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By a notice published as S.I. 2011 No. 88 in the Official Gazette of July 28, 2011, the Minister of Finance waived the payment of LAND TAX by the Barbados Cruising Club for a nineteen-year period April 1, 1992 to March 31, 2011. The Minister forgave the payment of $125, 871.06.
I do not pretend to understand these weighty matters of state, and I am not questioning the Minister’s right to grant exemptions from the payment of land tax or any other tax. He has that right under the provisions of the Duties, Taxes and Other Payments (Exemption) Act, Chapter 67B of the Laws of Barbados. My concern is that while Government is squeezing every last cent out of the average Barbadian, why would it forgive the payment of land tax to people who can afford to own yachts and cruise as a hobby?
As I understand it, Government leased land to the Barbados Cruising Club to use for their members’ recreation. For the period of the lease the club should have been paying land tax on the property. They failed to do so. Rather than ensure compliance with the provisions of the Land Tax Act, and make sure that the country gets the much needed revenue, the Minister of Finance forgave the tax.
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[Port St. Charles Marina] It was a happy ending for six International rowers five men and one lady who docked safely in the calm waters of the Port St. Charles Marina in St. Peter at 10:30 on Wednesday night.
The joint Irish/British/Swedish/Canadian crew skippered by Matt Craughwell (an Englishman of Irish descent), Peter Williams (Ireland), Mylène Paquette (Canada), Mike Jones (Ireland), Pedro Cunha (Sweden) and James Kenworthy (England) departed from the Moroccan Port of Agadir on January 12, to row approximately 5.000 km to Barbados on their specially designed Ocean Rowing Boat called “Sara G” on a voyage which was estimated to take between 40 and 50 days. When the boat pulled into Port St. Charles there were shouts and screams from parents, girl friends, wives and other family members totalling just over 28 who flew into the Island in time to greet their loved ones on arrival. It was a very emotional time for most of them openly cried as they embraced and kissed their loved ones who they had not seen since January 12.
There is much doom which hovers over the tourism industry at this time. Despite the challenging circumstances we are happy to read of the success of the Barbados authorities to have attracted the 2010 Fireball Worlds Sailing Championships to our shores.
Congratulations to all the players who were instrumental in securing the agreement, and this is despite any serious investment in our marina plant!
Click on the image to follow the event live at the Boat Yard!
How many Barbadians are aware that the Barbados Tourism Authority has been able to attract the 2009 International One Metre World Champion Regatta to Barbados? If you want to follow or know more about this event you can read from the Sailing Anarchy website which is located on the official website setup for the IOMICA event.