This is what it looks like. A beige/white cloth wrapped around Cruz Bay Park which will be there from now until who-knows-when, although the government says renovation work will be done in June. The wrapping also covers the sidewalk on the street side of the park, prompting some people to wonder just how much chaos there can be when the ferries arrive Saturday with tourists and bags and taxis and greeters – and nowhere to walk. The government says police will be on hand to direct traffic and people.
There are a lot of people who think beginning work on the park now, in the middle of winter tourist season, is nuts. After all, the project to add landscaping, park benches and underground electrical for lighting has been talked about for years. Now, as businesses are recovering from two very soft years, the center of Cruz Bay is off limits.
The St. John Source reported that merchants have mixed feelings. The owner of Coral Bay Jewelers is quoted saying, "It's rude. There is no reason for it to happen now." The owner of JJ's Texas Coast Cafe says, "We're going to suffer." (Since her outdoor restaurant/bar borders the park and is now almost invisible, ya think she's right?) While the manager of the trinket-seller Captain's Corner says, "Short term pain for long term pain." (Wonder what the owner thinks.)
Anyway, the wall is there. What do you think? It's been years in coming, and now the work is underway. Given that, "It's the islands, Mon," let it continue? Or should the Governor tells Public Works to delay until summer. Leave your comment here. We'll send them to Government House.
In the meantime, this weekend, try this. Log on to StJohnSpicecam.com at about 20 past any hour, from Noon on, and watch the ferry dock. Betcha it's one mob scene after another, as people get backed up because there's nowhere for them to wait for friends, greeters, taxis, etc.