MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. Your opinion can shape the future of Caneel Bay for years to come. Please read this article for more detailed information directly from NationalPark.gov. Fill out the short survey (Link below) to ensure your opinion is accounted for!
The public is invited to comment on the NPS preferred plan for 30 days beginning January 20, 2023. The comment period will be extended for an additional 15-days upon a timely request. Public participation in the redevelopment of Caneel Bay has been tremendous and helpful in refining the future plan for Caneel,” said Virgin Islands National Park Superintendent Nigel Fields. “The key elements of the environmental assessment are directly informed by the input we received and includes analysis of climate impacts, the historic district, Caneel’s floodplains and the desired visitor experience. We remain committed to keeping the public informed and welcome feedback on the NPS’ preferred action plan during this comment period.”
In line with these objectives, two alternatives are presented for the public to comment on, including:
- Alternative A – No-Action Alternative upon expiration of the RUE on September 30, 2023, the NPS would assume management responsibility of the Caneel Bay area and would not issue any permit, lease, or concession contract to reestablish overnight use or provide resort-style services. Any existing Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) would be allowed to continue to operate at the Caneel Bay area until the expiration date noted on the existing permit. The NPS would minimally restore the site to allow for safe access by visitors through existing roads and trails, including safe access to beaches. The NPS would not provide visitor services, including overnight lodging at the Caneel Bay area beaches under the no-action alternative.
- Alternative B – The NPS preferred alternative aims to balance enhanced public access, recreational opportunities, resource protection, and park operational efficiency while reestablishing an overnight experience on a portion of the original RUE. Alternative B also identifies two potential locations for future community spaces where residents, overnight guests, and Park visitors could more directly experience the local culture of St. John and the USVI.
Do you want the property redeveloped or simply cleaned up enough that we can enjoy the beaches? The National Park Service wants to know what you would like to see happen. All of our opinions matter and will be used to shape the future of the Caneel Bay Resort property. You can share your thoughts by filling out a quick form. Comment period closes Mar 6, 2023 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time .
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