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Environmental Contamination Investigation at Caneel Bay Resort

Information on public meetings can be found on the September 2022 Caneel Bay Environmental Investigation Flyer.

In the mid-1950s, Laurance Rockefeller established Caneel Bay Resort as an early model of ecotourist luxury accommodations to highlight the natural beauty of St. John with low-impact facilities. Within the boundaries of the resort are culturally significant ruins and archaeological sites, which span time from the archaic period through European colonialism and post-colonial emancipation. Several building and landscapes within the resort reference these eras.

Caneel Bay Resort has long been a large vacation resort with approximately 100 buildings and structures used for lodging, food services, recreation, docks, marinas, and maintenance services located on the northwestern shore of the island of St. John. This property consists of approximately 150 acres and is located approximately 1 mile northeast of the town of Cruz Bay.

Over the years, the resort used petroleum products in vehicles and other chemicals for cleaning and maintenance, as well as pesticides, as part of general operations of the resort. In addition, the resort has a wastewater treatment plant, and for a period of time, the treatment sludge was reportedly disposed in an on-site landfill southwest of the resort buildings. As a result, there is now a need to investigate and address environmental concerns at three areas within the Caneel Bay Resort. Together, these three areas comprise approximately 8 acres.

Between February 11 and February 25, 2021, the NPS conducted on-site sampling as part of an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) at the Caneel Bay Resort. NPS used the data collected during the field sampling to characterize the nature and extent of possible contamination at the site and evaluate potential risks to human health and the environment resulting from such contamination. Based on this data, NPS has developed and evaluated removal action alternatives. These alternatives, including NPS’s recommended alternative, are described in detail in the EE/CA Report.

Between November 2021 and January 2022, NPS conducted additional on-site sampling to support the EE/CA Addendum Report. The EE/CA Addendum Report specifically addresses the data gaps identified in the 2021 EE/CA Report.

NPS is conducting this work pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 9601, et seq. and its implementing regulations under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 C.F.R. Part 300. The NPS values and encourages public participation and invites members of the public to submit comments on the EE/CA Addendum report during the public comment period. For more information and to provide comment, please visit

The teal blue water of Scott Beach gently laps onto to the white sand at Scott Beach. Several moored catamarans are pictured beneath a blue sky with puffy white clouds.
The teal blue water of Scott Beach with St. Thomas on the horizon.

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A map of Alternative "A" for the redevelopment of Caneel Bay. Alternative A includes two price tiers of overnight accommodations, an NPS maintenance facility, and interpretative zone.

The NPS preliminary proposed action, Alternative A, aims to balance enhanced public access, recreational opportunities, resource protection, and Park operational efficiency while reestablishing an overnight experience at the resort that considers the Caneel Bay Resort legacy. The resort area would be designated for the resort and its operations through a commercial services agreement with a developer/operator selected through a competitive process. The interpretive zone would provide visitors an opportunity to engage with the NPS, supported by partnerships with the local community. Within this zone, the NPS would provide a space for an organization to design, fund, construct, maintain and manage a community space such as an amphitheater, museum, or cultural center. Honeymoon and Hawksnest Beaches would be available for public use. Each area would have opportunities for added visitor services such as food, beverage, water sports rental, and public facilities such as restrooms and showers. The NPS would provide a mid-range overnight experience at Hawksnest Beach, separate from the resort.
A map of Alternative "B" for redevelopment of Caneel Bay Resort. Alternative B depicts a single pricing tier for overnight accommodations, public access to Honeymoon Beach, and a potential NPS maintenance facility.

Alternative B offers a similar management approach to Alternative A, except the area for the resort would be expanded, as shown in Figure 3, and the mid-range overnight experience and public access at Hawksnest Beach is removed. The resort developer/ operator would be responsible for the management of Hawksnest Beach area, including the Hawksnest Beach cottages, and access to the site would be provided through the resort in lieu of a new road maintained by the NPS. The NPS would provide for public access to Honeymoon Beach from North Shore Road to Solomons Bay Road, as described in Alternative A. The NPS may construct a new maintenance area as described in Alternative A, and the existing NPS maintenance facility would be repurposed as a transportation hub.
Alternative "C" for redevelopment of Caneel Bay. Alternative "C" depicts a single luxury resort with full control of access to the Caneel Property and Honeymoon Beach.

In Alternative C, the resort zone would be similar to that of the historic boundaries of the RUE and would include all resort zone elements identifed in Alternative A. The NPS maintenance facility and new transportation hub would be separate from the Caneel Bay redevelopment and, therefore, not included in Alternative C. Some day-use access may be provided as negotiated with the NPS and the developer/operator. No mid-range overnight experience would be provided at Hawksnest Beach. The NPS would not provide interpretation of cultural resources near the Sugar Mill ruins, and this site would be part of the resort. The NPS would not provide a community space at the Caneel Bay area.

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0:00:02.500,0:00:05.970 Session regarding the future of Kannil Bay.

0:00:05.970,0:00:08.280 My name is Ben West and I'll

0:00:08.280,0:00:12.290 be serving tonight as the

0:00:12.290,0:00:14.070 moderator for the for the event.

0:00:14.070,0:00:15.780 I work for the National Park Service

0:00:15.780,0:00:19.060 out of our regional office in Atlanta,

0:00:19.060,0:00:21.770 GA and I am responsible for assisting

0:00:21.770,0:00:25.019 parks with their long term planning needs,

0:00:25.019,0:00:26.080 such as what we're going to be talking

0:00:26.080,0:00:28.960 about tonight and before we get started,

0:00:28.960,0:00:30.800 I'd like to go over the agenda,

0:00:30.800,0:00:33.320 which hopefully you can see on your screens.

0:00:33.320,0:00:34.640 For the evening and then cover

0:00:34.640,0:00:37.520 some aspects of the teams platform

0:00:37.520,0:00:38.650 that will be using tonight,

0:00:38.650,0:00:39.960 so hopefully you were able

0:00:39.960,0:00:41.610 to see things on the agenda.

0:00:41.610,0:00:42.610 So I'm going to.

0:00:42.610,0:00:43.910 I'm going to just say a couple of words.

0:00:43.910,0:00:44.910 Then I'm going to pass it

0:00:44.910,0:00:46.399 to the Park Superintendent,

0:00:46.399,0:00:47.750 the Park Superintendent for Virgin

0:00:47.750,0:00:50.520 Islands National Park, Nigel Fields.

0:00:50.520,0:00:51.520 After I'm done,

0:00:51.520,0:00:52.860 he's going to provide an overview and

0:00:52.860,0:00:55.199 update of activities that can heal Bay and

0:00:55.199,0:00:57.920 objectives for the meeting this evening.

0:00:57.920,0:00:59.470 Then I'm going to do a brief introduction

0:00:59.470,0:01:01.740 of how we're going to be moving to small

0:01:01.740,0:01:04.140 groups were going to be breaking up.

0:01:04.140,0:01:05.140 In the interest of trying to

0:01:05.140,0:01:07.250 get the most interaction tonight

0:01:07.250,0:01:09.820 into smaller group discussions,

0:01:09.820,0:01:11.840 we will then have hopefully the

0:01:11.840,0:01:13.970 most amount of time in our small

0:01:13.970,0:01:16.290 groups to work through some things.

0:01:16.290,0:01:17.960 Some questions with with you all.

0:01:17.960,0:01:19.750 Then we will come back to the main

0:01:19.750,0:01:23.310 group around 7:00 o'clock to do a report

0:01:23.310,0:01:24.920 out of some of the key things that

0:01:24.920,0:01:27.480 we discussed in those small groups.

0:01:27.480,0:01:28.549 And then Nigel will close this

0:01:28.549,0:01:32.250 out and talk about next steps.

0:01:32.250,0:01:34.020 So that is the agenda for the evening.

0:01:34.020,0:01:36.700 You can see the rough time frames for.

0:01:36.700,0:01:37.850 How we anticipate,

0:01:37.850,0:01:40.570 hopefully moving through it.

0:01:40.570,0:01:43.930 I I'm gonna just quickly do a brief

0:01:43.930,0:01:47.180 orientation to Microsoft Teams.

0:01:47.180,0:01:48.320 You'll notice some features might

0:01:48.320,0:01:49.380 be disabled,

0:01:49.380,0:01:52.369 like even my my video is delayed

0:01:52.369,0:01:54.450 because you know the videos and the

0:01:54.450,0:01:56.880 audio sometimes just doesn't work well.

0:01:56.880,0:01:58.360 So we have some things disabled,

0:01:58.360,0:02:00.810 but everything will be returned.

0:02:00.810,0:02:02.149 So you can turn on your microphones

0:02:02.149,0:02:04.700 and engage with this fully as soon

0:02:04.700,0:02:05.920 as we're done with this particular

0:02:05.920,0:02:07.479 session and we're going to be using

0:02:07.479,0:02:11.430 these virtual small groups as a way to.

0:02:11.430,0:02:12.810 Provide the discussion to get feedback

0:02:12.810,0:02:14.599 from as many folks as possible,

0:02:14.599,0:02:15.810 as opposed to just having you all

0:02:15.810,0:02:20.040 in in one particular session.

0:02:20.040,0:02:21.780 The things you will see on the screen,

0:02:21.780,0:02:22.780 let me just quickly do the

0:02:22.780,0:02:25.060 controls of the top right as your

0:02:25.060,0:02:27.540 main control panel for teams,

0:02:27.540,0:02:28.840 so this is where you will spend most

0:02:28.840,0:02:30.310 of the time playing around with the

0:02:30.310,0:02:33.920 interface for the meeting tonight.

0:02:33.920,0:02:35.230 One of the most important ones is

0:02:35.230,0:02:36.670 some of you have your cameras on.

0:02:36.670,0:02:37.700 Some of you don't.

0:02:37.700,0:02:38.950 It's totally up to you,

0:02:38.950,0:02:40.480 but the little camera icon is how

0:02:40.480,0:02:42.590 you turn on and off your camera.

0:02:42.590,0:02:44.920 Of course, we'd love to see you when

0:02:44.920,0:02:46.120 we get to the point of interacting

0:02:46.120,0:02:47.670 and having conversations with you.

0:02:47.670,0:02:48.760 You're welcome to turn your camera

0:02:48.760,0:02:51.300 on and off button right next

0:02:51.300,0:02:53.130 to it is the mute button.

