The William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant more widely known as the Willy T will be heading back to its original location off the Bight on Norman Island.
Government said in a media release on Thursday that the iconic floating bar must “meet various environmental, health and safety criteria” before they can return to the location.
“The Marine Estate Policy confers the authority on the Crown and the Crown alone to decide how the seabed is to be used. After studying the matter very carefully, we have agreed that this is the best location for the Willy-T,” Minister for Natural Resources Vincent Wheatley said.
Government. in the meantime, noted that the various government agencies responsible for health, trade and the environment will work with the owners of the Willy T regarding its transition back to its original location.
“The ‘Willy T’ has been operating in the Virgin Islands for over 35 years, providing a unique experience to visitors and locals alike and has become a very important component of our tourism offerings. The government of the Virgin Islands expects that the legendary floating restaurant and bar will continue to provide the same level of enjoyment as it has over the years, and for many more years to come in the territory,” it added.
The government media release further indicated that the Willy T will serve as part of the territory’s artificial reef system, allowing “diving enthusiasts to continue to enjoy the floating restaurant and bar “from an entirely new and different perspective”.
The Willy-T saga
The Willy T operated for decades off The Bight at Norman Island before they were evicted due to a significant undertaking that was scheduled to take place on the privately-owned island.
Not long after relocating to Great Harbour on Peter Island, they were given another eviction notice requiring them to move by the end of 2018.
However, for an unknown reason, the restaurant remained at Peter Island while talks of other areas were being examined.
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