William Thornton (Willy T) floating bar and restaurant has found a new location to operate.
“We are pretty well confirmed to be definitely moving. We are not going to be in The Bight [but] at Great Harbour on Peter Island,” said Willy T owner, Ewan Anderson.
He made the announcement following a meeting with the government on Monday, May 14.
Anderson told BVI News that things are being fine-tuned for the move.
The business owner said he is relieved the matter is resolved.
“It will be ok. It’s another location, it’s on the water, and it’s good for tourism — good for Great Harbour.”
“We are happy that we can move somewhere as opposed to closing down the business. So, yes, we are happy and the government is helping us to avail that situation,” he added.
Anderson then described his discussions with government as ‘helpful’.
He said Willy T’s required permits are now being processed in order to resume operations.
The relocation order
The new Willy T arrived in the British Virgin Islands on Thursday (May 10) from the United States to replace the previous vessel which had been destroyed during the September 2017 hurricanes.
However, upon arrival, government informed the owners that the vessel will no longer be allowed to moor at Norman Island.
Government said they had no objection to the continued operation of the Willy T but said the vessel had to move to an alternate location.
A government-issued statement further said the Willy T has been operating under an annual seabed licence which expired in February 2018.
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