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(@stt-resident)
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One of St Thomas's biggest tourist attractions, Mountain Top, was destroyed by fire last night.

www.onepaper.com/stthomasvi/?v=d&i=&s=News:Local&p=1223618647

 
Posted : May 19, 2009 7:13 am
(@sherri)
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We are shocked and very sad about this. Very sad news.

 
Posted : May 19, 2009 8:08 am
(@connie)
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I'm really saddened by this too. On every trip we always drove up to hang out for a bit.

Who owns Mountaintop and do you think they will rebuild?

 
Posted : May 19, 2009 8:25 am
(@sapphirebeach08)
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How very sad

 
Posted : May 19, 2009 8:29 am
(@billd)
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was it totally destroyed?

billd

 
Posted : May 19, 2009 10:40 am
(@margy-z)
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This is terrible. In this economy I am so very sorry for the employees and the owners.

Here's the story with pictures:

http://www.stthomasblog.com/

 
Posted : May 19, 2009 12:46 pm
(@bassman)
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We were there less than 3 weeks ago. It's hard to believe.

 
Posted : May 19, 2009 2:27 pm
(@on-island-time)
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What a shock.

 
Posted : May 22, 2009 10:44 pm
(@notahippie)
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🙁

Part of my falling in love with the USVI process was from Mountaintop. I am truly saddened by the loss.

 
Posted : June 2, 2009 10:54 am
(@billd)
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any word on what caused the fire?

billd

 
Posted : June 2, 2009 1:28 pm
(@stt-resident)
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I haven't seen anything in the media yet.

 
Posted : June 2, 2009 1:49 pm
(@billd)
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makes one wonder!

 
Posted : June 2, 2009 3:28 pm
(@bobcside)
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notahippie, Ditto for me. I will always remember my first visit and the first time I sucked in that view. It was an enchanted moment for sure. Moments later we were on the Beach at Magens in that amazing turquoise water. .It was all over but the crying. Been back every year since. Very nice photo, by the way..

 
Posted : June 3, 2009 12:08 pm
(@tiger123)
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There should be a camera set up to capture the faces of people when they see that view for the first time!!! Wouldn't that be priceless. I know my face was in ahhh.

 
Posted : June 3, 2009 6:56 pm
(@billd)
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I will remember the brass knockers. And of course the old guy sitting there.

billd

 
Posted : June 3, 2009 9:50 pm
(@exit-zero)
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The building that burned was fairly new - it was built after Hugo took away the original MT Top which had little, if any retail space under the roof but a lot of vendors in the parking lot on cruise ship days - so I guess it can get built again if they want to have more retail stores.

 
Posted : June 3, 2009 11:28 pm
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i HOPE IT IS REBUILT BUT UNDER THESE ECONOMIC TIME i DOUBT IT. I AM ASSUMING THAT IT WAS INSURED. WE WILL SEE.

BILLD

 
Posted : June 4, 2009 8:42 am
(@sherri)
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I thought it was rebuilt after Hurricane Marilyn? or was that is was rebuilt again?
Gosh, it truly is a sad thing. I hope it is rebuilt, but my intuition tells me it won't be. Keep your fingers crossed! (tu)

 
Posted : June 4, 2009 9:55 am
(@beach-bride)
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My hubby and I are very saddened to hear about this. We were there 2 years ago on our first anniversary trip and had a nice chat with the bartender while having our banana daquiris. We did some shopping afterwards and had a great time. I'm so sorry this happened.

 
Posted : June 4, 2009 10:23 am
(@exit-zero)
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Sherri - I certainly may have my hurricanes wrong - they were both so destructive I may have mixed it up - I do remember the old Mt. Top as having very little retail inside and this one that recently burned was filled with little shops - the view has always been stunning and the Banana Daquiris touted as "World Famous' and it was always on the must do list to stop there when taking visitors out for an island ride around.

It is hard to guess if the value of the real estate will justify commercial development again or if it will be another condo site - so many stores on island are suffering with this current economy that for sure until retail turns around it is a toss-up about which strategy will be taken. It isn't like condos are flying off the shelf either!
Being zoned commercial in such an unique location it would not surprise me if it is just put up For Sale once the area is cleared.

 
Posted : June 4, 2009 10:25 am
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