Rain blamed for Cruz Bay Park delay

Public Works officials are saying "recent and continuing rains" are to blame for delays in the Franklin Powell Sr. Park renovation, the Virgin Islands Daily News reported.

When the $200,000 venture broke ground last March, there were many on island who scoffed that it wouldn't be done by now and the conclusion of St. John Festival.

It isn't, as these photos from Bob Schlesinger of Tropical Focus show.

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Construction equipment and tarps, etc. are still in the park. They prevent anyone from sitting on benches and watching the world go by, as many people do when they sit a spell downtown.  And the weekend schedule of music and parades and so forth, along the waterfront, will be a different experience this year without the Park as a place from which to watch and participate.

"Construction continues and we're moving towards completion," Commissioner Darryl Smalls told the Daily News.

Ironically, this year's Festival Village is dedicated to and honors Ira Wade, the island's long time Public Works Commissioner.

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