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Why do VIslanders have to be harrassed in their own country? Patsy Lake

- says she cried uncontrollably at one point during setbacks in construction of Pasea Place
Pasea Place was dedicated yesterday, January 17, 2013 by project developer and prominent businesswoman, Mrs Patsy Lake, in the presence of several government officials. Photo:VINO
Premier Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith hailed Mrs Patsy Lake as a great entrepreneur and congratulated her on her success. Photo:VINO
Premier Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith hailed Mrs Patsy Lake as a great entrepreneur and congratulated her on her success. Photo:VINO
Mrs Patsy Lake related her struggles in completing her building and asked why BVIslanders had to be harassed in their own country. Photo:VINO
Mrs Patsy Lake related her struggles in completing her building and asked why BVIslanders had to be harassed in their own country. Photo:VINO
Grandchildren of Mrs Patsy Lake seen cutting the ribbon during the dedication ceremony for Pasea Place. Photo:VINO
Grandchildren of Mrs Patsy Lake seen cutting the ribbon during the dedication ceremony for Pasea Place. Photo:VINO
An artist's depiction of the finished building. Image:supplied
An artist's depiction of the finished building. Image:supplied
PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI – The absence of a main door, several windows and a few door knobs were not about to deter prominent businesswoman Mrs Patsy Lake from dedicating a building on her birthday yesterday January 17, 2013; a building that appeared to be at the very least, a tremendous labour of love and perseverance.

The heart rending story of the construction of Pasea Place (as it was dubbed) was vividly told to those in attendance at a dedication ceremony amidst congratulations and best wishes from political officials, project participants and other well-wishers.

Among those giving remarks were Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith, Opposition Leader Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool, Hon. Deloris Christopher, Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines, in addition to architects Steve Augustine and Dion Stoutt.

The keynote speaker, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, was not present for the ceremony.

Premier Smith said, “One of the things that the government is very interested in as we try to recover from the recession in the past several years, is the encouragement of entrepreneurship…”

He described Mrs Lake as one of the ‘great entrepreneurs’ in the Virgin Islands, following in the footsteps of her mother who had set the pace for her. “What she’s done is extraordinary,” Premier Smith said before going on to list a few of her achievements and congratulating her on her success.

Mrs Lake, a National icon, then took to the stage and described the horrors that she endured in ‘putting this structure together’. She thought it pertinent to outline these struggles in the presence of the government officials so that “other developers don’t have to go through the same hassle.”

The property developer said there was much opposition from other land owners and residents of Pasea Estate and expressed that her initial application to the Town and Country Planning Department was ‘turned down’.

According to Mrs Lake, a meeting was later organised by residents and chaired by Mr Edmund Maduro in an attempt to outline some of the concerns that were felt about the construction of the property. Suffice to say, due to several hiccups at the start of the meeting, there was an abrupt ending and Mrs Lake left abruptly.

During the construction, Mrs Lake explained that there were several ‘stop notices’ that served to derail the completion of the project. She made several appeals to both the current and former Premiers, as well as several government ministers. At one point during her struggles to get the building done, Mrs Lake explained that she ‘wept uncontrollably’.

“My friends, when you move with God, sometimes you tend to think that he is not hearing, but he’s hearing… He’s taking notes, he’s hearing, he’s paying attention…” she said.

Mrs Lake also told the gathering that she was never to be building two buildings at the same time, “but with stop now, don’t go now, start again, don’t go again” this was the result. Her last stop notice, she related, came as recently as December 2012. “Why [do] BVIslanders have to be harassed in their own country when [they] are trying to do something positive?” she asked. Mrs Lake's other building in Road Town will be dedicated on January 30, 2013.

Mrs Lake accused civil servants put in charge of certain areas of abusing their authority and asked when VIslanders were going to stop being so unkind to each other. Throughout her entire ordeal, Mrs Lake added, “at no time [did] any of those persons objecting to this building… none of them ever picked up the phone to say ‘Patsy, what it is you’re building here, something to disturb the environment, something to disturb the peacefulness of Pasea..?’, nobody asked any questions.”

She disclosed that she heard tales of her building a disco or church at various times but said, “My friends, it’s a simple office complex, you know anybody looking place to rent?”

She related that her cousin, Mr Lesmore Smith was instrumental in bringing the building to the stage of completion that it was at so far and had a word from God that she should dedicate the building on her birthday.

