The Cane Garden and Brewer’s Bay communities are expected to be tourist-ready within a month.
Approximately $1.7 million has been earmarked for a number of projects in the two areas.
These projects include cleanups, painting abandoned houses, repairs on the burial ground and dinghy dock in Cane Garden Bay, and constructing vending stalls and restroom facilities.
Erecting safety signs, reconstructing the BVI Tourist Board’s booth, painting a cultural mural on the Ballast Bay hill are other initiatives that will be done as part of the project.
The newly-formed Cane Garden Bay Development and Restoration Group, as well as All Hands and Hearts, will be assisting with giving the community a facelift tomorrow, May 5.
Meanwhile, restoration efforts at the Cane Garden Bay cemetery began on Monday.
The September 2017 hurricanes had the undermined graveyard. But, authorities are building a perimeter wall to rectify the problem.
Second District Representative Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull said funds will also be allocated for maintenance and landscaping in the two communities.
He announced the plans at a meeting with community business owners on Thursday, May 3.
“It is absolutely essential because, for what we are doing here in Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay, this is the hub of the cruise/tourist industry and we must do what is necessary to rebuild it,” he said.
“We have four weeks to get a lot of stuff done because we cannot afford to miss out on another tourist season.”
According to Turnbull, representatives from major cruise lines will be visiting the territory to see what progress has been made since hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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