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Local family allegedly chased off Peter Island beach

- another local family denied use of ferry to Peter & Scrub islands
According to a family from Jost Van Dyke, they were denied access to a certain beach area on Peter Island on Saturday January 7, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Scrub Island's ferry is exclusively for guests, however, this is not going down well with some locals and residents of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Scrub Island's ferry is exclusively for guests, however, this is not going down well with some locals and residents of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Talk show host and businessman Mr Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka is of their view that the ferries that operate on the private islands should not deny anyone wishing to use it to gain access to beaches there. Photo: VINO/File
Talk show host and businessman Mr Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka is of their view that the ferries that operate on the private islands should not deny anyone wishing to use it to gain access to beaches there. Photo: VINO/File
PETER ISLAND, VI – Free access to beaches on private islands continues to be a painful situation for some locals as recently a Jost Van Dyke family was denied access to a certain beach area on Peter Island and early December another family was denied transportation to that same island and Scrub Island to use the beach.

On Saturday January 7, 2017 a woman, who asked to be named only as Mrs Galloway, some relatives, and a tourist from the USA had their stay at Peter Island cut short. The family went there with a private boat but what started out well ended on a bitter note.

Shamed! The Galloway’s experience

“You know we as locals we try to stay as far as possible away from the crowd…so we went all the way down pass the snorkeling part, all the way down,” Mrs Galloway related to this news site.

The family said they were there for over two hours before being approached by a manager of the resort before allegedly being told they had to move to another area. “He told us we had to move to an area in front of the restaurant because they have an area for non-designated guests. I have never heard that before in my life. He told us we have to sit in-front of the restaurant, I have been going to that island for over ten years and never heard such a thing.”

The concerned woman said out of shame and a feeling of embarrassment her group of eleven packed up and left but was not prepared to let the issue be covered down. “We feel so bad. If they had such a new rule they need to make it known not after people there for so long then you come with nonsense, that is a public beach and we should be able to be comfortable using it at any time.”

Family denied use of ferry to Scrub Island & Peter Island

In another instance, during December 2016 the family of Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka had a somewhat similar unwelcoming experience. According to Mr Smith, his daughter and friends of hers were told on that day they could not access the Peter Island ferry to go to the island. “It was my daughter, a friend and her mother, they were told that Peter Island was not accepting any more people on the beach and then she went to (go to) Scrub Island and someone on the dock told her that she couldn’t use the Scrub Island ferry to go to Scrub Island, it was a complimentary service for the Scrub Island guests.”

Mr Smith said he called the Peter Island Manager Mr Scott Hart “and he told me that access is not being denied to the beach but he has the right to allow who he wants on the Peter Island ferry boat. The Manager for Scrub Island said his boat was complimentary for his guests and even if you bringing guests and someone wants a ride to the beach he would not allow them on the boat.”

“My argument is the only access to the beach is by a boat and if you are providing a ferry service to and from the beach why can’t you allow persons that want to come to the beach to come on your boat. Peter Island says they have ferry that charges twenty-five dollars round trip if you coming on the boat and going to the beach but apparently, they had just decided that for a period of time they weren’t bringing any visitors to the beach on their boat.”

Calls to Peter Island went un-answered yesterday January 8, 2017 while this news site was told the manager at Scrub Island was not available at the time of our call.

According to law, beaches in the Virgin Islands (VI) should be accessible to the public to the high-water mark.

