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Stop the madness, enforce the laws - VG resident

- said laws are not being enforced, creating a 'gangster society'
Inside the consultative meeting on the National Recovery Plan on Virgin Gorda on January 16, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
A resident makes his point during the consultative meeting on the National Recovery Plan on Virgin Gorda on January 16, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
A resident makes his point during the consultative meeting on the National Recovery Plan on Virgin Gorda on January 16, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Having laws and not enforcing them is like creating a gangster society, is what a resident of Virgin Gorda stated at a consultation meeting on the National Recovery Plan on the sister island on January 16, 2018.

"We make laws and don’t enforce them, when are we as the BVI going to stop this madness. And I am personally standing because I am frustrated with this stuff, I am very frustrated, we need to enforce the laws. This is affecting everybody and, God forbid, we are creating like a gangster society. This is too good of a country to be running down the drain like this,” said the resident after being informed by one of the facilitators that it's in law that fishing pots must be made with bio-degradable components.

The resident was at the time supporting others who spoke before him about the many concerns and issues they have been facing in the fishing and marine industry territory wide.

One of the issues raised was the damages to sea life and coral reefs by fishing pots. The man was suggesting that it be made law that persons making fishing pots do so with certain components that are biodegradable."Tourists come not only for the water but also for the sea life, to snorkel and to see the fish."

Other points raised by residents included developing the fishing market in terms of commercial and sport fishing, improving the fishing network and "institutionalising" fishing.

"They feel intimidated"

The modus operandi of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government came in for a blasting when outspoken Virgin Gorda resident Mrs Shereen Flax-Charles challenged the team to ensure the recovery plan makes provision for equal representation on boards.

"I noticed on the preparation team that there is nobody from the sister islands. So that brings me to my next point. The sister islands always feeling left out. How are you going to ensure that when this plan is implemented that it is a simultaneous process and we don’t have to wait for something to be finished on Tortola before it is done on one of the sister islands."

She said the ratio of sister islands representation as opposed to Tortola needs to be balanced. “Because what we found over the years and even now, you have boards and there is one person that is representing all of the sister islands...Each of these islands are very unique. What might work on Virgin Gorda might not necessarily work on Tortola or Jost van Dyke. And we need to ensure that we keep these things in mind. We say one BVI so we need to make sure that happens.”

Responding, Head of the Recovery Task Force, Mr Broderick Penn said, “It is an issue that we recognise." He added “So the expectation is that when we develop the recovery agencies there is going to be representation from the sister islands, even at the board level on that agency."

He said when sub-committees are also developed they will ensure there is representation from the sister islands

But with an uppercut Mrs Flax Charles responded, "Heard a lot of time from board members that they feel intimidated when there is one person on a board or committee from the sister islands and the bulk of others are from Tortola. “Whatever they bring up is shut down and each of these other islands play a very important role. It's like a puzzle, if one piece is missing you cannot fix that puzzle.”

Do projects simultaneously 

It was put to the team that improvement of airports and other port facilities on Virgin Gorda and Anegada needed to be done while Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island is being developed. “You cannot spend $300M on an airport on Beef Island and then do nothing for the other port facilities that airport is going to be feeding into...” said Mrs Flax-Charles.

That point was supported by Sister Islands Coordinator Mr Vincent O. Wheatley. “When the cruise ship dock was developed on Tortola it created a lot of problems for Virgin Gorda…. What we are saying is let us not make the same type of error with the airport. These things affect the entire territory.”

12 Responses to “Stop the madness, enforce the laws - VG resident”

  • Fisherman (17/01/2018, 10:01) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Conservation And Fisheries needs an vigorous enforcement unit on Tortola and Virgin Gorda to enforce our fishing and conservation laws.
    • .... (17/01/2018, 11:06) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Conservation and Fisheries had asked the government for some major repairs to their boat since 2016, and the government has done nothing to this end. Therefore Conservation and Fisheries lacks the means to enforce fisheries laws.
  • Willoski (17/01/2018, 10:28) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Scrap the National Recovery Plan 2018 and hire a disaster recovery manager to design a recovery plan. You can only recover something that got damaged.
    • @ Willoski (17/01/2018, 11:18) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree as what they presented is a National Political Plan to steal the election again
  • facts man (17/01/2018, 10:38) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    the NDP government is lawless they have violated every law in the book plus the constitution so what you expect?
    • wize up (17/01/2018, 12:13) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ facts man: my goodness you have to be a carpenter because you hit the nail right on the head(keep the faith)
  • See (17/01/2018, 11:57) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have read the recovery plan several times and still cant believe what I am reading . This was obviously written by a Retreat 101 facilitator and not anyone from our country . Talk about word speak . They couldnt even get the fact accurat that Maria passed to the south of us . Most of the report is just verbal BS and should be treated as such . Start over and be specific on RECOVERY ITEMS ..... not bs contractual wish lists . We want reliable power and water ...good schools ... roads not designed and built by incompetents ... support for our local businesses ... and help for those who are homeless and battered from the storms . RECOVERY is the mandate ... not ..what can we build to suck more money from the cookie jar . And yes ..EVERY LAST PENNY SHOULD HAVE TRANSPARENT OVERSIGHT !!! If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. Lets rebuild our country the right and honest way .
    • wtf? (17/01/2018, 14:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well, what do you expect? The govt hits Google and searches for laws, then Copy/Paste it and votes on it. They don't read it at all. Remember the "Gun" laws from a few years back...word for word from an Australian law. And they banned flare guns in the BVI...the "sailing capital of the world". I wish the BVI people would Google "recall vote"!
  • Bismarck (17/01/2018, 15:50) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Hill man who used to be in immigration used to enforce the laws. what happened? some trump up story bout he had fall out with Ministry. Lie straight from hell.
    • Quiet Storm (18/01/2018, 10:28) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Guy Hill, former Acting CIO, followed the law and did not say how high when politicians say jump. As such, he was banished. He has stand on principle; something severely lacking in others. Like shifting the chairs around on the Titanic did not matter so shifting poor performers around to perform special projects are not going to matter. Victimization, political patronage, poor planning, tribal politics, weak leadership ........etc is ruining the BVI. It is regressing from the gains that were attained.
  • Concerned (18/01/2018, 06:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have been saying fora long time, laws need to be obeyed and ENFORCED. That starts with Premier, Ministers and Police Force. Transparency, audits, tendering on contracts that the law says require tendering, illegal parking, MOTORCYCLES, speeding . Our country will be controled by the lawless, if is not already. A law passed is no good if not enforced, and it starts at the top.
  • out of the box (18/01/2018, 08:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When a society chooses to either ignore its own rules or to allow breaking them with impunity, it is bound to fall into disarray. The unfairness of others getting away with it for long enough while some try hard to live right destroys the fabric of community and foments a free for all Wild West mentality, and kills any vision of civilized society. The lack of humility of the leadership is not helpful either. What is wrong with asking for serious outside help with the recovery plan? What is wrong with accepting the advice of outsiders instead of pretending they are know it-all’s. Those people do not exist, and certainly not in islands of 30,000 where it’s education is in woeful shape. Some wag said people get the government they deserve. Time to reflect (for the umpteenth time) on H. Lavity Stout’s oft quote from the Bible: “Where there is no vision, the people will perish”. Whatever we have been doing has not served society well. Time to start thinking outside the box, and to accept accountability and consequences for our actions instead of bickering, back-stabbing and finger pointing.

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