Wow, now this is something we didn’t see coming. Apparently there are plans for a new marina in Cruz Bay. I have to be honest, I’m on a little vacay in the BVIs now, so I don’t know much. The following info was sent to us from Active St. John that details it all. Apparently it was sent via email to all owners at Grande Bay. Please note: This is NOT a Grande Bay-driven proposal. They simply were made aware of the proposal. Here are the details…
- A boardwalk will extend from some point between Gallows and the beginning of the graveyard and extend to in front of DRINK. Access would be from the lower garage entrance in Grande Bay across the road and past the wall. The existing palm trees will remain.
- The wires from Gallows to the Beach Bar would be placed in a conduit under the Boardwalk.
- A marina for Cruz Bay is planned. Currently there are approx. 40 boats on moorings in the bay (approx. 17 of which are being lived in) and the plan is for a marina to handle approx. 100 boat slips for boats up to 60′. There will be no refueling as it will remain over by the National Park dock. Water, sewer and electric are already available in the area. There are plans for a restaurant in the marina but only one story in height. There will be no loss of sight by owners of the 1st floor of the lower building. The ferry access will be the same as well as the access to the National Park building, the international ferry dock and customs will remain as they are.
- Included in the plans is to add a wall for the cemetery on the right side of the road going towards Gallows. In addition, a small covered area for services performed at the cemetery will be added.
- This process has a ways to go in terms of receiving the OK from the Virgin Island Senate, the Army Corps of Engineers and DPNR. It was stated that there will be a website containing renderings and drawing of the plans as things develop. There will certainly be public hearings and opportunities to provide input/objections about the proposed plans. Obtaining the permits will likely be the biggest challenge. Cleaning up the beach area in front of Grande Bay has always been an issue with current boat owners having to get from their boats to the shore and tying up to the palm trees or just leaving their kayaks, paddle boards and small dinghies anywhere they choose.
All I can say is wow. We will do some digging and will keep you all posted.