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Wednesday, July 6, 2022


Magens Bay is at once becoming safer and more attractive with the installation of a new road that will pass behind the old sheds — "pavilions," as general manager Bill Jowers now calls them, since they, too, have gotten a new look.
But the project, which Jowers hopes to see completed by the start of the tourist season, is not without its problems.
To finish the work, "Poles, poles and more poles" are needed, Jowers says. The poles are to be planted along the roadway to allow pedestrians through while restricting cars to the road.
Tom Brunt of MSI Building Supplies has been instrumental in acquiring some utility poles discarded by WAPA, Jowers says, but a lot more are needed. He says he'll gladly accept donations from anyone with access to old poles, or parts thereof.
Work on the new packed-dirt road is being done by the Magens Bay Authority. "However," Jowers says, "should blacktop be required, we would be looking for an outright gift. The authority doesn't have that kind of money."
The old road was not only unattractive but also unsafe, he notes. Beachgoers, including children, had to cross it to reach the water. The new road offers an uncluttered view of the beach and more green area, while eliminating the need to cross over for water access.
The old road will be converted into a path for walkers, skaters or joggers, Jowers says, and vehicles will still be able to unload party gear at their picnic sites and then park in a new lot.
Meanwhile, work is progressing at Magens on restoration of the arboretum and coconut grove. For this project, donations of trees, plants, talent and, yes, money are needed.
Jowers says a misunderstanding may hinder some people from contributing funds: "Unfortunately, it seems people consider that donations to the Magens Bay Arboretum Restoration Fund get channeled through the government and don't wind up here," he says. "This just isn't the case. We do use the contributions directly for Magens, and we encourage anyone with time, talent or ideas to contact us."
To do that, call Jowers at (340) 777-6300 or fax to (340) 777-6131.

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