0:02:53.130,0:02:54.130 Right now it's disabled,

0:02:54.130,0:02:55.130 but eventually you'll be able

0:02:55.130,0:02:56.800 to turn on and off your your

0:02:56.800,0:03:00.569 microphone and speak with us using

0:03:00.569,0:03:03.959 the audio portions of the meeting.

0:03:03.959,0:03:04.959 If you are interested who

0:03:04.959,0:03:06.630 is with us this evening,

0:03:06.630,0:03:08.010 you can click on the participants

0:03:08.010,0:03:10.700 icon there in in the first one in

0:03:10.700,0:03:12.080 the top and you can see the list

0:03:12.080,0:03:14.190 of all the people you'll see,

0:03:14.190,0:03:15.190 phone numbers.

0:03:15.190,0:03:16.330 Some people may not have Internet

0:03:16.330,0:03:18.510 connections and have to call in via phone.

0:03:18.510,0:03:20.730 So thank you all for being with

0:03:20.730,0:03:23.060 us folks that are on the phone.

0:03:23.060,0:03:25.659 And and we're sorry,

0:03:25.659,0:03:26.830 perhaps you had trouble getting access

0:03:26.830,0:03:29.790 via the virtual platform on the Internet,

0:03:29.790,0:03:31.640 but hopefully even on the phone

0:03:31.640,0:03:32.910 we will be able to engage you in

0:03:32.910,0:03:34.590 ways that you can share your your

0:03:34.590,0:03:36.820 thoughts and an concerns or issues

0:03:36.820,0:03:38.640 you might have about Camille.

0:03:38.640,0:03:41.140 I already mentioned the three little

0:03:41.140,0:03:43.150 dots may give you some insight

0:03:43.150,0:03:45.840 as to some additional options

0:03:45.840,0:03:47.950 in the in the interface.

0:03:47.950,0:03:50.090 The device settings if you're having trouble

0:03:50.090,0:03:52.320 with your camera or your microphone.

0:03:52.320,0:03:53.320 Sometimes those three dots you can

0:03:53.320,0:03:55.319 get into the device settings and

0:03:55.319,0:03:59.530 improve the performance using that.

0:03:59.530,0:04:02.129 If you'd like to turn on closed captions,

0:04:02.129,0:04:04.290 you can click on the the CC

0:04:04.290,0:04:06.170 and turn on the live captions.

0:04:06.170,0:04:07.840 It'll run right across the bottom of

0:04:07.840,0:04:10.069 the screen just like closed captioning

0:04:10.069,0:04:15.440 would on the on any TV broadcast.

0:04:15.440,0:04:16.620 And then if you if you need

0:04:16.620,0:04:18.370 to leave for some reason,

0:04:18.370,0:04:20.900 obviously the big telephone with the

0:04:20.900,0:04:22.550 red button leaves is what you would

0:04:22.550,0:04:24.590 Click to to leave the meeting and and

0:04:24.590,0:04:26.550 by leaving you don't close the meeting,

0:04:26.550,0:04:27.550 you just leave,

0:04:27.550,0:04:28.550 obviously yourself and their

0:04:28.550,0:04:29.550 meeting keeps going.

0:04:29.550,0:04:32.000 But if you need to leave then then that's

0:04:32.000,0:04:34.900 that's what that's how you would do that.

0:04:34.900,0:04:35.900 So now I'm going to pass

0:04:35.900,0:04:36.900 it to Superintendent.

0:04:36.900,0:04:37.930 I have a great honor of

0:04:37.930,0:04:39.500 introducing Nigel Fields.

0:04:39.500,0:04:40.500 Is the Superintendent for the

0:04:40.500,0:04:43.150 Virgin Islands National Park Nigel.

0:04:43.150,0:04:44.460 Please take it away.

0:04:44.460,0:04:45.900 Hey, thank you Ben.

0:04:45.900,0:04:47.199 And good evening everyone,

0:04:47.199,0:04:49.380 it is fantastic to see this level of

0:04:49.380,0:04:51.750 interest tonight on a Thursday evening

0:04:51.750,0:04:53.890 in the midst of a global pandemic.

0:04:53.890,0:04:54.890 And Speaking of which,

0:04:54.890,0:04:55.890 I want to give a great shout

0:04:55.890,0:04:57.440 out to the Virgin Islands for

0:04:57.440,0:04:58.560 achieving the lowest

0:04:58.560,0:05:00.940 cobett positive ITI rate that we've seen

0:05:00.940,0:05:02.590 since the beginning of the pandemic.

0:05:02.590,0:05:04.180 I think all of you for your

0:05:04.180,0:05:05.770 role in keeping us safe.

0:05:05.770,0:05:06.870 I also want to take a moment to

0:05:06.870,0:05:08.620 shout out to the Virgin Islands

0:05:08.620,0:05:10.570 National Park staff for continuing

0:05:10.570,0:05:13.830 to achieve our goal of zero percent.

0:05:13.830,0:05:17.440 0% transmission of covid in the workplace

0:05:17.440,0:05:19.740 you've been prevented with our practices.

0:05:19.740,0:05:20.890 You've been volunteering to get

0:05:20.890,0:05:22.930 vaccinations and protect yourselves

0:05:22.930,0:05:24.450 and your families and our visitors.

0:05:24.450,0:05:26.120 And I thank you.

0:05:26.120,0:05:28.020 I also want to acknowledge that I think

0:05:28.020,0:05:30.730 that this third time appears to be the charm.

0:05:30.730,0:05:33.690 We set out two other times in the last

0:05:33.690,0:05:36.160 year and a half to have this meeting.

0:05:36.160,0:05:37.729 So now we're here and I think all of

0:05:37.729,0:05:39.180 you for working through all of the

0:05:39.180,0:05:41.630 technology issues and finding a way

0:05:41.630,0:05:44.690 for us to be together this evening.

0:05:44.690,0:05:46.500 The National Park Service is seeking

0:05:46.500,0:05:48.669 community input and we want your

0:05:48.669,0:05:51.150 vision for the future of Camille Bay.

0:05:51.150,0:05:52.150 In particular,

0:05:52.150,0:05:53.500 we aim to hear from Saint Joan

0:05:53.500,0:05:55.639 IANS in Virgin Islanders.

0:05:55.639,0:05:57.310 Because of the specificity of

0:05:57.310,0:05:59.710 your insight and your experience.

0:05:59.710,0:06:02.539 We are keenly aware that the decisions

0:06:02.539,0:06:04.300 at the Park Service makes regarding

0:06:04.300,0:06:06.460 the future of Caneel Bay will shape

0:06:06.460,0:06:08.860 aspects of life on Saint John well beyond

0:06:08.860,0:06:12.199 just the domains of tourism and hospitality.

0:06:12.199,0:06:13.490 So while there are many complicated

0:06:13.490,0:06:15.100 features of Camille Bay and there's

0:06:15.100,0:06:17.259 lots of work for us to do ahead,

0:06:17.259,0:06:18.419 Simply put,

0:06:18.419,0:06:19.419 we need to hear from you

0:06:19.419,0:06:21.169 because you're you are key.

0:06:21.169,0:06:24.670 Part of our success and we need to make

0:06:24.670,0:06:27.069 sure the weekend work together toward the

0:06:27.069,0:06:31.370 future of Camille Bay and of Saint John.

0:06:31.370,0:06:32.990 Next slide, please.

0:06:32.990,0:06:35.160 This evening we have about 15

0:06:35.160,0:06:37.160 or so Park Service staff who are

0:06:37.160,0:06:39.539 participating in this virtual meeting.

0:06:39.539,0:06:40.690 In addition to those that are

0:06:40.690,0:06:41.690 here with us this evening,

0:06:41.690,0:06:42.940 we have a broader,

0:06:42.940,0:06:44.389 interdisciplinary team of

0:06:44.389,0:06:45.510 National Park Service.

0:06:45.510,0:06:46.590 Staff were very interested to

0:06:46.590,0:06:48.520 know your thoughts on Camille.

0:06:48.520,0:06:50.660 The team members are from Saint John, St.

0:06:50.660,0:06:51.660 Thomas, St.

0:06:51.660,0:06:53.380 Croix, but also Tennessee,

0:06:53.380,0:06:55.060 Colorado, Georgia,

0:06:55.060,0:06:57.350 Maryland in Washington DC.

0:06:57.350,0:06:58.980 To tackle the range of issues and

0:06:58.980,0:07:01.380 the opportunities with Camille Bay.

0:07:01.380,0:07:04.319 Our team has decades of collective

0:07:04.319,0:07:06.660 experience in the fields of Commercial

0:07:06.660,0:07:10.349 Services such as leasing and concessions,

0:07:10.349,0:07:13.030 environmental health and environmental law.

0:07:13.030,0:07:14.550 Cultural resource management in

0:07:14.550,0:07:17.760 historic preservation, sustainability,

0:07:17.760,0:07:19.389 design and construction,

0:07:19.389,0:07:22.290 community and recreational planning,

0:07:22.290,0:07:23.300 environmental compliance and

0:07:23.300,0:07:25.310 natural resource protection.

0:07:25.310,0:07:26.310 Collectively,

0:07:26.310,0:07:27.979 we're in regular communication and

0:07:27.979,0:07:30.539 were in direct alignment as we advance

0:07:30.539,0:07:32.330 the Secretary's priorities to achieve

0:07:32.330,0:07:33.730 what's best for the Park Service

0:07:33.730,0:07:37.040 and what's best for saying John.

0:07:37.040,0:07:38.319 Next line please.

0:07:38.319,0:07:40.440 So regarding those priorities,

0:07:40.440,0:07:41.970 the Department of Interior Secretary

0:07:41.970,0:07:43.830 Deb Haaland is clear and consistent

0:07:43.830,0:07:45.419 in her expectations about policies

0:07:45.419,0:07:46.419 and practices.

0:07:46.419,0:07:48.580 Are our priorities fundamentally set?

0:07:48.580,0:07:49.580 The direction through which we're

0:07:49.580,0:07:50.990 going to work and approach can

0:07:50.990,0:07:53.330 obey promoting environmental

0:07:53.330,0:07:55.560 innovation in clean energy,

0:07:55.560,0:07:57.289 establishing a new generation of

0:07:57.289,0:07:59.080 Americans to conserve and restore

0:07:59.080,0:08:02.099 public lands in public waters.

