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UPDATE: Tortola Pier Partners names revealed

- Public offer to be made for local participation
Premier Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith, during a press conference on August 20, 2013 had promised to furnish members of the media with names behind the Tortola Pier Park Group, however, this has not been done. Photo: VINO/File
Calls have been made by members of the public and civic society clamouring for information about the group that has been contracted by government to have a major stake in the development of the cruise pier development project but details remain shrouded in apparant secrecy. Image: File
Calls have been made by members of the public and civic society clamouring for information about the group that has been contracted by government to have a major stake in the development of the cruise pier development project but details remain shrouded in apparant secrecy. Image: File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Government has now revealed some of the names behind the Tortola Pier Partners (TPP) group following a promise to do so sometime last week.

Following an article published by Virgin Islands News Online earlier today August 27, 2013, a release was issued this afternoon which states that the shareholders of Tortola Pier Partners (TPP) are currently subsidiaries/affiliates of United Infrastructure Group and IDEA with, Todd Malphrus, Gregg Malphrus, Hugh Darley and John Darley as the representatives, and McAlpine is expected to join the team to further enhance the group with building expertise.

According to the release, the Government of the Virgin Islands has also secured participation and investment opportunities for Virgin Islanders to purchase/own up to 20 percent shares.

It was further stated that a public offer will be made but no indiction was given when this would be done. “Interested persons or groups are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity when it becomes available,” the release advised.

See previous article posted August 27, 2013

Still no names for Pier Park Group from Premier!

With an entire week now gone, the echoing silence has proven even more deafening after Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith promised to reveal the names behind the Tortola Port Partners Group to the public but nothing was submitted to members of the media as promised.

During a press conference held last week, Premier Smith said he would release this information to members of the media immediately following the press conference, however, this was not done.

“The Tortola Pier Park Group, I’m afraid I don’t remember the names of the persons at the moment but I will let you know as soon as the meeting is over,” Premier Smith said during the press conference on August 20, 2013.

Calls have been made by members of the public and civic society clamouring for information about the group that has been contracted by government to have a major stake in the development of the Cruise Pier Development Project but details remain shrouded in apparant secrecy.

Premier Smith has steadily dodged questions regarding the project as posed in the House of Assembly by Members of the Opposition, giving no hints as to what negotiations have been going on behind closed doors between the government and the group, which reportedly won with their bid proposal ahead of Royal Caribbean to develop the cruise pier and adjacent land side construction.

Not concerned of audit results?

Regarding concerns about a pending audit about the Cruise Pier Project and whether this information will be released, Premier Smith repeated that his previous assertion that government did not order an audit and were not too bothered about what possible revelations an accompanying report might declare, if it ever came to light.

“We as a government did not order an audit and so that is not a matter for me, if an audit was ordered and whoever did that wishes to make it public then, so be it. I have no problem with that,” Premier Smith stated.

The National Democratic Party (NDP) leader Smith told members of the media during the press conference that final details are being awaited by the government from the company involved in the port project before a final application could be sent to the United Kingdom for approval.

26 Responses to “UPDATE: Tortola Pier Partners names revealed”

  • BREAKING NEWS (27/08/2013, 08:29) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    Look how doc loosing face over them cats he would not bell!
  • pat (27/08/2013, 08:39) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    He needs time to make up stories
  • weed (27/08/2013, 09:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The People of the BVI deserves more information, the youths deserves a lot more fats. The future of the BVI depends on giving its People an opportunity to succeed and truths about our tax money.
  • Interest (27/08/2013, 09:23) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    .....let us not forget the promises by the NDP to fix the economy, instead we got 20 mths of economic decline and social decay, so we are use to broken promises
  • ooooo (27/08/2013, 09:27) Like (5) Dislike (32) Reply
    its a bad thing when a patient can't trust his/her doctor
  • the real pat (27/08/2013, 09:36) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    If he doesn't even know who ordered the audit, that is bad oversight. How can he ask UK for permission if no one has all the information? UK will ask the same questions as the public. BTW- this watercolor plan has since been updated. this is misleading. We are being presented this picture, yet at the meeting they discussed, (oh yes...) the land fill along the shore to the QE park including potential docks/ marina. The whole harbour master plan needs to be published.
    (and I might as well just call myself "the real Pat" since the previous poster has ignored my pleas and requests to find his own ID. Have you no honor or consideration?)
  • under the bus (27/08/2013, 10:49) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP has to learn to trust the collective wisdom of its voters...
  • nanny cay (27/08/2013, 12:58) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
    He afraid to tell we its his pals fron the in club
  • Leak (27/08/2013, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    and the investors are........%^$#@*#
    • Spy (27/08/2013, 21:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      we need to kne the local connection something hidden in the books deman
  • Lait 521 (27/08/2013, 17:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pressure bust pipe thank god for vino or else dog would have been better than us when coming to information!
    • dog (27/08/2013, 23:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      I just read. I invite all to google Hugh Darley and Ideaorlando.com.
      The project is based on "first impressions" in creating a fantasy to entertain passengers to get them off the boat and it has no bearings on BVI identity. Darley explains his whole strategy on his web site which includes "how important Ports Authorities are to his planning developments". (he has one now...)