64 Responses to “Local family allegedly chased off Peter Island beach”

  • NICK (09/01/2017, 10:12) Like (22) Dislike (25) Reply
    during holidays season,they denied access to everybody,not just locals.i have some friends visiting from oversea (white people as you say around here)and they been denied access to the ferry it does not happen only to locals.
    • Inez (09/01/2017, 13:28) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply
      The resorts offer free transport to those who are coming to use their resort for lunch, dinner or whatever. The resorts do not have to pick you up if you just want to go to the beach. You can go to all beaches on your own. The resorts do not have to allow you to even dock using their posts, but you can drop anchor near the island and come in. People have to understand that the ferries they send are for their customers only. I don't see a problem here, except for the people who were asked to move, now I do have a problem with that.
      • Inez 2 (10/01/2017, 05:47) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
        You sound so foolish and disgusting, You need to go and read and become familiar with the laws of the land.
        The beaches belongs to all of us. You appears to be still in slavery days. We should be able to acess the land and beaches without going to buy from ur establishment. we don't want to do business with you, we need a sea soak and enjoy the view of our islands. Get real.
        • niky (10/01/2017, 10:15) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
          Inez 2 you sound like the foolish one. The post clearly states you can go to the beach on your own the establishment does not have to let you use their ferry. get there on your own and go enjoy the sea and soak all you want. learn to read and understand
          • @niky (11/01/2017, 00:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            YOU are the foolish one. The resort is simply sayingif YOU want to come over to swim then come you just can't use my boat to do so UNLESS you're coming to spend money with us. Do you really think it is fair for them to taxi people to and from the beach for free! Get real!!
    • Access is only to the highwater mark (10/01/2017, 13:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The beaches are only public to the hide tide mark - given we have virtually no tide that means that tiu only get access to a few inches of beach. The rest of the beach is private property
  • teeth and tongue (09/01/2017, 10:15) Like (24) Dislike (19) Reply
    Let cromwell tek dat because he is always bigging up his government (some useless fools)
  • we need a change (09/01/2017, 10:16) Like (31) Dislike (21) Reply
    This is what the rich white friends will do while NDP is in power
    • Observer (09/01/2017, 18:15) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
      Well I want it to be known that I will be visiting both island's this week end on my private boat with a couple of friends to hang out on the beach let the manager come and tell us to leave . This is not South Africa and we plan to make a permanent statement on that day if we're approach.
      • SMH (10/01/2017, 01:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        I totally agree with you. If approached refuse to move and tell them you will call the police if they persist in harassing you. Time to put an end to foolishness!
    • Curly (09/01/2017, 23:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Nothing to do with color, I live on tortola have done for ten years I was denied transportation last year, oh and I am white.
  • it hit home (09/01/2017, 10:17) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    only who feels it knows it
  • tola (09/01/2017, 10:22) Like (29) Dislike (18) Reply
    Them white people coming in bvi trying boss the.beach them like them bring them strupes
  • Schups (09/01/2017, 10:24) Like (70) Dislike (1) Reply
    Cromwell you are WRONG! The boat is provided for a specific purpose, not just joyriding! What happens when a group of 50 people just want to go to the beach, the Scrub Island Ferry should take them over there, hampering their own passengers/customers/workers just because the group is local? Man sometimes we wonder why our kids are the way they are but we don't have to look further than the very people that are raising them. The Peter Island issue may have some legs but this Scrub Island issue is NONSENSE! The boat is financed by Scrub Island Resort for the purpose of getting their CUSTOMERS to and from the island, not for people to just go on the beach. If they want to just go to the beach then they should rent a rib or boat and do so. Perhaps they should've told the ferry that they're going over for lunch or something.
  • race matters (09/01/2017, 10:31) Like (25) Dislike (28) Reply
    what's new here its all set up for the whites not for you people
  • Itstart!! (09/01/2017, 10:39) Like (24) Dislike (40) Reply
    This is what we keep talking about when others calling for UK take over. Apartheid is right here in the Virgin Islands.
    This is their way of saying "no blacks allowed." Get to the island how you want, but don't use our boats. When you use your own boat, they will say, come in the waters, but don't tie up your boat at our facilities. People of the Virgin Islands, this is what happen when you sell islands to white people. This is what some white people continue to do, they are downright racist and this 'black white" issue will not go away. But a message should be sent that 'never again, never again will apartheid and slavery continue in these islands. Keep pushing us; I hope you can take it when the time comes because it will come.
    • bullshit (09/01/2017, 11:07) Like (74) Dislike (9) Reply
      Not being able to do what you want just because you're a local does NOT equate to Apartheid! If a local owned Peter Island or Scrub and made these same decisions would we hear this outcry? How can you expect to just jump on people's ferries and tie your boats up at their facilities and it's THEIR OWN? We wonder why the kids are the way they are and it's this level of ignorance that's killing this generation. We are teaching the kids that when they can't get their way as a local they should rebel and that's exactly what's happening. These outer islands were owned 100% by locals who sold them for a quick dollar, if we didn't want white people or big companies owning them and providing employment and business to benefit the Territory then the local families should've held on to them and do something themselves. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
      • oh yes (09/01/2017, 20:11) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply

        Yes b*lls**t yes, I agree with you. These people here seems to thank that they can do whatever they want. They always want to have their cake with gum drops on top with sprinkles and eat it to.

