The author of half a dozen books about St. John is having a problem.
Gerald Singer says the National Park Service is stiffing him and won't sell the latest version of his St John Beach Guide. A resident of the island since 1969, he first published the book in 1994.
The self proclaimed “world;’s foremost authority on St. John’s beaches” immediately ran into a roadblock getting the Park to sell the book. The problem: it had photos a pen-and-ink-drawing of a young lady sunbathing, apparently topless (the picture was from the back), and there was an image of two donkeys in a field.
At the time, the Park Service was trying to discourage nude sunbathing at Salomon Beach. And the Service was trying to cull the free-range donkeys who can eat a lot of vegetation. Those issues were resolved and the books went on sale.
But his latest revision, updated last year, is still not on the shelves at the Park building. He submitted the book for approval to be sold. “In January, it will be three years since I made that first request and the book still has not been approved,” Singer complained on his blog. He’s been told the process has not been completed. Previously it took about a month.