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'I pledge to give my all’ to culture, tourism & D4 – Hon Luce D. Hodge-Smith

Newly elected Fourth District Representative & Junior Minister for Tourism and Culture, Ms Luce D. Hodge-Smith has pledged to give her all to her portfolios of culture and tourism and a representative of the Fourth Electoral district in the VI. Photo: Youtube/HoA
Mrs. Hodge-Smith added that she looks forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to advance our territory forward. Photo: HoA/Youtube
Mrs. Hodge-Smith added that she looks forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to advance our territory forward. Photo: HoA/Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Newly elected Fourth District Representative and Junior Minister for Tourism and Culture, Ms Luce D. Hodge-Smith has pledged to give her all to her portfolios of culture and tourism and a representative of the Fourth Electoral District in the VI.

“I send a hearty thank you to the voters of District 4 for placing their confidence in me to serve as their representative for the next four years in this Honourable House. I am truly grateful to all of you, and I look forward to working with you and together we will build a better District 4 and by extension, a better Virgin Islands,” she said while thanking family, friends and her campaign committee.

Mrs Hodge-Smith, a former Director of Culture, was at the time delivering her first speech as a member of the Fifth House of Assembly during the Swearing-In Ceremony and First Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on May 18, 2023,

“I certainly cannot take my seat without expressing gratitude to you, Honourable Premier, [Natalio D. Wheatley] for entrusting your confidence in me to serve as a Junior Minister for Culture and Tourism, two areas I am passionate about and have experience in and knowledge about as well.

Culture & Tourism significant to growth of VI - Mrs Hodge-Smith 

“I recognise that this role is very important and significant to the growth and development of our territory, with tourism being one of our two economic pillars. I take these responsibilities very serious, and I pledge to give my all and to work with everyone to ensure results are garnered in these areas.”

Meanwhile, Mrs Hodge-Smith said the advancement of the 4th District plays an intricate role in the safeguarding of VI’s cultural and historical heritage and enhancing its tourism product.

“There's still so much more to be done in District Four; however, I recognise the infrastructural work and other works that have already been started and, in some cases, completed in the District and I look forward to the continued efforts to transform the district, especially the capital Road Town into a clean, pedestrian-friendly, safe, noise-free and with ample parking and a green environment,” she said.

A pledge to work with both sides

Mrs Hodge-Smith added that she looks forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to advance the territory.

“It has already been said on many occasions that we have been through some trying times with the hurricanes, starting before that, the floods, the COVID-19, with the COI etc, but what this has proven to us as Virgin Islands is that we are resilient, and we will continue to move this territory forward together with our resiliency.”

Smith further urged Virgin Islanders and residents that they have a role to play in securing the future of the territory for the present generation and those yet unborn, while calling on all to play a part.

