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New marina @ Nanny Cay was saviour during Irma- Miles Sutherland-Pilch

- Phase 3 of Nanny Cay Development Project will be delayed
The outer marina at Nanny Cay held up during the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 and its barriers even acted as protection to nearby properties. Photo: VINO
Materials for the three docks to be installed at the outer marina of Nanny Cay. Photo: VINO
Materials for the three docks to be installed at the outer marina of Nanny Cay. Photo: VINO
The boat yard at Nanny Cay has been working overtime to repair the many vessels damaged during the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
The boat yard at Nanny Cay has been working overtime to repair the many vessels damaged during the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
General Manager of Nanny Cay Resort and Marina, Miles Sutherland-Pilch has said phase 3 of the Nanny Cay Development Project, which will feature the construction of a number of villas on the new marina; condo blocks, each with three 4-bedroom and four 3-bedroom condo units, has been delayed due to the recent destructive hurricane, Irma. Photo: Facebook
General Manager of Nanny Cay Resort and Marina, Miles Sutherland-Pilch has said phase 3 of the Nanny Cay Development Project, which will feature the construction of a number of villas on the new marina; condo blocks, each with three 4-bedroom and four 3-bedroom condo units, has been delayed due to the recent destructive hurricane, Irma. Photo: Facebook
Boats in the outer marina of Nanny Cay, Tortola on November 30, 2017. Photo: VINO
Boats in the outer marina of Nanny Cay, Tortola on November 30, 2017. Photo: VINO
More materials on the ground at Nanny Cay for the installation of three additional docks at the outer marina. Photo: VINO
More materials on the ground at Nanny Cay for the installation of three additional docks at the outer marina. Photo: VINO
NANNY CAY, Tortola, VI- The over US$30 Million expansion project at Nanny Cay Hotel and Marina, one of Tortola’s premier facilities and boat yard, did not come without its critics and had even faced some delays due to environmental concerns.

As Nanny Cay’s new outer marina was officially declared open on December 12, 2016; however, the investors came in for much praise as being respectful of the laws that govern the environment of the Virgin Islands.

It would turn out too that the outer marina, thanks to its outer barriers, would also be somewhat of a “saviour” during the monster hurricane, Irma, on September 6, 2017.

“If we didn’t start that project I would have been very concerned. It was an outer barrier for us. Even some of the residents who have been opposed to it came up to me and said ‘Thank you, I think it saved our lives,’” General Manager of Nanny Cay Resort and Marina, Miles Sutherland-Pilch told Virgin Islands News Online in an exclusive interview.

Work on outer marina continues

Meanwhile, work on the outer marina is continuing and materials have arrived for the installation of an additional three docks.

“The first two docks we had in did exceptionally well [during the hurricane], the other ones are arriving, and we will have three other docks going in,” said Mr Sutherland-Pilch, adding that the docks should be in by the end of the year.

“So then suddenly we will have a 100 slips up here for the season. We are working with another charter company coming down here and just work with our people here.”

The completed marina will have 120 slips suitable for yachts ranging from 30′ to 75’ with T-heads and a bulkhead capable of berthing mega yachts to 150’ in length.

Phase 3 of development delayed

Meanwhile, phase 3 of the Nanny Cay Development Project will feature the construction of a number of villas on the new marina; condo blocks, each with three 4-bedroom and four 3-bedroom condo units.

That development; however, has been put on hold due to the recent hurricane.

“It’s just going to be delayed a bit...we are in no desperate hurry but our plans are still there.

“Obviously we are looking at everything, until we get the insurance money we are not jumping ahead doing rebuilding this or that…but actually what that has provided us with is a bit of pause time to have a second or third look at some of these buildings,” Mr Sutherland-Pilch stated.

Once the entire Nanny Cay Development Project is completed, in addition to the marina facilities, the expansion will include, new and enhanced walk ways and recreational areas; a new restaurant, wellness centre, gym, and social areas; an improved youth sailing centre and facilities; improved resort areas and event facilities, along with new commercial retail and service space.

The current operations at Nanny Cay prior to Hurricane Irma accounted for 300 jobs directly and indirectly. The completed outer marina and related amenities will create over 100 new jobs.

8 Responses to “New marina @ Nanny Cay was saviour during Irma- Miles Sutherland-Pilch”

  • just asking... (01/12/2017, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    did he say they up hold the BVI environmental laws? please
    • pete (01/12/2017, 11:38) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      not just asking-- DEMAND it! They are a part of this community and are basically guests.
      They should be respectful for all and not just self-serving. What they are doing will have bigger
      implications whether CFD agrees or not. CFD has basically given up because they are constantly
      over-ridden by higher-ups who have vested interests.
      • True (01/12/2017, 20:53) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
        vested interests in what? nanny Cay? don't think so, it is owned by 4 scottish guys
  • pete (01/12/2017, 11:35) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    With all the destruction island wide, I am at least glad it slowed down Nanny Cay and its density and blocking off of water views except for those who can afford condos. I also worry- with all the destruction- it will give permission for developers to build horrible projects fast without benefit of regulations, engineering, environmental impact assessments, historic context, scale and good design. The BVI is now basically a blank canvas. I can only hope that government is not so greedy that they give permission to bad, identity-changing, generic, sterilized bad planning. Now is the time to look at master planning, traffic patterns, lack of set-backs and decide what we want to look like and not just cater to tourists. This is a pipe dream considering one representative is behind the pumping up of land in west end for a boat repair in the middle of the prime location for a village centre, bringing an industrial complex to a rural area, one of the best views and one of the last fairly natural areas on island. Irma created a game changer and I fear- not for the best.
  • lodger (01/12/2017, 14:12) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nanny Cay pay far more attention to environmental requirements than anyone else. Obviously those who bought the new condos facing the sea are understandably annoyed that the proposed new condos will block their sea view. However, in the light of Irma that would seem to be a blessing. Look how much work they have got done in recovery compared to other areas of the territory.
    • resedent (02/12/2017, 10:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lodger, I am in full agreement. NC have always gone through the correct channels and brought nothing but employment, tourism and exposure to the BVI. I was very lucky to be in NC for both hurricanes and witnessed the hard work with long draining hours all the managers and staff gave without question, all while dealing with their own emotions and life changing situations. NC is a community. Who was first to offer a water supply to the whole of Tortola after Irma.... I rest my case. We should be taking a leaf out of their book.
  • bee (01/12/2017, 20:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank god for this project
  • ccc (03/12/2017, 21:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Miles dont worry they NEED THIS project right about now!


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