New U.S. sponsored Caribbean security plan
There are 43 National Guard engineers on island for a training exercise at the moment. Could be them you saw.
I hear they are Army national guard engineers here to demolish the old Salt River hotel on the point on Judith Fancy.
I thought that's supposed to be done by someone under contract to the Nat'l Park Service, since it's on NPS property.
The NG is partnering with the NPS for the hotel demolition phase of the project and the DOD has contributed $1.9m to make it happen. The NG is contracting some aspects of the project, like equipment rental, to local contractors. For the NG it is a training exercise and for the NPS it saves money. Win-win! (Happy Guardsmen and Women staying at Carambola for lots of $$$= win-win-win!)
With all of the things that need to be done it seems a waste to spend 1.9M tearing down that structure.
The story is in today's Avis. Wisconsin and VI National Guards cleaning up Salt River area.
Maybe they'd be better used managing the cleanup of oily beaches on our Gulf Coast...
Unfortunately, you are talking about apples and oranges.
Or maybe mangos and papayas...