New home for new William Thornton
Published on May 15th, 2018
The William Thornton (Willy T) Floating Bar & Restaurant, which was known for its lure of adventure-seekers in the British Virgin Islands, is nearly back in business after complete destruction following the September 2017 hurricanes.
The new Willy T arrived on May 10 from the United States, ready to return to where it had previous operated on the south-west corner of The Bight off Norman Island. However, upon arrival, government informed the owners that the vessel will no longer be allowed to moor at that location.
Government said they had no objection to the continued operation of the Willy T but said the vessel had to move to an alternate location. A government-issued statement further said the Willy T has been operating under an annual seabed licence which expired in February 2018.
Willy T owner Ewan Anderson has found a new location to operate at Great Harbour on Peter Island. He made the announcement following a meeting with the government on May 14.
“It will be ok. It’s another location, it’s on the water, and it’s good for tourism — good for Great Harbour,” remarked Anderson. “We are happy that we can move somewhere as opposed to closing down the business. So, yes, we are happy and the government is helping us to avail that situation.”
He said Willy T’s required permits are now being processed in order to resume operations.