudolph George, owner of Rudy's Bar in Jost Van Dyke also complained about the speeding drivers. Photo: VINO
Rudolph George, owner of Rudy's Bar in Jost Van Dyke also complained about the speeding drivers. Photo: VINO
Greg Callwood suggested that the beach front strip be made into a one-way zone for traffic. Photo: VINO
Greg Callwood suggested that the beach front strip be made into a one-way zone for traffic. Photo: VINO
Tourists cross the beach front area where drivers allegedly speed along oblivious to the concerns of others. Photo: VINO
Tourists cross the beach front area where drivers allegedly speed along oblivious to the concerns of others. Photo: VINO
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI - Residents of Jost Van Dyke (JVD) have condemned the alleged uncaring acts of drivers who constantly speed along the beach front area of Great Harbour much to the detriment of others along their path.

Police authorities on the island were also called out during a stakeholders meeting  held on March 22, 2013 at Foxy's Tamarind Bar for their seeming inaction and ineptitude at resolving the decades long issue.

One resident, Paula Chinnery, claimed that some drivers intentionally speed up as tourists and locals sit down to eat at beach front restaurants knowing fully that the resulting dust and sand would get into their food. She described it as disrespectful. "I called the Police already, I told the Police about a couple of people, but they're still doing the same thing," the upset resident said.

Director of the BVI Tourist Board Mrs Sharon Flax-Mars said Officers in JVD need to do what they are supposed to do and called on drivers to have 'respect for one another'. "Don't do to somebody what you don't want them to do to you," she added before suggesting that signage or a speed limit should be put in place in the area.

Concerns were also raised about children who were in the area and might end up in the way of the speeding traffic at times. "They will kill somebody," the resident continued.

Business owner, Rudolph George, said he was so appalled at the behaviour of the drivers that he might be led to take a hammer and kill someone if they endangered his grandchildren.

"When tourists come to our island, they would lose their senses," he said while noting that they would walk out in the middle of the roadway admiring the beauty of the island. He noted that he too had spoken to the Police Department about the callous behaviour of the drivers and nothing has been done about it. "You know when they're going to do something about it?" he asked, "when somebody gets knocked down. when it's too late."

Yet another business owner, Greg Callwood, said when complaints are taken to the Police, persons are told that there is no yellow line, parking line or sign demarcating the area.

The Tourist Board Director suggested that the Officers needed to employ their common sense in executing their duties and suggested the installation of speed bumps.

Residents were in opposition to having the area designated as a pedestrian only are and suggested that the businesses built there should have never been there in the first instance but much further back instead.

They also noted that businesses needed to utilise the roadway to load goods into their stores, therefore the idea was not practical.

Callwood said that a proposition was also made even before the current administration got into government to have the area designated as a one way but even though this was agreed to, it was never done. "All it takes is two signs. they tell us yes. we didn't get any call back or anything.."

The business owner also said there was no respect coming from Ministers. "We call them, we don't' get them, leave messages for them, we don't get any return call. we need charges against them," he said, "we need to come up with some way how we could fine them and put the money in some place because it is getting overbearing with these Ministers."

10 Responses to “JVD business owners blast uncaring drivers; Police”

  • Missing Something? (23/03/2013, 11:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must have obviously missed something. Since when did Jost Van Dyke get all of those cars? What about Speed bumps and traffic signs and other deterrents?
    • @ Missing Something? (23/03/2013, 11:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hots doh kill me here. LOL
      • RUSERIOUS (23/03/2013, 19:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Missing something.....It doesn't matter how many residents, visitors or vehicles are in a place. All it takes is one person, one vehicle to hit a child, run into a pole, kill someone, damage property by steering out of control. I live in Anegada and I can tell you that although the population is small people drive as if they have somewhere spectacular to go or as if their lives depended on it. In fact I almost bit the dust recently when a car came out of nowhere around a corner and missed me by inches. The driver was going over 50 miles an hour in a very constricted area where vehicles were parked in the road. People please slow down.... police please pay attention, government please enforce the rules...put speed bumps, traffic signs and impose harsher fines / penalties for reckless drivers before a tragedy happens in this place.
  • qc (23/03/2013, 11:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Everybody in this place has a complain
  • bigger picture (23/03/2013, 11:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    this was easily anticipated given the growth of JVD. AND it could have been remedied with a master plan and zoning which means rules for development. businesses should be set back from the road, not right on it, this would give more space around each. this is basically a pedestrian way due to visitors off boats with NO cars.

    How many cars are allowed and used anyway? if pedestrian, business unloading can be set for different times of day. It is too bad that cars even interrupt a peaceful afternoon and that drivers don't get that. Maybe a by-pass road would take traffic off the beach. But all this was bound to happen. Town and Country should have been involved-- but then again-- they don't enforce rules and have no vision for further helpful ones. You have to ANTICIPATE the problems in order to watch out for them.
  • Concerned (23/03/2013, 20:01) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The business people on JVD should shut-up. They are the same ones who ignore the laws of the land and go right ahead building their businesses in the streets without a plan, building permit or permision from the authorities.They just need to go and sit down and stop displaying their ignorance.
    • Responder (25/03/2013, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So!? How can you call people stupid and ignorant when many of the businesses started there were NO vehicles at all - the properties went to high water mark - and there was no problem as people used it as a "right of way" and it was so designated by the Cadastral Survey back in the 70's . You can't expect people to move their businesses but you can solve the problem of all the erosion of the beach by taking the cars away and having them drive on the back, paved road and just letting businesses on the beach retain access as well as emergency vehicles. Then it would become a pedestrian walk way that people could walk at will and enjoy the view and the peaceful surroundings. Americans who drive cars everywhere they go - physically 'lose it' when they become pedestrians - just check tourists from the ship in RoadTown and the way they are all over the road like they don't know cars exist - it is amazing! So in an effort to solve the problem we need to create a ' pedestrian walkway' that would beautify the island and create a peaceful environment for all to enjoy, children to play safely etc etc. Regarding planning and the beach properties it is too late for that and another solution that enhances the tourist and resident experience needs to be found?
  • BBC report (24/03/2013, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The suffering of those people on Jost Van Dyke is yet another example that the At-Large system is a waste of time...Real waste!!!! it needs to be abolished
  • The Real Truth (26/03/2013, 14:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tourists dont want to see cars driving on the Beach! When are the taxi drivers going to get that point. Great Harbor is a beach just like White Bay. Does it make sens to put a drive way on White Bay? So why on Great Harbor. Use the back street to drive, you are supposed to drive cars on streets. Tourists spend more when they are relaxed not when they are worrying about getting knocked down. You come from the states where all you see are cars and you want to come to a beach and see cars. The taxi drivers are afraid they will lose money now but they will really lose money when tourists choose another destination that doesn't allow cars on the beach.


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