By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
Roughly five months after the William Thornton (Willy T) floating bar and restaurant moved to Great Harbour, Peter Island after being ordered from the Bight off Norman Island, the owners are facing yet another eviction notice.
Willy T’s owner, Ewan Anderson told BVI News on Friday, that a letter received at the beginning of October from the Department of Trade indicated that they had up to three months to find a new home.
He said the letter specified that the notice was as a result of ‘major objections’ by Peter Island Limited. Anderson said he received another letter from the company’s legal representative on Thursday. That document essentially outlined the same thing.
“Having lived here for 35 years, having had several businesses, children, having endeavoured to help the community, the island … I am disappointed,” Anderson said.
He said Willy T’s uniqueness has lured many visitors to the territory and people are beginning to question why the business — which has become a household name — is being perpetually pushed away.
“I don’t understand why there is no support from the government. It is just avarice. I have held my tongue for weeks and as of yesterday, the people need to know. It is ridiculous. A BVI icon like this. It is a tourist destination, for us to be treated like doo-doo,” a disheartened Anderson said.
Why should Willy-T stay in BVI if we’re not wanted?
He said he is now considering all the options including whether he and his business should leave the BVI for good.
“Whether we stay in the BVI or not is another question. Why would we stay here? They have offered nothing, they have just said you need to move, you need to move. Do they want the Willy T here? You would have to ask them that.”
He said he has had talks with the government on the matter however they are not any closer to finding a suitable area for relocation.
All attempts by BVI News to reach Junior Tourism Minister Archibald Christian have been futile.