Concern About Marina on Park Resources

Dear Friends,

Many of you may have already heard about plans to build a large marina in Coral Bay.  The proposed development is located across from the old Voyages restaurant and next to Island Blues. It includes a 145 slip marina that will accommodate vessels up to 210 feet, take up nearly 40% of Coral Bay Harbor, provide fueling and pump out services, and take over control of all moorings in Coral Bay. The land-based development phases include a number of high-end shopping and dining establishments, housing for staff, waste-water treatment facilities and a number of other facilities.

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.

However, we are most concerned about the environmental issues and the impact this development will have on nearby VI National Park lands and VI Coral Reef National Monument waters both at Hurricane Hole and to the south of St. John.  Adjacent Fortsberg lies within Virgin Islands National Park boundaries and Hurricane Hole and other park lands are less than a mile away as the gull flies and less than 1½ miles away by sea.

Read more: Concern About Marina on Park Resources

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!

Online Auction

Online Auction a Huge Success!

The online auction ended December 7th with raising more than $60,000 for our park!  This was up over $20,000 from the past two years, a tribute to community and donor support.  Thank you to all who bid on the auction - gift certificates and items are being mailed this week as credit cards are processed. 

Thank you to all our donors who gave 74 items including vacation stays, excursions, services, jewelry, art and much more.  All proceeds directly benefit programs that protect, preserve and educate within our National Park!



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



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