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‘Stop selling your lands’- Julio S. Henry

Public activist and television talk show host Julio S. Henry said he is happy to hear some Virgin Gordians will be given land but has urged them not to sell their property to outside investors but rather engage in leasing and other safeguards. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking on his show ‘Speak Your Mind’ broadcast on a local television station on April 25, 2015 Mr Henry spoke about the lengthy time that Virgin Gordians have had to wait for land and noted that whenever they do get it they should try to hold on to it by either developing it or investing in it but never selling. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking on his show ‘Speak Your Mind’ broadcast on a local television station on April 25, 2015 Mr Henry spoke about the lengthy time that Virgin Gordians have had to wait for land and noted that whenever they do get it they should try to hold on to it by either developing it or investing in it but never selling. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Public activist and television talk show host Julio S. Henry said he is happy to hear some Virgin Gordians will be given land but has urged them not to sell their property to outside investors but rather engage in leasing and other safeguards.

Speaking on his show ‘Speak Your Mind’ broadcast on a local television station on April 25, 2015 Mr Henry spoke about the lengthy time that Virgin Gordians have had to wait for land and noted that whenever they do get it they should try to hold on to it by either developing it or investing in it but never selling.

“First of all, if you going to get land I am happy for you. I think Virgin Gordians deserve all the lands in Virgin Gorda, and they shouldn’t sell. When you get that nice piece of land in your hand don’t sell ladies and gentlemen,” Mr Henry urged.

The talk show host advised that persons who may not have the resources to immediately develop their land could allow outside investors to lease their property but the landowner should take the responsibility of developing the property from a deposit that the investor would have to make.

“When the investor comes and he says he wants to do something with your land, no problem, get a letter and a deposit, a letter of intent stating what he intends to do with your land. If he wants to build a house to rent to make 15 to 20 grand a week, no problem, build to suit, build what he needs, take the deposit whatever it costs to build the house, take it as a deposit…stop selling your land.”

An election gimmick?

According to Henry, the issue of land has always been a concern for residents and threw out the question whether persons thought it was an election gimmick.

“We see people complaining that they have been waiting for years when all the necessary paperwork was finished and all the government had to do was sign the piece of paper, that is what some people said,” Mr Henry claimed.

Speaking at a press conference in the conference room of the Premier’s Office on Tuesday April 21, 2015 Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith disclosed that some 60 persons were identified to receive lands in Virgin Gorda.

“I am pleased to report that this Government has approved a total of 60 persons for phase one of this project: 35 persons for Phase one of Great Hill, 8 persons for the Phase one of Bakers Bay and 17 persons for Phase one of The Bond Subdivisions,” he said.

The Premier and Minister of Finance had also said development in these areas will be carried out in a phased approach and “we endeavour to carry out further subdivisions in the future.”

Premier Smith also brushed aside criticisms that the distribution of land was an election gimmick.

“In 2013 we put together a committee of people from Virgin Gorda and they are the ones who made the selection. We did that so the process could be completely transparent,” he said, when asked whether the land distribution had anything to do with the upcoming elections.

He said ownership of lands by BVIslanders, especially young people, has always been of interest to successive governments.

See link to related story:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/vg-land-distribution-no-election-gimmick-premier-smith

14 Responses to “‘Stop selling your lands’- Julio S. Henry”

  • SHAME (26/04/2015, 09:13) Like (36) Dislike (2) Reply

    It is shameful for anyone to have to tell locals stop selling off their damn land. they sell it to buy sh%^ and when they go broke its govt fault. In vg and beef island alone locals have sold almost 1000 acres. Thats just oil nut and beef island. why would our local people sell land by those volumes? Why does govt contunue to get the blame for what is happening? Are we really that stupid and shallow as a people? Local family agrees to sell land to developer. Govt tells developer they need to develop within a certain time. Developer does the necessary and govt approves the development. Then the govt is a sellout and accused of selling out the country. WTF?

  • Concern 1 (26/04/2015, 09:19) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    I always believe in this of leasing the land to foreigners and locals get the benefit of buying and owning the lands because if you do sell out that land you may no longer have a BVI for and by the people.What me a try say you may not be able to talk,walk or do anything freely in your own lands anymore. You gonna have many gated properties and beaches one may be restricted to just some places. Preserve our lands for future generations
  • virgin gorda (26/04/2015, 09:23) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    NDP land election gimmick not going do it...We votong ALL OU!!!
    • VG (26/04/2015, 10:17) Like (14) Dislike (16) Reply
      Keep dreaming N.D.P all the way
      • @ VG (26/04/2015, 11:50) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
        come on who in there right mind will vote for the most corrupt govemrnt in the history of the BVI?
        • Yes (26/04/2015, 14:58) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
          Exactly why nobody voting for no damn vip. You hit the nail on the head. Lets compare vip 2007-2011 to Ndp last 3 plus years. almost no.comparison lmao!
          • @ lol (26/04/2015, 16:27) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
            Up to yet no one can tell me what the NDP has done between 2011 and now...they finished the VIP hospital all they had to do was cut the ribbon, they finish the VIP ports project but we VIP were never accused of corruption-two reports, and we have not victimized anyone and fired locals for expats and whites…now talk that!
          • KLM (27/04/2015, 01:42) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
            "almost no.comparison" Lmao Smh what is almost no cocomparison?
        • parent (26/04/2015, 15:26) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          I will.
        • Short Memory (27/04/2015, 10:00) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
          You forget who was the first to go jail under a particular political over Government Money? Check your history. You forget who said sometimes you have to put your hand in the cookie jar? You forget man. All you need to be brought to court for these statements and demand that you lay proof to your statement. The first one get drag to court, I bet all you will find the right words to say. Keep the NDP out of that statement.
  • cay (26/04/2015, 11:50) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    very good points SAM
  • All My Support (26/04/2015, 16:29) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply
    It’s going be a clean sweep as we going back to the grand old party VIP for they are still the best hope for the BVI
  • pat (26/04/2015, 19:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am sure come election the votes will make the right choices so no one will say they were being stupid.
  • Roger That (27/04/2015, 11:06) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    Hannibal is our best bet for the 9th district... if you want more of the same BS politics then you will vote NDP, VIP or PEP. For district Hannibal is the common sense choice.


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