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Boater Supports Floating Restaurant

Dear Source:
Being an avid boater, diver and frequent visitor of the British and Spanish Virgins, I support the proposed CZM application submitted by the Leylon Sneeds owners to operate a floating restaurant.
Boaters need a another location to stop relax and have lunch/dinner close to home, and comparing the Sneed to the William Thornton (Willy "T"s) reputation of drunken wild parties and naked sunbathers is completely out of the envelope of the owners intent. This is a controlled situation whereas its operated under the U.S. flag, and may be monitored and rules and regulations re: boating safety, and environmental violations, passengers safety may and most positively be addressed. Visual impact, one cannot compare the sight of the William Thornton with the Leylon Sneed which now services the cruise industry with tours in conjunction with transfers from St. Thomas to St. John for visitors to the territory. The vessel falls under U.S. jurisdiction, putting her under very strict and enforced rules by U.S. Coast Guard inspections, also the Department of Planning's enforcement arm. Lets not forget that many charter operations, eco motorized charters operate in Christmas Cove dropping anchor on the sea bed "daily" whereas the proposed applicant will be on a fixed mooring, if approved.
Boaters perspective; we will have our own floating restaurant and bar providing us with another stop, rather than navigating to the B.V.I. to have lunch, dinner not failing to mention the nightmare of paperwork just to enter.
We cannot pull in to Crown Bay, Frenchtown, Yacht Haven Grande, Yacht Club, Red Hook, due the availability of simply docking your vessel to have dinner due is not available, even St. John is a nightmare for private boaters to simply pull in and enjoy a nice meal. An alternative, close to home in controlled navigable waters. A study should be conducted on all the charter companies as to where they pump their waste on their turn-around, or even at their anchorage at our beautiful beaches on our (4) islands, or should I say their tru hull fittings be inspected, but yet the applicant has already in their proposal indicated their intent to use pump-out stations fueling options, and tapping off with water. A simple daily scuba dive would ensure the ocean floor is clean from possible trash falling overboard.
The location is a great selection whereas St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island residents have a short run on the water to enjoy the beauty of having dinner and cocktails under the stars of our beautiful islands.
Why not support a local family that's risking a million or so investment hoping for the best, only to be shot down because someone else did not think of it.

William Steve Serge

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