Acting Governor Patrick Boyle
HJ Francis Building
Turks and Caicos Islands
Re: Repairs to the North and Middle Caicos Causeway
I am compelled to formally write you, after weeks of trying to ascertain answers on the progress of rehabilitation works on the North and Middle Caicos Causeway.
My investigations have revealed that while TCIG’s budgets are all performing acceptably, this project is yet to start and, to the best of my knowledge, the Government has not issued any update to the public.
On May 16, HE Governor Ric Todd said: “The Council felt that TCIG had struck the right balance in its draft budget between paying off our historic debts, proving that our public finances are now better managed and that we can begin to reinvest in our infrastructure. I have often said that the sad state of repair of the Caicos Causeway, in particular, was an icon of the failure of Government, which is why I am so pleased that work will begin to repair it next month.”
The month of June has passed and we are well into July; yet the causeway remains untouched and the “icon of the failure of Government” remains an “icon of the failure of Government.”
Mr. Boyle while Government may find its own reason to drag its feet on the reconstruction of the causeway, I am left no other choice but to request that you personally becoming actively involved in the expedition of works on this project.
On a daily basis, scores of natives and tourists are forced to navigate this difficult and dangerous terrain to gain access to the twin islands of North and Middle Caicos. This journey is by no means easy on persons as well as their vehicles, and the deplorable state of the causeway indeed makes this journey longer than normal.
I am sure you will agree with me that what was once an icon of pride for the people of North and Middle Caicos has become an eye-sore and the single worst piece of road infrastructure in the entire EMS public road system. In fact, the causeway and the roads leading up to it are ten times worse than the roller-coaster portion of the Millennium Highway after the rains.
Mr. Boyle in my conversations with you, I gathered that above all things you are a fair and considerate man. I am there asking you to approach this causeway project in earnest and, using your powers as Governor and Chief Executive Officer of the TCI, send an urgent directive to the relevant parties to have work started on the causeway before the end of July 2012.
Dear Devon, I support everything you said in this letter 100 %. However I must comment that had you and your associates not closed down the airport, starnded tourists, and ticked off the travel agents of the USA who recommended TCI we would have more tourists visiting our beautiful island and contributing to the economy which must suport the repairs. David Tapfer