Prospect Reef rehabilitation stalled due to legal issues

What remains of the Prospect Reef Resort on Tortola. (BVI news photo)

Prime Minister Andrew Fahie said the government had been unable to move forward with the Prospect Reef Resort due to legal issues.

Fahie said the nature of the legal issues means he cannot divulge the specifics of the situation; however, he hopes this is the last hurdle in the situation.

“Prospect Reef seems like a tangled weave. Every time you settle one thing with Prospect Reef, another thing comes up. I say this in this parable because there are other legal concerns that have come up recently,” the prime minister said.

“I don’t want to say too much until we pass this hurdle which hopefully will be our last hurdle with Prospect Reef. We’ve made great strides even though it doesn’t appear to be the case in terms of physical movement, there have been a lot of legal entanglements and steps we’ve had to take regarding Prospect Reef. Hopefully it will be the last,” added Fahie.

The Prime Minister said that if this issue is the last hurdle, residents will learn more about the direction the government is taking with the station.

Fahie also took the opportunity to congratulate the board of directors that was put in place for what he considers an exceptional job.

“I commend the board for all they have to do as the work they have done is not one that we can make public given it was more of a legal nature with the legal issues related to Prospect Reef in some areas. However, we will get there, just like we got there with Elmore Stoutt High School,” the Fahie said.

In 2019, the new prime minister and finance minister when presenting the 2020 budget pledged to breathe new life into the resort, which was devastated by hurricanes, before the end of his premiership.

Fahie said the reactivation of the public resort would increase the territory’s room availability for tourism purposes.

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