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August 2018 – From the Editor


Welcome to another summer issue of VIPY, where our theme this month focuses on the stunning outdoors of this region.

Still undergoing the rebuild of our beautiful islands, nothing can subtract from the natural green of our land, exotic blue of the ocean, and the golden sun that shines on us almost daily.

Our August issue opens with fourteen ways to make your backyard into a tropical oasis—though for many of you homeowners ‘backyard’ would be a slight understatement. Sara reveals a multitude of neat tips and tricks to form a zen-like tranquillity within the garden.

Global offshore law firm Harneys continue their advisory series; this time the topic of teaching falls on property tax. We are enlightened by their expertise and knowledge of 2018’s property tax protocols following the dramatic game-changer of September 2017’s Hurricane Irma—what does the storm mean for BVI residents paying property tax this year? We find out.

Editor in Chief – Stephen Leslie France

Architectural masters OBMI present five design ideas to make your own outdoors appear like the advertised tropical vacation retreats—the examples of properties they present look like something extracted from a fictional utopia.

Villas & Views has realtor Smith Gore take us through some of their preferential scenic spots; the BVI is bombarded with perfect views, but there are several that are extra special.

In Sea Style—our revamped Yacht Spotlight feature that will review everything ‘sea oriented’ in the Caribbean—Lauren explores options for those seeking to protect their yachts effectively and efficiently during this hurricane season. Keeping in mind the catastrophe of September 2017, there are actions we can adopt to see that we’re doing the optimum in safeguarding our boats.

BVI Maritime History Tales passes the torch as Geoff exalts the legacy of Anegada Shipwright Watson White—the last of his generation of traditional wooden sloop builders. This rich BVI heritage of skilled boat building must now move to the next generation if this piece of history and culture is to remain alive.

In our concluding editorials, we review Caribbean life and travel. One of the attractions in the BVI—beside the fantastic outdoors and its incredible views—is the wildlife. The reintroduction of flamingos to the British Virgin Islands is still a thriving project despite the trauma created by September 2017’s unique occurrences, so we speak to the experts in the-know about how this venture is progressing.

Finally, we take a peek at one of our neighbouring islands; a region that many Virgin Islands residents have used as a getaway for when they are in need of a change of scene, but not so different from their tropical home. Mustique is a retreat for rock stars and royalty alike, genuinely having catered to both walks of life!

Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands.

Stephen L France

PS – Let’s keep moving forward as the Virgin Islands returns, greatly improved #BVIStrong

Erin Paviour-Smith

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