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Lolly
(@lolly)
Estimable Member

We left yesterday after a month long stay at Sapphire Beach and it looks as if we got out just in time ! I've been trying to find up-dates on the current situation , The Daily news hasn't up-dated their page yet , anyone know the latest ?

we think it is the most beautiful place to stay on the Island and it was fun talking to 1st timers who were already looking around at condos for their next visit....It is magical !!

more about our stay later , right now I' m just concerned about friends we have made there , who live there full time , some other friends there for another week and all the people who have reservations in the near future

this Dean Morehouse is such an evil person ! how much money and power do you need ? how can one person do so much to harm so many , and why is he so mean about it ? This is not just affecting the condo owners but many many other Islanders who make their living by supporting the facility....taxi drivers , day sail excursions out of the marina , the daily maintenance staff , the snack stand employees .

by shutting down the restrooms and parking lots he has made it difficult for all the Islanders to have access to the beach....he is just making more and more people angry and ruining their livelihood

if you have reservations coming up I suggest you contact your condo owner and I truly hope you get good news !

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Posted : March 26, 2014 1:05 pm
STT Resident
(@stt-resident)
Island Expert

That's quite a diatribe and one which I feel is unnecessary and uncalled for. If the "current situation" you're talking about is the issue of the sewage lines, the transfer mechanism has already been re-opened by court order and had no effect on either residents or vacationers staying there. Hearings on the matter are to take place in April.

As far as the parking is concerned, residents and island visitors have thus far had no problems finding parking spots. The closing of the bathroom has had no impact either. How many beaches on STT have you been to which actually have bathrooms on site for the use of beachgoers? Magens - permanent structures; Coki - pemanent structures, Lindqvist (Smith Bay Park) - portapotties with permanent structures to come as funding becomes available. None other that I know of.

The taxi tour buses are no longer bringing busloads of cruise ship visitors to the beach as there is no more dive shop to rent them snorkeling gear and chairs, Food and beverage outlets are there as they have been for a long time now and the pool bar is finally scheduled to be renovated and reopened after its many years of closure. Cruise ship visitors can still of course go to the beach as long as they have their own snorkel gear but the garbage they unfortunately left in their wake is right now a thing of the past and there aren't hordes of people stepping on the shallow coral reefs - maybe they'll stand a chance of recovering!

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Posted : March 26, 2014 3:18 pm
Alana33
(@alana33)
Prominent Member

Here's the latest:

Judge forces owner of Sapphire Beach property to reconnect condos to sewage treatment system

http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/judge-forces-owner-of-sapphire-beach-property-to-reconnect-condos-to-sewage-treatment-system-1.1657093

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Posted : March 27, 2014 12:23 am
Lolly
(@lolly)
Estimable Member

STT Morehouse turned off the sewage treatment plant and you think he is going to re-open the pool bar ? No way , he pulled all of the appliances out of the building and set them on the patio as an excuse to close that area off from an easy access to the pool , I'll bet that junk sits there for a long time .
it is nice that the cruise ship people aren't coming to the beach with all of their littering and ruining the coral .

re-parking , ask the day sailors and locals who gather on the beach on Sundays where they park ?

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Posted : March 27, 2014 3:04 pm
SapphireBeach08
(@sapphirebeach08)
Estimable Member

There is a new leasee for the pool bar. It has been vacant so long that the appliances and structure itself need to be replaced/refurbished. Work was temporarily halted by DPNR. I'm not sure if work has been restarted. That is why you saw the appliances sitting on the pool deck. Temporary inconvenience for long term gain.

The sewage situation has been resolved by court order.

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Posted : March 27, 2014 5:52 pm
STT Resident
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Island Expert

Yes, they're going through the permitting process to renovate the pool bar.

And the parking area which used to be reserved for the Budget rental operation has been recently opened up.

Way too many assumptions and predictions are being made by way too many onlookers.

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Posted : March 27, 2014 6:17 pm
kjudge
(@kjudge)
New Member

We just got back from an 11 day stay at Sapphire Beach and it was fabulous. No problems at all with sewerage and fortunately didn't even know about it. There were day visitors and a few cruisers who ventured out to the beach, which never made it feel busy. Sapphire beach is paradise. I miss my ocean view!

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Posted : April 16, 2014 3:07 pm
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