      The basic commercial marketing, complete with "thematic story lines and entertainment" (from the website)and "branding" bypasses anything authentic or remotely culturally relative. Their Jamaica port cuts out any local vendors and skirting historic tourist sites according to reports. Money is contained in their "fantasy land".
      A reported complaint is "most of the tourists stay far away from the locals...we are on the losing end"; "no more than 5% of revenue returns to the economy. Hotels usually produce 20% revenue".
      just do some research on line... and it will make you question everything. Its all a game with huge money at stake..
  • Progressive (27/08/2013, 17:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    sounds an awful lot like some 'just form' company with new set of names..... we'll see how it goes as I will do my own investigations...
    • dog (27/08/2013, 18:36) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      there is nothing new about this company. Hugh Darley is still the "imagineer" trained at Disney to give "his" passengers an experience of a life time "better than they can imagine" with entertaining features. In Jamaica, he was forced to pay attention to historic preservation but here on BVI there is no such thing. He can get away with anything he wants when it comes to fantasy design, size, set-backs, cultural details if any. This is not a new company atall. He got his way... and the government is too naïve to realize what they are giving away.
      less is more as the saying goes for architects that know better.
  • fact (27/08/2013, 18:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Check their local connections out. Who has dibs on the contracts. Dig deeper.
  • Crap (27/08/2013, 21:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hahahahahahahha look at the daces of those who were looking for a.bombshell hahahhha
  • state (27/08/2013, 21:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    another lie
  • dog (27/08/2013, 22:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    let's refresh our collective memory. Hugh Darley has always been a part of TPPG promoting the fantasy experience he can create as part of his Disney training to dazzle passengers, regardless of the cultural reality of this destination (which is disrespectful and insulting). He also wants to "contribute" to fixing up the beaches and main street for "his passengers".

    During original negotiations, the consultant representing the government was then made director of the port authority. His deputy is trained in the hotel business. The objectivity for this project was doomed from the beginning with government "yes" men. I do not believe that all members of the group are mentioned and that there are still secret players. When 4th minister says "we will listen to the people", but "we won't be distracted from our mission", how can any discourse continue?

    Now a credible EIA gives the government priorities, but which ones will it take? Will it compromise to find a better solution to both protect the environment while scaling back a distinctive architectural plan? We know the planning authority and town and country have their limitations with oversight and concepts. All this government knows how to do is move straight ahead without any question or compromise. The plan is "divide and conquer". We still haven't seen an accurate plan yet. have the officials? The end result will be far from what was envisioned if they don't watch out.
  • Google (27/08/2013, 23:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    http://uig.net/......http://www.ideagroupinc.com/about_us.html
  • Disgust (28/08/2013, 00:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mcalpine? makes sense now. reward for financing this deal will be prospect reef.
  • Trevon (28/08/2013, 07:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    McAlpine are running for the Airport project also
  • Blak (28/08/2013, 08:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @DOG good fact finding but the sad thing is that the majority of voting public to FOOLISH to understand the CLOAK these people pulling over our heads. Aint nothing going to be done but a few locals, you guys know the usual suspects, will eat big and this company will run wild all over this place.
  • 3rd world man (28/08/2013, 10:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    the delay was so that certain people had sufficient time to legally divest themselves of any holdings...set of ^%$#
  • HELLO!! (28/08/2013, 11:59) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Strupppsss, I dont care who is involved as long as we get a bigger port. It's long overdue and I trust these men we elcted to get the right people to get the job done..like like those who signed our life away with BiWater/NoWater..
  • Local (28/08/2013, 23:40) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Blak if do you have 100k to invest in this project? If not then stfu!!!! People always complain but have nothing to add. As if someone should come here investing millions..make nothing from it and give it to locals for free??? We dont like our local investors and dont like foreign ones but same asses on here balling about the economy. Set of damn idiots. Funny how the other folks im the running for the same pier getd no bad wrap even though they proposed something very similar. We are too damn.petty around here man.


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