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Freedom City Surf and Grill closing in St. Croix?  

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mickeyg
(@mickeyg)
Eminent Member

I hope this is just a horrible rumor, but I heard DPNR fined them for the skateboard ramp and they will be closing?

I cannot find their website.

Does anyone know?

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Posted : November 25, 2016 5:33 pm
singlefin
(@singlefin)
Prominent Member

Surfing / Skating is not a crime!

Contact:
Surfrider Foundation,
local chapter,
might be worth a call,
rincon.surfrider.org

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Posted : November 25, 2016 7:53 pm
specialk
(@specialk)
Island Expert

They were fined for not having a permit for the skateboard ramp. And had to take it down.

A couple of months ago they were given 30 days notice to move out by the property owner. Rumor was they were way behind on their rent. And are trying to make arrangements to catch up.

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Posted : November 26, 2016 12:31 pm
Bigfacemoe
(@Bigfacemoe)
Eminent Member

They just posted on Facebook on Tuesday inviting people to come to movie night on Friday.

https://www.facebook.com/FreedomCitySurf/

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Posted : November 26, 2016 4:18 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
Noble Member

They were $25,000 in arrears on their gross receipts taxes too.

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Posted : November 28, 2016 11:47 am
stxem
(@stxem)
Prominent Member

I hope this is just a horrible rumor

They were fined for not having a permit for the skateboard ramp. And had to take it down.

A couple of months ago they were given 30 days notice to move out by the property owner. Rumor was they were way behind on their rent. And are trying to make arrangements to catch up.

They were $25,000 in arrears on their gross receipts taxes too.

I'm not that old, but maybe I'm getting crotchety as I age about the internet in general. Why spread gossip and rumor about people online? Why not think about what impact your words have on very real people, living very real lives and trying to make a living. We live in a small community--is it really necessary if you know this information to take jabs at a fellow small business? Is it really necessary to fuel/propagate rumors? What ever happened to talking to people in person? Perhaps go on down to Freedom City, buy a drink or meal from the owners and ASK them. Or ask a mutual friend. Or do anything besides spreading rumors on the internet where stuff doesn't every truly get deleted, gets misconstrued, etc...

How many people will just read this thread or see it turn up in the search engines and think "oh, freedom city is closed" and then don't go there. Every customer counts for a lot of small businesses.

Empathy people, empathy!!

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Posted : November 28, 2016 5:07 pm
LiquidFluoride
(@LiquidFluoride)
Noble Member

Perhaps go on down to Freedom City, buy a drink or meal from the owners and ASK them.

The food is pretty good, great suggestion!

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Posted : November 28, 2016 5:33 pm
rosesisland
(@rosesisland)
Island Expert

We stopped in there yesterday for drinks on our way home. Always a good view and good people there. Not one word about them closing was spoken.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 8:02 am
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
Noble Member

I hope this is just a horrible rumor

They were fined for not having a permit for the skateboard ramp. And had to take it down.

A couple of months ago they were given 30 days notice to move out by the property owner. Rumor was they were way behind on their rent. And are trying to make arrangements to catch up.

They were $25,000 in arrears on their gross receipts taxes too.

Why spread gossip and rumor about people online?!

It wasn't a rumor or gossip. I read that in The Avis in an article about the skateboard ramp debacle. Additionally, it was discussed on Holland Redfield's radio show. This information is in the public domain.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 11:02 am
Matt T
(@Matt_T)
Reputable Member

Big Up Freedom City!!!

Great people, great food, awesome vibes!!!

I hope they continue to be a landmark out West! We always enjoy stopping by.

The Coconut Cup SUP event is great for the island and they do a bang up job every year hosting the event. Mishka played at this years event and his performance was top notch and left a lasting impression on me!

I miss the skateboard ramp. I would love to start an initiative to have a public skate park built somewhere out west (or anywhere on island really). It would be a great option for youths for another activity to do on their free time. Skateboarding has crossed all cultural and racial boundaries and is a very healthy sport for kids. It is athletic, encourages creativity, and creates an atmosphere where people are having fun and pushing each other to do better tricks.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 11:40 am
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Petition your STX senators, Matt T.
They're always saying they're receptive to getting kids off the streets and wanting to promote after school activities and looking for activities for tourism.

If any schools have a wood working shop, they could make skateboards as a project or another entity such as My Brother's Workshop could provide them to begin with to get interest going.

The government has lots of property not being used.
I'd contact O'Reilly, Positive and Sanes to start.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 1:43 pm
CruzanIron
(@CruzanIron)
Noble Member

Petition your STX senators, Matt T.
They're always saying they're receptive to getting kids off the streets and wanting to promote after school activities and looking for activities for tourism.

If any schools have a wood working shop, they could make skateboards as a project or another entity such as My Brother's Workshop could provide them to begin with to get interest going.

The government has lots of property not being used.
I'd contact O'Reilly, Positive and Sanes to start.

Not going to happen, unfortunately. Getting insurance on a skate park or facility is damn near impossible, even when all users have to waive liability.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 1:54 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I hear you about the liability insurance issues but other places manage to overcome this problem. Granted, we are living in the VI.

I remember making my own skateboard when I was about 10.
A flat piece of wood and roller skate wheels. Lots of scrapes and bruises.
I was in PR at the time as my older sister was having a baby and spent the summer there. Smoother roads and playground areas there.
Had to give it up when we came home. Dirt driveway!

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Posted : November 29, 2016 2:29 pm
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

there is a great outdoor skate park in lake havasu city arizona , the town also has a dog park and a couple of other parks.

maybe someone who is so inclined could look into how they deal with the zoning, permitting , planning and insurance and implement something similar

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Posted : November 29, 2016 4:48 pm
vicanuck
(@vicanuck)
Noble Member

Not going to happen, unfortunately. Getting insurance on a skate park or facility is damn near impossible, even when all users have to waive liability.

The government is self insured and rarely ever pays claims. I think their maximum stated liability by law is $7,000...if you can get a judgement.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 4:50 pm
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