The numerous stops and starts, she said, did not only affect her negatively, but rather was “also stopping the food from the contractors’ and their helpers’ tables” among others.


54 Responses to “Why do VIslanders have to be harrassed in their own country? Patsy Lake”

  • 999 (18/01/2013, 08:28) Like (49) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lets hope god delivers her when the accidents start to happen. A more dangerous place to build I cannot think of.
    • ann (18/01/2013, 09:31) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    • @ 999 (18/01/2013, 12:55) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      Catch phrases and talking points will save the day!

      • for the haters (21/01/2013, 12:50) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
        Whats the difference between this building and Supa Valu or Qwomar and to me its safer that those 2 but do we stop buying groceries or stop buying all the goods at Qwomar (NO) BVIslanders and residents stop being haters and look at the growth what needs to take place in the country to create more jobs and contniue to keep us as propserous as we are. People didn't want the horse track extension, the airport extension, the 4 lane highway or street lights and they are all a part of life today are we afraid of growth and progress? Crabs in a Bucket menatality needs and has to stop
        • We know better! (21/01/2013, 14:06) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
          The difference is that having lived with those buildings for so many years, we KNOW the problems they have presented. Just because mistakes were made in the past, doesn't mean we should continue to make the exact same mistakes now or in the future! We know better!
    • smdh (18/01/2013, 18:33) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Patsy Lake - Always a victim. Has more that 99.9% of the people here but she is ALWAYS a victim. STRUPPS!!!

      Yes, and what idiot approved the plan to put that building there?
      • shewon (19/01/2013, 11:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Dr. Orlando Smith
      • in my own home (19/01/2013, 13:50) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
        I with Ms. lake 100 % its a shame what she went through...Boy I still can’t believe we have to fight so hard to eat in our island.
        • sorry (20/01/2013, 14:57) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
          Maybe she should have saved the money on the building and bought food or invested in some programmes to grow food.
  • well done (18/01/2013, 09:00) Like (7) Dislike (80) Reply
    Well we don't like to help our own people good job Patsy
    • Ty-Rexx (18/01/2013, 09:36) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply

      Good job?

      Stop Notices are not to keep people down, or to crush dreams, but to make sure things are done right, and the environment and people are not harmed in the long run.

      Ms. Lake has loved and fought for the BVI, but she had better options. Also, with Politicians encouraging people to do what they want, we will suffer in the long run.

  • zrod (18/01/2013, 09:08) Like (7) Dislike (49) Reply
    Congratulations Ms. Lake…you have suffered dearly in your country just to invest. If this was the project of a white man or expat they would have jump over fire and mountains to get the person whatever they need.

    They just hate locals and indigenous peoples.
    • *** (18/01/2013, 10:48) Like (53) Dislike (0) Reply
      actually, if it were a white person, they would be held to a different standard in making corrections after the stop orders. The fact that the usually lax TCPD placed a stop order several times means there were problems with it on several counts. this is not a dirty competition. BVI lost because of the lack of cooperation and understanding how her buildings, as exciting as they are promoted, will add to traffic chaos etc. Both are over-sized and inappropriate for their sites. But what really bothers me is that she thinks she is above the law and regulations on both properties.

      This is not about keeping someone down or back. It is encouraging development in a sustainable and cohesive way for everyone and for City Planning at large. She feels she beat the stop orders as a nuisance. what does that say to everyone else trying to follow the rules? Plus, the fact that she dedicated it on her birthday ahead of schedule smacks of building a monument to herself. This behavior should not be rewarded.
      • Vincible (18/01/2013, 13:42) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
        *** is absolutely right! If it were locals trying to build the hotel at Beef Island, there would've been something there right now and that's a fact. If it was Ocean Conversion seeking permission to get water out of the mangroves and not Biwater, they would've long gotten it. Expat you say? You better think again! I know many expats who had lots of money to invest in this place have left and invested in other places who appreciate it. This is one of the hardest place for people to do business but the easiest place for locals to F things up for everybody else. Let me see it they will allow Alred Frett for B&F to construct his building in that area is set back in the proper way.
    • VG1150 (18/01/2013, 18:05) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      what you refer to as the 'white man' would have been expected to make a "donation" before even getting a landholders license let alone construct a building.
  • On looker (18/01/2013, 09:21) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
    To Well Done...........that is not the point, that building is in a dangerous place, it will cause upstruction to the traffic me it will
    • farmer brown (18/01/2013, 10:02) Like (5) Dislike (35) Reply
      why dem always F’ing with locals in dem own country???
      • shewon (19/01/2013, 11:20) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        Mr. Farmer Brown. Nobody is F'ing with locals in dem own contry. Jus expectin dem to follow de law as ALL people have!
    • cathy (18/01/2013, 20:18) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you 100%. Yesterday the traffic was a mess just to accomodate her! She talks about harrassment; that's quite interesting.The TCPD has been harrassing people constructing residential properties about parking space for years, although they are in the countryside and sometimes secluded. Yet she was able to build smack in the street, almost. Why can't Alred Frett build along there too? Just badmindedness!!!!
  • l;inks (18/01/2013, 09:24) Like (39) Dislike (1) Reply