0:08:02.099,0:08:03.570 Working closely at every level of

0:08:03.570,0:08:05.270 government and also with the private

0:08:05.270,0:08:08.520 sector to promote conservation.

0:08:08.520,0:08:10.319 Advancing environmental equity and

0:08:10.319,0:08:13.270 environmental justice engaging diverse

0:08:13.270,0:08:15.419 stakeholders leveraging the range

0:08:15.419,0:08:16.889 of our voices and the strengths of

0:08:16.889,0:08:19.250 our networks so that we may work

0:08:19.250,0:08:22.900 towards meeting these priority goals.

0:08:22.900,0:08:25.129 Next slide, please.

0:08:25.129,0:08:28.199 There may be many of you on the

0:08:28.199,0:08:31.000 phone or calling in a virtually with

0:08:31.000,0:08:33.729 us who've lived this experience,

0:08:33.729,0:08:35.459 so please forgive my brevity.

0:08:35.459,0:08:36.560 Our goal is not to provide

0:08:36.560,0:08:37.950 an exhaustive lesson,

0:08:37.950,0:08:40.229 but to rather set the stage for

0:08:40.229,0:08:41.919 why we here and set the stage

0:08:41.919,0:08:43.680 for your small group discussions.

0:08:43.680,0:08:46.980 So in short, the 150 acre Kannil Bay

0:08:46.980,0:08:49.470 State was donated to the Park Service

0:08:49.470,0:08:52.620 from Jackson Hole, preserved in 1983.

0:08:52.620,0:08:54.899 The donation was subject to a retain.

0:08:54.899,0:08:57.649 Mr. State indenture agreement.

0:08:57.649,0:09:00.850 Generally refer to it as an RUE or the roof.

0:09:00.850,0:09:02.420 The roof, for the most part,

0:09:02.420,0:09:03.650 operates fairly independently

0:09:03.650,0:09:05.020 at the National Park Service.

0:09:05.020,0:09:06.519 However, the Roux is set to

0:09:06.519,0:09:10.120 expire September 30th, 2023.

0:09:10.120,0:09:11.839 After September 2023,

0:09:11.839,0:09:13.490 the property converts to being

0:09:13.490,0:09:16.600 managed by the National Park Service.

0:09:16.600,0:09:18.110 Anticipating this expiration date,

0:09:18.110,0:09:21.300 Congress passed Public Law 11216 in 2010.

0:09:21.300,0:09:23.940 The law is relevant.

0:09:23.940,0:09:25.480 It allows the Park Service to

0:09:25.480,0:09:27.100 determine whether our best interest

0:09:27.100,0:09:28.380 is to establish a long term

0:09:28.380,0:09:30.500 lease non competitively with the

0:09:30.500,0:09:32.960 rue Holder was currently cbia.

0:09:32.960,0:09:35.300 Guess this probably probably meant to

0:09:35.300,0:09:36.500 make sure that there was a seamless

0:09:36.500,0:09:39.020 continuity of operations for the resort.

0:09:39.020,0:09:40.020 There were stipulations that

0:09:40.020,0:09:42.620 were included with the law.

0:09:42.620,0:09:45.890 Not limited to making sure that MPs,

0:09:45.890,0:09:47.470 leasing policies and practices

0:09:47.470,0:09:49.170 are followed and maintaining the

0:09:49.170,0:09:51.050 original footprint of the resort.

0:09:51.050,0:09:54.270 And there are other stipulations as well.

0:09:54.270,0:09:55.620 Subsequent to the Park Service

0:09:55.620,0:09:57.190 subsequently to the establishment,

0:09:57.190,0:10:00.220 the law, the Park Service launched and in.

0:10:00.220,0:10:01.279 Weir mental assessment.

0:10:01.279,0:10:02.600 As required by the National

0:10:02.600,0:10:04.410 Environmental Protection Act.

0:10:04.410,0:10:06.420 The process back then included

0:10:06.420,0:10:08.050 drafting a historic district

0:10:08.050,0:10:10.130 nomination in consideration of the

0:10:10.130,0:10:13.600 many historic structures on the site.

0:10:13.600,0:10:14.780 It also included a routine

0:10:14.780,0:10:16.829 environmental site assessment.

0:10:16.829,0:10:18.220 The site assessment revealed that

0:10:18.220,0:10:19.420 there were some concerns that

0:10:19.420,0:10:22.070 warranted further investigation.

0:10:22.070,0:10:27.040 Next slide, please.

0:10:27.040,0:10:28.040 The environmental assessment was

0:10:28.040,0:10:30.860 wrapping up back in two thirty 2013,

0:10:30.860,0:10:32.250 and they recommended the transition

0:10:32.250,0:10:34.930 of the RUE to a long term lease.

0:10:34.930,0:10:38.201 However, in 2014 the Level 2 site

0:10:38.201,0:10:40.760 assessment as well as the 2017

0:10:40.760,0:10:42.250 Removal Site Evaluation report,

0:10:42.250,0:10:43.640 they both pointed towards some

0:10:43.640,0:10:44.980 environmental concerns that

0:10:44.980,0:10:46.420 needed to be addressed before

0:10:46.420,0:10:52.980 negotiations could be finalized.

0:10:52.980,0:10:58.520 Next song.

0:10:58.520,0:10:59.520 Hurricanes Irma and Maria

0:10:59.520,0:11:00.970 clearly had an impact.

0:11:00.970,0:11:02.630 We're now moving toward the 4th

0:11:02.630,0:11:04.510 year since hurricanes Irma Maria

0:11:04.510,0:11:06.100 and there is much work to be done

0:11:06.100,0:11:08.230 with Anthony by implementing a path

0:11:08.230,0:11:10.180 forward for a long term solution.

0:11:10.180,0:11:12.960 Yet we have full view of the starts

0:11:12.960,0:11:16.779 and stops with the preceding 11 years.

0:11:16.779,0:11:17.779 It's important to note that

0:11:17.779,0:11:19.140 we're not starting from scratch.

0:11:19.140,0:11:20.550 The National Park Service continues

0:11:20.550,0:11:22.399 to negotiate with Cbia under the

0:11:22.399,0:11:25.120 authority of our existing legislation.

0:11:25.120,0:11:26.420 With such a large effort ahead

0:11:26.420,0:11:27.800 of us now post arms,

0:11:27.800,0:11:30.150 it is important that we have community input.

0:11:30.150,0:11:32.550 As we move forward.

0:11:32.550,0:11:35.920 Next line.

0:11:35.920,0:11:38.269 Thank you in our short time here.

0:11:38.269,0:11:40.089 I've heard many of you describe

0:11:40.089,0:11:42.269 to me your love of Saint John,

0:11:42.269,0:11:44.340 its history, and the culture.

0:11:44.340,0:11:46.519 Here I've learned of the shockwave

0:11:46.519,0:11:48.380 of freedom and the residents across

0:11:48.380,0:11:50.910 the New world from the 1733 slave

0:11:50.910,0:11:52.460 revolt and the significance of

0:11:52.460,0:11:55.149 Caneel Bay as a part of that story,

0:11:55.149,0:11:56.839 I've held artifacts that provide

0:11:56.839,0:11:58.820 evidence of the movement and settlement

0:11:58.820,0:12:02.510 of indigenous peoples on Saint John.

0:12:02.510,0:12:03.829 And the importance of young people

0:12:03.829,0:12:05.589 learning of these histories and these

0:12:05.589,0:12:08.089 regional and international linkages.

0:12:08.089,0:12:10.760 3000 years of human history in a

0:12:10.760,0:12:12.899 space that continues to beckon

0:12:12.899,0:12:16.959 to all and to inspire.

0:12:16.959,0:12:22.459 Next line.

0:12:22.459,0:12:24.240 The future of Kannil Bay is not

0:12:24.240,0:12:25.680 likely to be a simple thing,

0:12:25.680,0:12:27.350 but rather a faceted thing as

0:12:27.350,0:12:29.279 complex and as rich as the

0:12:29.279,0:12:33.279 community from which it draws.

0:12:33.279,0:12:34.530 We want to know your thoughts,

0:12:34.530,0:12:36.330 your interest, what you value,

0:12:36.330,0:12:38.019 Environmental Protection,

0:12:38.019,0:12:39.889 economic development,

0:12:39.889,0:12:41.250 ecological tourism.

0:12:41.250,0:12:43.430 Sustainability, living,

0:12:43.430,0:12:44.600 building design,

0:12:44.600,0:12:46.500 environmental justice,

0:12:46.500,0:12:48.700 historic preservation.

0:12:48.700,0:12:49.700 Cultural heritage,

0:12:49.700,0:12:51.410 traditional foodways these are

0:12:51.410,0:12:53.310 perhaps among the many reasons

0:12:53.310,0:12:55.870 why we're all here this evening.

0:12:55.870,0:12:58.029 All these reasons are welcome and all

0:12:58.029,0:13:01.130 voices tonight will be respected.

0:13:01.130,0:13:06.459 Next line. Thank you,

0:13:06.459,0:13:08.370 so please mark your calendars.

0:13:08.370,0:13:10.260 We do anticipate there'll be a couple

0:13:10.260,0:13:12.240 of other conversations on Camille Bay.

0:13:12.240,0:13:13.290 We can't cover everything this

0:13:13.290,0:13:15.510 evening coming April 10th,

0:13:15.510,0:13:18.510 which is this Saturday beginning at 12:30.

0:13:18.510,0:13:20.350 There will be a kannil Bay.

0:13:20.350,0:13:24.310 Teach in it, scheduled on WTJX.

0:13:24.310,0:13:25.920 This is sponsored by Saint John Co.

0:13:25.920,0:13:27.970 The Saint John Heritage collective.

0:13:27.970,0:13:29.860 This is not sponsored by the Park Service,

0:13:29.860,0:13:31.480 but it's another resource for the

0:13:31.480,0:13:32.860 community to be engaged on some

0:13:32.860,0:13:35.220 things happening with Neil Bay.

0:13:35.220,0:13:36.990 On May 13th we expect to offer a

0:13:36.990,0:13:38.870 Virgin Islands national parks and

0:13:38.870,0:13:40.380 virtual open house and this will

0:13:40.380,0:13:42.520 feature leadership from the National

0:13:42.520,0:13:44.949 Parks in Saint John and Saint Croix.

