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Contact: Thomas Kelley, 340-693-8950 ext. 225
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF 2016 STORM REFUGE PERMITS FOR HURRICANE HOLE
ST. JOHN, USVI –Permit applications for mariners wishing to register their vessel for mooring in Hurricane Hole during the 2016 hurricane season are now available.
Vessel owners who were permitted to use a storm mooring in Hurricane Hole during 2015 and who wish to retain their storm mooring berth for the 2016 season may obtain an application at https://www.nps.gov/vicr/learn/management/hurricane-hole-storm-refuge.htm. Completed applications may be sent via e-mail (A drawing will be held for all open berths on June 4th, 2016, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the pavilion in front of the NPS Visitor Center in Cruz Bay.
Any vessel owner who was issued a temporary permit last year may contact the park if interested in retaining the storm mooring berth for which they were issued the temporary permit, in the event that the original permittee decides to relinquish the berth for another year.Should the original permittee elect to utilize that berth this year, the temporary permit holder would need to participate in the June 6th drawing to compete for open berths.
Note that if a vessel was sold or transferred during the past year, it is the vessel which retains the storm mooring berth and not the past owner.
Please review the user's guide at https://www.nps.gov/vicr/learn/management/hurricane-hole-storm-refuge.htm or contact Ms. Esther Francis at (340) 693-8950, ext. 232, should you have any questions.