    the building looks nice but it's a stupid location. any building going up in such areas should be set back like treasure isle with ample parking. that thing is on the damn road. we love to do as we please jus because we from here, not good. two buildings put up, not one bit of parking. tis pure a$$i$hne$$. we are our own worst enemy. bvislanders doing as they please becuase they from here is what have wickhams cay how it is. take a good look at it. no uniformity, everybody doing as they please. it looks like a damn ghetto. sometimes i wonder if over deh wouldnt look better if they had left bates witht he damn thing. it is really embarassing but i guess i will be bashed because she local and good or bad we should jus sit back and defend it. for the past 20yrs that has been pulling the country down but we still promoting local whether good or bad its time we start promoting country and not self. bvi is more local than any of us will ever be. nonsense. prepare for lots of accidents up deh

  • hoping (18/01/2013, 09:42) Like (18) Dislike (9) Reply
    I have funny feelings about that business and that highway. May God keep accidents from happing there in Jesus name because thats a dangerous intersection in and out of that place.
    • vex (18/01/2013, 10:49) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you stir an ant hole the ants bite back.
    • JACK BE STILL (18/01/2013, 20:01) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      Another sick joke! just because she is a local when the white man was building in the road on VG not a man say ah dam thing!
  • annie (18/01/2013, 09:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so surprised to see Omar Hodge was not there. What happen now Omar out Patsy a NDP now.
  • blah blah blah blah (18/01/2013, 10:28) Like (6) Dislike (149) Reply
    It's a beautiful building. If people will learn to drive RESPONSIBLY and stop talking and texting on their cellphones while driving, THERE WILL BE NO ACCIDENTS THERE IN JESUS NAME.
  • (18/01/2013, 10:52) Like (16) Dislike (12) Reply
    Congrat Patsy, Ms Tensce would smile if she was alive. Congrat. You have done a lot for this country and your grand children, Congrat.
  • ova @ out (18/01/2013, 12:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    When are we going to get over this Patay?
  • Buss a Move (18/01/2013, 13:27) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
    If anyone in my fam get hurt or kill because of jam ups at this place, I suing them owner and the whole government! It aint meet regulation and they know it so it be them fault for letting it get build so.
  • fish (18/01/2013, 15:16) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    God is good Ms. Lake they just cannot stop you. See them NDP man dem got balls Uncle aint got none!!!
  • ABC (18/01/2013, 20:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now that Patsy has the tallest building on Wichkams Cay, what's next. She is going to build a bigger barn and then she will eat, drink and be merry.
  • me (18/01/2013, 21:08) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    no regulations in the BVI. I passed and saw the building! What a thing! What a mess and what chaos... We going backwards . A building just off the highway... its too close to the road, that is the most ridiculous this i have seen apart from trafic lights at the roundabout! Common sense is not common anymore.
  • ....... (18/01/2013, 21:11) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The artist's drawing shows a lovely building. It also shows lots of parking which we can see does not exist now.
  • Correct (18/01/2013, 22:55) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    You're right. I think I saw a parking space for no more than 3 or 4 vehicles. Where are the occupants and visitors to the building going to park. Guess they'll park on the other side of e carriage way and run over when they get a chance. Traffic and pedestrian hazard. I hope none a we drivers get in trouble for hitting no body by accident. It's way too close o the road regardless of what the building is for. Not all the times the thing we want is always best. Town planning should probably shut down since politicians who are not town planners an engineers override decisions. Wrong is wrong, even if its me.
  • long look me come from (19/01/2013, 07:30) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    For the first time in my life I am NOT proud to be a B V Islander for how they treat this lady over her project. A lady who have fight to save Wickham’s cay for the same civil servants who try to block her to have an office to sit in...Very sad.

