Corsairs Beach Bar On Jost Van Dyke Destroyed But Will Be ‘Serving Drinks By The Winter Season’
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Travel Blogger
His bar is a shell – quite literally – of its former self.
Half the roof is ripped off, the facade is gone all that’s left is a tattered frame. It’s the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in what many believe to be the worst storm ever to hit the Virgin Islands. It has left the USVI and the British Virgin Islands in tatters.
In this exclusive Q&A interview with PubClub.com, Corsairs Beach Bar – which is in heavily-hit Jost Van Dyke – owner Vinny Terranova describes the BVIs situation in the immediate days after Irma. But also pay attention to his resolve. He vows to rebuild his bar and even declares “the future looks bright.”
Terranova, it must be pointed out, was not in the BVIs when Irma hit; he was by chance in the USA on other business and was making his way back on Tuesday, flying into Puerto Rico then taking a friend’s boat to Jost Van Dyke.
Q) How bad is the damage to Corsairs?
It’s 90% destroyed. Only a few walls remain. The bar is wiped out and the kitchen is in real bad shape.
Q.)What’s happening now in the British Virgin Islands? The people, the businesses, the damage? Is there any power, food, water? Are there any relief supplies arriving on the islands?
A.) The BVIs have never experienced a storm this bad. Food and water are scarce, there has been stories of looting on Jost Van Dyke where Corsairs is located. I have not confirmed it. The British have sent ships and aid is coming in, albeit slowly.
Q.) Personally speaking, what’s going through your mind now after Irma?
Rebuilding Corsairs and helping the locals get back to work. It’s gonna be a long road and we will come though this disaster.
Note: Corsairs has set up this relief fund: https://www.gofundme.com/Corsairs-JVD-Rebuild-Project-1
Q.) Do you plan to rebuild? Have you talked with other business owners and do they feel the same way?
A.) I haven’t talked to many other bar owners, but from what I’ve read we all will rebuild. I personally know Foxy and I know he has no plans of letting this storm win.
Q) How long do you think it will take to rebuild, get tourists back to the BVIs?
A.) It will take a few years to look normal again but we will get things up and running as soon as possible. I’m sure White Bay will be serving drinks by the winter season and we plan on doing the same thing.
What we will need is people to come back and not be scared from the false stories and lack of media coverage of the islands. We are a resilient bunch and look forward to renewing our great life in the Virgin Islands.
Q.) Will the BVIs ever be like they were before Irma?
Normal yes, the same no. Probably better but different. The one thing that won’t change is the people. Happy faces greeting tourists and locals alike. It’s a team effort and we need everyone to come back to visit us.
Q.) What message(s) do you have for relief efforts/governments of the U.S. and Britain?
A.) Keep bringing it boys! We need Britain and the U.S. now. Major efforts from friends of Corsairs are underway and we can’t be more thankful.
Q) What message(s) to you have for future BVI tourists?
A.) It’s gonna be greener and cleaner and the future looks bright, so get some shades! Come see for yourself. Social media can really help bring back these island and tourism so spread the word that we will be back!
Q.) Anything else you want to say?
A.) I want to thank everyone who has contacted us with words of support and help. It really helps life our spirits to see how much people care.