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Parking Lot? Where is the Margaritaville Restaurant?

Sources close to the work, told our newsroom that Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) ordered the land in the area of the exit at the Tortola Pier Park (TPP) to be cleared for parking. Photo: VINO
It is unclear if it’s just a temporary parking lot as the TPP is no longer used for passengers travelling to the United States Virgin Islands by ferry. Photo: VINO
It is unclear if it’s just a temporary parking lot as the TPP is no longer used for passengers travelling to the United States Virgin Islands by ferry. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the area being cleared. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the area being cleared. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Our roving camera caught up with land being cleared in the area of the exit at the Tortola Pier Park (TPP) and was told by sources close to the work that it was ordered by Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) to be done for parking.

It is unclear if it’s just a temporary parking lot as the TPP is no longer used for passengers travelling to the United States Virgin Islands by ferry.

It’s on the site where the Margaritaville, a chain restaurant was to be built. Hon Vanterpool has not updated the public on the project since 2016 when he said that Margaritaville building will not be ready until 2018. However, it seems unlikely, but the government has not been forthcoming with answers or the status of the negotiations.

Good project overrun alarming

The Ports Project has been overwhelmed in controversy from its opening in 2015 with a $40 million overrun. Most residents and the Opposition Virgin Islands Party supported the project, but was alarmed by the huge overrun.

In three reports from the House of Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, the Auditor General and a project manager Hugh E. Darley, it stated that there has been mismanagement of funds, conflict of interest and no one looking out for the interest of the taxpayers.

13 Responses to “Parking Lot? Where is the Margaritaville Restaurant?”

  • Jg (24/05/2018, 12:16) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    We don’t need it.
    • Hrmph (25/05/2018, 06:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What happened to the threats of litigation from Darney? What a waster!
  • Really (24/05/2018, 12:38) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Yes we do its called the pub
  • Been there (24/05/2018, 12:45) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    you don't want that one. go see what they did to hollywood beach florida. a sleazy white elephant.
    like putting a popeyes next to biras creek.
    • @ been there (24/05/2018, 19:34) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly. Margaritaville is mediocre to be frank. If the space must be occupied, allow it to be tendered and occupied by a local fine dining restaurant enthusiast. Keep the money in the territory AND give ppl an exquisite experience.
  • Get it Right-Lawd (24/05/2018, 13:19) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    So the Tourist will come off of the Cruise Ship for this.

    Lawd-Built a beauty restaurant with historical architecture. Serve seasonal local and traditional dishes/drinks so that visitors can taste the "Island" they are visiting.

    Educate the visitors (agriculture) of some of the local food and fruit we have here. Have a tasting session. Brand it BVI, it will be more profitable and offer added value in the long run.


  • facts (24/05/2018, 14:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    No one will go to jail
  • not bad (24/05/2018, 20:09) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hey thats alot of money disappeared with these bvi projects.for all these years. Soooo when the march for the freedom from the uk is over. (Fake story) Who the hell going to stop the government from their stealing ways witch they have perfected for years...... will we have the BALLS to face our leaders and really march for freedom.

    • marco (25/05/2018, 12:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      When this march is over, we need to march for more locals to remain in the financial services sector and to prevent the issue of work permits for certain jobs in the sector.
  • franchise (24/05/2018, 20:15) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    the food sucks!!!! Check the one in stt
  • correcto (24/05/2018, 22:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    @Been there, I see it more as kool ade and champagne next to each other.
  • UK (25/05/2018, 06:57) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Duncan cut deal on the overrun
  • Yul (27/05/2018, 11:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ask the M of C &W where the money to finish it gone. Hmm.


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