The U.S. Coast Guard has notified island boat captains they can no longer pick up tourists at the Westin’s beach, the National Park Service dock or the dock at "The Creek" for day sails to Jost Van Dyke and Tortola.
The letter reminded the Captains to use authorized "secure" facilities to pick up and discharge passengers. On St. John, those are the Enighed marine terminal (the car barge dock), the dock at the Westin, the dock at Caneel Bay and the London Boynes Marine Facility. The letter appears to be a reminder that Captains should pick up charter passengers only from the authorized docks and not the beaches.
"This is happening because the National Park and Port Authority docks are no longer secured for Homeland Security," the blog’s author wrote. "They dropped the security. Without these docks being secured the St. John tourists cannot take these excursions to the BVI’s."
Gorgeous photo of Jost van Dyke, from St. John, by Steven House via Flickr.