As most of you probably know, Coral Bay sustained an extreme amount of damage from last fall’s hurricanes. Since last September, the residents of Coral Bay have done a tremendous job of cleaning up their neighborhoods to the best of their ability, reopening their restaurants and shops, and welcoming tourists back into their small, tight-knit community. And they’ve done this with grace and with little-to-no complaints. But right now, they’re trying to voice their concerns about something important, but their voices aren’t being heard. This is where I think all of you can help…
For those of you who’ve driven through Coral Bay lately, you’ve likely noticed a rather large garbage pile across from the dumpster near Love City Mini Mart. What started as a small little pile has grown exponentially over the past few weeks. The pile is not only unsightly, but some say it also poses a health hazard.
So what’s with the pile? Well it seems as though residents were asked to leave their hurricane debris there, so it could be sorted and moved over to the ball field which has been acting as Coral Bay’s temporary dump. The problem, it seems, is that the contract for debris removal expired, which means that no one is attempting to remove the debris. So it continues to pile up.
When I drove by Tuesday afternoon, the debris stretched down the straightaway across from the dumpster and around the corner to Love City Mini Mart. Check out this video we shot from the Jeep which shows just how large this pile is.
So you may be wondering how you can help. Well, if you have a moment today, please consider making a quick phone call to one of our government agencies or representatives, or perhaps shoot one an email and ask them to clean up the garbage pile in Coral Bay. If you have a lot of free time, feel free to contact all of them. I think that if they hear from a lot of people, it may prompt them to take some action. It’s not fair for the residents and guests in Coral Bay to have to pass this mess on a daily basis. Here is a list of contacts:
VI Waste Management Authority
St. John Administrator Camille Paris
Senator-At-Large Brian Smith
Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett
Governor Kenneth Mapp
And on a happier note, the ball field is starting to look great! Lots of debris has been removed over the past several days, and much of the tree debris has been chipped. See for yourself!
I know many of you will make that call today or send that email, and for that, I thank you. We honestly can feel the love and support you have for us from many, many miles away. Thanks for loving our little island, and thanks for doing everything you can to help us move forward.