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Bluebeard's Castle News

2017


Owners upset about sin tax

From BBC:

Dear Bluebeard’s Castle Owners and Guests, As many of you may know, the U.S. Virgin Islands government is having significant financial challenges. In December 2016, the Governor introduced a bill to generate revenue that included, among other items, a $30.00 per day timeshare occupancy fee in an effort to generate desperately needed revenue. The proposed legislation consisted of revenue-enhancing amendments to the U.S. Virgin Islands Code to implement initiatives of the Governor for financial stability and economic growth of the territory. The bill contained two main areas of focus: (i) excise taxes on products such as tobacco, alcohol and sugar carbonated beverages, and (ii) the establishment of an "Environmental/Infrastructure Impact Fee" on timeshare occupancy. Similar taxes have been in place in other popular tourist destinations, such as Hawaii and Aruba, for several years.
Several American Resort Development Association (ARDA) members, including Bluebeard’s Castle, Wyndham, Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, and many others, made a coordinated effort to oppose the legislation. In December 2016, ARDA retained highly respected lobbyists, including a former member of the U.S. Virgin Islands Senate, to oppose the December 2016 bill. In response to intense lobbying from ARDA, the U.S. Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce and other groups, the Senate voted down the bill and instructed the Governor to seek input from affected groups and industries. With a newly elected Senate in January 2017, the Governor resubmitted the bill with some amendments.
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature passed Bill 32-0005, The Virgin Islands Revenue Enhancement and Economic Recovery Act of 2017, which was signed by the Governor on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The "Environmental/Infrastructure Impact Fee" will go into effect on May 1, 2017 and will require each occupied timeshare unit, whether occupied by an Owner or exchanger, to pay a $25.00 per day fee. The bill requires that this fee be collected upon check- in by SPM Resorts –Virgin Island, LLC., as the property manager for Bluebeard’s Castle St. Thomas, and also requires filing of reports and returns associated with the new fee. Renters will continue to pay occupancy tax at the 12.5% rate for a timeshare unit rented, and not the new $25 fee.

We will keep you updated as we get additional information that may be of interest to our Owners regarding this new law.
 
Steve Buckley
Regional Vice President of Operations/G.M.
Bluebeard's Castle




Read more in the news here

There has been legal action brought forth to stop the $25/day tax on timeshare owners. Stay tuned!!

October 2015


Boards elected for 2015/2016

The results we have are as follows:

Hilltop Board and Pirates Pension Boards remain unchanged. We still await Villas and Hilltop 3 results.

Summer 2015


Darwyn Harris- Board member passes away

We are sad to announce the passing of long time Board member Darwyn Harris. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Spring 2014


NEW RESALE DEPARTMENT OPEN FOR INTERESTED BUYERS

There is now the ability to buy units that are available for resale. If you are interested, please contact Bob Ficken by e-mail or phone at 631-255-6849 and in order to get the best deal, make sure you mention that you were referred by the bluebeards-castle.com website. Don't forget "bluebeards dash castle dot com". Bob looks forward to hearing from you!


See the list here:
click to see for sale list for June 2014

Summer 2013

We have created an easier way to contact your Board of Directors. Each Board will now have their own contact page to allow you to send e-mails directly.

Please see the Contact the BOD tabs
Hilltop
Hilltop 3
Villas 1
Pirates Pension

We have also updated the travel links providing owners & visitors of Bluebeard's Castle with special discounted links to travel deals on airfare, car rentals, hotel stays, and more. Check them out at the TRAVEL LINK page and new CAR RENTAL LINK page.

Also, we have installed
solar panels to provide power to the resort and lower the costs to owners.

November 2012

Facebook pages added. See links at the BBC
Facebook page.

Also, Steve Buckley has been appointed as the new General Manager of Bluebeard's Castle. Steve has worked with SPM for 8 years and we are excited to have Steve join our Bluebeard's Castle family. See his LinkedIn profile here.

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April 2011

Grand Re-opening took place in April 2011.
For more info, please go
here

Spyglass Newsletters for April are
here.

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