    • ? (09/01/2017, 14:48) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
  • Gumption.Official (09/01/2017, 10:40) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    No private beaches in the BVI- it can be Necker ,Oil Nut, Miskito/Peter, Little Tacth / Guana Island or the Island own by Mr.Google.

    Little Dix bay and few others on the South Side of Virgin Gorda having been blocking access for years. That's another reason I respect management on Miskito and Necker for the way they handl things.

  • i from here (09/01/2017, 10:42) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    What is new here this happen all the time
  • help help (09/01/2017, 10:55) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    • Ha! (09/01/2017, 13:44) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      He probably got another consultancy contract from Government, you think he studying ayo?
    • take (09/01/2017, 16:01) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
  • long look me come from (09/01/2017, 11:00) Like (12) Dislike (19) Reply
    They can and will get away with it as long as ndp in power for they are there to support white power
    • here we go again (09/01/2017, 21:33) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Why are you people always blaming NDP for everything. I guess that is the excuse you can come up with for your own downfall. I am so sick and tired of hearing about the White man this and the white man that. Do like the White man do, save your money and invest.
  • belonger (09/01/2017, 11:13) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
  • Tola Queen (09/01/2017, 11:24) Like (30) Dislike (21) Reply
    First of all it's a business they are running not a family affair. Get you all dollars together and invest so that you too can enjoy. It's the white people monies that was spent to develop the damn place, so all of you all talking about who biggin up Gov go sit your a'' down and invest in something that you can benefit from. most of you all who talking have family working over there and benefiting from them so please be quiet. You all complain too damn much.
  • The greatest (09/01/2017, 11:28) Like (13) Dislike (13) Reply

    • Really? (09/01/2017, 16:49) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
      You mean treat them with usual disdain and rudeness?
    • boycott (10/01/2017, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I tell you what, all the local have to do is boycott these islands. Do not plan any events on their islands. Allow the tourists to generate the money that they need to function. Stay on the main land and support our own local businesses. Do not go there for breakfast, lunch nor dinner. Support the local places. Are there any beaches on the main land that we cannot go to. I am so sorry to hear this because I had a wonderful time at Scrub Islands. I went there for breakfast and also got a tour of the island.
  • The MPN's (09/01/2017, 11:41) Like (9) Dislike (25) Reply
    These people think that they're in the R@c!$t S¤UTh, whereas they can just come here and push natives and B£&CK tourists around. This incident recently happened over there. This is a great example of why VG natives better smell the coffee brewing. Stop the giggling, smiling, and drinking with the ENEMY. They clearly WREAK OF SUSPICION. Once they by you off of your native property, they are NO LONGER YOUR FRIENDS. Virgin Gorda residents need to STICK TOGETHER WITH YOUR ¤₩N KIND, and quit the B£&CK-ON-B£&CK hatred on one another NOW, before there is NO CURE AT ALL for our suffering. Stop this nastiness now. We'll all put ourselves on the LOSING END in the long run.
  • Reply (09/01/2017, 11:46) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
  • Shawn (09/01/2017, 11:53) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    This have been happening for years
  • jokers (09/01/2017, 11:58) Like (12) Dislike (17) Reply
    Z IMBABABWEAN President Robert Mugabe says take their beach land and business and send them HOME BUT WE NEED A LEADER WITH BALLS
  • water (09/01/2017, 12:33) Like (36) Dislike (12) Reply
    How come the locals don't go by the Guana Island or Necker Island ferries to go to the beaches? Reason, they are privately owned, just like Peter Island and Scrub. Locals should also follow protocol, if you are planning to visit a private island, make reservations in advance. We all know that these private islands are catering to tourists so why are we surprised if we are turned away without prior approval. Come on, this is 2017....
    • 100% Correct (09/01/2017, 15:54) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
      @Water, I go to Peter Island every two weeks and I do not have any problems because like you said,I follow protocol. I always make reservations. You can't just go on a private Island pick your spot and set up a picnic basket. It is called trespassing. Folks, if you own your own home and someone comes in your yard and set up a picnic you would feel the same way. Stop blaming and getting mad at the Whites for saving and investing their monies wisely. Stop throwing away your monies on materialistic things.
      • You don't get it (09/01/2017, 23:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Locals are allowed by law to visit ANY beach within the territory..even if it is on a privately owned island
    • Private Island (10/01/2017, 01:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Peter Island is NOT privately owned!!!!!! Amway used to make everyone believe this. The Smith Family from Westend has a large piece in White Bay (incl. part of the Beach) Laurie Rymer has land there, the Lafontaine Family and many others. Just pay $5.00 and search the land registry, if you don't believe it.
  • question (09/01/2017, 13:47) Like (22) Dislike (14) Reply
    When will locals start investing in property development and other value added businesses to support our main pillar, TOURISM? Financial Services will grow, it will falter, it will downsize etc., but Tourism is here to stay! Why aren't we investing more rather than selling off our lands, then complaining that we can't do what we want on the properties? This thing about white people this and that, WTF? If people invest millions in their facilities they have to expect a return on their investment which means running a proper business for PAYING CUSTOMERS! If you want to do as you please then get a few locals together and start buying up the properties instead of weave, cars, speed boats, $400 shoes/bags, $1,000 phones and other rubbish to show off on FB and IG. While we 'flossing' they're investing in real things of value then we want to play the victim. Put up or shut up, our families sold off the lands when they should've invested so it's not the monied people fault.
  • John (09/01/2017, 14:31) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Could we perhaps jump on a ferry for free to take us to a beach in JVD that is public?
  • ausar (09/01/2017, 14:47) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    Is all of the land on Peter Island privately owned by foreigners...I don't think so.

