The highly contested Beef Island Five Star Hotel and golf course project is not dead, and it was announced last week by BVI Leader and Premier, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith that the project is still on the table.
The proposal was publicized heavily in 2004 and came under heavy criticism in 2005-2006 and onwards. In fact the project was the subject of many public meetings and even a court case. At the heart of the controversial matter were plans for the development of a resort that included inner and outer marinas; a marina village; a 200 room hotel and spa; residential lots and villas, Trellis Bay Commercial Centre, and an 18 hole, 180 acre golf course.
However, as impressive as the presentation sounded, residents were anything but impressed and threatened to take action to prevent the proposed Beef Island Development Project, because they felt that the initiative would have had adverse effects on Hans Creek and the surrounding area.
During a press conference on May 29, Premier Smith informed reporters that the Beef Island project is being promoted as one of the Territory’s investment opportunities as Government tries to attract investment to the BVI.
This is the fifth time since being elected, that Premier Smith has announced that the proposal is not completely off the table.