The Ronnie Skelton-led Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) has rallied behind Dr Kedrick Pickering as he seeks re-election in the Seventh District where he has served as the constituency’s elected representative since 1999.
At-Large candidate for the PVIM, Apostle Curnal Fahie, announced the party’s support for Dr Pickering at the official launch of his (Dr Pickering’s) re-election campaign at The Stickett in East End/Long Look Tuesday evening.
“My entire team (the PVIM) endorses him. He has endorsed us and we endorse him right back … Although Dr Pickering is running independent and I am a PVIM, guess what? We are working and partnering for the betterment of our entire BVI,” the clergyman said at the event, which saw attendance from other PVIM candidates and affiliate members such as Lesmore Smith and Archibald Christian.
Dr Pickering — who gave a personal endorsement to Apostle Fahie’s campaign as well as to Ronnie Skelton’s ideas for housing development in the territory — said that he did not return to the NDP under Myron Walwyn’s leadership because he does not support “politics of disunity”.
He said: “I am standing alone as an independent because, clearly, my spirit is not in tune with the things that are going.”
My Fat Hogs Bay Harbour project will rival Pier Park
Dr Pickering, in the meantime, told the seemingly receptive gathering not to mind naysayers who are questioning his two-decade-long representation in the district.
He said experience will matter for the next slate of legislators who sit in the House of Assembly. He further said he has that experience.
Dr Pickering also outlined some of the projects that are in train for Seventh District communities. The first is the The East End/Fat Hogs Bay harbour project which he said has “tremendous economic potential”.
“We have started working on that project. It has slowed down but recently it has gained impetuous … That project, once it is completed, will rival the pier project in terms of its contibution to the overall economy of this community and beyond. That project will have opportunities for residential development [and] commercial development,” the legislator said.
He said the project will lead to major job creation and said residents can expect to be presented with drawings of the development in the “not too distant future”. Those drawings have alread started, he claimed.
Brandywine Bay development to see arcade, on-water restaurant
Dr Pickering also announced major plans for the Brandywine Bay beach which he said will be developed to include an entertainment centre and floating restaurant.
“Brandywine Bay is well on its way,” Dr Pickering said. “The beach itself is going to become an arcade because we are going to put vendors along the inside perimeters of the beach just like what is happening at Long Bay right now. The designs are already there.”
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