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July 13, 2012 2:20 am  

In the interest of keeping everyone informed, here are the latest St. Croix Chamber of Commerce Member Announcements. For more info go to stxchamber.org.

Water & Adventure Park on St. Croix?

The Committee on Economic Development, Technology and Agriculture has invited the Chamber to testify on Bill 29-0291: an act authorizing the Public Finance Authority of the Government of the Virgin Islands to solicit proposals for the development of a water and adventure park on St. Croix on Monday, July 16th, 2012.

Click here for view the invitation and bill 29-0291

http://www.stxchamber.org/Resources/Documents/29-0291%20Water%20Park.pdf?utm_source=St+Croix+Chamber+List&utm_campaign=2ecbcc1540-july+5+digest&utm_medium=email

Click here to view the video of the proposed park

Given that the committee meeting is this coming Monday, I would appreciate it if you could take a moment and give us your thoughts on the bill. Please email your feedback to info@stxchamber.org.

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July 13, 2012 11:11 am  

Well I guess someone is listening 😎


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Alana33
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July 13, 2012 11:43 am  

As long as they do not allow it in a residentially zoned location, I am all for it.


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July 13, 2012 12:35 pm  

Sounds like a boondoggle.
Not enough tourists and most of them are older, -not your waterpark types.
Fix up the beaches.


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Jamison
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July 13, 2012 12:42 pm  

I love the waterpark idea and think locals would flock to it.

I think it'd be important to do it as green and self sustaining as possible. 100% is possible.


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July 13, 2012 12:51 pm  

Good idea if the government wasn't going broke! Waste of taxpayers money when so many other things need to be addressed.
Wages for teachers and police, WAPA, roads, and etc.


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July 13, 2012 1:29 pm  

I agree with Terry. Too much risk for questionable benefit. And I would certainly want to know where they're gonna put it!!


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July 14, 2012 12:27 pm  

I can't believe they are trying to breath new life into this old dog.

That video has been making the rounds for years.

Maybe the guys who were gonna run build and run the sports complex can manage this too.

Neil has it right...BOONDOGGLE!


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sheiba
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July 14, 2012 2:10 pm  

Have to agree with Jamison. Locals would flock to it. And it could attract tourists with families looking for activities for children. Its a hugely successfull business in charleston, south carolina, a beach town area attracting locals and vacationers. They ended up building three water parks within 15 miles of each other.
I like the idea. Ithink it could work, but yes definately keep it eco friendly and energy effficeint.


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July 14, 2012 2:58 pm  

Locals would flock to it? Checked the unemployment statistics lately? Spiked to 14% on STX in May. Locals are invading the Human Services SNAP offices just to keep food on the table and there's nothing to indicate that anything is going to improve any time soon. I don't think locals are going to pay an entrance fee to a water park when they can't even buy a loaf of bread without thinking twice.

As for tourists, maybe check the continuing decline in numbers of tourist arrivals too both by air and sea, as well as their spending habits. As the economic crunch continues unabated, people just don't have the expendable income they had several years ago. There used to be many people who visited the islands two and three times a year but those are very few and far between now. This just isn't a sustainable proposition right now. But I had a good laugh watching the video and the narrator would be the ideal candidate to sell that bridge in Brooklyn. 😀


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July 14, 2012 3:53 pm  

Yes and if they did build it, Chuckie would demand that "born here" people should get in free.:@)


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July 14, 2012 3:57 pm  

Yes and if they did build it, Chuckie would demand that "born here" people should get in free.:@)

And if her demands weren't met she'd file another lawsuit on behalf of (and paid for by) the taxpayers .. 😀


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Jamison
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July 14, 2012 6:12 pm  

If it was affordable, locals woul absolutely flock to it. There is still money to be spent on occasion by people. I think this would be a good one. It may not run over the entire summer, but most of the year, it would do well. Especially in the winter, when the water park water woul be warmer than the ocean. I think there are ways to do an affordable ecobuild too. Private investors is the way to go I think.


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July 14, 2012 6:34 pm  

i would hope the infrastructure would be taken care of before they put money into something that could strain an already broken infrastructure.


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July 14, 2012 7:33 pm  

Private investors is the way to go I think.

