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Long Bay Beach, Beef Island Undergo Major Enhancement Initiative

Enhancement project and Long Bay, Beef Island. Photo:supplied
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering, Eight District Representative Hon. Marlon Penn and the BVI Tourist Board join forces to enhance Long Bay Beach on Beef Island.

In an ongoing project to beautify the eastern end of the island, Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering and Hon. Marlon Penn have taken steps to instill community pride by cleaning and improving Long Bay Beach. This initiative includes removing the excess shrubs that clutter the beach, along with all waste material and constructing a more appealing entrance to the beach. Tables and benches will also be placed along the beach to provide a more family atmosphere where the public can come to the beach and have picnics and family fun days.

“We started this initiative as a means of capitalising on the natural beauty that the islands exude. Long Bay Beach is one of the biggest beaches in the Territory and it boasts breathtaking views and a variety of swimming areas for every family member. This is why we have chosen to enhance that spectacular asset by cleaning the whole beach and providing areas where persons can have a nice time and relax while enjoying our crystal clear waters. We will also be putting hammocks along the beach area where persons will be able to relax in the shade on a nice sunny day,” said Hon. Marlon Penn, Eighth District Representative. “We would like for Long Bay Beach to be an area that the community will be proud of. It will also facilitate many family gatherings not only for the locals but also for visitors coming to the BVI.”

The completed plan for the project will include a restroom facility and two to three individuals from the community will be selected to maintain and clean the beach throughout the year. The main entrance of the beach will be made a bit more inviting with the addition of planters, proper signage and a paved entrance way.

“The BVI Tourist Board is happy to partner with Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering and Hon. Marlon Penn to enhance one of our many beautiful beaches. Throughout the year we have worked on several initiatives in efforts improving our tourism product and the beautifying and cleaning of Long Bay Beach is a great addition to these initiatives as we strive to position our product to compete at a higher level in the global market,” said Mrs. Malcia Smith Hamilton, Acting Director of Tourism.

The first phase of this enhancement initiative which included the cleaning of the beach and the upgrade to the entranceway started on December 3rd and is slated to be completed by December 28th. The proposed design for the final phase of the initiative which will include the addition of restroom facilities will be presented to the community by early next year for their review and feedback. Similar works has taken place in Josiah’s Bay, Well Bay and there is currently an ongoing effort being done on Little Mountain.

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