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Questions linger following pier deal collapse with TPP

Questions continue to hover following the collapse of negotiations between Government and Tortola Pier Partners (TPP) Group over the proposed cruise pier development project in Road Town. Photo: VINO
Julio Sam Henry questioned the relationship that saw government having to pay TPP the proposed sum of $1.7M. Photo: VINO/File
Julio Sam Henry questioned the relationship that saw government having to pay TPP the proposed sum of $1.7M. Photo: VINO/File
Natalio Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru questioned whether the existing concept for the cruise development project was ‘right’ for the VI. Photo: VINO/File
Natalio Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru questioned whether the existing concept for the cruise development project was ‘right’ for the VI. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool disclosed previously, 'We had made a deal with TPP that we would go ahead and pay for those things over the last couple of months and if the negotiations had broken off, which it has now, the Ports Authority could pay them for those items and they become their property (BVI Ports Authority).' Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool disclosed previously, 'We had made a deal with TPP that we would go ahead and pay for those things over the last couple of months and if the negotiations had broken off, which it has now, the Ports Authority could pay them for those items and they become their property (BVI Ports Authority).' Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Questions continue to hover following the collapse of negotiations between Government and Tortola Pier Partners (TPP) Group over the proposed cruise pier development project in Road Town.

The Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) announced last Friday, September 27, 2013 that it had discontinued negotiations with the group as conditions precedent to the agreement were not concluded in a timely manner.

Concern has been expressed about a proposed payment of $1.7M towards the TPP Group and calls were made for the reasons behind this by commentators on the Open Mic radio show aired on Z-ROD FM last evening, October 2, 2013.

Host Julio Sam Henry questioned the relationship that saw government having to pay TPP the proposed sum, “Why would the government pay Tortola [Pier] Partners, if it’s a government body, for doing work that it has to do anyway?” he asked.

Guest on the show, Natalio Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru agreed and said the companies are supposed to be in partnership with the BVI Ports Authority.

Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool disclosed previously, “We had made a deal with TPP that we would go ahead and pay for those things over the last couple of months and if the negotiations had broken off, which it has now, the Ports Authority could pay them for those items and they become their property (BVI Ports Authority).”

Henry further questioned how the government would proceed now that they have expressed a desire to go forward with the development project. “Is it a new plan? Do we have new drawings? Is it a new concept?” he asked.

Wheatley also questioned whether the existing concept was ‘right’ for the VI.

“If it’s the same concept or the same people involved; or if it’s a new concept, where is it?” Henry asked while adding that the people of the territory deserve to know.

In a clear reference to the secrecy surrounding the project, Henry related that when something was being executed on behalf of the people, there should be clear understanding and transparency.

According to Henry, the bottom line is that the government has to set the standard for cruise tourism, “They have to be serious about cruise tourism and I don’t think they’re serious about cruise tourism in the perspective that cruise tourism can generate overnight tourism, which eventually is what you want,” he said.

17 Responses to “Questions linger following pier deal collapse with TPP”

  • chad (03/10/2013, 08:28) Like (1) Dislike (74) Reply
    Didn't Sam interview the Minister on his tv show and get those answers? Sensationalism again. TPP did not meet the conditions precedent, whatever those were, and the government in its wisdom and quest to get the project done on time for us to benefit, terminated talks with TPP. Government said the Ports will take over the project. What is difficult in that to understand???
    • tomoon (03/10/2013, 09:03) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      sam and his crew. Need shut the 4 cup.
    • Fly right (03/10/2013, 09:14) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wow, why do you think we are all fools? The partners was suppose to be the investors. We now have no investors but we are going full speed ahead??? Who is the head of ports? What does he know about ports? Who is the deputy? What does he know about ports? Who will run this project when it is done?

      The same government that cannot manage a simple little festival or music fest?

      Why does this government not pay people from festival but in a split second they can take on a multi million dollars project? Look at the roads in the BVI? Are they also going to do the beach at Brandy Wine Bay also or is that off the table now.

