Vice-president of the Cane Garden Bay Development and Restoration Group, Bishop John Cline has said the beautification project in the community is progressing well.
“We are just about almost completed the wall by the graveyard and we have started painting many of the abandoned homes and we boarded them up,” Cline said in an interview BVI News yesterday, May 21.
“We have also done some work in terms of the beachside, trimming some of the trees and getting that a little neater. So, we are excited. We are engaged and moving forward.”
The Ballast Bay cultural mural is also being worked on, he said.
Bishop Cline said business owners have been playing their part to create a more aesthetically pleasing ambience in the Second District communities.
The project is a government and community collaboration to get Cane Garden Bay and Brewer’s Bay tourist-ready.
Roughly $1.7 million was earmarked to undergo projects in those two communities. These projects include cleanups, painting abandoned houses, and constructing vending stalls and restroom facilities.
Erecting safety signs, reconstructing the BVI Tourist Board’s booth, were other initiatives planned.
Government-run projects include work on the perimeter wall at the Cane Garden Bay cemetery and rebuilding the dinghy dock.
“It is not going to be overnight but we will pretty much be in good shape come the next tourist season,” Cline said.
Just recently, representatives from major cruise lines visited the destination to see what progress has been made since hurricanes Irma and Maria.
According to the cruise lines, the territory’s post-hurricane progress is encouraging but there is more to be done before major cruise lines can return.
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