Letter to Army Corps of Engineers.

This is in response to the proposed a Coral World expansion. Caged dolphins none the less. This is a timely issue so if anyone wants to react (see the bottom) react as quickly as possible.

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BEGIN LETTER
Permit application number #SAJ-1976-89037
Regarding the permit for the proposed 2 acre dolphin enclosure INSIDE of Water Bay.

I am a  St Thomas resident.

And it appears that by granting this permit you are going to be messing with the eco system. An eco System that I depend on for my business. Reading about this project it does not appear that adequate research has been done in regards to this specific type of dolphin in this particular environment. That may or may not be. But you can always put this thing in later after real research is done instead of the cut and paste research that was attached to this. Water Bay isn’t going anywhere. Why rush this when you would have to be blind to see that the people behind this aren’t concerned about the environment?

You can’t unring a bell and this bell would make a doozy of a clang if you let it happen.

However, I am not writing about the research attached to this project.  I am writing about the coral. Montastrea annularis (now renamed Orbicella ) and Dendrogyra cylindrus,

Boulder Star Coral

Boulder Star Coral

Living on St Thomas I see a lot of natural, unintentional and intentional destruction of coral. Our Coral is dying faster and faster each year, as our tourist industry increases. Now you want to grant permission to “Relocate” some coral. Seriously? DPNR down here protects the mangroves like they are sacred. They are trees, you can’t cut them, you can’t kill them and you can’t “Relocate” them. They are also an endangered species. But we have far more of them than healthy coral. If that goes for the mangroves then the same should apply to taking a hunk of endangered coral out of its natural location and moving it somewhere else. And for the sole reason of constructing a dolphin pen.

I don’t know if a bunch of emails sent to you will make a difference on this issue. Probably just get deleted or make you irate. It’s my experience that decision for projects like these have probably already been made a long time ago. Deals were struck. Hands were shook and promises were made. But on the outside chance that someone with influence is reading this and there is still a chance to halt the project, think about not what the permit will allow but think about negative impact this will have on St Thomas. You can stop this or at the least postpone this pending thorough research, but you will never be able to take it back once it is completed.

How many people on St Thomas have actually shown positive interest in this? I can’t imagine many if any. Please deny this permit. The real St Thomas (not the greedy one) doesn’t want this.

Oh and if the permit for putting in a water slide from Paradise Point all the way down to the ship docks crosses your desk. I not in favor of that one either.

Best Regards,
Capt Wilson

END LETTER

OK. I feel all tingly for speaking my mind.

If anyone wants to tell the A.C.E. to deny this permit, <click here.> And it will automatically set up an email for you with an address and subject and body. You’ll just need to send it.

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