The decision by the National Park Service to add 21st century-looking lifeguard stands to Trunk Bay hasstirred controversy on and off island.
"Of course, blowing them up is a little strong, but I wouldn't mind if they blew away," said Capn Dan and Ruby on the Virgin Islands On-line Web site. While Iowaguy agreed, Xislandgirl took a more calm view, saying "We can dislike them all we want but if the Lifeguards, that are there to ensure the public's safety, are happy with them, then I am happy with them."
TropicAtHeart said, the new white stands "completely ruin the natural look of Trunk that many have enjoyed for decades."
Mark Hardgrove, superintendent of the Park, said the stands will be painted to make them blend in with the scenery, the St. John Source reported. Camouflage netting will also go over the stands. He told the Source the new stands give the lifeguards greater protection from the sun and they also store rescue equipment.
Bob Schlesinger of Tropical Focus provided this photo.