What's up at Coki Point?
I sent guests to Coral World and they decided they would have a swim at Coki before going into Coral World.
They said the minute they pulled up to park they were surrounded (swarmed) by men yelling and telling them where to park and how, etc..
It made them very uncomfortable so they left without even getting out of the car. Later, when they were telling an local about the incident, she told them not to go back there at all after 5 unless they wanted to buy drugs and that they'd probably get stabbed! Charming!
I thought that after all the money that has been invested in Coki that it has been cleaned up from undesirable elements.
In this economy, businesses cannot afford to lose customers yet this is exactly what happened at Coki Beach and to Coral World.
My guests also wondered about all the chickens they see roaming EVERYWHERE in St. Thomas and St. John and why here is so much trash on the roadsides, particularly in STT
Not much I can tell them when I wonder the same thing.
Anyone go to Coki Beach on a regular basis know what's going on there now that it has been upgraded and reopened to public?
Ah the chickens! Some find then inoffensive and charming, as do I. Others not so much. Trash is another matter and not charming at all.
I find them completely offensive, especially as there is one on the road below my property, at this very moment, squawking to beat the band for the last hour and a half. Anyone know where to buy a slingshot in STT?
Alana33, I've got a couple of slingshots and some straws and napkins for spitballs but should you not practice what you preach and have respect for all gods creatures?*-)
I really am an animal lover but must say that all the roaming chickens and roosters belong in an oven, not in your yard in residential neighborhoods where they can drive people insane.
I generally trap them (with my own trap that I purchased) and hand off to a farmer with a no fly/no escape pen.
They are then humanely treated instead of continuing to roam and become someone else's problem, searching for food, subject to disease and the occassional predator. There are times a slingshot would come in handy tho! Don't think spit balls will do in this case.
Bird flu epidemic just waiting to happen.
It's funny how the chicken subject took over your main question.
Coki is surrounded by the very poor. All the houses around Coki are the homes to the people that work their. They "own" Coki. It is also their place for play when the sun goes down. I do not recommend going there after hours unless of course you are trying to score some drugs.
The men "Yelling" were just trying to help keep an orderly parking area since there is no real parking lot. They also want to be the first to offer you rentals of chairs and snorkeling gear.
nice thread. failed island investments, animal abuse and where to buy drugs.
maybe we should sticky it at the top.
Sorry, yes we did manage to wander all over the place on this one.
We can start another thread just dedicated to chickens and roosters!
Thanks Zigmo for the follow up on original question.
I thought that due to the huge sums of money (hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars) that was poured into rehabilitating Coki with all the new improvements as well as a boardwalk for vendors and supposedly new security measures after that poor teenage tourist girl was shot in the crossfire of gang retailiation that our Government and our VIPD had cleaned up the area and made it safer for visitors and locals alike.
I cannot blame my visitors for not returning (and you couldn't have dragged them back, at that point) but they really missed out on a real treat by not going to Coral World. The vendors at Coki missed the boat on sales as well. There are signs directing people where to park
so having groups of shouting, black men, accosting hapless tourists in the parking lot before they even get out of the car is uncalled for
and unproductive for all. Hope VIPD will take note and nip this in the bud as it affects everyone there at Coki and Coral World trying to
make an honest living.