It’s been a while since we chatted about the proposed mega yacht marina in Coral Bay, but it’s still on the table, as unbelievable as that is.
For those of you who are rather new to the site, I will quickly catch you up to speed.
Back in 2014, the Summer’s End Group announced its plans to build a mega yacht marina in Coral Bay. Here are a few things they said about the proposed marina at the time…
“The Yacht Club at Summer’s End is the preeminent destination for mega and super yachts in the Caribbean. Now the rich and famous can escape the paparazzi and fish bowls of St. Barts and the Cote de Azure and disappear into the quiet and solitude of St. John…”
“Here Tommy Bahama meets the French Quarter of New Orleans architectural style sets the tone in a sexy, romantic refuge that is home to world class dining, fun and relaxation on St.John’s verdant, sleepy Coral Bay.”
“What is now the Coco Lobo shopping complex next to the Voyages building will be redesigned and renovated to support 6-8 high end outlet storefronts with names like Michael Kors, Polo, Tommy Hilfiger, Puma, Betsy Johnson, Armani Exchange, Coach, Hugo Boss, Yves Saint Laurent, Bebe, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, BCBG or Louis Vuitton to name a few.”
Did you all laugh out loud? Because I certainly did.
Above is a rendering of the proposed mega marina in Coral Bay. You all remember what Coral Bay looked like after the storms, right? Now imagine if this was there prior to the storms. Oh, and it looks like they are building new islands with their marina too. (Where’s the emoji for the person scratching their head??)
I think a small marina on St. John would be good. I do not think a mega yacht marina would be good at all, especially not in the area where this one is proposed.
Ok, so after this was all announced, a group called Save Coral Bay was created by David Silverman. David worked tirelessly to fight this proposed marina. Because of his work, thousands of letters were sent to the decision makers in opposition of this marina. In 2015, five federal agencies voiced strong objections to the proposed marina and the US Fish and Wildlife Service rescinded a federal grant that had previously been awarded to SEG. So at that point you would think that the people behind this marina would have gone away, right? Wrong.
When we were all trying to put our lives back together in the fall of 2017, the Summer’s End Group was working hard to get their marina approved. That right there shows their character.
Ok, so fast forward to today and why I am bringing this all up. David Silverman, of Save Coral Bay fame, recently learned that the governor signed a Coastal Zone Management Major Water Permit for the mega yacht marina. This undoubtedly moves their plan forward. David happens to be on the CZM board. Here is what he recently wrote on his Facebook page:
As many of you know, last year I was appointed to the St John Committee of the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Commission (CZM). In accepting that appointment I took an oath to uphold the laws of the Virgin Islands and to act on behalf of the people of St John in all matters dealing with Coastal Zone Management.
We have recently learned that in April of this year Governor Albert Bryan signed the CZM Major Water Permit for the Summer’s End Group mega yacht marina in Coral Bay. The next step is for this permit to be taken before the Virgin Islands Legislature. As a CZM member, I want to ensure that the residents of St John have the greatest possible opportunity to participate in any decisions being made by the Legislature on this marina permit.
Are you a resident of the Virgin Islands, or do you own property in the USVI? Do you want an opportunity to participate in the decision making process regarding the Summer’s End Group mega yacht marina in Coral Bay Harbor, St John? If so, then I encourage you to sign the petition below and add your name to the list of people who want to ensure that any decision regarding the permits for this project are made in a way that promotes public participation, as required by the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Act.
This is where you come in. If you are a full or part time resident of the island, or if you own property on the island (and I believe having a timeshare at the Westin or Grande Bay counts), David is asking that you sign the above-mentioned petition. You can do so by clicking this link.
And if you are not a resident but you would like to voice your opinion opposing this mega yacht marina, you can send an email to [email protected] to see how you can help.
Thanks all! We will keep you posted on this.