0:13:44.949,0:13:45.949 Starting around 6:00 PM.

0:13:45.949,0:13:47.769 So stay tuned for more on that virtual

0:13:47.769,0:13:51.220 open house next month, May 13th.

0:13:51.220,0:13:52.220 Also of note,

0:13:52.220,0:13:53.670 June 10th there will be a public meeting

0:13:53.670,0:13:55.630 to discuss the results of the recent

0:13:55.630,0:13:57.180 environmental sampling at Camille

0:13:57.180,0:14:00.240 Day and the potential cleanup options.

0:14:00.240,0:14:02.040 It's important to note also that the public

0:14:02.040,0:14:04.600 comment period for the environmental

0:14:04.600,0:14:06.880 cleanup work will go through July 25th,

0:14:06.880,0:14:08.660 so please make sure you circle June

0:14:08.660,0:14:12.260 10th and July 25th for that public

0:14:12.260,0:14:13.839 session and those public comment

0:14:13.839,0:14:15.380 periods for the environmental.

0:14:15.380,0:14:16.670 Again,

0:14:16.670,0:14:17.880 I thank you for joining us.

0:14:17.880,0:14:19.430 I'm glad that you're here.

0:14:19.430,0:14:21.350 Glad we can hear from you Ben.

0:14:21.350,0:14:22.800 I'm turning it back to you so you can

0:14:22.800,0:14:27.770 guide us into the small group discussions.

0:14:27.770,0:14:33.200 Excellent, thank you so much Nigel.

0:14:33.200,0:14:36.600 OK, so as I mentioned earlier,

0:14:36.600,0:14:39.029 we will be breaking out in just a

0:14:39.029,0:14:41.731 minute or two into smaller groups that

0:14:41.731,0:14:43.810 will hopefully allow for thorough

0:14:43.810,0:14:45.959 participation and conversation

0:14:45.959,0:14:47.460 on some of the reasons why we're

0:14:47.460,0:14:48.900 here tonight and more importantly,

0:14:48.900,0:14:50.089 to get some feedback from all

0:14:50.089,0:14:52.079 of you on some of the specific

0:14:52.079,0:14:53.860 elements that Nigel mentioned and

0:14:53.860,0:14:55.500 some specific questions were going

0:14:55.500,0:14:56.790 to be asking you tonight.

0:14:56.790,0:14:59.779 Each group will have a dedicated facilitator,

0:14:59.779,0:15:02.730 a note taker, so there will be notes taken.

0:15:02.730,0:15:05.260 Those notes will be transcribed, will do the.

0:15:05.260,0:15:07.800 Very best we can to to sort of take

0:15:07.800,0:15:10.269 down what we hear from you, Ann.

0:15:10.269,0:15:12.820 And please if we if we struggle

0:15:12.820,0:15:14.720 with those notes you are more than

0:15:14.720,0:15:16.360 welcome to correct us and help us make

0:15:16.360,0:15:19.680 sure we get those notes correctly.

0:15:19.680,0:15:23.300 There will be an opportunity for feedback.

0:15:23.300,0:15:26.029 We've got some leading questions that

0:15:26.029,0:15:27.260 we're hoping to use this sort of the

0:15:27.260,0:15:29.180 framework to guide the conversation

0:15:29.180,0:15:32.460 once we get into those smaller groups.

0:15:32.460,0:15:34.490 Should have a little over an hour

0:15:34.490,0:15:36.420 to be able to work through those

0:15:36.420,0:15:39.300 and hopefully address any any things

0:15:39.300,0:15:41.570 that you might bring up tonight.

0:15:41.570,0:15:47.920 Why is it not working?

0:15:47.920,0:15:53.019 Forgive me. There so just just

0:15:53.019,0:15:54.980 a couple of other suggestions.

0:15:54.980,0:15:56.290 We do want to encourage maximum

0:15:56.290,0:15:58.329 participation and really provide a space

0:15:58.329,0:16:00.650 for for good comment and discussion,

0:16:00.650,0:16:02.690 so please be respectful of everyone in

0:16:02.690,0:16:04.760 your group and seek to allow everyone if

0:16:04.760,0:16:06.670 at all possible to participate equally

0:16:06.670,0:16:09.399 for those that want to participate.

0:16:09.399,0:16:10.820 One way we're hoping to navigate doing

0:16:10.820,0:16:12.889 this virtually is to use the raise your

0:16:12.889,0:16:14.830 hand feature that I'm going to show

0:16:14.830,0:16:16.389 you how to use here in just a second.

0:16:16.389,0:16:18.360 I know this is not ideal really.

0:16:18.360,0:16:19.730 I I get it,

0:16:19.730,0:16:20.950 but it will help us manage the

0:16:20.950,0:16:22.680 conversation to hopefully allow

0:16:22.680,0:16:23.991 lots of different people to make

0:16:23.991,0:16:26.040 different verbal comments in a very

0:16:26.040,0:16:28.180 limited time that we have together.

0:16:28.180,0:16:29.350 The other option is the chat

0:16:29.350,0:16:31.079 function which is currently disabled,

0:16:31.079,0:16:32.370 but it will be opened up here in

0:16:32.370,0:16:34.890 just a second where again you may not

0:16:34.890,0:16:36.780 feel comfortable speaking verbally.

0:16:36.780,0:16:39.700 You can just submit your comments via chat.

0:16:39.700,0:16:41.709 And we will keep track of the chats and

0:16:41.709,0:16:46.079 monitor those during the small group session.

0:16:46.079,0:16:50.430 The chat feature is shown here on the screen.

0:16:50.430,0:16:52.160 It's the the you know the little

0:16:52.160,0:16:53.649 icon that looks like a bubble

0:16:53.649,0:16:55.700 on the top, top, right up.

0:16:55.700,0:16:57.310 There you will click on that,

0:16:57.310,0:16:58.850 it'll open up the window at the bottom.

0:16:58.850,0:17:01.070 You can type in whatever you'd like to

0:17:01.070,0:17:05.900 type in and then enter your comment or

0:17:05.900,0:17:07.069 question or whatever and then hit the

0:17:07.069,0:17:09.319 little arrow which submits it and the

0:17:09.319,0:17:10.970 Park Service then will will monitor

0:17:10.970,0:17:12.900 what gets submitted in the chat.

0:17:12.900,0:17:15.230 So that's how you use the chat function.

0:17:15.230,0:17:17.380 And then the other option is the

0:17:17.380,0:17:19.530 raise your hand feature and I do

0:17:19.530,0:17:20.980 see that a couple of folks have

0:17:20.980,0:17:23.060 raised their hands already.

0:17:23.060,0:17:24.339 Unfortunately,

0:17:24.339,0:17:25.339 we're not going to be able to get

0:17:25.339,0:17:27.610 to those here in this large session,

0:17:27.610,0:17:29.200 but hopefully whatever

0:17:29.200,0:17:31.380 questions you might have,

0:17:31.380,0:17:32.780 you can bring up in your small

0:17:32.780,0:17:34.360 group and we can address whatever

0:17:34.360,0:17:36.200 you might have in that setting.

0:17:36.200,0:17:37.650 But just to walk through it,

0:17:37.650,0:17:39.470 you will click on the little icon

0:17:39.470,0:17:41.290 with the hand and the :) that

0:17:41.290,0:17:43.380 will drop down an option to click

0:17:43.380,0:17:44.520 on the hand that allows you to

0:17:44.520,0:17:46.270 raise your hand so that we can.

0:17:46.270,0:17:48.220 We can recognize you.

0:17:48.220,0:17:49.380 Then,

0:17:49.380,0:17:51.210 when you're done speaking,

0:17:51.210,0:17:52.240 you can actually click it again

0:17:52.240,0:17:53.580 and it will lower your hand.

0:17:53.580,0:17:56.669 So that's how you'll end up using that

0:17:56.669,0:18:01.090 particular aspect of of the of the session.

0:18:01.090,0:18:03.610 And the last thing I want to I want to

0:18:03.610,0:18:05.270 highlight that this is not the only

0:18:05.270,0:18:08.380 chance for for comments this evening.

0:18:08.380,0:18:09.630 These were going to take

0:18:09.630,0:18:11.230 verbal comments tonight,

0:18:11.230,0:18:13.110 but your thoughts are future will

0:18:13.110,0:18:16.820 be accepted in in different ways

0:18:16.820,0:18:18.270 and you can see on the slide for

0:18:18.270,0:18:19.780 those who've been on the phone

0:18:19.780,0:18:20.780 that can't see the slide.

0:18:20.780,0:18:23.480 I'm going to go ahead and read this to you.

0:18:23.480,0:18:25.000 There's a website that we've created as

0:18:25.000,0:18:28.600 a portal to provide input to us directly.

0:18:28.600,0:18:33.169 It's HTTPS colon slash slash.

0:18:33.169,0:18:38.850 Bay is one

0:18:38.850,0:18:40.900 word and I see some of you taking

0:18:40.900,0:18:43.370 pictures of this great nice job.

0:18:43.370,0:18:44.420 You're welcome to take a

0:18:44.420,0:18:46.520 picture of this slide,

0:18:46.520,0:18:47.860 but that's one way that allows

0:18:47.860,0:18:49.320 you to get to the platform to

0:18:49.320,0:18:52.030 provide your comments and writing.

0:18:52.030,0:18:54.860 You can also send an email to a

0:18:54.860,0:18:56.380 specific inbox that we've set up

0:18:56.380,0:19:00.760 in this email address is VIIS,

0:19:00.760,0:19:02.900 as in Sam underscore interpretation.

0:19:02.900,0:19:11.710 INTERPRETATION at the at symbol NPS

0:19:11.710,0:19:14.960 dot giovi. So you can send an email.

0:19:14.960,0:19:16.340 You can go to that website and that

0:19:16.340,0:19:17.410 will take you to the platform to

0:19:17.410,0:19:19.309 submit your comments in writing.

0:19:19.309,0:19:21.470 Or you can submit and submit them and

0:19:21.470,0:19:24.430 just snail Mail and write a comment

0:19:24.430,0:19:27.290 letter and send that directly to the

0:19:27.290,0:19:28.740 park at the local park address there

0:19:28.740,0:19:31.770 and Saint John so I won't read that out,

0:19:31.770,0:19:32.770 but hopefully most folks

0:19:32.770,0:19:34.390 know where the address is an.

