Island gift shop owner Susan Stair and former Sen. Robert O’Connor Jr. spoke in favor of approving plans for the Pond Bay resort project at Chocolate Hole during a Coastal Zone Management hearing.
O’Connor said that when plans were proposed for the Westin,
residents expressed concerns. "And this has been one of the best things
for St. John," he said.
Stair added, "This piece of property was
intended to be a resort, and most of the people who bought property
knew it was going to be a resort," the St. John Source reported.
However, Lisa Durgin, a villa home manager, opposed the Pond Bay project. She
said there is no need for more hotel rooms, since the island has more than 500
St. John does have parking and infrastructure problems that will be worsened by the
project, she added. "I ask you to protect the island from the rape and
pillage that has been allowed to happen in the last four and a half
years," Durgin added.
The developers for the project told CZM,
"We’re ready to go." The project will include at least 60
apartment/condos, a restaurant, spa/.fitness center, several tennis courts and