Sports Complex ... Speculation ???
IMO the proposed complex is ripe with speculation about future usage and sports tourism. If we build it ... they will come?
There are many positive aspects, but under the current financial situation that the territory is in, should we not use money for more "direct" beneficial purposes ... like energy and water Or some industrial development to take the place of Hovensa?
If this is such a great idea, then why isn't GlobeVest-VI bringing all the financing? That would be no different than the current proposal for 10 MWe of PV solar power where the developers bring their money, assume all the risk and WAPA pays them for the electric that is produced.
I agree, this idea for a large sports complex will not help the economy on our island of St. Croix. It would be a big ugly monster sitting next to a lovely little village!!!
I usually like our pro business Governor's proposals, but this is a very bad idea! We need to concentrate on eco./cultural tourist dollars...not a small group like sports tourists. We don't have enough money to focus on every type of tourist, so lets go after the ones that want to experience our unique island!!!
This is a great example of "putting the horse before the cart".....
We need to finish restoring Fredriksted before building such a huge complex. The harbor front looks lovely, but King Street is mostly a depressing, run down and a real eye sore...which sports tourists would travel along before arriving to the new complex!!! Ugggg!!!
The 20 to 30 million proposed spending by the government needs to be spent on restoring our very cute little cities and beautifying our wonderful island!!! AND hiring many more off island police...we all deserve to feel safe!!!
I agree with MGW. Here's a link to read. Here we go again--- another developer/company seeing the VI as "low hanging fruit" to pick clean. Several of the officers of this company are under investigation in the states and they took down their web site as to avoid public access.
Hey Gov DeJongh -- your gov't is broke!!! HELLO!! Spending a lot of VI money tor something other than fixing what's broke here is unbelievable.
Another absurd idea by our government. Let's see:
They fire nurses then hire nurses, WAPA is going sky high, nothing real is being done about our energy needs, our schools are pathetic, we can't get tax refunds, Hovensa is essentially gone causing people and friends to leave here in droves, we have too many Senators who make matters worse, murders go unsolved, roads tear up our cars, parts of our main towns look like they need a bulldozer, and on and on.
So, let's build a sports arena! That'll help everything!!
DeJongh, who graduated from high school at the age of 20, is not really pro business at all. He raised gross receipts taxes on us while he continues to hire clunkier with outrageous perks, hundreds of funkiest and then tries to blame the senators. Hundreds of his employees make more than the senators and he just recently had his salary doubled. We need to limit the number of exempt non classified hires this guy has. He is not very bright, faithful, and his Diageo rum deal has just set off a rum war that will bankrupt Crusan. I can't wait til the nightmare that he is is over.
Miss Justice - Since you joined our little group 2 months ago all you've posted about is Gov. DeJongh. How about a little background - which island, etc? From your limited posting is seems you have an agenda.
So true. She (if indeed that's her gender) simply goes on periodic rants, hurling out island gossip as truth and sounding remarkably like a few of our local senators who likewise rely on garbled rhetoric to garner votes.
Dejongh can't even keep school buses on the unpaved roads. Bad credit. Won't pay his bills. I understand. Two disastrous rum deals. Hired two many political appointees. And he is distracted by a federal investigation into bribery allegations. But no payments to the bus company for 4 months? A financial guru he is not!
While I think the people who plan to build this complex are crooked, and I think that the government doesn't need to spend the money, I do think that promoting our island as a sports destination is a sound one. We have a great soccer movement, we have good places for basketball tournaments, a perfect spot for beach volley ball(Sandy Point, Rainbow beach, F'sted beach), a bunch of kids that are excellent at track and field, a HUGE stadium in F'sted in need of repair, and an Olympic sized swimming pool - all here on St. Croix. All of those things could be used to promote sports within the island to off islanders. The government does have the money to build their own pool that could be leased out to a team to be managed and run as a top notch sporting facility but will NOT release the money for that. We could spruce up the gyms at Central and Complex to make it more attractive to traveling basketball teams. we already have the resources here, but we need to either spruce up them up, repair them, or market them. THEN we need to get people to run them that are not corrupt. Just my 2 cents.
Side note - there are at least 6 swim teams from across the Caribbean and mainland US that will be here in June for a championship swim meet. All they needed was an invitation, and they jumped at the chance to come.(over 150 swimmers will be competing) - talk about marketing opportunities!