0:19:34.390,0:19:37.250 And again, just as reminder.

0:19:37.250,0:19:38.950 They are all equal,

0:19:38.950,0:19:39.950 right?

0:19:39.950,0:19:40.950 There's there's no difference in

0:19:40.950,0:19:42.010 submitting your comments tonight,

0:19:42.010,0:19:43.790 and writing in fact,

0:19:43.790,0:19:46.520 what I would ask is if you have written

0:19:46.520,0:19:48.820 or prepared comments that you were

0:19:48.820,0:19:52.200 planning to share with us this evening.

0:19:52.200,0:19:53.500 Perhaps in the small group that will be the

0:19:53.500,0:19:55.930 place to dig in on some of those things,

0:19:55.930,0:19:58.110 but for our purposes it would be much

0:19:58.110,0:20:00.309 better to actually receive it in, right?

0:20:00.309,0:20:02.530 Being in total so that we're not we're

0:20:02.530,0:20:04.610 not transcribing in ways that that is an

0:20:04.610,0:20:07.010 exact in the ways that you're intending.

0:20:07.010,0:20:08.620 So if you do have prepared comments,

0:20:08.620,0:20:10.460 I would encourage folks to submit those

0:20:10.460,0:20:13.919 in writing as an addition to what we might

0:20:13.919,0:20:16.190 talk about here in our small groups.

0:20:16.190,0:20:19.159 OK, with that I will ask our overall

0:20:19.159,0:20:21.760 producer Sarah Hobson, say or shout out.

0:20:21.760,0:20:22.950 Thank you for everything.

0:20:22.950,0:20:23.950 I think we're ready to go into

0:20:23.950,0:20:24.980 our small groups.

0:20:24.980,0:20:28.260 We've got over 82 people here joining

0:20:28.260,0:20:31.050 us tonight so they may not be so small,

0:20:31.050,0:20:32.840 but Sarah is going to send us off and

0:20:32.840,0:20:35.270 hopefully we will do introductions.

0:20:35.270,0:20:37.730 An more conversations once we get to

0:20:37.730,0:20:40.120 our small groups. So send us away.

0:20:40.120,0:20:45.190 Sarah Hobson. Good luck.

0:20:45.190,0:20:51.210 These are the types of issues or

0:20:51.210,0:20:56.350 concerns or hopes or whatever that was.

0:20:56.350,0:20:58.820 As mentioned in the small groups that

0:20:58.820,0:21:00.990 the note takers are going to describe,

0:21:00.990,0:21:02.440 that and I'm going to go in the

0:21:02.440,0:21:04.160 order just so you can be prepared.

0:21:04.160,0:21:06.040 Alexa is going to go first,

0:21:06.040,0:21:08.730 then Jamie, then Alexis,

0:21:08.730,0:21:11.780 then Lori, and then Nico.

0:21:11.780,0:21:13.630 So without further ado,

0:21:13.630,0:21:16.830 Alexa Miles was the note taker from my group,

0:21:16.830,0:21:18.770 so Alexa has their camera on,

0:21:18.770,0:21:20.510 so Please note takers if you don't

0:21:20.510,0:21:21.770 mind turn on your camera is when you

0:21:21.770,0:21:26.090 come back and Alexa do you want to

0:21:26.090,0:21:29.120 share some observations from our group?

0:21:29.120,0:21:32.490 I can't hear you.

0:21:32.490,0:21:36.720 So now I hear you try again.

0:21:36.720,0:21:41.440 Cat, can you hear me now?

0:21:41.440,0:21:43.159 No. For some reason it

0:21:43.159,0:21:47.980 just went off. Try again.

0:21:47.980,0:21:51.400 Like I'm in a Verizon commercial.

0:21:51.400,0:21:54.419 OK, I think you can hear me now. Yes we can.

0:21:54.419,0:21:56.090 So we jumped around a little bit,

0:21:56.090,0:21:57.730 but I'm going to try and summarize

0:21:57.730,0:22:00.140 by each question here so the people

0:22:00.140,0:22:01.970 that were participants in our

0:22:01.970,0:22:04.900 group ranged from being indigenous.

0:22:04.900,0:22:06.610 Saint John IANS.

0:22:06.610,0:22:08.830 Coming from families pre Columbus

0:22:08.830,0:22:12.059 Times we had representatives of a

0:22:12.059,0:22:13.960 local congresswoman's office and

0:22:13.960,0:22:16.850 we also had visitors who were.

0:22:16.850,0:22:21.870 Frequented the island since the 60s and 70s,

0:22:21.870,0:22:24.420 I believe.

0:22:24.420,0:22:26.240 Regarding the ecological and

0:22:26.240,0:22:28.909 cultural features of Caneel Bay,

0:22:28.909,0:22:30.710 what was considered most

0:22:30.710,0:22:34.299 important in some of this is.

0:22:34.299,0:22:37.980 Deducted from the conversation is

0:22:37.980,0:22:41.960 obviously the physical features,

0:22:41.960,0:22:42.960 and I apologize.

0:22:42.960,0:22:44.220 There's a delay on my screen.

0:22:44.220,0:22:48.880 I need it to catch up with me.

0:22:48.880,0:22:50.210 The beautiful natural environment,

0:22:50.210,0:22:52.600 the beaches, the floor of the Fonda.

0:22:52.600,0:22:55.289 Also the archaeological ruins in the

0:22:55.289,0:22:57.750 historic structures, including that

0:22:57.750,0:23:04.080 of what the Kannil Bay Resort is.

0:23:04.080,0:23:06.240 And just the natural environment.

0:23:06.240,0:23:08.429 The fact that it is one of the

0:23:08.429,0:23:12.070 few flat places on the island.

0:23:12.070,0:23:15.539 Some of the biggest challenges historically

0:23:15.539,0:23:17.559 regarding the Bay and some more focus.

0:23:17.559,0:23:19.280 I'm going to merge these two is the biggest

0:23:19.280,0:23:22.400 opportunities to improve the operations.

0:23:22.400,0:23:24.090 The biggest concerns that we talked about

0:23:24.090,0:23:29.309 frequently worth the environmental hazards,

0:23:29.309,0:23:31.580 the pollution that has a curd.

0:23:31.580,0:23:33.730 The fact that that was not monitored more

0:23:33.730,0:23:36.450 closely in previous times and has not been

0:23:36.450,0:23:39.720 immediately addressed was a huge concern.

0:23:39.720,0:23:42.360 Another concern that was came up.

0:23:42.360,0:23:44.570 Several times was that this should

0:23:44.570,0:23:47.730 be not a project of restoration,

0:23:47.730,0:23:50.539 but transformation getting away from the

0:23:50.539,0:23:53.330 romanticization of the aftermath of slavery

0:23:53.330,0:23:55.620 and the continued colonial condition of

0:23:55.620,0:23:59.090 the area and looking towards rebuilding

0:23:59.090,0:24:00.840 and transforming into something that

0:24:00.840,0:24:05.960 better represents the history of the area,

0:24:05.960,0:24:10.340 the local contributions and incorporation of

0:24:10.340,0:24:14.450 the locals into the area and making this.

0:24:14.450,0:24:16.429 Better.

0:24:16.429,0:24:17.750 Excellent thank you Alexa.

0:24:17.750,0:24:20.740 I will I will say since Alexa

0:24:20.740,0:24:21.740 and I were in a group together,

0:24:21.740,0:24:24.130 I mean that was literally the thumbnail

0:24:24.130,0:24:25.799 of thumbnails of of the breadth of

0:24:25.799,0:24:27.279 the conversation that we got in.

0:24:27.279,0:24:28.910 So I want to make sure everybody

0:24:28.910,0:24:31.110 hears me say this.

0:24:31.110,0:24:32.980 All of those notes that work will be

0:24:32.980,0:24:37.400 compiled into a document that will be shared,

0:24:37.400,0:24:39.669 made available on the website as an

0:24:39.669,0:24:41.679 outgrowth of this public listening session,

0:24:41.679,0:24:43.260 and will be shared with the National

0:24:43.260,0:24:45.090 Park Service leadership as well as

0:24:45.090,0:24:46.440 the Department of the Interior.

0:24:46.440,0:24:48.980 So even if we're just getting this mission

0:24:48.980,0:24:51.070 of it here today in terms of the report out,

0:24:51.070,0:24:53.370 the notes themselves will very much

0:24:53.370,0:24:55.160 be part of that longer term record.

0:24:55.160,0:24:56.950 So thank you Alexa.

0:24:56.950,0:25:00.990 Who Jesse was next? Jamie right.

0:25:00.990,0:25:05.030 Yeah, yeah can you hear me?

0:25:05.030,0:25:09.910 OK yes OK Alright so we had a mixed group.

0:25:09.910,0:25:10.910 We had a professional scientist.

0:25:10.910,0:25:13.799 We had a cultural resource expert

0:25:13.799,0:25:16.710 and we had a sea turtle monitor,

0:25:16.710,0:25:18.320 long term visitors and long term

0:25:18.320,0:25:21.460 users of the area so we had it.

0:25:21.460,0:25:24.720 We had a good group of folks and really

0:25:24.720,0:25:27.010 the the preservation of the ecological

0:25:27.010,0:25:29.659 and cultural resources came out.

0:25:29.659,0:25:33.700 Loud and clear as as being, you know,

0:25:33.700,0:25:34.700 Paramount and the protection

0:25:34.700,0:25:37.080 of those resources.

0:25:37.080,0:25:38.120 We talked about the importance

0:25:38.120,0:25:39.600 of the historic district,

0:25:39.600,0:25:40.920 getting it listed.

0:25:40.920,0:25:42.450 I'm ensuring that those resources

0:25:42.450,0:25:43.570 are protected.

0:25:43.570,0:25:46.390 We talked about the importance of access

0:25:46.390,0:25:48.309 and that access should be a priority.

0:25:48.309,0:25:49.590 Along with,

0:25:49.590,0:25:50.880 you know,

0:25:50.880,0:25:54.370 reduction in development and I think

0:25:54.370,0:25:56.420 there was an overall understanding

0:25:56.420,0:25:58.630 from what we heard that you know

0:25:58.630,0:25:59.760 that there is an importance

0:25:59.760,0:26:02.930 regarding the economic impact.

