Virgin Islands Party (VIP) political candidate Kye Rymer is proposing to transform District Five into the ‘cultural capital’ of the British Virgin Islands if elected into office.
Rymer said he would begin by making changes to the existing cultural framework of the district such as expanding the appeal of Fahie Hill’s mural.
He proposes to add what he described as a sizeable ‘pull-off area’ for tour buses to park and allow visitors to safely embark and disembark.
“This would entail reclaiming some land,” Rymer said at the official launch of his candidacy in Huntum’s Ghut on Saturday.
While noting that Fahie Hill boasts a chicken and livestock farm, an art museum, a lookout bar, and a restaurant that specializes in local cuisine, Rymer said these businesses must be actively incorporated as part of the tourism product in the district.
“Let us give our visitors a unique all-day experience at Fahie Hill and in return, we can empower our people with jobs and business opportunities,” he said.
Entrepreneurial programme in Huntums Ghut
The VIP candidate said he also plans to set up an entrepreneurial programme in the Huntums Ghut community.
“We propose to erect three mini-warehouses. Each one will accommodate six to nine spaces that would include the businesses. This would cater to our youth and our elderly gems,” he explained.
Rymer further said one of the sections of the warehouses would be used as a resource centre for children and would include a mini library and a place for the elderly to receive care and to socialize. He said if implemented, it would allow persons the opportunity to become business owners.
He said his proposal viable considering that similar initiative was employed in St Kitts & Nevis
Restoring Sand Box Park
Another item on Rymer’s agenda is to refurbish the Sand Box Park. The candidate said the park’s facilities would be restored under a VIP administration.
Rymer also pledged $500 towards the project and urged others to also donate.
In the meantime, a District Five Services Registry is also being proposed by the political newcomer.
He said the registry would be “designed to market the products and services” available by businesses in the district. Persons would be required to register and their information would then be placed on a special website for the district, he explained.
He further said the registry enables persons to know ‘who to call’ when a particular service is needed.
“All of these plans were derived from me listening to you the people,” Rymer said.
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