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The Barge pulled in and the word was out that a breakwater was being built that would destroy the surf in Cane Garden Bay. This naturally had the surfers upset!

Then the environmentalists got upset when they began to think of the coral and the beach and what damages this would do to the once pristine Cane Garden Bay.  They became concerned.

Then Save the Waves Coalition put our the notice to SAVE THE BAY and government got an avalanche of letters, emails and faxes!

Finally the government came clean and claimed that it was only a fuel, water and waste dock.  It's supposed to be part of their initiative to improve the infrastructure of the BVI. Well that is certainly an understatement of the year!  However, the government or somebody took it upon themselves to fill in part of the bay with more land, land they call "reclaimed".  Well it's NOT reclaimed, it is man man, man built and the slightest earthquake could liquefy that land in a matter of minutes.

Given the rough northerly seas that can invade Cane Garden Bay, and the propensity for hurricane related damages, it does seem like a silly place  to be putting up a fuel dock!  (Do we smell yet another fuel spill on the horizon,  in our once beautiful waters?)

Can;t you see yourself in rough seas trying to fuel up while your boat bangs repeatedly against the dock? How will this dock survive without a breakwater?  But now, supposedly, we have the Chief Ministers word that no breakwater will be built.

The infrastructure  in the BVI has been dicey for decades and the tiny islands were ill prepared to take on massive tourism such as Cruise Ships and huge resorts which the government is seeking to attract.  I am dumb founded, wondering why the government wants to overcrowd the BVI.  

Before the massive onslaught of mass visitors from Cruise Ships, the BVI enjoyed upscale tourists who spent plenty. Now those folks are being chased off and replaced with massive crowds of cheap day trippers. How does this benefit the BVI other than lining the pockets of the government and the taxi drivers?

Running off upscale overnight  tourists has left many vacation villas and hotels empty or underbooked since the arrival of these day trippers.   Locals complain they no longer has access to quiet beaches, on cruise ship days.  Many locals are now braving the awful road to go to Smugglers Cove Beach which is now pretty crowded but at least still unspoiled, but not for long!

Land belonging to Bob Denniston, is being sold off for a huge development. It was Bob's dream over the years, as he collected land along the beach, that it be held for the beauty, like a National Park, but apparently his heirs are on a different page.

I wish we could somehow get a petition together to coerce the wealthy BVI government to rethink these issues and buy up the Smugglers Cove land and make it into a National Park, forever protected, so that Tortolians would have ONE  unspoiled beach to do some serious limin' at.
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