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HELP STOP THE DENSE 5 STAR DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED FOR SMUGGLER'S
COVE!!!


 SMUGGLERS COVE - BVI NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK - TORTOLA, BVI

 Subject: HELP STOP THE DENSE 5 STAR DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED FOR SMUGGLER'S
 COVE!!!


 THERE IS A PLAN TO CONSTRUCT A DENSE EXCLUSIVE 5 STAR RESORT ON
 SMUGGLER'S COVE AND THE GOVERNMENT LAND NEARBY WITH THE HERITAGE SITE.
 IT IS NOT A DONE DEAL YET- UNLIKE SOME OF THE OTHER PLANNED RESORT
 DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BVI, THE LAND HAS NOT YET BEEN SOLD.  IT IS NOT TOO
 LATE TOO STOP IT!!!

 For background, a letter sent to the BVI Beacon is attached.  A new non
 profit organization is being formed, BVI Islands Heritage Conservation
 Group (BVIHCG), to raise funds to purchase all three lots and turn them
 into a park system as proposed by Government in 2005.  That's right all
 3 parcels were slated to become a park system!  Government first
 drafted the plan in 2001 then refreshed and updated it in 2005.  A park
 system to include:

 1 Historic, cultural and archeological : eg., documenting and preserving
 the slave-era burial ground, reconstruction of the Arawak site.
 2. Nature, educational and scientific: eg., creating a satellite of the
 Botanic gardens, Darwin Initiative project, site for class projects.
 3. Recreational: eg.,hiking trails on Belmont Peak, walking trails
 through the dunes, mangroves, and Palm Grove.
 4. Water-related activities (educational/scientific): eg., species
 identification, and ecosystem instruction for children.
 5. Water-related activities (recreational): eg., beach activities, such
 as swimmimg, sun bathing and low impact sports.
 6. Physical development: eg., restrooms, beverage and souvenir stalls,
 retreat house (in ruin hill) for civic and educational functions,
 parking for users of the beach, retreat and Arawak site.

 THERE IS NO PROTECTED BEACH PARK ON TORTOLA. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE-
 WE CAN MAKE THIS PARK SYSTEM HAPPEN. This is a grassroots effort led by
 Belongers to protect BVI birthright, heritage, and ensure a wonderful
 legacy for generations to come.


 Here is the email to send letters to the Government raising your
 concerns about the Smuggler's development:

 lpotter@gov.vg.

 That goes to Mr. Potter, the gentleman in charge of this development for
 Government. To be in the official records and documentation, it must be
 received no later than the 9th.  Tomorrow.   Please send your comments
 directly to this email ID to ensure they accept it into the official
 and formal assessment transcript.

 Here is a list of news organizations to write to:

 BVI Beacon
 bvibeacn@surfbvi.com

 BVI Standpoint
 elton@bvistandpoint.net
 editorial@bvistandpoint.net

 Island Sun
 issun@candwbvi.net

 VI Daily News
 dailynews@vipowernet.net


 Help raise awareness about the distruction of/developement on one of
 Nature's Little Secrets, the very things tourists come to the BVIs for.
 The BVI tourist board is hosting a Travel Industry Conference on Feb
 22nd.

 BVIlanders need all the support and encouragement the community can
 offer.  Understandably, it is sometimes difficult to raise a voice in
 such a small world but there is power in numbers. Please forward this
 to as many people as you know and ask them to write letters.  Draft
 content ideas can be found on the BVI Platinum Message Board under
 General Discussion.  Look for the one on Smuggler's Cove.
 http://bviplatinum.com/dboard.php

 Thanks again for your interest and support.

 BVI Islands Heritage Conservation Group
 WEBSITE:  http://bvihcg.com

 Also see
Save the BVI T Shirt and Gifts
Save Smuglers Cove T Shirt and Gifts


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