Re: Public meeting to be held by ACE to discuss Coral World's Dolphinarium Permit Application
We spoke and they heard us!
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Antilles Office will hold an informal public meeting to discuss the subject permit application for a nearshore dolphin exhibit enclosure project at Coral World Ocean Park, Coki Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The meeting will be held on September 25, 2014 at 6 p.m., at Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library, 4607 Tutu Park Mall, St. Thomas, USVI.
Get there early if you wish to sign up to testify as at the CZM Meeting in 2012 Coral World had ALL their employees come very early to sign up to testify so those in opposition were unable to do so prior to the end of the public hearing due to the lateness of the hour. CW has many employees, including ones that are against this ill-concieved project that cannot speak out for fear of losing their jobs.
CW deliberately stacked the deck so that any opposition would not have the time to speak out, publicly, against them.
Remember the ACE is not concerned with animal welfare issues nor the ethics of keeping Dolphins in captivity. Their concerns are strictly environmental and construction issues so do not veer off topic if you plan to speak.
Please attend to show support in opposition to permitting the dolphin enclosure even if you do not wish to speak!
Please Rally and attend as ACE does not often respond to requests for public hearings so let's not waste this last opportunity pass us by to stop the Dolphinarium project.
We Thank Fiona Stuart of Save Water Bay and VI Dolphin Voices for the keeping us informed and updates to the status of the ongoing permitting processes.
If you have not yet submitted a letter to ACE you can still do so until Sept. 30, 2014.
Please reference Coral World Dolphin Exhibit Enclosure
File: SAJ-1976-89037 (SP-EWG)
You can either email: Edgar.W.Garcia@usace.army.mil
or mail a letter to:
District Engineer, Antilles Permit Section
400 Fernandez Juncos Avenue
San Juan, PR 009
Thank you to ALL of you that have written letters.
Without you and your support in opposition, there would be no public hearing!
"The Humane Society International and the World Society for the Protection of Animals have stated that they believe that "the entire captive experience for marine mammals is so sterile and contrary to even the most basic elements of compassion and humanity that it should be rejected outright."
There will also be an Open House sponsored by ACE:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to attend the
Regulatory Division's 2014 Open House, "Strategies for Success."
Join our team, at a location near you, as we share program developments
and other topics of interest in your area and throughout our region.
Wednesday, September 3 | USVI
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library
4607 Tutu Park Mall, St. Thomas, VI
2014 Developments: Our team is looking forward to sharing information and answering your questions about mitigation, alternatives analysis, endangered species, indirect effects and more. To stay connected and get more information, visit http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory.
We're listening: If there is a specific topic or question you would like us to address, please let us know. You may email questions and recommendations to Shannon White at email@example.com
Admission is FREE and attendees are responsible for parking and their own lunch. If special assistance is required, please notify us no later than two weeks prior to the event you plan to attend.