      People are not stupid. Give us the details of why they pulled out and an itemized bill so we can see what 1.7 million dollars is paying for!
      • Really? (03/10/2013, 09:39) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply

        LMAO! I agree that Government cannot handle this project but it's you guys that were against outside people doing it saying we could do it ourselves. Same Sam Henry was frothing and foaming at the mouth wanting BVI people and the Government to do the project ourselves. Now that this is the case he's back pedalling saying he doesn't think we have the ability to do it alone. These guys are just a bunch of "£$%^g idiots making noise and love to hear themselves. They have no plan. Look at their track record. What has Sam or Sowande accomplished in their lifetime?? What ideas do they have? Who can they bring to the table? Ya'll got time. They just love to see and hear themselves, no different to Sean Hannity, Bill OReilly and other nuisances around the world in the media. It's easy to sit back in an A/C studio and chat "£$% all day and night. Step up and show what you got man.

  • Politics (03/10/2013, 09:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's my wish for Sowande, Sam Henry and Doug Wheatley to be elected to serve this country. Then they will see talk is cheap. That's all I will say for now.
  • Wow 2 (03/10/2013, 09:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The tax payers should know exactly who these payments are going out to and for what.
  • ABC (03/10/2013, 09:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lots of things in the mota
  • shaw (03/10/2013, 10:02) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think it is ironic that the Government asked for timely plans when they can't get the hospital off the ground. If the agreement fell through with the current plans, then any change in circumstance HAS to include a new understanding, design, public meetings, investment, timing, and any other reasonable and responsible need.
    If the 1.7 mil includes ownership of the watercolor plans, it is not worth it. get rid of those plans based on principle and re-do for a more appropriate and fitting project. There is no need to move forward on those plans as is. They are horrible! But I think it is funny to hold others accountable for timing when they can't even do it themselves.
  • @ fly right (03/10/2013, 10:15) Like (2) Dislike (15) Reply
    You dont know how things work and want to be bashing ppl. I know you is one of sam crew that need shut the 4 cup. Ports and music fest under two different ministry. There money dont mix. Ttp should be paid if gov wanted to use there building plans etc. Sam and his crew that need to shut the 4 cup. Just enjoying confusing uneducated people. Hear them on the radio talking like them went school under a rock. Promote proper speaking english please!!
    • No locks on me mouth (03/10/2013, 12:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Look chief at the end of the day every cent that comes into the treasury or the ports belongs to the people of the Virgin Islands I understand that. While these clowns in government ask for transparency from the people, the people should also be able to ask for transparency. Festival can't provide a financial report for how long now both VIP and NDP play the same game. Why do they hide how much they pay the sound companies? Why are we spending over $200,000.00 in East End and another 200,000 in carrot Bay? Why is the premier not giving the financial report from the last two Music Festival? Why can we not ask for the detail of what that 1.7 Million dollars is going towards. What is going on with Bi-Water? If we have money to spend why do we not fix the roads which everyone uses? People are getting robbed on their yachts! Robbed while driving down the road.

      Please forgive me but we gonna talk until we can vote then we will decide on who can screw us the least. It does not feel to good right now my friend pretty painful!!!
  • yellow (03/10/2013, 12:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    And the questions will never be answered
  • qc (03/10/2013, 13:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    George Washington warned the Americans of the dangers of political parties but his call was not heeded
  • USA student (03/10/2013, 15:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    if the ports doing this hope we do not end up like Detroit
  • tt (03/10/2013, 15:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    CAN SOMEONE EXPLIAN TO ME THE 1.7 M??????
  • rattie (03/10/2013, 19:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP need to lose and lose badly, so everyone of them will think twice before trying this nonsense again over this port mess.
  • tee tee (07/10/2013, 11:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Teef nuh like see teef with long bag. That's not how it works.


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