Concern About Marina on Park Resources

Dear Friends,

First off I would like to wish you the very best for the new year and I hope that you will use the promise of a new year to join an effort to confront a serious threat to the marine resources of Virgin Islands National Park and the Coral Reef National Monument.

I wrote to you in November about plans to build a large marina in Coral Bay. The marina project appears to be moving forward and the US Army Corps of Engineers recently issued a public notice and opened a public comment period about the project.  Please follow this link to read the public notice:

There is widespread concern about this development on social, economic, and environmental grounds.  In addition, the viability of its location and its feasibility as a sustainable business is also called into question.  You can read more about these concerns at

Read more: Concern About Marina on Park Resources

2015 Beach To Beach Power Swim Results!

 *Note: Results have been updated online 5/26/2015

The Beach to Beach Power Swim Results are in for 2015!  A huge THANK YOU to all our competitors, volunteers and sponsors for making this year such a success.  

This was an amazing year and we are very proud to announce we have a new course record!

A huge congratulations to Jamaris JJ Washshah!  

17 year old Jamaris from St. Thomas set a new women's record being the first place finisher in our long course unassisted category.  Jamaris finished with a  record  breaking time of  1:17:34 to swim from Maho to Hawksnest beach.   She kept an unbelievable pace of 22:10 per mile!  Congratulations again to an amazing finish!

Thank you again for everyone that participated it was another excellent year.  For full race results please see the links below:

Beach-to-Beach 2015 Overall Results 


2015 Results by Age Groups


For more information or for any spelling errors please contact us.



Friends of Virgin Islands National Park would also recognize the outstanding job by Team River Runner.  We would like to acknowledge these service men that gave so much of themselves in service of this country on Memorial Day Weekend.  Thank You.







*photos courtesy of William Stelzer


News from Trunk Bay

Blue Flags & Free Senior Passes 

After over a year of planning, Blue Flags finally fly over four of our unique beaches across the Virgin Islands. Our very own Trunk Bay is the first Blue Flag designated beach in any US National Park! The Blue Flag program is an environmental award given to beaches and marinas making a special effort to implement sound management with respect to the local environment and nature, while also providing users with information on local environmental issues. In order to attain Blue Flag status, beaches and marinas have to comply with a number of strict criteria concerning environmental information and education, environmental management, safety and service facilities, and water quality.

Read more: News from Trunk Bay


Eco-Camps a Success!

Friends sponsored Summer Eco-Camps were a massive success this year! 127 Virgin Islands youth attended one of six camps during July and the beginning of August. Thank you to all our sponsors who made this possible: Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Lana Vento Charitable Trust, Disney Cruise Line, R&I Patton Goldsmithing, Anne Spychala Family Charitable Foundation, Starboard Investments, Glacial Energy VI, International Capital & Management Company, Rotary Club of St. John, VI-EPSCoR and the National Science Foundation.

Stay tuned for the Summer issue of Tidings, our newsletter, for a recap of all the fun!



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