(Click on the photo at left for an aerial view of the land.)
The purchase by The Trust for Public Land does not include the Maho Bay Camps, but John Garrison, a field officer for the Trust, told the Virgin Islands Daily News preliminary discussions about a deal are underway.
The land has been purchased from the grandchildren of Harvey Monroe Marsh, who died in the 1960s. Since then, the Virgin Islands National Park, at least one private buyer, and the Trust have been trying to acquire the parcel. The Trust said it now owns seven of 11 shares while the Park owns three.
Each of the Marsh family heirs is retaining six acres and has the right to build two homes.
The Trust intends to give the land to the Park after it raises $35 million for this and other purchases. TPL said it will retain 18 acres, away from the beach, and sell the land for ‘limited development’ unless funds can be raised privately to help repay a loan covering the cost of the purchase. Information about the purchase and contributing can be found on the Trust’s Web site, TPL.org.