Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic Airlines must really love green! His Virgin Atlantic Airlines recently flew the first partially biofuel-powered plane, he is funding a legal battle to protect Beef Island (see previous blogs) and over on his private residence and resort on Necker Island, he has installed a windmill to move the island toward carbon neutrality. Now, Branson has bought Mosquito Island, a 125 acre island in the North Sound area of the BVI near Virgin Gorda- just a mile from Necker. Using the latest green technologies, he plans to build a home for his family and then, starting in 2011, another 20 villas for paying guests. According to Sir Branson, the island will be transformed into "the most ecologically-friendly island in the world." Plans are for structures to be cooled by solar and wind power, food will come from organic gardens and orchards, and beach buggies and boats will be powered by biofuels. Meanwhile, if you are lucky enough to be on a sailing charter in the BVI, make sure to get to the North Sound. It is picture-postcard beautiful and the color of the water is an impossible blue! If you sail to Mosquito Island, there is good snorkeling just west of Anguilla Point and also at Honeymoon Beach! -Donna
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