Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool on Tuesday 16 February announced that an area of the new cruise pier park will be named in honour of former Chief Minister the late Hon. Cyril B. Romney. Hon. Vanterpool did not specify how the tribute to the former Chief Minister was going to be done or when.
Instead the Minister announced: “It is my hope and expectation, that before I leave office, the name Cyril B. Romney, will be a more prominent feature of this Cruise Pier Park.”
This was not the first time that a much overdue tribute to Hon. Romney was suggested. In fact, the first was made by Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Ronnie Skelton during the 2012 budget debate.
At that time, Hon. Skelton said: “I mentioned it to the Premier that when we do the cruise ship pier, to name it after the late C. B. Romney who has done so much for tourism in this country. I hope it will not fall on deaf ears.”
The former Chief Minister pioneered cruiseship tourism in the BVI in the 1970s, and in 1984 as Chief Minister successfully piloted the introduction of International Business Companies legislation in the BVI which paved the way for the BVI’s biggest success story of all times as an offshore financial centre of global relevance and thereby producing a crucial source of revenue that made the continued development of the Territory a reality. Without IBC legislation the BVI would not be where it is today!