    God Bless You Ms Patsy Lake
  • Not2Sure (19/01/2013, 08:07) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    What she sees as "harassment" I see as the requirement that all citizens should obey the law. Only people like Ms Lake believe that being born here means you don't have to follow your own laws.
  • yes we can (19/01/2013, 08:13) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    I mean, that thing is cool-looking

  • shewon (19/01/2013, 11:26) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Parking space? Why? Just park on the road, or block some one in as customary here.
  • m1 (19/01/2013, 23:31) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Unbelivable nonsense from anyone supporting this project. The level of ignorance from these supporters. Give the lady all the recognition she deserves but to support law breaking and a possible death trap...common people really
  • 1st timer (20/01/2013, 06:20) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    It make me sick to my stomach . The bad mine of people o god please help the b.v. Is.STOP harassing the vi people.
  • wize-up (20/01/2013, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    continue to follow your desire; your mother will be proud of you......might BVI-Woman....always remember those who have nothing makes the most noise, so do not let that get to your head you doing great so expect the stupid talk.....when the whites develop and even try to stop us for using our own beaches;ALL mouths are closed
  • Cali (20/01/2013, 09:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Lake deserves recognition for her effort in fighting to keep WICKHAM'S CAY for locals, but she also benefited the most. Noel Lloyd went to jail for his fight and got nothing. Being local is not a pass for exemption from the laws of the land. If locals are not bounded to obey the laws and regulations what kind of message are we sending? Only expatriates have to follow the rules? This kind of attitude will make us a backward society.
    • NC (20/01/2013, 17:07) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Some of you people just make me sick with your jealousy. Leave the women she is a heron she saved the BVI. She deserves all approvals she can get!
  • mmario (20/01/2013, 20:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don’t matter how much she build she’s still a Grinch.

    She can import cheap labor from as far as China and there is nothing the labor department can say or do but to just approve it.

    What a Thing.
  • bad location situation (21/01/2013, 01:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am an up and Coming real estate developer and architect, I have a little bit of knowledge in town and country planning, and this is the absolute worst place to erect this building, not only for traffic but other reasons that may surface in the future. Even I was clueless to what it was when it was under construction ?church supermarket?

    I would love to work with you someday mrs. Lake
  • Tracy (21/01/2013, 08:34) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Grinch or no Grinch, the woman is a business woman and she gets things done and I feel this is the reason so many is against. My questions are, how What she has done is any different from Supa Value, Treasure Isle and Ashley Ritter's Building (LIME), Qwomar.... All these buildings are the same thing near the roadside, and everyone supports these businesses. The only difference is she made a ways to go in and out of her property, unlike Supa Value you have to back out into the road, Qwomar you have to back out into the road, Ashley Ritters Building have no parking at all. Why is everyone so against development in their country, it doesnt matter who the building belongs too get over it people.
  • for the haters (21/01/2013, 13:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    most of these negative comments are people who can't see their nose infront their face National hero, grinch, comments about Omar Hodge what is all this for? Omar Hodge was ill, National Hero (yes) but was she given the properties as a gift or did she slave and work hard to pay the bank and buy them. The Grinch because she tries to make her $$ stretch. Look around this woman is up at the crack of dawn at her age working like a dog until all hours and you hate her for being rich? why because she didn't screw anyone to get to where she is. Soon enough in the future you'll see buildings in places you wouldn't even imagine and most of you who are so busy hiding behind your computers will still be there behind your computers accomplishing NOTHING!
  • red cross (22/01/2013, 02:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    After whipping the population into a war frenzy the same leaders are now calling for peace.
  • Jerry (24/01/2013, 22:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    alot of you are against Ms lake because you are jealous of her being rich . she work hard for what she has and alot of you haters and dont want to see your locals move forward.when bob was building his structure for his gas station alot of you were against it .many of you locals said you will not buy his gas because of his location will cause serious accident .and today many of you who said that ,go and buy his gas.all of you haters are bad minded and wicked.

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