OK, I slept on it last night. I think Patrick should be allowed to stay in the Cruz Bay parking lot, where he’s been almost 30 years.
Patrick is a part of St. John. Who has not told friends about this mobile van which never moves. Which soaks up valuable parking spaces. Which attracts people all hours of the afternoon and night, some of them even drinking beer (!). Find me a tourist who hasn’t taken a picture of Patrick’s. Sure, some people might say it’s an eye sore. But it’s the island’s eye sore.
You might say the same thing about the guy who wanders around town with a Heineken, while behind his back people say he owns lots of commercial land downtown. Or the guys slapping dominoes loudly and often violently on the bandstand. Or people spilling out of Woody’s onto the road.
Nope, none of this is neat and clean and tidy – like the people who have built McMansions might like to see. Such sights might not be what their visiting guests would find "acceptable." Boo hoo. They don;t like it, they can go to Miami Beach, with 24/7 a.c. and its oh-so-sanitary surroundings
Get over it. It’s St. John.
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