Government has granted Peter Island Ltd permission to install 39 commercial moorings on the seabed surrounding Peter Island.
This is according to a report on Cabinet’s December 18 meeting, which said the moorings will be installed across four different areas of the outer island.
These locations include White Bay where 10 commercial moorings will be installed, Key Bay with nine, Little Harbour will have five, and Deadman’s Bay will have the remaining 15.
The post-Cabinet statement further said that the agreement will only be considered valid once some conditions the government has put in place are accepted by Peter Island Ltd.
The conditions read: “The Government of the Virgin Islands at all times reserves the right to require the mooring buoys to be removed on three months’ notice; personnel from the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands must be given two weeks’ notice in writing prior to the mooring installation process so that they can advise on the placement of the moorings”.
“The applicant must inform the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour & Immigration and the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands in writing when the mooring buoys are installed; permission to increase, decrease, transfer or remove the development must be sought from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration,” it added.
Further conditions insisted that the installation process follow the mooring maps as depicted by government. According to the statement, the maps will be used to calculate the fees for the annual rental of the license, which will be issued in accordance with the territory’s Marine Estate Policy 1996.
Annual license agreement
The final condition stated that it was compulsory for Peter Island Ltd to immediately enter into an annual license agreement with government.
News that government is allowing the moorings to be built on the outer island follows the recent signing of a redevelopment agreement between government and Peter Island Resort. Premier Andrew Fahie promised at the time that the redevelopment would provide more employment opportunities for residents of the British Virgin Islands.
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