0:26:02.930,0:26:06.770 You know of of a resort or whatever

0:26:06.770,0:26:11.240 you know the canal ends up being that

0:26:11.240,0:26:12.419 you know there was a recognition

0:26:12.419,0:26:13.470 of that importance,

0:26:13.470,0:26:15.650 but I think the overall thing that

0:26:15.650,0:26:17.409 came through is that you know the

0:26:17.409,0:26:19.620 protection of the resources as

0:26:19.620,0:26:21.610 paramount an it's paramount that

0:26:21.610,0:26:23.710 have access to those resources in

0:26:23.710,0:26:25.220 a reasonable way,

0:26:25.220,0:26:27.890 and balancing the protection

0:26:27.890,0:26:28.910 of those resources

0:26:28.910,0:26:29.910 with the access.

0:26:29.910,0:26:32.880 So we talked about the challenges.

0:26:32.880,0:26:35.720 A lot of the challenges after

0:26:35.720,0:26:37.650 hurricanes and you know and how

0:26:37.650,0:26:39.679 that did impact access for,

0:26:39.679,0:26:42.270 you know for residents and fix that

0:26:42.270,0:26:44.590 wanted to wanted to go to areas that

0:26:44.590,0:26:46.830 they've you know are historically

0:26:46.830,0:26:49.131 have been able to get to some of the

0:26:49.131,0:26:51.539 trails at Glenpointe Trail and an

0:26:51.539,0:26:55.600 changes in how the access is given

0:26:55.600,0:26:57.730 free access is turned into, you know,

0:26:57.730,0:27:00.340 paid access and and that sort of thing.

0:27:00.340,0:27:03.270 But I think the overall message is that.

0:27:03.270,0:27:06.380 You know it's important that no matter what

0:27:06.380,0:27:08.770 the National Park Service does with canal,

0:27:08.770,0:27:12.880 that those resources should be protected.

0:27:12.880,0:27:13.880 You know the residents should be

0:27:13.880,0:27:17.740 considered an respected and you know.

0:27:17.740,0:27:20.380 And if you know if it were to turn

0:27:20.380,0:27:22.820 to you know another concession

0:27:22.820,0:27:24.929 type situation or another.

0:27:24.929,0:27:28.380 You know another RUE or something

0:27:28.380,0:27:31.110 else that there's a consideration

0:27:31.110,0:27:33.420 of of what type of structures or

0:27:33.420,0:27:34.559 put in there that there.

0:27:34.559,0:27:36.710 You know that there's a consideration

0:27:36.710,0:27:39.850 of size and how much space they

0:27:39.850,0:27:42.110 take in and and that sort of thing.

0:27:42.110,0:27:43.840 So I think that's kind of the big summary,

0:27:43.840,0:27:44.840 unless I.

0:27:44.840,0:27:48.250 I missed anything,

0:27:48.250,0:27:50.030 Rachel.

0:27:50.030,0:27:53.830 OK. Thank you both. Thank you Rachel

0:27:53.830,0:27:55.669 and Jamie for your good work.

0:27:55.669,0:27:58.250 Alexis, you're next.

0:27:58.250,0:28:03.360 Thank you so much Ben with our group.

0:28:03.360,0:28:07.200 We we have a wide range of attendees.

0:28:07.200,0:28:09.400 We had not just residents but also

0:28:09.400,0:28:12.710 people have been there for since 1980s.

0:28:12.710,0:28:14.760 Was very common with our groups like over

0:28:14.760,0:28:17.970 30 years with one I should have wrote down.

0:28:17.970,0:28:19.270 He said this Bush actually retired

0:28:19.270,0:28:22.289 art educators and we have planners

0:28:22.289,0:28:24.970 as well as employees of.

0:28:24.970,0:28:26.049 Canal I'm sorry, I always pronounce it wrong,

0:28:26.049,0:28:30.370 and I do apologize so we just had it.

0:28:30.370,0:28:31.970 It was really good opportunity to

0:28:31.970,0:28:34.720 hear from different groups of what

0:28:34.720,0:28:38.890 exactly they their thoughts were.

0:28:38.890,0:28:41.710 As far as the.

0:28:41.710,0:28:45.470 Ecological and cultural features of.

0:28:45.470,0:28:50.560 Camille we there is due to the

0:28:50.560,0:28:55.590 history of not including the community

0:28:55.590,0:28:57.340 in the decision making process.

0:28:57.340,0:29:00.190 There was a concern that.

0:29:00.190,0:29:02.580 The existing archaeological

0:29:02.580,0:29:05.940 resources were not be preserved

0:29:05.940,0:29:08.670 and there's extensive tiano,

0:29:08.670,0:29:11.799 an enslaved people history,

0:29:11.799,0:29:14.240 and that needs to be reflected in

0:29:14.240,0:29:18.039 whatever future plans are happening on.

0:29:18.039,0:29:22.000 At the park as well as.

0:29:22.000,0:29:24.600 Making sure that the community is

0:29:24.600,0:29:26.270 involved in such making process.

0:29:26.270,0:29:27.800 I know I mentioned that is already,

0:29:27.800,0:29:29.380 let's see here.

0:29:29.380,0:29:33.240 As well as the the culture is not

0:29:33.240,0:29:35.770 just the people but also the native

0:29:35.770,0:29:38.140 flora and fauna and native food

0:29:38.140,0:29:39.350 resources and traditional uses

0:29:39.350,0:29:43.909 of natural resources need to be.

0:29:43.909,0:29:46.169 In the part of the process as well,

0:29:46.169,0:29:49.500 because it's not be truly being presented

0:29:49.500,0:29:51.230 when the site is currently being

0:29:51.230,0:29:55.340 used as a luxury high end experience.

0:29:55.340,0:29:57.580 That isolates.

0:29:57.580,0:29:59.020 Visitors from the culture of

0:29:59.020,0:30:00.410 the Virgin Islands as a whole,

0:30:00.410,0:30:01.820 as well as the community.

0:30:01.820,0:30:03.450 Let's see here.

0:30:03.450,0:30:06.039 Try and make sure I don't repeat

0:30:06.039,0:30:08.810 what has been said so far.

0:30:08.810,0:30:12.029 Again with the gated access point

0:30:12.029,0:30:14.279 as well as the fees.

0:30:14.279,0:30:17.620 It doesn't seem as the challenge that

0:30:17.620,0:30:20.630 the historic challenges have been.

0:30:20.630,0:30:22.780 It's not really inviting to the

0:30:22.780,0:30:24.980 community as well as.

0:30:24.980,0:30:28.460 It's just it doesn't seem that.

0:30:28.460,0:30:30.640 The residents are not able to

0:30:30.640,0:30:33.299 access the trail on the beaches,

0:30:33.299,0:30:35.830 so operations that need to be improved

0:30:35.830,0:30:37.399 just so the community can feel like

0:30:37.399,0:30:42.419 they are part of the process and not just.

0:30:42.419,0:30:44.120 Not just part of the process.

0:30:44.120,0:30:46.210 I'll see here.

0:30:46.210,0:30:48.179 There's been a link.

0:30:48.179,0:30:50.020 Influx of tourists and overcrowding

0:30:50.020,0:30:54.970 this past winter so that really needs it

0:30:54.970,0:30:57.090 shows that there needs to be improved.

0:30:57.090,0:30:58.809 Parking and transportation options

0:30:58.809,0:31:01.149 as well as.

0:31:01.149,0:31:03.990 Trash removal as Jamie mentioned as well.

0:31:03.990,0:31:05.549 You know we have to make sure that

0:31:05.549,0:31:07.630 the resources are being preserved

0:31:07.630,0:31:09.980 affectively and efficiently,

0:31:09.980,0:31:12.159 so that way it's not just for our generation,

0:31:12.159,0:31:15.429 but future generations.

0:31:15.429,0:31:16.480 And just you know,

0:31:16.480,0:31:17.929 the key thing that was coming up

0:31:17.929,0:31:19.789 was balancing the preservation

0:31:19.789,0:31:21.540 with modernization.

0:31:21.540,0:31:23.470 That was a real big takeaway.

0:31:23.470,0:31:25.510 The concern is that.

0:31:25.510,0:31:27.450 The communities that the community

0:31:27.450,0:31:28.860 feels that decision has already been

0:31:28.860,0:31:31.070 made and we just want to make sure

0:31:31.070,0:31:34.230 to reiterate that it hasn't been an just.

0:31:34.230,0:31:35.230 The whole point of this

0:31:35.230,0:31:36.340 listening session is so

0:31:36.340,0:31:39.650 that way the process can be.

0:31:39.650,0:31:41.409 Participatory and allow everyone to

0:31:41.409,0:31:47.210 be included. So thank you, Alexis.

0:31:47.210,0:31:50.640 Well, the next one on my list is Lori Lori.

0:31:50.640,0:31:52.990 Do you want to report out from your group?

0:31:52.990,0:31:56.060 Sure, so as of the other groups,

0:31:56.060,0:31:58.140 had we had broad group representation,

0:31:58.140,0:32:01.790 we had people we had journalists,

0:32:01.790,0:32:04.520 academics, congressional representatives,

0:32:04.520,0:32:05.830 longtime community members

0:32:05.830,0:32:07.620 of varying degrees.

0:32:07.620,0:32:09.600 But what was common was the the

0:32:09.600,0:32:11.659 passion and passion for place in each

0:32:11.659,0:32:13.360 and every voice that we heard. It was.

0:32:13.360,0:32:15.570 It was an interesting conversation.

0:32:15.570,0:32:18.330 Some of the same concerns have

0:32:18.330,0:32:19.830 been that have already been voiced.

0:32:19.830,0:32:22.059 Your concerns for the environmental

0:32:22.059,0:32:23.480 degradation that maybe has taken

0:32:23.480,0:32:25.330 place and how that's going to be

0:32:25.330,0:32:27.640 mitigated in a meaningful way.

0:32:27.640,0:32:29.610 The threat to the significant

0:32:29.610,0:32:31.269 artifacts that are there,

0:32:31.269,0:32:33.110 those deep history connections,

0:32:33.110,0:32:36.309 though, that the the potential loss of

0:32:36.309,0:32:39.470 that of the things are not preceded.

