“What’s the point?” seemed to be the consensus about the security fencing installed at the Cruz Bay ferry dock. At a town meeting hosted, Iris Kern, a resident, said, “The gates are farcical. Seven feet over (down the beach), you can land a boat.” She made it clear that the Homeland Security-financed fencing didn’t make her feel more secure, the St. John Source reported.. While Alfredo Alejo, another resident, pointed out anyone can drive onto the barges to come across from St. Thomas. Del. Donna Christensen, who sponsored the meeting, agreed when Alejo said, “You can get a lot more stuff in the trunk of a car than a knapsack.” St. John Administrator Julien Harley also attended the session at the Legislature Building. He said the Port Authority is working on a longer-term security plan that may make dock security more reasonable and effective.
Art Frederick, in his first year as superintendent of the Virgin Islands National Park, is hoping to produce a plan for managing the Park through the year 2019. However, residents who attended a meeting about the Comprehensive Plan were more interested in complaining about there being only one road into Coral Bay, locals being passed over for top jobs in Park management, and a shortage of parking at the north shore beaches. About three dozen people attended the hearing at the John’s Folly Learning Institute, the St. John Source reported. It was one of three such planning meetings, on each island, Supt. Frederick is conducting. He invited additional comments about what the Park should consider in its preparation for the future, saying the public comment period is open until mid-August. There’s more information about the process on the Internet at http://www.nps.gov/sero/planning/viis_gmp/viis_info.htm
Gerald Singer reports the a grand new guardhouse at Caneel is completed, after several months of hammering, stone chipping, and construction. But he’s perplexed as to why it was built, replacing a more modest stone-faced kiosk at the entrance to the Virgin Islands resort.
When we saw it being built in February, the project appeared to have three different buildings, one of them looked big enough to be a guest room, maybe.
Anyway, Singer says the structure is done but wonders what was the need? When we showed some photos of the project in progress, one commenter may have hit the nail on the head when he suggested it was related to Homeland Security, like the silly black gates at the ferry. They certainly will protect you from terrorists coming to the island via the dock, but do nothing at all if you come by dinghy, on either side.
Singer's blog is St. John Life. Read it here.