Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative, Hon. Julian Fraser bemoaned the announcement of the closure of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Biras Creek, North Sound, Virgin Gorda, and described the news as an economic blow.
Hon. Fraser took to social media to respond to reports that YCCS will be closing on 1 June for several months in order to facilitate renovations and that during that period its staff will be laid off.
In a social media post on 30 April, the Leader of the Opposition announced that he learnt of the closure and is unhappy about it: “Today I got news that Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in the Biras Creek , North Sound area of Virgin Gorda has served notice that 25 of its employees will be out of work as of 1 June due to closure.”
“This certainly must be the worst possible news for the people of Virgin Gorda, and probably the economy of the Virgin Islands,” Hon. Fraser said remarking that the event follows the Rosewood Little Dix closure.
“By comparison the number might be small, given that the prior two resort closures affected far greater numbers: Biras Creek June 2015 being 73 employees; and Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort April 2016 – some 336 employees; but why this particular closure is so significant is because of its timing. Being so close on the heels of Little Dix Bay which was in January, it suggests a failing of the economy,” he said.
Hon. Fraser opined that the closures might be indicating an issue that the public is unaware of: “Whatever it is that’s going on in the Territory at this time, I can assure you that the people of the Territory do not know, because those who know are not saying.”