0:32:39.470,0:32:42.140 Don't proceed carefully.

0:32:42.140,0:32:43.140 It was mentioned that there's an

0:32:43.140,0:32:44.919 endangered species that's right

0:32:44.919,0:32:47.480 on the brink of extinction that

0:32:47.480,0:32:49.289 needs to be taken into account.

0:32:49.289,0:32:52.539 So there was a wide range of of

0:32:52.539,0:32:53.539 connections with people who are

0:32:53.539,0:32:55.730 remembering coming as family members

0:32:55.730,0:32:58.320 and with the grandmother and.

0:32:58.320,0:33:00.070 People who worked for the park or

0:33:00.070,0:33:03.400 the interior for years and just

0:33:03.400,0:33:05.169 really passionate about that one

0:33:05.169,0:33:07.450 thing I heard alot was the desire

0:33:07.450,0:33:09.860 for youth engagement and education,

0:33:09.860,0:33:10.860 making sure that the youth are

0:33:10.860,0:33:12.820 connected to their heritage on

0:33:12.820,0:33:14.860 that is honored in significant ways

0:33:14.860,0:33:17.860 and maybe guides the process.

0:33:17.860,0:33:20.640 And at Saint Joan IANS be a leading

0:33:20.640,0:33:22.929 part of whatever is taking place.

0:33:22.929,0:33:24.679 They're looking for environmental

0:33:24.679,0:33:26.730 justice and maybe breaking the mold.

0:33:26.730,0:33:30.049 Somebody brought up the idea of baby.

0:33:30.049,0:33:31.460 Building a museum rather than you know,

0:33:31.460,0:33:32.480 do we need a lodge?

0:33:32.480,0:33:34.440 Is that the best use for that property?

0:33:34.440,0:33:36.789 Can we find a different way to

0:33:36.789,0:33:38.970 use that property in a way that's

0:33:38.970,0:33:42.169 more meaningful and builds the

0:33:42.169,0:33:46.020 heritage and the youth of the area?

0:33:46.020,0:33:48.410 So absolutely great conversations and

0:33:48.410,0:33:51.440 very appreciative of the depth of

0:33:51.440,0:33:54.480 interest that people have expressed.

0:33:54.480,0:33:57.570 Excellent thank you Lori. That was great.

0:33:57.570,0:34:00.539 OK Nicole, you get to close this out.

0:34:00.539,0:34:02.110 You get the final word from your group.

0:34:02.110,0:34:05.200 Hi, good evening everyone.

0:34:05.200,0:34:06.200 Our group.

0:34:06.200,0:34:08.659 We had a range of very diverse individuals.

0:34:08.659,0:34:11.179 We had visitors who have stated

0:34:11.179,0:34:13.889 Camille Bay for over 25 years.

0:34:13.889,0:34:14.980 Experiencing the different management

0:34:14.980,0:34:17.290 and operations of the resort.

0:34:17.290,0:34:19.940 We had a volunteer at Island Green

0:34:19.940,0:34:22.480 Living a nonprofit organization.

0:34:22.480,0:34:24.040 We have another individual whose daughter

0:34:24.040,0:34:27.250 grew up in Turtle Town and other

0:34:27.250,0:34:30.139 visitors there have been visiting for over.

0:34:30.139,0:34:32.389 20-30 years and one who even got

0:34:32.389,0:34:34.020 married at Camille Baso very

0:34:34.020,0:34:36.649 close connections to the resort,

0:34:36.649,0:34:37.649 we had an attorney.

0:34:37.649,0:34:41.720 We had subject matter experts in our group.

0:34:41.720,0:34:42.770 A couple of the issues that were

0:34:42.770,0:34:44.919 mentioned were marine life that needs

0:34:44.919,0:34:47.820 to be preserved in managing toxic sunscreens,

0:34:47.820,0:34:51.639 an also preserving the ruins.

0:34:51.639,0:34:54.200 VI was one of the first locations

0:34:54.200,0:34:56.080 to ban the toxic sunscreen,

0:34:56.080,0:34:57.310 so it's just something to ensure

0:34:57.310,0:34:59.720 we're maintaining another was the

0:34:59.720,0:35:02.430 vegetation to ensure that we're

0:35:02.430,0:35:03.430 focusing on vegetation to

0:35:03.430,0:35:05.760 help with the erosion.

0:35:05.760,0:35:07.480 Also reimagining Canal Bay to

0:35:07.480,0:35:09.640 become a global player culturally,

0:35:09.640,0:35:11.220 academically and working with you.

0:35:11.220,0:35:14.270 The I School of Agriculture

0:35:14.270,0:35:16.390 for hospitality school.

0:35:16.390,0:35:18.780 Anna culinary so really incorporating

0:35:18.780,0:35:21.349 Canal Bay into the community.

0:35:21.349,0:35:24.890 Also, emulating a farm to table to

0:35:24.890,0:35:28.010 be run by the School of Agriculture.

0:35:28.010,0:35:30.060 We had a lot of preserving the

0:35:30.060,0:35:33.300 indigenous vegetation and structures.

0:35:33.300,0:35:35.420 Also the historical piece that it

0:35:35.420,0:35:39.109 was a battleground during the 1733

0:35:39.109,0:35:40.980 slave revolts and just preserving

0:35:40.980,0:35:42.870 that and making sure that that's

0:35:42.870,0:35:45.690 acknowledged in the resort.

0:35:45.690,0:35:48.030 A couple of challenges were giving

0:35:48.030,0:35:49.550 the employees opportunities to

0:35:49.550,0:35:53.740 succeed a living wage profit sharing.

0:35:53.740,0:35:56.650 Treating employees better wheelchair access,

0:35:56.650,0:35:58.570 ability to incorporate that into

0:35:58.570,0:36:01.310 the new build into the design

0:36:01.310,0:36:04.490 features of that resort.

0:36:04.490,0:36:07.730 Also to respect the ruins,

0:36:07.730,0:36:09.130 not to have it as a Disneyland

0:36:09.130,0:36:10.150 entertainment place,

0:36:10.150,0:36:11.570 but instead were enslaved.

0:36:11.570,0:36:13.960 People were treated cruelly and

0:36:13.960,0:36:16.260 ensuring that that is respected for

0:36:16.260,0:36:19.940 the ancestral natives on the island.

0:36:19.940,0:36:21.690 We also respect to having a detail

0:36:21.690,0:36:23.920 interpretation of the ruins so

0:36:23.920,0:36:24.960 that guests and visitors can

0:36:24.960,0:36:27.680 really appreciate understand what

0:36:27.680,0:36:30.540 what happened at the location.

0:36:30.540,0:36:34.310 Biggest opportunities would be equal resort.

0:36:34.310,0:36:36.829 Having a carbon neutral location,

0:36:36.829,0:36:38.510 possibly a solar collection site that

0:36:38.510,0:36:40.150 could be used to be distributed back

0:36:40.150,0:36:43.329 into the community off Grid Ecological

0:36:43.329,0:36:46.690 resort and Ecological Heritage Museum

0:36:46.690,0:36:48.310 and really incorporating volunteer

0:36:48.310,0:36:50.700 tourism where we could have wood makers,

0:36:50.700,0:36:52.099 glassblowers concessions just

0:36:52.099,0:36:54.910 to promote the local economy.

0:36:54.910,0:36:55.980 And involved careers.

0:36:55.980,0:36:57.339 An one of the examples was

0:36:57.339,0:36:59.750 having a beekeeper experience,

0:36:59.750,0:37:02.320 and maybe possibly using it as a shelter

0:37:02.320,0:37:05.810 of for the locals during hurricane season.

0:37:05.810,0:37:07.700 Working with FEMA.

0:37:07.700,0:37:09.670 Overall in ecological ultraluxury

0:37:09.670,0:37:11.550 reward that really helps

0:37:11.550,0:37:13.390 enhance the community as well.

0:37:13.390,0:37:14.690 And one of the issues that was

0:37:14.690,0:37:16.470 brought up about taxes that the

0:37:16.470,0:37:18.570 resort didn't pay taxes in that this

0:37:18.570,0:37:20.030 is an opportunity for the resorts,

0:37:20.030,0:37:21.520 pay taxes and contribute to local

0:37:21.520,0:37:27.490 economy here to arrange and really help.

0:37:27.490,0:37:28.839 Improve the National Park as a whole

0:37:28.839,0:37:30.880 so we had a diverse group and a lot

0:37:30.880,0:37:34.280 of information shared in that group.

0:37:34.280,0:37:37.600 Niko, you guys killed it.

0:37:37.600,0:37:40.080 The boy covered alike, repealed it.

0:37:40.080,0:37:41.240 Thank you.

0:37:41.240,0:37:43.170 Yeah, I mean all the groups really.

0:37:43.170,0:37:47.000 I mean the the breadth and depth of

0:37:47.000,0:37:48.230 the things that everybody brought

0:37:48.230,0:37:50.820 up and the subject matter and the

0:37:50.820,0:37:55.750 specificity is fantastic really.

0:37:55.750,0:37:57.560 And so I'm going to.

0:37:57.560,0:37:58.560 I'm going to turn it over.

0:37:58.560,0:38:00.839 I'm showing you know, we're thank.

0:38:00.839,0:38:02.600 You were right on time and I thank you

0:38:02.600,0:38:06.170 all for for for for being respectful of that.

0:38:06.170,0:38:07.430 And hopefully the technology is

0:38:07.430,0:38:09.089 going to stick with us to the end

0:38:09.089,0:38:10.730 to make this all work out but.

0:38:10.730,0:38:12.940 I am going to turn it over to Nigel

0:38:12.940,0:38:15.800 and let him share his observations

0:38:15.800,0:38:16.950 and some of the reflections of the

0:38:16.950,0:38:19.250 things that he heard and perhaps

0:38:19.250,0:38:20.752 even he bounced around to some

0:38:20.752,0:38:23.320 groups and nitriles also going

0:38:23.320,0:38:24.390 to talk about next steps.

0:38:24.390,0:38:26.540 So this is the last chance I will get to

0:38:26.540,0:38:29.760 say anything so I will say for my part,

0:38:29.760,0:38:31.520 thank you so much for for this

0:38:31.520,0:38:33.740 evening and again I'm just so so

0:38:33.740,0:38:36.520 impressed with the breadth of of the

0:38:36.520,0:38:38.330 conversation and the things that

0:38:38.330,0:38:39.700 were discussed in all these groups.

