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Long Bay beach to be left untouched; No vending allowed!

- Hon. Pickering says generations to come must be able to see a beach in its natural state
Long Bay beach on Beef Island is to remain in its natural state so that generations will be afforded an opportunity to see a beach in its natural state. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering has stated emphatically that there will be no vending permitted on the Long Bay beach at Beef Island. Photo: VINO
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering has stated emphatically that there will be no vending permitted on the Long Bay beach at Beef Island. Photo: VINO
Sprucing up of the Long Bay beach on Beef Island commenced in December 2012. Government is yet to return to the people to discuss further enhancement plans to include toilets and other facilities at the popular beach. Photo: GIS/File
Sprucing up of the Long Bay beach on Beef Island commenced in December 2012. Government is yet to return to the people to discuss further enhancement plans to include toilets and other facilities at the popular beach. Photo: GIS/File
BRANDYWINE BAY, Tortola, VI – Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering stated emphatically that there will be no vending permitted on the Long Bay beach at Beef Island as it is to forever remain in its natural state.

This was said at the public meeting called by the Honourable Minister to discuss issues surrounding the relocation of the main access road near the Brandywine Bay beach on September 12, 2013. The statement was made in the wake of concerns expressed by residents about allowing beaches on Tortola to remain in their natural state.

“We are not going to allow any economic activity on the beach, there is not going to be any vending on Beef Island beach. It is going to remain in its natural state in perpetuity,” said Dr Pickering.

He further said the beach will be turned over to the National Parks Trust as Government had done some work to the beach to enhance its setting and making it one of a more family, fun and friendly environment. “It is going to be managed as is in its natural state so that generations to come are going to see a beach in its natural state. It’s not for us to develop everything.”

Hon. Kedrick Pickering, Eighth District Representative Hon. Marlon A. Penn and the BVI Tourist Board had joined forces to enhance the Long Bay beach on Beef Island at the close of 2012.

At that time it was an ongoing project to beautify the eastern end of the island and Hon. Penn had taken steps to instill community pride by cleaning and improving the Long Bay beach. The initiative included removing the excess shrubs that cluttered the beach, along with all waste material and constructing a more appealing entrance to the beach.

Tables and benches were also to be placed along the beach to provide a more family atmosphere where the public can come to the beach to have picnics and family fun days.

Government had circulated a press release in which Hon Penn had said, “We started this initiative as a means of capitalizing 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.”

The completed plan for the project had catered to include a restroom facility and two to three individuals from the community were to be selected to maintain and clean the beach throughout the year.

The first phase of the enhancement initiative, which included the cleaning of the beach and the upgrade to the entranceway, started on December 3, 2012.

The proposed design for the final phase of the initiative, which will include the addition of restroom facilities, should have been presented to the community earlier this year for review and feedback.

12 Responses to “Long Bay beach to be left untouched; No vending allowed!”

  • . (16/09/2013, 09:08) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do the samething for smuggler's cove too.
  • Manifest Illegality (16/09/2013, 09:14) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell the users to clean up after themselves and pass lrgislation to fine people for littering and the sanitation dept needs to remove the garbage in a timely manner and not let it rot in the containers/bins and funk up the place.
  • Marie (16/09/2013, 09:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    At least give Long Bay a working bathroom, it is the right thing to do. Many of us love this beach but have no where to take care of our necessary bodily functions. Come on Doc, get with the program. We are your people and not everything should be for the tourists.
    • Abby (17/09/2013, 19:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Amen. Why not even a bathroom for our privacy and so we don't have to go in the sea or go home, only to come back to the beach. So stupid and so simple to do. If we were regular tourist, there would be a demand for one and they would get it! Treat us like dirt.
  • pelican (16/09/2013, 10:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    "natural state" does not mean taking the sea grapes down or putting up hammocks or picnic tables. Sea grapes are there for a reason- to help protect the beach and shore. You still don't get it. Why does "enhancement" mean a human's judgement of what is natural beauty? nature is nature. leave it alone! Same with Smugglers- although years of lack of vendor enforcement has lead to a problem for district reps and rewarding their supporters. NO to vendors at smugglers- no shopping mall- work of of the existing foundation if you want a snack bar and drinks and bathroom-- but nothing new. please- the beach is too small!!
  • ta ta (16/09/2013, 10:18) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    hoe come he wants to mess up Brandywine bay and leave his beach in Beef Islands alone eh?
  • east rock (16/09/2013, 12:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    DID WE EVER GOT THE COST OF REMOVING THOES TREES
  • grand pa (16/09/2013, 17:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    long bay is d perfect beach for tourist there is snorkelling also but ask Dr y long bay is not gpin to b touched ? who does d land around there belong to ? who is disturbed when " black ppl " party on dat beach ? tink about it now u see y long bay HAS to stay as is
  • my two cents (16/09/2013, 18:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When KEDRICK got Minister of NRL I thought he was going to be the BVI's most loved Minister...what has happened since then ?.
  • look and read for a while (17/09/2013, 14:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every choice will not make everyone happy but the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Let’s focus all this energy on fighting the increasing crime wave hovering over our island and educating our children to compete in a an ever changing world. These are the two things that are most threatening to our future.

  • pat (17/09/2013, 21:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    gee, why not allow vendors on the beach? is there an advantage or disadvantage to commerce? Does that make Long Bay more or less "desirable"? If more desirable, then why do we have vendors on other beaches like Smugglers? Why can't that be vendor-free too? If it is so good to be "natural", the respect smugglers too.


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