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Vanterpool proposing to name cruise pier after former Chief Minister


Minister responsible for ports, Mark Vanterpool, is proposing that the multimillion-dollar Tortola Cruise Pier be named in honour of former Chief Minister, Cyril B Romney.

Vanterpool made the proposition on Friday while describing the late legislator as “the father of the cruise ship business” in the BVI.

“I want to really thank him and his family because the family continues to be a major part and play a major role in the success of the cruise ship business in the territory. It represents so many of the companies and do such a good job with the tours and give so many good suggestions as we go along,” Vanterpool said.

Vanterpool said he hopes to officially put his proposal to the House by the next sitting.

“I want to ask members’ support on it and see that we can bring that forward and name that cruise pier the Cyril B Romney Tortola Cruise Pier,” said Vanterpool who described his proposal as being “very bold”.


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  1. Hmph says:

    Shouldn’t this have been thought of before yall wasted all the money? Now we got to go find money to waste again to change the name and signs?

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  2. Curious says:

    When are y’all gonna name something after Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal? Supporter or supporter not, the man is a stalwart and needs to be given his flowers while he is still alive.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    That name isn’t long enough!! Add the names of all the Ministers and Contractors who became wealthy off of the pier. Don’t forget their good deeds. Lmao

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  4. Ausar says:

    Are there not others- Chief Ministers et al.-,that this project can be named?

    Was Cyril the ONLY Chief Minister and man of note in this country?

    Lets stop the hypocrisy!

    If we’re gonna be naming, and thinking of names, it should be the Daniel Orlando Smith Cruise Pier Park. For it was under his leadership that it was built, when so many naysayers were against this project!

    Again, the Daniel Orlando Smith Pier Park.

    Thank You!!!

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  5. Eagle eye says:

    Cluade skeleton pier park lol

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  6. haha says:

    Tortola pier park simple try to complicate things always!! its already name! Cyril B Romney pier park has no ring to it!!

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  7. Fitting? says:

    Shady Project!…………Shady oops!!

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  8. Hmm says:

    Cyril B Romney was the man who got the cruise ships to start coming here. He was the 1st financial secretary and chief minister that travelled the globe to market the bvi specifically for the cruise ship industry. So naming it after him seems like a loogical and reasonable move. People like “Ausar” talking a next level of stupidity…. of course there are other individuals who rose to prominence and they should be recognized according to their deeds. I mean come on Ausar, would you name fisheries after the minister of education? Or would you name it after someone who has a reputable fishing contribution to the territory? These forums reveal the low level nature that has infested our lands through ignorance and stupidity.

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  9. Concerned says:

    I would like the government to think about the entire package when wanting to do things like this. Yes Cyril Romney was important to the Cruise Ship industry but at what benefit to himself that still persist now as many excursions can onboard are only done through his company alone. He was a Chief Minister that had to step down. You are teaching students about his bad deeds in the Financial Services Industry with scandals and here you are wanting to reward him. How do you think this looks. I beg you all please leave the name as is. Go name the govt buildings or wings off of past Chief Ministers/Premiers.

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    • Truth says:

      Why is the family of a former finance minister still getting kick backs? This is money the country needs to rebuild our schools not to pay the descendants of an elected official who was simply doing his job.
      We need this Wistleblower law more than ever!

  10. Brad Boynes says:

    Wha Mark and Cyril have in common?

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  11. Hmm says:


    Romney was found not guilty of all charges as far as the shelf company situation goes and their was a full written confession by the persons involved which is STILL on record today. As far as the excursions go, many of the cruise ships refused to return unless romney was made primary agent due to lack of trust in government. They refused to even sit and meet with bvi government unless Romney had representation at the table. So its not like he chose to make himself sole providor of the services but the cruise ships themselves made it quite clear that if they were to list bvi as a destination, Roomney is their choice and who they trust. You ain concerned bout a damn thing…..

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  12. Love says:

    Hon Ralph T O’Neal it should be name after what are you talking about.

  13. Citizen says:

    Hay Mark I see your Boat, really big and nice. Good going Bro. 40 Million missing from the Cruise Pier

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  14. Ausar says:

    “Hmm”, or whatever you choose to call yourself, I beg to differ!

    Yes, the man has contributed but, his was an administration,according to the elders,based on ca— and col—r!

    Thankfully, the Stoutt administration ushered in representatives of ALL skin colours, especially of the dark,that debunked the myth of the Romney “caste” system that ran rampantly here.

    So forgive me, if I do not feel that his administration alone ushered in the best for this country.

    Lest I forget, the elders reminded me that had he remained for an additional four years, we might have been calling this island “Romneytola”, with most, if not all of available prime properties, being owned by that man and his family!!!


    • Hmm says:

      Ausar, are the “elders” your only sources? If any of that were true then all that was gained can be legally stripped today. Young haters back then became your Elders today who still telling the same stories. Romneytola? LOL your stories are as ancient, dead and debunked as Ausar himself, they dont carry weight in the streets nor in the court of law. Atleast Romney was born n raised here, walked with the people and left a heavy mark for most to benefit and yes i said “most” because you cant please everybody. If you want to jump on anybody back, why dont you start with england who abandoned us here and decide to come back when we started to thrive? I bet you not on any british news sites commenting on the garbage they doing for us. Your behaviour today is why “your creator Ausar” abandoned kemet and allowed that civilisation to fall. Everybody gon always have something about dem ppl gon talk about….. black ppl can never hold 1 head and be glad for their own. Thats why many of them team up with other races who hold 1 head and end up being successful.

  15. ndp heckler says:

    Speaking about names, i saw a mega yacht name after mark vanterpool

  16. Lol says:

    You mean the mega yatch he said he don’t own.

  17. WOW says:

    Does he know VI history and how Cyril was booted out of Government.

  18. Hmm says:

    Just want to say you doing something hun… people still out here homeless since Irma invest the money in things that’s is beneficial to the people of Tortola build low income complex for the people of Tortola yall so focus on this the please the outsiders

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