    However, you see when leadership begins to sell real estate WITHOUT the requisite laws AND regulartory procedures in place, these examples are the results

    Why didn't the government DEMAND that the developers provide access to the beaches as part of contractual developmental laws...

    ...May the spirit of Lavity Stoutt resonate in the hearts of our leaders the spirit to do for Belongers, FIRST.....
  • To The MPN's (09/01/2017, 15:06) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
    Your response is true, precise and right on target. Us native B£ACK FOLKS need to CLEAN OUT OUR EARS and OPEN OUR EYES. Im a native born here and the people who have houses down at Spring Bay once let some dogs loose out on the beach as if to say N!GG€RS KEEP OUT. Maybe I should have brought my 3 ROTTWEILLERS to show whose the BOSS.
  • yes yes (09/01/2017, 15:38) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    @Question, thank you for your comment. True and to the point. My family own some land and every other day, they come up the hill asking about property to buy. The property is not for sale. We are not selling no matter the price they offer. The land is up in the hills overlooking the Ocean, Peter Island and Norman Island. My family land is not For Sale at any price.

  • Soooooo True (09/01/2017, 16:14) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    @Question, you hit the nail exactly on the head. Sorry, but I am going to say this. Blacks is responsible for their own down fall. They sit back and talk about the White man this and the White man that. That is pure b.,,,hit. They get a thousand dollars in their hands, what they do, instead of putting it away they go spend it on shoes, weave, nails, phones and take out food.
  • Born here...Do what you want. (09/01/2017, 16:35) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    I Guess the New meaning of Born here is " Do what you want in your country "Maybe all who born here should just go into Rite way with their big shopping bags fill them with Groceries and walk out without paying because they born here and Rite way rich and their children need food..Born here----Entille to easy way out.
  • bush man (09/01/2017, 17:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    that so sad about that
  • Hmmm (09/01/2017, 19:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Up to the highwater mark-free for all-use your boat as people can deny you access through their land
  • OMG (09/01/2017, 19:46) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Perhaps if you wanted to go to Savannah Bay, Trunk Bay or the Baths on Virgin Gorda, you would just hop on Speedy's Ferry for free too.
  • on your mark, get set, FIRE (09/01/2017, 21:09) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    the end of this month, my second. go fast boat will be here. it would be able to take 25 of us, and the one i have now could take 15. i will let my people know when and where we will board and we going. to both Peter Island, and Scrub Island for. a fun day. tell whoever come spoil it. St. Croix and Barbados had to kick that down, it time we do the same.. Jack dont want me to bathe on my beach, and Fountain valley. there were serious consequences. Lambert tried it once and we had to find out. how they would get to the property they bought. not by the road through our land. . It is high time we wake up.
  • R&R (09/01/2017, 23:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Peter island is where I go on the weekends to get some R&R. Just book a room and enjoy all the wonderful amenities they have to offer.
  • Disinterested (09/01/2017, 23:38) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The beaches in the VI are public and can be used by anyone. But abutting property owners are not obligated to transport us to the beach. Abutting property owners cannot stop us from accessing any beach either vertically or horizontally. In other words, they cannot block us from the sea or put up a fence to block access. Land should platted to provide beach access acces right of way front land. They are not obligated to provide vehicle access and parking. Residents need to get to the beach on their own.
  • 2. 1/2 GRAND (10/01/2017, 00:38) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Cant u people understand what we dealing with is a puppet govt with strings pulling from hidden hands . For years this beach access thing has been a problem. It's in the laws that beaches must be freely accessible to all and my these puppets in 2017 still allowing the salve masters to break our laws. Is the law just for the masses and not for the few Illitists. You govt are guilty of breaking our laws and should be subjected to criminal persecution. Any govt that break laws should be null and voided.
  • Fools (10/01/2017, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Take that you all Government departments and some of you all people go to these places and keep parties and give whatever concessions to help them rather than helping local business. It is sad when history repeats itself for a people we give the BVI away and nobody respects us for it.

