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Is The Buccaneer trying to keep locals off their beach?  

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mickeyg
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What is going on with the price hikes/ changes for locals to use the beach? Now you are charged $5.00 per person in the car for parking fees. Next you are charged $10.00 per chair. In addition you must wear a wristband, so they know you're local, and not once would they come around and take our drink orders, we had to walk to the bar each time.

To sum it up, it now costs each person $15.00 to sit on their beach.

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Beeski
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If someone is buying drinks, etc. I don't think they should be charged to sit in a chair. By purchasing a drink, the customer has purchased the right to reasonably use the bar's amenities (bathroom, chair, etc). Someone who brings their own drinks or is just loitering, then maybe.

This is another reason why we need more locally-owned large establishments. It is unlikely that a local would initiate such flagrantly anti-local policies.

The owners are more local than you are monogram.

The Buccaneer is one of the largest employers on St. Croix. All of their rooms are full every Christmas. They need all their chairs / restaurant tables for their guests this week. They usually take out an ad apologizing that they won't have room for non-guests during this week. We / you can enjoy the Buc the other 51 weeks of the year. Cut them some slack.

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islandjoan
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hey Scubadoo, there is no charge to park at Shoy's. You just tell the guard you are going to the beach and she lets you go.

I guess for the Buccaneer, there is no way for them to tell if you are going to eat at the restaurant, or go to the beach, unless you have beach gear in the car and they can see you are wearing a bathing suit.

It has irked me in the past that I would have to pay to use a beach chair, if indeed I was eating at the restaurant also. However like I said, I guess the guard at the gate has no way to know what you intend to do.

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mickeyg
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This is not because they are full for Christmas. We were charged these prices last month! Just today we went to drop off two people, not park, and were told there is a fee of $5.00 per person to use the beach. Chairs are $10.00 each regardless of how much money you spend.

Confirmed once again, it will cost each local $15.00 to sit in a chair on their beach.

In the past it was $4.00 per local to access the beach and chairs were free.

Shoys is free, no charge for anything.
I like the protest idea.

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OldTart
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Just today we went to drop off two people, not park, and were told there is a fee of $5.00 per person to use the beach. .

If that's the case, I believe that's in contravention of the open shoreline act. Any beachfront resort in the USVI is mandated by CZM to provide free public access to the beach through its property. Who was collecting this fee? Before staging any protest it would be wise to first confirm that this is indeed happening and then contact CZM for clarification and any action.

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mickeyg
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This was at the guard gate where you pay to enter. The guards confirmed it.

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