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Restroom drama @ Anegada

The completed two-room toilet facility which was done free of cost by Mr Kenny Francis and another resident. Photo: Provided
The BVI Tourist Board operated, rest room, prior to Hurricane Irma in 2017. Photo: Provided
The BVI Tourist Board operated, rest room, prior to Hurricane Irma in 2017. Photo: Provided
The repainted facility yesterday, November 19, 2018, at a cost allegedly borne by BVI Tourist Board. Photo: provided
The repainted facility yesterday, November 19, 2018, at a cost allegedly borne by BVI Tourist Board. Photo: provided
SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI - Prior to Hurricane Irma of 2017, residents of Anegada, in the Virgin Islands (VI) frequently complained about the tiny, single restroom facility, that was erected at the Ferry Dock, at Setting Point, Anegada.

After it was swept away by the hurricane, two residents took initiative to build a double-room facility, free of cost to the government of the day.

Another problem surfaced, however.

The issue was first brought to the attention of this news site by a resident and subsequently confirmed by Mr Kenny Francis, a local businessman and resident on the Island.

Necessity  

Mr Francis affirmed that the need for a public restroom facility on the dock is, “not a want but a necessity” and in fulfilling his corporate duty, in collaboration of one of the island’s popular taxi operators, they pooled resources and took the initiative to erect and furnish the public toilet facility.

“We made contact with the BVI Tourist Board and got their blessings to erect the toilets…All that was left there was the spot; Irma took the little thing they had there, clean away,” he said.

Relating in detail, the steps that subsequently led to his frustration, Mr Francis explained that after completing what he described as a “Community project,” further contact was made with the BVI Tourist Board, as it relates to painting the outhouse.

“I have my building near to the area of the toilet and had lots of paint from my building left back, so I particularly ask the tourist board if it was ok with them for me to use the paint I already had to paint the toilet and they told me yes, go ahead and do it and I did.”

Joke?

Relations between the two parties—Mr Francis and the BVI Tourist Board— quickly 'soured,' when it came to the point of awarding the maintenance/cleaning contract for the facility.

“I asked them to give me the contract to keep it clean and make sure it is always in good condition, they offered a $300 and something to maintain it and you know I always speak frank, I let her, the Flax Lady (BVITB Director, Mrs Sharon Flax-Brutus) that amount to do that per month is joke.”

“Maybe she didn’t like how I was straight with she, but seems she was offended in the way I spoke but that’s just how I speak…I let her know it was an insult to offer that kind of money for an entire month.”

Several attempts were made to get Mrs Flax-Brutus' side of the story but efforts were futile.

Done it for Free

Continuing to relate the restroom saga, Mr Francis said, he was later informed that the Tourist Board wanted to change the colour of the facility.

“What they did? They found money to pay a contractor to repaint the toilet...what madness and waste of resources.”

Mr Francis was adamant, “I was willing to do that for free too but no they took issue with me who build that comfortable beautiful double room facility for free and throw money at some else to do something I was willing to do for free, even after they refused to give me the maintenance contract…I would have still done it for free.”

According to Mr Kenny Francis, “I thought the news needs to know this despite some people may want to say it’s a small fry thing but me and partner did what we did out of our hearts and deserved some level of gratitude…The least they could have done, is send the blue paint they want to change it to and I would have done it…That money could have done something else to benefit Anegada.”

12 Responses to “Restroom drama @ Anegada”

  • faith (20/11/2018, 09:22) Like (22) Dislike (10) Reply
    That blue is ugly, to say the least. The other colour looks much better.
  • 1 (20/11/2018, 09:24) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    NDP can do nothing right yall
  • Observation (20/11/2018, 10:33) Like (20) Dislike (19) Reply
    So one can begin by questioning the "good corporate citizen" initiative; all I see here is that this manipulator (euphemism for con-artist) wanted a cash cow. He built the facility and felt it was automatic that TB give him the contract for its maintenance at HIS price!
    So he has a challenge now with what they are offering him; a fee he considers unreasonable.
    The TB should have never allowed him to build the facility in the first instance; no matter how noble his intentions appeared to be at the time. This is a bad precedent to set and it was always going to blow up in their faces and put them in bad light.
    I hope they learn from this experience.
  • Anegada man (20/11/2018, 11:04) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    Anybody who knows this man knows he is TROUBLE. Hated on Anegada. The trouble maker on Anegada. Anyone who would show up at the church and curse his mother is dishonourable. There is more than one side to the story and Kenny NEEDS to tell the truth. In time the truth will come out. The Tourist Board and their team has done soooo much for Anegada. Kenny want to spoil it but we Anegadians WILL NOT allow it to happen. They BVI Tourist Board have been our defacto representatives for years now. Without them Anegada would be nowhere. Kenny you need to go sit down and stop trying to destroy Anegada
  • hey (20/11/2018, 11:34) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
    Clearly he didnt' do it for free. He only did it because he wanted a big contract from tb. you want more than $300 to change toilet paper rolls and wipe down a sink twice a week? You sick big man.
  • Anegada on the Move (20/11/2018, 12:36) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    He is the same one who trying to not have the taxi drivers work for lobster fest? We in Anegada smarter than he. He should go back St Thomas
  • GREED (20/11/2018, 12:49) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is min wage, lets say it is clean every day and it takes an hour each day to clean (30 hours a month) + Cleaning supplies. As far as I am concern $300.00 a month isn't to far from what it should cost!!! This is why there is such an issue with cost over run in the VI every thing is over priced!!!
  • Anegada Lobster (20/11/2018, 14:12) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    Only since Kenny come Anegada the place worst than ever. He is a greedy, rude person. He has no love for the BVI or Anegada. What he is doing is called exthortion. We in Anegada are tired and fed up of Kenny. Beg him please stay off Tourist Board. We love them here in Anegada
  • watcher (20/11/2018, 16:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’m sorry he put this out here in media like this ... also that he felt that $300 was too little bit to clean a bathroom that would benefit guests at his establishment too. We have to be reasonable.
    On the other side, Tourist Board does a lot for the place yes thank you but
    This didn’t have to be handled like this either
    Over a colour? Why can’t we try to do things in a way that works for everybody ? Colour blue ? If that was the case I think that should have been presented from the start
    And to just go and paint it all blue like that smh i dont know about other people but..
    • Sick of Kenny (20/11/2018, 17:39) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      The color is NOT the real issue. He wants Tourist Board to hook him up to their electrical meter. This man crazy. If Tourist Board do this then they need to pay the whole ah Anegada electricity bill. And this will NEVER happen. He want a handout it is impossible. Pay for your own meter and electricity Kenny. All of us on Anegada doing it. Why should you be special? You didn't even buy the damn material to build the bathroom. Its Tourist Board buy it. Stop the LYING. You to greedy. You want all. But remember WANT ALL GET NONE. Don't be a thief. This is highway robbery.


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