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Renaming TPP had no political intent - Mark H. Vanterpool

In calling for and executing the renaming of the Tortola Pier Park (TPP) to the ‘Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park’ on Friday, February 15, 2019, subject Minister Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) says his actions had absolutely no political motives. Photo: VINO/File
Daughter of Mr Romney, Patricia M. Romney aka “Patty” said that in the events leading up to the renaming, “I faintly heard a promise from a familiar voice from the podium. I immediately picked up my cell phone and made a call to say, Mommy… Mark is at it again making promises about your husband.” Photo: VINO/File
Daughter of Mr Romney, Patricia M. Romney aka “Patty” said that in the events leading up to the renaming, “I faintly heard a promise from a familiar voice from the podium. I immediately picked up my cell phone and made a call to say, Mommy… Mark is at it again making promises about your husband.” Photo: VINO/File
While the TPP under the watch of Mr Vanterpool has been rocked by scandals with an overrun of some $40M and allegations of corruption, many residents of the Virgin Islands supports the renaming. Photo: VINO/File
While the TPP under the watch of Mr Vanterpool has been rocked by scandals with an overrun of some $40M and allegations of corruption, many residents of the Virgin Islands supports the renaming. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In calling for and executing the renaming of the Tortola Pier Park (TPP) to the ‘Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park’ on Friday, February 15, 2019, subject Minister Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) says his actions had absolutely no political motives even as the February 25, 2019, elections day in the Virgin Islands (VI) approaches.

Hon Vanterpool, an incumbent of district four under the Hon Dr D. Orlando Smith (AL) and Myron V. Walwyn (AL) led National Democratic Party (NDP 1) was instrumental in the renaming project that saw the late Chief Minister having his name engraved in time.  

Promises fulfilled

Daughter of Mr Romney, Ms Patricia M. Romney aka “Patty” said that in the events leading up to the renaming, “I faintly heard a promise from a familiar voice from the podium. I immediately picked up my cell phone and made a call to say, Mommy… Mark is at it again making promises about your husband.”

She implored, “His words in a nutshell were, CB must be recognized for his role in BVI cruise tourism and it will happen under his watch,” she told those gathered at the renaming ceremony.

In showing appreciation for the efforts she said, “Minister Vanterpool, I think we share one regret; that your long-time friend, our mom, didn’t get to see this day… You can rest assured however, she would be proud of your efforts and surely is smiling down on us with him right now from the heavens. The strength of CB’s character left many desirous to emulate him.”

Personal Commitment

Mr Vanterpool, while reiterating that the project had no political intent, says it was solely him fulfilling his commitment to having it done before he remits office ahead of the government term.

In a February 13, 2019, released, he said, “I am pleased and have the privilege to be in the right place at the right time, to honour a gentleman who has contributed greatly to his country, the British Virgin Islands.”

While the TPP under the watch of Mr Vanterpool has been rocked by scandals with an overrun of some $40M and allegations of corruption, many residents of the Virgin Islands supports the renaming.

However, due to the timing of the renaming just days before General Elections, many believe is it just another NDP 1 political gimmick.

14 Responses to “Renaming TPP had no political intent - Mark H. Vanterpool ”

  • 123 (17/02/2019, 11:31) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    for god in heaven sake go sit down, of course it is
    • Time's Up (17/02/2019, 14:22) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply

      Yeah, Like f**** up the traffic trying to pave all the roads two weeks before elections has no political intent.

  • wize up (17/02/2019, 11:50) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    when it comes to recognizing the efforts and sacrifices our own people it’s always an issue by some of we.....lots more infrastructure throughout the territory should be branded with the names of our trailblazers & pioneers(we happy with “Sir Francis Drakes Highway”)...stay vex
  • Blu (17/02/2019, 12:21) Like (35) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mark please go siddung with these old school gimmicks. It was 150% political. No problem with CBR but stop insulting we. You looking sympathy votes just like you all of a sudden remember to call people like Dapoo and Pigmouth and Bobyule and Omar name last night. Pure tricks and games. Where you been the past 8 years? Not among we in the 4th. You were like you live Santo more than Road Town. But now you want to come yelling down the town? Boss go siddung!
    • Right! (17/02/2019, 14:04) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
      Go siddung Mark.
    • Correction (17/02/2019, 14:44) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Correction - PART OF Road Town. Political paralysis from the waist down. Constituency appears to stop at Crab Lot. From there down the road to the boundary that connects to the third district, we are wondering who is our rep. Got up today and heard about motorcade last night for the first time. It either went past this section of town like a ghost ship, or we were plain old forgotten. Sad.
  • jop (17/02/2019, 13:14) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    We al know it is a political gimmick why it was done at this time. He fully deserves the honor because he started the cruise industry and the Financial Industry. The pier park should have been named in his honor from the opening, but there was too much garbage to deal with about money matters. The hospital is something else. NDP want to name things after their members without knowing our history.
  • Arnold (17/02/2019, 13:25) Like (43) Dislike (3) Reply
    This man connot be trusted.
  • Outlaw (17/02/2019, 14:32) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yeah Mark the mongoose, you think you talking to fools as you often think we are stupid. The late CB is well deserving of this honor but we all know the timing is highly political. I pray to God that the people of the 4th give your a permanent retirement. Enough of you and corruption.
  • SMH (17/02/2019, 15:18) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    You can fool some people following your party line, but you can't fool most of the voters who are fed up with NDP Government. Wheel and Come Again! Buh Bye!
  • respect (17/02/2019, 16:39) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    It was very respectful of MV to honor CR as he had promised the family he would. CR was a huge influence in the Cruise Ship industry as was and still is his family. Show some respect. By the way not voting for MV but thought it was honorable of him to do this before he leaves office as he had promised years ago to do. Congrats Romney family!
    • Agree (17/02/2019, 22:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree. The renaming is well deserving. CBR was a pioneer in this industry. Wish he was around to get his roses while living.
  • home boy (18/02/2019, 10:59) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mark you made a remark about renaming the Pier Park after a Giant of a man before you leave OFFICE for GOOD, that was very good of you. Bye Bye!
  • musa (19/02/2019, 09:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    bvi please do not b fool by fools


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