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TPP to be renamed in honour of Cyril B. Romney

Left to right - Linda Romney-Leue, Mark H. Vanterpool, Patrica M. Romney aka “Patty” and CEO of Tortola Pier Park Vance M. Lewis. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Virgin Islands main Cruise Pier Port facility will now be named the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park in honour of the late former Chief Minister who can be credited for bringing the cruise tourism industry alive in the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands main Cruise Pier Port facility will now be named the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park in honour of the late former Chief Minister who can be credited for bringing the cruise tourism industry alive in the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: VINO/File
Speaking to the JTV’s Big Story yesterday, youngest child of the late Mr Romney, Ms Patricia M. Romney aka “Patty” recalled herself and sibling bursting into tears when they first got the news while aboard a cruise ship docked at the Tortola Pier Park not so long ago. Photo: Facebook/JTV
Speaking to the JTV’s Big Story yesterday, youngest child of the late Mr Romney, Ms Patricia M. Romney aka “Patty” recalled herself and sibling bursting into tears when they first got the news while aboard a cruise ship docked at the Tortola Pier Park not so long ago. Photo: Facebook/JTV
In his released the Minister 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.” This renaming comes twelve years after the late minister lost his fight to cancer on July 19, 2007. Photo: VINO/File
In his released the Minister 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.” This renaming comes twelve years after the late minister lost his fight to cancer on July 19, 2007. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands main Cruise Pier Port facility will now be named the 'Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park' in honour of the late former Chief Minister who can be credited for bringing the cruise tourism industry alive in the Virgin Islands (VI).

The announcement of was officially made yesterday, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, by the subject Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4).

In his released, the Minister 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.” This renaming comes twelve years after the late minister lost his fight to cancer on July 19, 2007.

Before that, Mr Romney had served the territory in many capacities, from teaching to being a School Principal and even an Administrative Secretary.

Strong Political Career

In giving a brief history, Hon Vanterpool said that in January 1969, Mr Romney was the first local appointee to the position of Financial Secretary of the Virgin Islands, where he served for four and a half years before his retirement. He further served this country in his political career from 1979 through 1995.

“He was one of the most astute and successful businessmen in the Territory, being a role model for many, including yours truly. One of his business ventures as a visionary, led him to open a travel agency in 1969 and a taxi rental service in 1979, with buses and other transportation.”

Hon Vanterpool recalled that it was around this time that Mr Romney began to explore cruise tourism in the Virgin Islands.

Cruise Tourism Pioneer

“He travelled far and wide to promote the BVI as a worthy cruise destination and eventually convinced the Government, following studies piloted by him while he was Chief Minister, to build a cruise pier, hence ushering in cruise tourism in the BVI,” Mr Vanterpool noted.

The official renaming of the Pier Park is set for tomorrow February 15, 2019, which will be, “A red letter day in the BVI, as this stalwart and giant of a man will be honoured in the renaming of the cruise pier and Pier Park of the Virgin Islands,” according to Hon Vanterpool.

He further added, “I am pleased to be a part of the Honourable Dr D Orlando Smith Government to bestow this honour alongside the BVI Ports Authority. I am honoured to be in the presence of the family of the late Cyril B. Romney and look forward to his name being long remembered as a pioneer in many areas, but especially today in cruise tourism.”

Family & Residents Support Renaming  

Speaking to the JTV’s Big Story yesterday, youngest child of the late Mr Romney, Ms Patricia M. Romney aka “Patty” recalled herself and sibling bursting into tears when they first got the news while aboard a cruise ship docked at the Tortola Pier Park not so long ago.

While the TPP has been rocked by scandals under the NDP Government and has an overrun of some $40M, most residents support the project, but had issues with the cost overruns and allegations of corruption still hangs over the project. 

9 Responses to “TPP to be renamed in honour of Cyril B. Romney”

  • faith (14/02/2019, 09:47) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    CB Romney was a natural down to earth man with a big heart, a man you could approach and have a conversation with any time of the day. He was never too busy to listen to your concerns.
    • Missing info (14/02/2019, 11:38) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Was this sanctioned by Cabinet and in the House?? Or is this a one man decision.
  • M@rkAWaste!!! (14/02/2019, 10:14) Like (47) Dislike (8) Reply
    These people so behind time! Leave the names of these places as is and put statues and plaques outlining their legacy and contributions to the Virgin Islands! There will be other great people who will come along and do great things in the same field..and what we will do then? Rename the buildings to honor that person? The more I think we going forward, is the more backwards we are going! Get with the modern times people! and develop the tourism product by having monuments and stop naming the d@m building them after people!
  • MEME (14/02/2019, 10:28) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    I love this! Not too happy about the (usual) dictatorial manner in which it came about, and (as usual) without public input. Mr. Romney is well deserving of this honour.
    Since everything is being done rush-rush and hush-hush (no doubt for political mileage) I am keeping my ears open to hear how Honourable Ralph Telford O'Neal is to be honoured, and how soon. Please - give him his long-overdue flowers while he can enjoy them. Thank you!
  • One step (14/02/2019, 10:41) Like (38) Dislike (4) Reply
    Thank you mark for taking a big leap backwards, guessing your government wants to go rename stuff at short notice and when the country needs you the most, you’re out at renaming ceremonies..blind leading the blind
  • ... (14/02/2019, 10:51) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
    good move Mr. Romney served our country well
  • Historian (14/02/2019, 14:10) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Mr Lloyd and the rest who fought for that same land from foreigners owning it and this supposedly is fair?!
    • wize up (14/02/2019, 19:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ historian: Noel have the Park: you fusing over placement of a Name: some of who have property on the same cay(when U meet them ask dem because they got their property on the cay off the back of the movement)...Noel was beaten had to hide for his life and all he got was a statue which was damaged back in 2017 we in 2019....
  • Andrew Cox Sr (15/02/2019, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    not a bad idea


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