Some of us have a different slant on that between things that happened way before you came to live here (WAPA/Southern Energy, the windmills project, the Michael Jackson group proposal, a couple of casino deals, etc..) with more recent striking examples being Alpine, and the proposed sports complex. Private investors obviously want a healthy return on their investment and I agree that the current economy on particularly STX isn't likely to appeal to any private investors where this sort of a project is concerned because the base figures just don't support a viable and legitimate return. Nothing wrong at all with being optimistic where the future is concerned but that future is rather far distant. Whatever little money is available right now needs to be directed towards our basic infrastructure woes and not wasted on researching (and many $$$s) such as tourist attractions when there just isn't the traffic to support them.


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July 14, 2012 8:18 pm  

I don't want to get into the do or don't debate but I wanted to add. Most water parks have 2 different prices, the local price is obtained by showing local ID, making it more doable for the less fortunate.


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July 14, 2012 8:29 pm  

i think most poor people will just go to the beach except maybe for a birthday or something like that. it would be fun but i do not think the island is ready for it yet


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July 15, 2012 12:17 am  

I would suppose the feasibility study would determine if there was a viable market. But as long as they plan on a "swim with dolphins" feature, no support from our household.


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July 15, 2012 12:51 am  

I would suppose the feasibility study would determine if there was a viable market. But as long as they plan on a "swim with dolphins" feature, no support from our household.

I concur whole heartedly.


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July 15, 2012 1:37 am  

the local price is obtained by showing local ID, making it more doable for the less fortunate.

I am not sure the people who live in the VI consider ourselves "less fortunate" - On the other hand I also don't think the waterpark idea would attract more tourists to the island on any measurable scale.
Old Tart - you didn't mention Beal Aerospace and the wonderful plan to assemble and launch rockets into space from STX - that was a really interesting one!


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July 15, 2012 6:57 am  

the local price is obtained by showing local ID, making it more doable for the less fortunate.

I am not sure the people who live in the VI consider ourselves "less fortunate" - On the other hand I also don't think the waterpark idea would attract more tourists to the island on any measurable scale.
Old Tart - you didn't mention Beal Aerospace and the wonderful plan to assemble and launch rockets into space from STX - that was a really interesting one!

Also forgotten is the privately run Coral World....
Families want something to do. A water park doesn't need to be giant or expensive. A couple wet slides, A "lazy river", a cool playground fountian for the little ones. A fun fantasy pool. Offer free/discounted swimming lessons for local children from 8am to 10am over the summer. Make money and give back.

I remember when mini-golf first openned at Sugar Bay. My kids would go one night a week. Crazy fun for school aged kids.


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July 15, 2012 10:42 am  

Old Tart - you didn't mention Beal Aerospace and the wonderful plan to assemble and launch rockets into space from STX - that was a really interesting one!

I knew I must have missed a few! 😀


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Jamison
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July 15, 2012 1:19 pm  

Private investors is the way to go I think.

Some of us have a different slant on that between things that happened way before you came to live here (WAPA/Southern Energy, the windmills project, the Michael Jackson group proposal, a couple of casino deals, etc..) with more recent striking examples being Alpine, and the proposed sports complex. Private investors obviously want a healthy return on their investment and I agree that the current economy on particularly STX isn't likely to appeal to any private investors where this sort of a project is concerned because the base figures just don't support a viable and legitimate return. Nothing wrong at all with being optimistic where the future is concerned but that future is rather far distant. Whatever little money is available right now needs to be directed towards our basic infrastructure woes and not wasted on researching (and many $$$s) such as tourist attractions when there just isn't the traffic to support them.

I know I'm very yet and I've heard the low down on the USVI being the "red headed step child" for crazy scammers trying to steal some bucks. I do wonder how much of at least a few of those isn't local politics complicating things though.

As far as the water park, I can imagine it being a good thing still. Doesn't have to be a six flags park or even Dorney. But if it started small, with an ability to grow, I think it could work. I grew up down the street from Sesame Place amusement park. The first couple years, the biggest attractions were 2 large slides and a rope net climbing thing. As a kid it was awesome. Now, it even has a small roller coaster and a load of crazy water slides. I think it's the kind of thing that could eventually be an attraction, but in the early stages, primarily a local attraction. Especially in the winter, when it's too cold to swim. Not to mention there are a lot of locals who have never learned to swim.


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July 17, 2012 10:38 pm  

Would a water park end up like ur coral world.?????


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July 18, 2012 12:28 am  

Coral World is very nice and is striving to make it a better attraction for all.
Maybe you should check it out before you comment considering you are not even in VI yet..


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