Hurricane Recovery Journal
DECEMBER 13th 2017
Trunk Bay, Honeymoon Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Cinnamon Bay and now Maho Bay are open for your enjoyment.
All trails are open for your adventures.
FIFTH BEACH REOPENS AT VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
Maho Bay post Hurricane Irma Christy McManus
Maho Bay Opens NPS photo
Questions and Answers - Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria 2017.
Interview credit with many thanks to Tara Bouis, Pizza Pi
What is the current status of the mooring fields?
The mooring buoys are among the 400 marine resources (navigational markers, channel markers buoys, etc.) that need to be visually inspected. At this time, the condition of each of the mooring buoys is unknown. As mentioned, dive crews are concentrating on the aids to navigation and channel markers, before moving to the mooring buoys.
When do you think the park will reopen for tourists?
The park is still in the emergency stabilization phase. Hazards (both on land and water), are being identified and mitigated. There are not currently any facilities for visitors to the park. The Visitor Center at Cruz Bay is currently closed. The day use area at Cinnamon Bay will not be open to the public for the foreseeable future. Restrooms and other facilities have been damaged and will need to be rebuilt.
How can yacht crew stay up to date with National Parks progress?
How should yachts interact with the park during the recovery and rebuild phases?
Patience is the biggest request we have at this time. We are also working to identify and obtain contact information for the owners of displaced vessels within the boundaries of the park. Currently we have numerous vessels that we do not have owner contact information. We ask that vessel owners contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make sure we have good contact information.
We also need to know what their plans are for salvage/removal of vessels.
Any other information that travel agents and yacht crew may need to know?
We have a long road ahead of us. The park resources and infrastructure that have existed in the past are not currently available. We are committed to doing all we can to open the park as quickly as possible.
- Michael Johnson, M.Ed
Regional Wildland Fire Communication and Education Specialist
National Park Service
Midwest Regional Office
601 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE 68102