A majority of responses to Patrick Joseph being ordered to close his "mobile" food stand business at the Cruz Bay parking lot are supportive of the local entrepreneur. But a knee-jerk analysis of comments suggests non-residents are more sympathetic than and locals.
"The beauty of St. John is not only in the beaches and pristine water but the local St. John People and culture," said Mike. "It is unfortunate that the rich are overtaking the island saying it is their paradise. Leave Patrick alone."
An island business person, Lonnie, complained, however, that she heard "no one shouting to let the St. John Car Rental stay when we had been on Port Authority land for over 24 years and were told to leave." She continued, "I don’t think this argument should have been over whether he is an eyesore or not. he does not have a lease and when the PA tells you to leave, you leave."
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Another defender of Patrick, offered not to drive downtown. "Dockside Pub was considered an eyesore, too," said Gary. "That too was part of St.John and is now gone forever. If the parking is the issue, I would rather walk to town than have Patrick kicked out. There, I just freed up one of the spaces for him."