0:38:39.700,0:38:42.960 The report outs are just fantastic so.

0:38:42.960,0:38:45.750 Thank you for for joining us tonight and

0:38:45.750,0:38:47.690 I will turn it over to Nigel and Nigel.

0:38:47.690,0:38:50.109 I will go to the next slide.

0:38:50.109,0:38:54.560 Thank you, thank you Ben and 1st,

0:38:54.560,0:38:56.210 I want to thank everybody for your

0:38:56.210,0:38:58.579 contributions and also just acknowledge

0:38:58.579,0:39:02.099 that we are aware that this format

0:39:02.099,0:39:04.740 leaves out a lot of people even with

0:39:04.740,0:39:07.230 100 or so folks that joined us today.

0:39:07.230,0:39:08.890 Even with that incredible breath of folks

0:39:08.890,0:39:11.109 that are generational Saint Joan again,

0:39:11.109,0:39:12.950 so were able to join us.

0:39:12.950,0:39:14.980 Those who are third and 4th

0:39:14.980,0:39:17.480 generation visitors to Camille,

0:39:17.480,0:39:19.089 the range of people that have different

0:39:19.089,0:39:21.170 expertise that are here with us tonight.

0:39:21.170,0:39:22.500 So glad you're here, but.

0:39:22.500,0:39:23.500 We acknowledge,

0:39:23.500,0:39:25.140 we know that it doesn't capture all the

0:39:25.140,0:39:27.390 people who may want it to participate,

0:39:27.390,0:39:28.580 but I'm glad that you're able to join

0:39:28.580,0:39:30.710 is glad you're able to find a way to get

0:39:30.710,0:39:33.089 on the technology to make use of it.

0:39:33.089,0:39:34.089 And we're going to continue to

0:39:34.089,0:39:36.589 find ways to engage the public so

0:39:36.589,0:39:37.800 so just want to take knowledge,

0:39:37.800,0:39:39.080 that and say thank you for finding

0:39:39.080,0:39:40.080 a way to join.

0:39:40.080,0:39:41.080 And we're going to try to make sure

0:39:41.080,0:39:42.080 people who weren't able to be here

0:39:42.080,0:39:43.670 tonight still know how they can

0:39:43.670,0:39:45.859 contribute their thoughts during this

0:39:45.859,0:39:49.150 open period between now and May 7.

0:39:49.150,0:39:50.920 Just want to reflect back to you know,

0:39:50.920,0:39:52.670 hearing about the.

0:39:52.670,0:39:54.580 Emphasis that I heard on a couple of

0:39:54.580,0:39:55.840 the groups that I was bouncing around

0:39:55.840,0:39:57.340 in on preserving some of the historic

0:39:57.340,0:39:58.680 structures and making sure that the

0:39:58.680,0:40:00.310 preservation and the development is

0:40:00.310,0:40:03.119 tide to the significance of those

0:40:03.119,0:40:05.390 structures being able to make sure

0:40:05.390,0:40:07.099 that the archaeological resources that

0:40:07.099,0:40:09.109 tie back to those errors of Taino and

0:40:09.109,0:40:10.610 colonial peoples in post colonial

0:40:10.610,0:40:14.260 periods is preserved in this showcased.

0:40:14.260,0:40:15.820 I was encouraged to hear about the

0:40:15.820,0:40:18.590 youth engagement and the range of

0:40:18.590,0:40:21.280 ideas around education and access

0:40:21.280,0:40:22.750 interpretive programming that

0:40:22.750,0:40:24.490 also provides access.

0:40:24.490,0:40:25.490 On purpose,

0:40:25.490,0:40:27.900 by design and some language

0:40:27.900,0:40:28.900 that I heard about,

0:40:28.900,0:40:30.579 the ecological and cultural resources

0:40:30.579,0:40:33.859 being paramount in irreplaceable about

0:40:33.859,0:40:36.780 the unbelievable scenery there on land

0:40:36.780,0:40:38.760 and the underwater scene at Camille.

0:40:38.760,0:40:40.740 That's so special and unique that

0:40:40.740,0:40:42.060 needs to be protected and preserved

0:40:42.060,0:40:43.550 and people to have access to

0:40:43.550,0:40:46.570 that amazing underwater scenes.

0:40:46.570,0:40:47.599 Hearing the concerns about.

0:40:47.599,0:40:49.359 Environmental hazards in pollution

0:40:49.359,0:40:51.060 and thinking about ways to prevent

0:40:51.060,0:40:53.119 those in the future with our

0:40:53.119,0:40:55.560 operations and improving operations

0:40:55.560,0:40:58.079 in such a way that there is ability

0:40:58.079,0:40:59.280 for the community to have long

0:40:59.280,0:41:01.369 term engagement with the space.

0:41:01.369,0:41:03.210 So those are some of the things that I heard,

0:41:03.210,0:41:05.740 I think that I really well with

0:41:05.740,0:41:07.390 some of the Secretary's priorities,

0:41:07.390,0:41:08.730 especially when it comes to issues

0:41:08.730,0:41:11.120 around equity and environmental justice.

0:41:11.120,0:41:12.180 Clearly,

0:41:12.180,0:41:13.480 as I mentioned,

0:41:13.480,0:41:15.359 our goal over the next several weeks as we

0:41:15.359,0:41:17.740 compiled information that we get tonight.

0:41:17.740,0:41:19.210 As well as that that comes in

0:41:19.210,0:41:20.940 through the other sources,

0:41:20.940,0:41:23.140 email the website we want to share

0:41:23.140,0:41:25.290 these widely with our our colleagues

0:41:25.290,0:41:26.579 within the Park Service who are

0:41:26.579,0:41:28.500 focused on Camille so that we can

0:41:28.500,0:41:29.770 make sure that we're being very

0:41:29.770,0:41:32.579 mindful of the the ways in which we

0:41:32.579,0:41:34.880 can improve the operations.

0:41:34.880,0:41:36.390 Think about the development away

0:41:36.390,0:41:38.700 that's going to bring better harmony.

0:41:38.700,0:41:39.970 That's another term that I heard the

0:41:39.970,0:41:43.390 harmony between the ecology and the humans.

0:41:43.390,0:41:45.670 The harmony between the guests,

0:41:45.670,0:41:46.890 the visitors and those

0:41:46.890,0:41:50.050 who live on Saint John.

0:41:50.050,0:41:51.310 Next line, please done.

0:41:51.310,0:42:01.109 Think I just have a couple reminders here.

0:42:01.109,0:42:04.180 Then are you able to advance the next slide?

0:42:04.180,0:42:09.359 I I think I did, is it not showing up?

0:42:09.359,0:42:10.359 I see it now.

0:42:10.359,0:42:12.210 I'm sorry, I apologize. Here we go.

0:42:12.210,0:42:13.960 So I guess just a reminder of the

0:42:13.960,0:42:16.290 teaching that is held on on Saturday.

0:42:16.290,0:42:18.540 They can be viewed by W.

0:42:18.540,0:42:20.589 TJX, the Virgin Islands National

0:42:20.589,0:42:21.950 Park virtual open house,

0:42:21.950,0:42:24.020 that will include leadership from Saint

0:42:24.020,0:42:26.010 Croix and Saint John on your national

0:42:26.010,0:42:28.599 parks in the Virgin Islands on May 13th,

0:42:28.599,0:42:30.270 and importantly that June 10th public

0:42:30.270,0:42:32.030 meeting on the environmental work,

0:42:32.030,0:42:34.440 the engineering evaluation and cost analysis.

0:42:34.440,0:42:35.990 We're going to look at what

0:42:35.990,0:42:37.540 options we have for clean up,

0:42:37.540,0:42:39.240 how much it might cost,

0:42:39.240,0:42:41.079 what makes sense for us to do,

0:42:41.079,0:42:42.581 and that public comment period

0:42:42.581,0:42:44.800 will close on July 25th.

0:42:44.800,0:42:45.800 That public meeting.

0:42:45.800,0:42:46.800 So please make sure you marking

0:42:46.800,0:42:49.230 those dates and here we go.

0:42:49.230,0:42:51.170 This is how you can continue to

0:42:51.170,0:42:52.750 provide your public comments.

0:42:52.750,0:42:53.990 I think we heard some folks that had

0:42:53.990,0:42:56.550 very detailed very organized thoughts.

0:42:56.550,0:42:57.570 That's great.

0:42:57.570,0:43:00.050 Please make sure if you'd like to submit

0:43:00.050,0:43:03.480 your full set of things through the the

0:43:03.480,0:43:06.890 HTTPS slash slash Bay.

0:43:06.890,0:43:10.590 I'm reading it out 'cause we have

0:43:10.590,0:43:13.300 people that are on the phone as well.

0:43:13.300,0:43:14.670 You can also send it to.

0:43:14.670,0:43:17.329 An email to DIIS underscore

0:43:17.329,0:43:19.550 interpretation at NPS Dot giovi.

0:43:19.550,0:43:23.190 You can always send your comments by Mail

0:43:23.190,0:43:25.140 to us at Virgin Islands National Park.

0:43:25.140,0:43:27.369 Attention can be Obey Redevelopment 1300,

0:43:27.369,0:43:29.420 Cruz, Bay Creek, St.

0:43:29.420,0:43:34.550 John VI 00830.

0:43:34.550,0:43:37.380 We thank you for your contributions today.

0:43:37.380,0:43:41.080 It is deeply appreciated and please be safe.

0:43:41.080,0:43:42.330 Continue to be safe,

0:43:42.330,0:43:44.450 continue to take care of yourselves and your

0:43:44.450,0:43:47.390 families and as restrictions get lifted.

0:43:47.390,0:43:48.760 We're hoping that we can find other

0:43:48.760,0:43:50.430 ways for us to communicate and

0:43:50.430,0:43:51.869 to engage and be in the presence

0:43:51.869,0:43:53.319 of one another as we have these

0:43:53.319,0:43:54.839 critical conversations and I wish

0:43:54.839,0:43:56.810 everybody a good evening.

0:43:56.810,0:43:57.810 Thank you.

0:43:57.810,0:43:59.180 Good evening.

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