MAPP ANNOUNCES MAJOR FOUR-STAR HOTEL DEVELOPMENT FOR ST. CROIX; DISNEY’S ‘DESTINATION EXPERIENCE’ ASSESSMENT TO BE REVEALED IN FEBRUARY  

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Alana33
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I'll believe that when I see Mapp wearing Mickey Mouse ears.

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Posted : January 26, 2016 11:31 pm
monogram
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Just like he "met with Obama," right? 🙂

And was moving Guantanamo to the Hess site?

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I can rattle off the names of half a dozen people who were born and raised here, have excellent professional credentials and have tried unsuccessfully to come back and give back to the "their" community only to be shunned. If I as a mere "transplant" can come up with that number then I'm sure that number is infinitely greater.[/quote]

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Posted : January 27, 2016 1:30 am
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The group from Disney is allegedly offering their services at no charge. However, it seems realistic to assume that all their travel expenses, room and board and entertainment will be paid for by the government. No doubt Mr Mapp's minions will be scurrying around arranging first class travel, use of the limousine entourage and purchasing the appropriate multi-count sheets, dinnerware and Beluga caviar, etc in advance.

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Posted : January 27, 2016 11:10 am
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Aren't we still waiting for the Army Corp of Engineers to approve Williams and Punch? What about Golden Gaming's resort on the South Shore? Weren't these resorts in line ahead of Disney? I'm not holding my breath.

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Posted : January 27, 2016 11:18 am
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Disney.......the perfect partner for a Micky Mouse govenment

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Posted : January 27, 2016 1:06 pm
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Posted : January 27, 2016 3:25 pm
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Panem et Circenses

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Posted : January 27, 2016 3:27 pm
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Panem et Circenses

oldest tactic in the book 😉

“On January 22, 2015 I met with Mr. Karl Holtz, President of New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line at Government House St. Thomas. During our meeting I learned that Karl had long and historic ties to St. Croix.

“Out of my pleasant surprise of Karl’s Crucian ties; I asked him for help. Mr. Holtz graciously agreed to help St. Croix by lending a team of Disney professionals to look closely at what the visitor experience is on the island and what if anything we could do as a community to improve this experience. In addition, the Disney team would help us with an assessment of St. Croix as a cruise destination.

“On November 15th, we hosted a team of four Disney professionals and executives. The team met with government, private merchants, along with taxi and tour operators. The team members immersed themselves as cruise passengers and were able to get a full experience as day visitors to the island. The team’s presence and work with the community went very well. On November 17th, I hosted a closeout meeting at government house with the team and business community. The Disney team has promised a comprehensive written report to us by mid-February.

as I read that... Disney will tell us if it's feasible, not if they will develop (though I suppose they could).

so yeah... what a weird article.

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?

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Posted : January 27, 2016 7:52 pm
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I don't see the advantage with putting STX in a canabilistic relationship with STT fighting for cruise ships

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Posted : January 27, 2016 9:36 pm
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I really don't know much about the islands, but from my observations, wouldn't it be better to let STT do most of the cruise ships and let STX have the resorts? As busy as the Dominican is, why can't the VI's capitalize on the great weather, temps, water activities and put a focus on this. I've been to DR twice in the past 2 years and the resorts are packed. I know it's probably government mis-management, as we have here in NY. I live near Niagara Falls and the US side is a joke. They had greedy politicians, poor planning, the list goes on. You go over the bridge and Canada did it right, they are a destination when it comes to going to see the Falls, the American side is a consolation prize at best. Hope he does what he says, but that's more a wait and see.... and based on what I read, it will be a long wait.

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Posted : January 27, 2016 9:42 pm
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I really don't know much about the islands, but from my observations, wouldn't it be better to let STT do most of the cruise ships and let STX have the resorts? As busy as the Dominican is, why can't the VI's capitalize on the great weather, temps, water activities and put a focus on this. I've been to DR twice in the past 2 years and the resorts are packed. I know it's probably government mis-management, as we have here in NY. I live near Niagara Falls and the US side is a joke. They had greedy politicians, poor planning, the list goes on. You go over the bridge and Canada did it right, they are a destination when it comes to going to see the Falls, the American side is a consolation prize at best. Hope he does what he says, but that's more a wait and see.... and based on what I read, it will be a long wait.

DR is 225x bigger land mass. Can't even compare the two. In comparison Alaska is only 51x the size of Rhode Island.

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Posted : January 28, 2016 12:39 am
daveb722
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I wasn't thinking in the terms of 50 different resorts, but possibly 3-4 good sized resorts. This would help with the hotel tax, create 100's of jobs and get money back into the community.

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Posted : January 28, 2016 12:39 pm
caribstx
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We need a few new resorts on St. Croix, that's for sure.

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Posted : January 28, 2016 2:21 pm
daveb722
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I agree, it's a beautiful island and it's also easier for those from the states to go to. No passport needed, we can bring back more goods? Win-win for everyone.

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Posted : January 28, 2016 3:10 pm
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