For those who you who oppose the megamarina in Coral Bay, we have some great news for you today. The Army Corps of Engineers officials recently handed the developers a “near death blow,” according to a recent article printed in the St. John Tradewinds.
(Side note before we get into the details: The Tradewinds was recently sold to a few folks on island, and it’s quite good these days. So if you’re on island, please pick up a copy. It comes out every Monday and only costs $1.)
According to the Tradewinds article, the Army Corps asked the developers to respond to a list of 133 concerns within 30 days of receiving the notice. The developers subsequently asked for additional time. (No surprise there.) The Army Corps then stated that their application was “effectively being withdrawn until the applicant could respond to all 133 concerns,” the article stated.
And according to David Silverman of Save Coral Bay, the Army Corps’ notice also included 15,000 letters of opposition and a mere nine letters of support for the megamarina. So kudos to all of you who took the time to write.
Speaking of David Silverman, he is pretty badass – pardon the language but that’s the only way I could think of describing him this morning. As the head of Save Coral Bay, he was able to garner 15,000 letters of opposition during the first round of the Army Corps’ public comment period, 22,000 letters during the second round, 2,000 pages of formal comments from the Coral Bay Community Council and Save Coral Bay, and also 33 pages of legal analysis from their federal lawyers.
So what’s David Silverman’s take on the latest development?
“The way I interpret this action by ACOE to provide this extensive list of requirements is that it demonstrates that the community and federal agencies have wide ranging and serious concerns with the project,” David Silverman stated in this week’s issue of The Tradewinds. “These concerns are not frivolous; they are very, very real concerns because they do need a response. It is going to take a very substantial amount of time and investment for the applicant to respond to the extensive list of concerns. We believe that many of the concerns are unsurmountable which no amount of study is going to make go away, and the comments including two agencies that have specifically recommended denial of the project, all support this conclusion.”
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