Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! We’ve made it halfway through the week … yay! So the folks who run Caneel Bay have revved up their public relations strategy over the past week or so, and to be honest, we don’t really know what to make of it. Here’s what we know…
As we told you earlier this month, cleanup has finally started at Caneel. Click here to read all about that. I continue to see workers there everyday, which is great.
Caneel Bay sent a letter last week to past guests. The letter states that Congresswoman Plaskett plans to reintroduce the Caneel Bill, which is one of the greatest sweetheart deals in modern history. If she reintroduces the exact Bill, it essentially says that the investment group will pay next to no taxes or rent for longer than yours truly will be alive, longer than most of you will be alive. It’s ridiculous. Fortunately, as of today, the Bill has not been reintroduced. And if it does get reintroduced, let’s hope that Plaskett actually starts listening to her constituents.
Here is a portion of the letter. I’m purposefully choosing not to share all of their propaganda.
According to one of the workers on site, they are being tasked with cleanup so the investment group that runs Caneel can reopen 28 rooms and one restaurant. They are doing so in order to sell their “lease” which is really a retained use agreement. I am not sure how truthful that is, but I know many of us would like to see new owners come in, owners that actually care about the community and its residents.
Speaking of residents, kudos to this one who attended Plaskett’s meeting at the senior center earlier this week:
Caneel began posting pictures of the cleanup on its Facebook page too. When asked about a timeline or the resort’s future plans, Caneel has not responded. So it will send out propaganda, but it won’t engage in a conversation with its guests. Interesting…
It’s important to see Caneel reopen. But it’s also important that the Virgin Islands National Park and the community of St John benefit from its reopening more so than the deep pockets of an investment group from Connecticut.
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