Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Today I have an update on my absolute favorite beach in the world … Maho.
Well let’s start with the great news. 1. The National Park Service is moving west to east, so Maho is the next beach that they’ll be working to clean up. Yahoo! 2. Maho tested clean the other day, according to Darrell Echols, the acting superintendent for the Virgin Islands National Park. (Previously Maho was texting positive for bacteria.) Also great! 3. All of the beaches are expected to be reopened within the next month or so … fantastic news!
Now onto the not so great news…
The worst news coming out of Maho, in my opinion, is regarding the turtles. According to Darrell, all of the turtles that we loved seeing at Maho have left the area. That does not mean they will not be back, he stressed. It simply means they are currently displaced.
(12/6/17 update: People have seen turtles at Maho this week … yay!!)
Darrell told us that the pavilion and other structures that were severely damaged during Hurricane Irma will be removed soon. Plans to add new structures have not been completed at this time. They may add one pavilion, they made add two. They may move them to a different section of the beach. All of that is still being worked out. He also stated that the Park understands the popularity of Maho, and they plan to rebuild with that in mind. Thank you for that NPS!
Speaking of moving things, it’s a very good possibility, according to Darrell, that the road itself may be moved inward. The current proximity of the road to the bay is problematic, he said, because it can easily be damaged as we saw after Irma. He said moving the road would also lessen the need to do manmade manipulation of the beach, which would be a good thing. He also said it would be cheaper in the long run to move the road because it’s a very strong possibility that they will have to fix it again in the future should we get another strong storm.
For those of you who have driven past Maho, you may have noticed that a fair amount dead debris and vegetation has remained along the shore and roadway. That debris is now acting as a natural buffer which will stabilize the shoreline, Darrell said.
So all in all, we have some pretty good news about Maho. It will be open sooner than we expected, which is great. I’m sad that the turtles have found a new home temporarily, but I’m sure they’ll come back … Much like all of you will come back to Maho. Because honestly, who doesn’t want to be at Maho??!!
Have a great Sunday everyone!!