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Beach Management Commission to be formed to enforce govt’s proposed beach policy

Government Minister Vincent Wheatley.

Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Wheatley has said a Beach Management Commission will be will be enacted to enforce the proposed Beach Policy when it is passed.

He made the announcement at a recent community meeting in West End where the policy was discussed with residents. 

“If you are going to have these rules governing the beaches and you don’t enforce them, then you’re wasting your time. So, getting that beach committee is so critical going forward — to give them the teeth to enforce the rules that we are going to put in place based on all the input from the various stakeholders,” the minister said.

He further said: “Fines will be the first course of action which will be determined based on the input from the discussions.”

Deputy Secretary in Ministry of Natural Resources Joseph Smith-Abbott said the commission will comprise officers within the ministry, the Trade Department, the National Parks Trust, environmental departments, and the private sector.

“What we aim to achieve is to have the commission … be able to receive applications for the various types of uses and to vet those applications against some of the criteria, the standards that’s going to be promoted as part of the framework,” Smith-Abbott explained.

He also said that it will take some time before the commission is fully formed and functional.

“It’s a process. It’s obviously something that has worked us whereby we’ve looked very carefully to some of the work from the other commissions, especially in the US beaches,” Smith-Abbott said.

Beach Policy needed

The proposed beach policy is being described as a proactive way of maintaining the territory’s marine environment. 

Natural Resouces Minister, Wheatley, there said, “the main aim of the policy is to ensure that, going forward, that the BVI has sustainable use of the beaches”.

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  1. Headless Chicken says:

    Question is … will Oil Nut, Peter Island Resort, Little Thatch, and a myriad of others be held accountable? I am pretty the teeth of Government are limited sadly! Enforcement even less likely!

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    • why on earth says:

      would you want to go all the way to those beaches? Just because it is you right or because there are not enough beaches on Tortola?

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    • Fun says:

      I have enjoyed all of these places and more. I don’t own them. What’s your problem?!

      The real issues facing our beaches are pollution (sewage and garbage) and antisocial behaviour.

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    • Dman says:

      I’d venture a GUESS that those islands/resorts keep a close eye on problems that are in their self-interest. The B.V.I. and its beaches are perceived as one and the same. It is in its collective interest to pay attention to its beaches.

  2. Ausar says:

    “Headless Chicken”, you have raised a valid point!

    We will all be waiting for the Minister’s response on this one!

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  3. Cecil the Turtle-Looney Toons says:

    All this is guy is talking, talking and talking some of which are just non sense, no actions. And always present for a photo shoot.

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  4. Hahah says:

    @cecile the turtle – get over it. Election Day was 6 months ago. Get over it. HON Wheatley ain’t going anywhere. Just get in tune or get on the sideline

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