Island Green Living’s Statement on Caneel Bay Competitive Bid St. John, USVI: July 27, 2021

”We applaud the National Park Service’s decision to open up the Caneel Bay lease for competitive bid. It serves the best interests of the St. John community and is something that Island Green Living Association has strongly advocated for. It is imperative that there be a comprehensive cleanup of environmental toxins and that an operator be found that will transform Caneel Bay into a sustainable eco-luxury resort that embodies the historic and cultural significance of the island, preserving ancestral heritage and ensuring fair wages and benefits to workers. It needs to give back to the community through increased public access to its beaches, historic sites and facilities while providing a one-of-a kind, authentic experience that is ‘off the grid’ and in harmony with nature for guests. And it should also offer such things as vocational training in tourism and agriculture, in cooperation with the University of the Virgin Islands.

“We have an incredible opportunity to make Caneel into a world class ecoluxury resort that will have a far greater financial and economic benefit to the territory than the present operation.

We thank the Secretary of the Interior, Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett and the Governor for helping convey St. Johnian’s message.”

Harith Wickrema
President, Island Green Living Association
St. John, USVI


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