A policy is being developed for the operation and distribution of jet skies in the British Virgin Islands.
Junior Minister for Trade, Marlon Penn said the policy is to ensure that jet skis are used in a manner he described as ‘more comprehensive and more controlled’.
“We don’t want just everyone coming in, buying jet skies, operating them in a haphazard way, and there is no control over the operation of jet skies within the territory.”
“You also have to look at the safety of the tourists as well,” Penn said. “You just don’t want to put things in place and there is no safety mechanism or there are no safety procedures to safeguard against things like jet skies and so forth.”
The junior minister said an individual has joined his team to take on the task of drafting the policy.
Long Bay Beach an alternative tourist attraction
He made the statement while discussing initiatives that will make the Long Bay Beach on Beef Island more of an attraction.
Penn said the ultimate goal is to create an environment whereby Long Bay Beach will be an alternative location for tourists.
“A task force has been established to assist with that process of bringing persons to the beach. I’ve had discussions with the tour operators, specifically Disney and all the others who are coming to let them know that Long Bay is an alternative,” he said.
We’ve had discussions in terms of possible designs to create an ambience for the Long Bay area,” added Penn, who is also the representative of the Eighth Electoral District where Long Bay is located.
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