Neil Freeman, Governor Tim Foy, Ian and Janine Edwards, Chief Minister Victor Banks. Kidron Edwards, Ian and Janine’s son, cutting the ribbon.
ANGUILLA–On March 5, principals of Tranquility Beach Anguilla Resort, Meads Bay, Ian and Janine Edwards and Neil Freeman, hosted Government officials, business leaders and partners, friends and family at an afternoon event of music, food and drink to witness and celebrate the cutting of a big red ribbon to symbolically mark the start of the resort’s construction. However, as noted in opening remarks, this was not a “Golden Shovel” event, as construction has already begun as evidenced by the completion of the basement flooring and walls for the first two buildings. Each building will house 18 contemporary one-bedroom condominiums, with a projected opening date of fall 2019.
Prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the principals were joined by Governor Tim Foy and Chief Minister Victor Banks at the head table, each remarking on the positive significance of a first class development on one of Anguilla’s premier beaches. Neil Freeman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aries Capital and long-time visitor to Anguilla, thanked Government for their support and help in making the development a reality. Governor Tim Foy lauded the principals’ vision and commitment to turn their idea and dream into a reality. He also expressed gratitude to all the investors on the island who have steadfastly stood by Anguilla after the destruction of Hurricane Irma, an indication that current and future investors value the special uniqueness of Anguilla and its people.
The Chief Minister recognised and applauded Ian and Janine Edwards for their vision and tenacity to make the development a reality. He noted that this project’s MOU was the first that he signed following hurricane Irma, an indication that the investors were committed to continuing with the project despite the storm’s destruction. He offered them his support and congratulated them on their success as Anguillian developers as they continue to pursue their dreams. He noted the development is a shared project encompassing Anguillian builders, contractors and entrepreneurs who will all benefit from the investment.
Both Janine and Ian Edwards thanked everyone present for their support and encouragement, with special mention to the Anguillian Government, the people of Anguilla, service providers and investors. Noting that the island was ravaged almost exactly six months ago by Irma, their tagline has become “Resilient, Rebuild and Rebound.” Ian ended by encouraging everyone to find a way to move Anguilla forward.