Several St. John business people have formed a corporation called Love City Marina. They hope to create a new Virgin Islands marina at Enighed Pond, the commercial port which is used by the island's car ferries.
St. John resident Steve Black announced his intention during this week's Town Meeting about development options for the Cruz Bay waterfront.
In a prepared statement, Black pointed out that, "There is not one place on St. John, where a boater can come in, tie up, to have a meal at a restaurant, do shopping, or do provisioning for their boat," he asked. "St. John offers no services for boaters and this must change."
"While the BVI’s have become successful, we have become known for our neglect of boaters. Our island’s businesses get nothing from boaters, the Port Authority gets no fees for their coffers, and an entire economy is lost to somewhere else. Why should St. John be the only island in the Caribbean without a marina?" He added, "We have some engineers and architects to further design this
Block's testimony included submission of a number of artists conceptual drawings and sketches of the possibilities for Cruz Bay development. You can see them here (courtesy of Black).
Black offered no further details about prospects for a marina, but he had lots of other ideas including:
- Dedicating the the Customs Parking Lot to ferry pick up and drop off use.
- Creating sidewalks on both sides of the road from Nature's Nook to Mongoose.
- Developing a Vendors Village at Enighed Pond to include markets for fish, meat, and vegetables
- Building an amphitheater that could be used for special events and the St. John Festival/Carnival.
- Read Steve Black's prepared statement. Click here.