|Zero Tolerance clears, secures Toscana site|
|Written by Richard Greenemail@example.com|
|Friday, 23 March 2012 10:02|
Volunteer safety group Zero Tolerance is clearing brush, filling in dangerous holes and securing fencing around the defunct Toscana resort site on Grace Bay in its latest battle in the war on crime.
The property next to the Coral Gardens Resort, Somewhere Café and Lounge and the popular public access to the Bight Reef contains several incomplete block buildings and scattered construction debris and has been overgrown with brush for years now.
Police fear that thieves have been hiding in the property waiting to rob people who park to snorkel the reef and visit the resort and lounge, which was recently robbed at gunpoint.
Somewhere will be hosting a Zero Tolerance fundraiser March 25 from 2-8 p.m. to help police buy two first aid equipped ATV’s to patrol Grace Bay on Providenciales to reduce crime and support emergency services.
“It gives us much pride to be involved in this committee and specifically this fundraising initiative, which will assist us to ensure safety of our visiting guests,” said Somewhere owner Luis Fabara.
“Many will know that we were the target of recent crime which could have been prevented. We saw this unfortunate incident as a reason to get involved in this effort, which also included recent efforts to clean up an adjacent abandoned construction site (Toscana on Grace Bay) which had become a potential security risk to our business, residents and guests.”
Long time resident, business owner and leader of Zero Tolerance Mike Bookalam said a deep ditch filled with water on the site also posed a safety threat to local children who sometimes play on the site of the bankrupt project.
The group that was formed in August 2010 has been instrumental in the improvement of resident and tourist safety through a series of initiatives which include:
“The Zero Tolerance Committee has been steadfast in its goal of improving safety for ourselves and tourists for nearly two years,” Bookalam said. “It has channeled the energy, financial resources and will of many residents and business owners here in Providenciales toward a common goal of identifying those key initiatives that not only improve safety but raise the awareness of our community and visitors that the Turks and Caicos is a safe place to live, visit and invest.”
Zero Tolerance Committee members include government police, Dock Direct, Hartling Group, The Sands and Regent Palms, Le Vele, Point Grace, Tropical Shipping/Cargo Express, Provo Electric, Misick & Stanbrook, Gansevoort Resort, Veranda Resort, Ocean Club Resorts, Regent Village, Provo Golf Club, Beaches, Seven Stars Resort, The Pinnacle, Grace Bay Resorts, Conch Shack, Meridian Trust, Comfort Suites, Somewhere Café & Lounge, Casablanca Casino, Royal West Indies, Cove Construction, Crime Stoppers, WIV, FortisTCI, Graceway IGA & Wholesale, Grace Bay Car Rentals, the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, Twa, Marcelin, Wolf, Upstairs Bar & Grill, Fairways Restaurant, Coco Bistro, AIB, Quality Supermarket and Discount Liquors & The Wine Cellar.
Photo: The bankrupt Toscana project on Grace Bay contains several incomplete block buildings and scattered construction debris. (Richard Green/Staff)
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