    When we stood up and kept the reins in our hands we were called selfish but respected. The banks are cutting local Buisnesses throats while buying shares into some of these overseas businesses to help keep them afloat
  • Outsider (10/01/2017, 11:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I have always felt that even if they allow you to use their beach, they make you feel unwelcome - be it Little Dix Bay, Bitter End, Marina Cay. If you are not staying there, or docking there, you are not really wanted. The thing is the stupidity of these resort managers - BVI locals and their ex-pat friends or relatives are potential customers even if they are going to the beach. They buy drinks, souvenirs, other things from their gift shops. They are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. The family that comes and has a nice day at the beach may later come and stay at the hotel. Or is that the problem? They don't really want local people to stay at their hotels. What - is local money not good enough? Many of the locals can buy and sell the managers of these places and certainly can afford to buy anything they want if they want it. So why do they reject these customers? Racism - pure and simple. As an expat who lived in the BVI for awhile, I watched my black husband and also many of my black friends squirm at the suggestion of going to a resort beach for a swim. They didn't feel comfortable and yes some places keep big dogs (to scare them away?). BVI people need to assert their rights and make those resorts feel uncomfortable, not the other way around. Good for all of you who push the boundaries. If they don't want to give free rides on their ferries - charge something. But charge it equally to white and black and brown people.
  • what a mess (10/01/2017, 14:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    these people must be bring the beach with them where ever them come from. That's why Picko want to raise sharks so his rich white friends could feed us to them when we want to use the beach
  • Hopeful (10/01/2017, 21:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    There seems to be a lack of good reasoning, misguided focus and unnecessary blaming throughout the blog entries for this article. I believe however, there are many pertinent issues that need to be addressed, but must be done in a way that looks at the law, our values, equity, abuse,disenfranchisement to name somew and by the way did I say? These issues cannot by any means be appropriately addressed via this medium, but require thoughtful, civilised discussions. And yes the BVI is ripe for such a,s wrong to suggest that all of one group (black, white, BVIslanders or whatever the label) is the same. I happen to know for example that not all BVIslanders lavish their monies on materialism. There are those who use their monies to help others. They may not have invested in buildings, resorts or land,but invested much in helping the needy, since helping our brothers and sisters is not a priority for most of us who seem to think that we ought to be like the so called "white man". ThAt is a flawed way to think. It seems silly to me to think that all white people invest their monies wisely while black folks do not. I am almost certain if we were to look at what is happening, we would see that most of the world's wealth is owned by one set of people. In essence there needs to be a different kind of approach.
  • Vg man (13/01/2017, 07:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    When I go to the beach I want to see who so crazy to run me!!!!!!! 

  • Acclamation (06/12/2018, 05:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Galloway didn’t have any balls or knowledge to assert her rights.
    Niky, an early commentor is on drugs, insane, or both. Thankfully, she probably doesn’t vote.

    Beaches in the BVI are public.

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