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Gov’t working out ‘issues’ to repair Salt Island dock

- dock has not been repaired since it was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017
The dock on Salt Island (2007 photo) was destroyed during the passage of hurricane Irma in 2017 and to date access to the island remains a challenge. Photo: Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says his government, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, is working on resolving issues pertaining to the reconstruction of the Salt Island dock. Photo: GIS/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says his government, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, is working on resolving issues pertaining to the reconstruction of the Salt Island dock. Photo: GIS/File
CAPPOONS BAY, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says his government, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, is working on resolving issues pertaining to the reconstruction of the Salt Island dock.

This was one of many concerns raised by residents at the First District meeting called by its Representative and Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the Leonora Delville Primary School in Cappoons Bay on September 5, 2021.

The dock on Salt Island was destroyed during the passage of hurricane Irma in 2017 and to date access to the island remains a challenge.

The island, with its salt ponds, is considered a tourist site as well as camping grounds.

The matter of the dock was put to the Government by one resident who identified herself as a descendant of Salt Island.

Issues to be worked out

While noting that’s a matter that falls under Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), who was not present at the meeting, Premier Fahie said, “There were some issues that had to be worked out to make sure that they do not end up in the legal domain.”

“I will put it that way and say that it’s being worked out to make sure that we come with a common understanding,” adding that at the time he couldn’t confirm how close the government was to finalising the “common understanding” but promised residents that he would consult with Hon Wheatley for an update, which will be made public.

“But I know for a fact that was one of the major areas that is being ironed out,” Premier Fahie said.

11 Responses to “Gov’t working out ‘issues’ to repair Salt Island dock”

  • Trellis Bay (08/09/2021, 14:59) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the docks at Trellis Bay? They have been like that since Irma and they are eyesores!
  • Sase (08/09/2021, 15:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    You need an underwater camera to see the dock now.
  • 4 d (08/09/2021, 15:55) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    now you talking, they forget that is a sister island too
  • 2022 (08/09/2021, 15:58) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    I expect the dock in place by summer 2022. That’s when I will be visiting.
  • Crossed priorities (08/09/2021, 16:13) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Hon. Fahie Premier of the BVI sir you have your priorities mixed sir why a dock and not the rest of the chairs for the Elmore stout high school? Why not that dilapidated roads. Mr. Hon Premier are you sir serious ?
  • E. Leonard (08/09/2021, 19:34) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Salt Island, one of the southern cays and my ancestral homeland, needs an executed repopulation plan. Salt Island and Salt Islanders are a forgotten land and people. Salt Island has a rich history and heritage. However, any talk about Salt Island is always about its historic salt ponds, not its hardy and industrious people. The focus now seems to be about its economic possibilities, ie, camp ground, tourist attraction……etc, not preserving the history, heritage and culture of the people or preserving its use for quiet and enjoyment of Salt Island descendants.

    This is not shocking news though, for Salt Islanders, a forgotten people, historically got little to no assistance from government in regards to services. They had to fend for themselves. One contributing factor, perhaps, why there are no permanent residents on Salt Island, for families had to migrate to prepare their children for the world of work, living and surviving. With no voters, Salt Island is not a top priority. Salt Island supposedly is in D-4 and along with the D-4 Rep and 4 At Large Reps there are 5 elected members that descendants should be able take their concerns and interests to. By the way, descendants do vote in all 9 districts. Nonetheless, a critical infrastructure issue had to be raised in D-1. Someone much smarter than me coined the phrase: the more things change, the more they stay the same. History, culture, heritage…..etc are dying on the vine. The old is being neglected and traded for the new and that of others. Politicians master the art of overpromising and underdelivering. Let’s see what happens with the dock. Salt Island needs more than a dock though.
    • Ne Timeas (09/09/2021, 14:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard. ‘Proud and Unapologetic Key Boy,’ keeping it real and raw. Know doubt, when it comes to the ‘Key’ or Cay you would say your piece. Key people and their interest have never been a top priority for the central government. The outlying islands were like some outposts. It was a stigma to be from the Cay. Many descendants hide that they had relatives from the Cay. Now, it is a mad dash for the hidden family tree.
  • cat (09/09/2021, 07:13) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Salt Island is a part of the 4th electoral district. The representative recently insulted the entire district announcing his no run for office ignorance. Best you hand in your resignation now and stop collecting the salary.
    • Ne Timeas (09/09/2021, 13:20) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Clearly, the current District 4 interest is with business operations, not effectively representing District 4 residents. This is a disservice to the residents of D-4. If the Action Man’s heart is no longer in politics or he does not have the time, he should resign promptly and give District 4 residents the opportunity to send someone to the HOA to represent them. Staying in the HOA killing time until the end of the term is selfish.
  • Tourist (09/09/2021, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    All the attractive activities for tourists at Salt Island are underwater. Salt pond tours, camping and other land activities for tourists on Salt Island are uncomfortable, a bit dangerous and probably do not appeal to the majority of visitors.


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