One of the major tourist attractions in the British Virgin Islands, the Willy T floating restaurant and bar, will relocate to Peter Island's Great Harbour from its original site at Norman Island, according to owner Ewan Anderson.

The floating restaurant, long known to tourists for its parties, good times and rum, was destroyed by Hurricane Irma last September but has since been rebuilt and was headed back to its usual anchorage on the Bight at Norman Island when the government informed Anderson on May 11 that he had to find a new location, according to the BVI News.

"Basically they kicked us out of the bay, where we have been for 35 years, due to a new development project on Norman Island," Anderson said.

However, following a meeting with government officials on May 14, Anderson said that the newly rebuilt Willy T would relocate.

"It will be another location, it's on the water and it is good for tourism," Anderson said.

"The government of the British Virgin Islands has no objection to the continued operation of the business of the Willy T at an alternate location, provided that all the necessary requirements for licensing, the mooring of the vessel, environmental protection, and the safe operation of the business are satisfied," the government said in a statement.

Permits are now being processed in order for the Willy T to resume operations at Great Harbour.


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