I am writing to commend and concur with Tessa Callwood’s March 22 letter — titled “WE port seen as neglected post-Irma” — regarding the rebuilding of the West End ferry dock.

As an annual visitor to Tortola from the United States since 1989, I have only used the airport on Beef Island twice, and it was totally inconvenient and more expensive than flying to St. Thomas. The availability of flights and cost savings departing from the Midwest were a definite incentive to fly to St. Thomas and take the ferry to West End, which was a part of the ambiance of arriving in the islands and added to our travel experience.

Having visited again this year in March, arriving and departing from Road Town was much less accessible and confusing because of tourists disembarking from a cruise ship at the same time.

I have also been a subscriber to the Beacon for many years, and have been following the recovery from the hurricanes, so I hope the government will reconsider rebuilding the West End ferry dock not only as a major incentive for tourists, but also to accommodate Virgin Islands citizens who work in St. Thomas and travel to and from there for other necessities.


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