Point Udall (STX)
This could be old news for some but...
A few weeks ago I heard the road to Point Udall had been paved. Not patched but "paved".
Yesterday we took a drive out there and wow! The entire stretch of road from Cramer Park to and including the Pt Udall parking area is all brand new asphalt. When we got to the Point we saw the most cars we've ever seen there at one time. Five! During the course of them leaving three more cars pulled in. All this in about a 30 minute span. A flurry of activity - from my experience anyway.
I often wondered how many visitors driving out to Point Udall changed their minds and turned around when they encountered the road in it's previous condition. I'd wonder what they thought of our department of tourism and how they could advertise Point Udall as an attraction but not take care of the road that leads there.
I understand the funds for the paving job came from a Federal grant. Regardless, kudos to the Territory for the improvement!
*golf clap* I'm glad they repaved too.
Plenty of tourists made it to Pt Udall before the Millennium and returned with an adventure under their belts. Somehow, decrepit paving conveys neglect whereas the lunar landscape of a dirt road that preceded it for decades was a tantalizing invitation.
Out of Respect for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard, and We the people, We must make sure that the Flag is Flown Properly at All times, (Day and Night). If it can not be maintained properly than it shouldn't be flown at all, Which is another form of respect for those who fought , defended, and pledge allegiance to it.
Who is going to hoist the Flag every day and take it down. If it Going to be up all night who is going to pay to light the Flag. These are questions Neil. We need more police, more school supplies for starters and we are talking about a Flag, by an azimuth sun dial that has nothing to do with the people or Veterans of the island and their needs. Maybe you can put together a group that can buy the weather resistant flags and volunteers to maintain it 365 days that way you wouldn't have to pay WAPA to light the Flag at night..*-)
For a stationary Flag Displayed on a Building, Pole, or Staff, it is customary to Fly the Flag from sunrise to sunset. The Flag is only permitted to fly at night if it is properly "illuminated." This means that the flag has a dedicated light "spotlighting" directly on the flag.
A street light or a well lit area will not proivde enough light, and doesn't meet the requirements for dedicated spotlighting.
The lights are powered by a solar panel/energy storage system not WAPA. It's located below the wall facing East End Bay. But that could be just for show. Time will tell if there was actually a secret no-bid contract given to a relative of an elected official to bury a line from Cramer's Park to Udall that nobody knows about yet. (long-winded sentence, I know)
WAPA is the utility Company that supplies Power and Water to the Islands (Virgin Island Water and Power Authority). WAPA is owned by the USVI Govt and has a lot of problems collecting monies due to them by various Govt Agencies as well as getting ripped off by some customers Big and small. The rates are high and continue upward.:-X
Maybe they can put up a flag that works like a roller furling head-sail. The flag could be rolled up at night and unrolled during the day. You could add an anemometer and roll the flag up when the wind gets too strong to avoid damage to the flag.
An easy task for a microprocessor and electric motor, and cheap.