27 Responses to “'I pledge to give my all’ to culture, tourism & D4 – Hon Luce D. Hodge-Smith ”

  • pat (23/05/2023, 09:55) Like (20) Dislike (20) Reply
    But why the funeral outfit?
    • ? (23/05/2023, 12:30) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
      I wondered the same thing...can she be in mourning? Did a loved one pass?
      • Comment (23/05/2023, 14:06) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
        Luce has barely gotten her feet wet and the blog heckling begins.
        • Disinterested (23/05/2023, 16:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          Here is a news flash. Luce needs to get in the game, ie, all in. If she cannot stand the heat, disconnect the stove and get out of the kitchen. Politics is a rough and tumble sport/game and is not for choir boys/girls, weak of heart or weak hearted. One has to be tough and nails and must be able to take as well as equally dished. It is cutthroat and dirty and has been dirty for centuries, ie, as far back as 64 BC in Ancient Rome. Politics is dirty and full of deceit, betrayal, and treachery. The Opposition didn’t get the name because it is sexy and nice sounding; it is what it says. I like Luce. She is fam but she need to ditch the nonsense attitude that she is not a politician. Hell, she is in politics so needs to operate in the politics universe. If you are in politics, you are a damn politician. You might take a personna as a compassionate, caring politician. If you are a doctor, you claim you not into medicine. Stop it, learn the rules of the game and play the game well. Remember politics is a zero sum game.
          • @Disinterested (23/05/2023, 23:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            If this game you describe governs leaders there must be plenty in hell.
            • Disinterested (24/05/2023, 15:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
              The game is what is and game described is not creation. If we don’t like game and it’s rules, we need to change it. But we , all of us, act out of self interest so I will not hold my breath, for I May expire.
    • her (23/05/2023, 15:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Had to be a funeral she came from
  • resident (23/05/2023, 10:18) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    One of the main things that needs to be fixed asap is the parking situation in Road Town. I only go into town from EE on a Saturday since that is the only day I can find parking. People who work in town from the eastern side can easily park on the Festival ground and take a shuttle in. If I am going to an ATM at Republic why should I have to take the shuttle? Thats taking up more time if I have to get back to work in EE.
    • Reception (23/05/2023, 16:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      People like you would park in your office reception room if they allowed it
    • Yow (23/05/2023, 21:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That shuttle service was created for that same purpose, to facilitate persons who owns cars that work in the capital, that festival ground and the hospital parking lot was suppose to be the parking lots but Govenment as usual full.of crap aborted that system to compete with the taxi drivers, only in the bvi!
  • Disinterested (23/05/2023, 10:26) Like (26) Dislike (10) Reply
    Look we tired already with all pledges, affirmations, and promises. The election is over, you have sworn at Mount Olympus and at HoA so now get to work. Show the quantitative results and outcomes of your work. Get to damn work and spare us the self-serving political nonsense. None of the political song and dance have yet to reduce cost of living, fix a lane mile of road, increased the reliability of potable water when we turn the faucet on, stop raw sewage flowing in the street, better preparing and educating our chiren, improve the accessibility and quality of health, stopping the hazardous emission from Pockwood Pond , etc. Spare us the political white noise.
  • Salt Island Descendant (23/05/2023, 10:32) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Luce Hodge-Smith, your district includes Salt Island so what are doing about and when are you going to replace the dock which was destroyed during hurricane Irma. The grave yard also needs remarking , among other things.
    • Comment (23/05/2023, 14:09) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Many of Luce's descendants are from Salt Island so I'm sure she will get things done.
      • @Comment (23/05/2023, 15:39) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        Yes, her grandfather migrated from Peter to Salt and she has many family members with roots in Salt(Island). However, that should not be the prime reason for working with her colleagues to get things done in Salt. It should be done because it is the best the best, sensible and right thing to do. Salt should get its commensurate share of resources based on need.
        • salt island (23/05/2023, 21:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          See why we where we at? Everything got to be personal. Having close connection to anyplace should not habe anything tondo with what youndo from what a representstive don't do. Everywhere should get attention because it is part of the BVI. Periodt.
        • @ @Comment (23/05/2023, 23:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          It means that she is passionate in her quest, as anyone would be concerning their home and family affairs.
  • Nuggets in 4 (23/05/2023, 11:05) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    Can y’all please fix these roads? my car screaming bloody murder all now in the shop. It’s like I voted for ayu for a poppy show contest, ELECTION IS OVER, SO WHY DO WE STILL HAVE POTHOLES? AYU GOT ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD.
  • Jhonny (23/05/2023, 13:01) Like (21) Dislike (9) Reply
    the woman just got there gave her a chance there is so much to be done in fourth districe she cant get them done for the four years she will be there
  • enough old talk (23/05/2023, 14:03) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    We wanna start seeing results rather quickly in the 4th district
  • family (23/05/2023, 16:27) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    A man was there for 20+ years loan after loan million after million to fix roads sewage cleanup the town buying china equipments to fix road none of them never work so keep of my coursing back you set of evil and wicked people she wear what she want so backed to hell off
  • Dancing with the Stars (23/05/2023, 17:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well, Well, as Trinidadian would say it is Bacchanal in the B.V.I. The swearing in ceremony has finished recently and the ministers are settling down to business. First of all we need to have money to execute the work program. When a budget is passed in the House of Assembly, it is only an estimate of the amount of revenue to be collected. Unless the citizens pay their taxes, such as income tax, custom duties, license etc. there is no revenue.

    Let us look at the expenditure. Police force, teachers, nurses, civil servants, road repairs and the list goes on. These are services that MUST be provided be the government and they are not bringing in any revenue. Those are services that are essential in order to develop a high standard of living. WE all need to work together to develop the country, not for the V.I.P but for all the citizens of this country. I pledge my full support to this government not to the V.I.P.
    • @Dancing with the stars (24/05/2023, 12:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      “ I pledge my full support to this government not to the V.I.P.” WTF!!!
  • D4 (23/05/2023, 18:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    D4 has been without a rep for past 4 years. time to now move on with our new rep and get the district up and running.

    1.I cant't walk to work in peace as I got to walk pass the 2 side walk car wash business. The sidewalk and the road belong to them. If you not running from their pressure wash, you running from another car splasshing water on you because of the pothols cause buy the same carwashes. Them boys don't care who passing by, child or elderly, they got to get them cars wash fast and no concern for the walking and motoring public. People driving get spray up too. This is a big busuiness and the sidewalk should not be the permanent location. They make enough money to rent a piece of land and do their business.

    2. Move the boats off the side walk. If you can buy and maintain a boat, you should have money to secure it in a proper location. Where else do you travel and see private boats park on the side walk.

    3. Afterschool program. We need a government run after school program. Not every parent can afford the one long bush. Nothing wrong with it but let us parents have an option. When I was small I remember we had the sunshine program there in a building on Fishlock Road. That was a long time ago. Have grandchildren now.

    4. Put a covered stand on the softball and volleyball/netball fields so people can enjoy the games.

    5. Thanks for the mothers day rose. Good gesture

    A few more things to discuss b ut next time
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  • Long Bush Fall in Gang (23/05/2023, 20:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A lot of you ungrateful bastards...what have you done for the Virgin Islands? Some of you will sell the sun to buy a dam candle. Bitch now.
  • reality (24/05/2023, 16:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many people think that politicians should operate how Comment is advocating. Issues shouid be resolved based on connection, not on need. Many Blacks are peeved at Barack Obama, for they think he didn’t do anything for Black people. They forget that he was President of the US, not President of Black America. They also ignore the structural problems he faced in getting things done. The BVI has limited resources and they shouid be allocated based commensurately on where the greatest need exist.

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