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Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center

The National Park Visitor Center, in Cruz Bay, is the place to start your exploration of St. John. The exhibits presented will introduce you to the park's history, hiking trails, historical sites and local flora and fauna. Park rangers can help answer questions about trails and hikes. Brochures about the Park, maps and books are also available. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

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Thank you all for staying clear of the bay where vessels are being removed. For your safety and that of the crew please continue to stay clear of the bays where work is taking place.

Update on Vessel Removals
The Navy contractor and their vessels arrived in Princess Bay on Monday, August 13. The contractor removed 8 vessels on Tuesday, August 14. There are 12 vessels remaining to be removed.

The current plan is as follows:

On Wednesday, August 15, the contractor will continue to remove vessels from Princess Bay.
On Thursday, August 16, the barge and other vessels will transit to Borck Creek and remove vessels.
On Friday, August 17, they will move to Otter Creek to begin removing vessels between August 17 and Sunday, August 19.
On Monday, August 20, they transit to Water Creek and begin removing vessels between August 20 and Thursday, August 23.
They will then move to Mary Creek on Friday, August 24 and remove vessels there through Sunday, August 26.
The final stop will be Hassel Island where they will remove vessels on Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28.
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Thank you all for staying clear of the bay where vessels are being removed. For your safety and that of the crew please continue to stay clear of the bays where work is taking place.Update on Vessel Removals
The Navy contractor and their vessels arrived in Princess Bay on Monday, August 13. The contractor removed 8 vessels on Tuesday, August 14.  There are 12 vessels remaining to be removed.The current plan is as follows:On Wednesday, August 15, the contractor will continue to remove vessels from Princess Bay.
On Thursday, August 16, the barge and other vessels will transit to Borck Creek and remove vessels.
On Friday, August 17, they will move to Otter Creek to begin removing vessels between August 17 and Sunday, August 19.
On Monday, August 20, they transit to Water Creek and begin removing vessels between August 20 and Thursday, August 23.
They will then move to Mary Creek on Friday, August 24 and remove vessels there through Sunday, August 26.
The final stop will be Hassel Island where they will remove vessels on Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28.

Reminder:
We know that many people are interested in seeing what will be going on and we ask you to stay clear. Please do not motor in to watch the action. There will be barges, cranes and other equipment in use and we cannot ensure your safety.
Happening Now!
The long-awaited removal of vessels from Hurricane Hole began this morning in Princess Bay.
The current schedule has vessels being removed from Princess today and tomorrow, Wednesday, August 15th. On Thursday, August 16, they will begin removing vessels in Borck Creek. Between August 17 and August 19 they will be working in Otter Creek. The Water Creek removal will begin August 20th. All recovery vessels will then transit to Mary Creek and begin removal there on Friday, August 24th. Finally, they will move to Hassel Island to remove the remaining vessels.
Photo by Steve Black
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Reminder:
We know that many people are interested in seeing what will be going on and we ask you to stay clear. Please do not motor in to watch the action. There will be barges, cranes and other equipment in use and we cannot ensure your safety.
Happening Now!
The long-awaited removal of vessels from Hurricane Hole began this morning in Princess Bay.
The current schedule has vessels being removed from Princess today and tomorrow, Wednesday, August 15th. On Thursday,  August 16, they will begin removing vessels in Borck Creek. Between August 17 and August 19 they will be working in Otter Creek. The Water Creek removal will begin August 20th. All recovery vessels will then transit to Mary Creek and begin removal there on Friday, August 24th. Finally, they will move to Hassel Island to remove the remaining vessels.
Photo by Steve Black

 

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Breaks my heart! Such a loss of stories, homes and history!

Trying to see if i can even recognize any of these lost beauties

AR Mason

😫

So sad. What happens to the boats once they are removed?

My wife and I were there this past Sunday it was just heartbreaking. Our love and prayers go out to the people of coral Bay be strong ❤️

So sad some folks that was their dream home.

Lots of hard work!

I breathe in, I breathe out Got friends to call who let me talk about What ain't working, what's still hurtin' All the things I feel like cussing out Now and then I let it go I ride the waves I can't control I'm learning how to build a better boat...

Such a shame, sad.

My heart breaks for those that lost their home. Especially Leah Randall Hanson and Colin. 💕

❤️😢❤️😢

So many dreams. But you know there is so much life happening in the area. This just moves everyone forward.

So sad....we were there in June. It was hard not to cry.

I feel this post from the National Park lacks compassion for those who lost so much, including their boat homes. Did Resolve ask people to "stay clear"? I remember pictures of Colin on the barge trying to get the boat ready to float again.

This post is a public safety announcement. Don't project it is not helpful. This is a very difficult day for all those involved. Thoughts an prayers for everyone. I sure hope everyone has insurance that will help restore they're homes, means of transportation and their dreams.

Bob Lewis

Tifton Pace

Paula Hayes....more FYI.

Unbelievable.. And Amazing all at the same time. Follow No Shoes Radio on channel 57 satalite radio. Lot of donations through Kenny Chesney and Love for Love City. Planning trip back down in March 2020.

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Part of Paradise
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We make an annual trip to St. Thomas, and renting a car can greatly expand your horizons. This year (Week of April 18th) we decided to take the car ferry over to St. John, something we had not done before. The trip was interesting to say the least, with locals playing dominos on the deck and having some colorful discussions. After arriving in Cruz Bay, we decided to drive the entire island and make occaional stops. This island is truly paradise, with scenic stops, beautiful pristine beaches, and of course the curious donkeys on the roadsides. Driving ourselves allowed us to explore and enjoy on our own time, beautiful mountains and beautiful beaches. First stop, Hawksnest. While right along the main road, it had very nice accommodations with showers and restrooms. The water was crystal clear and there were no crowds. Next stop, Trunk Bay which is a National Park. In addition to very nice amenities, a great snorkel trail, and pristine beach, it also has an archealogy center and small museum with working members present to provide some of the history of the island. Lunch was at a little place called Skinney Legs, which was touted as having the best burger on the islands...and they were correct. Tie died shirts and other beach apparel, jewelry not found anywhere else, and a local feel that was one of the higlights of our trip. The trip also involved visiting the ruins at Denis Bay (it's a climb but well worth it), and the old sugar mill called Annaberg. We really didn't want to leave, but the ferry back to St. Thomas was our only way home. Oh well, we'll be back I'm sure many more times to explore more.

L
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