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Prime Swampland Casino and Resort

Dear Source:
As a person who fell in love with St. Croix the first time I landed at the Alexander Hamilton Airport in 1987, has lived here, raised my daughter here, worked myriad jobs (menial, professional and managerial), has done countless hours of volunteer work, and continues to try to promote the beauty and uniqueness of our island home, I must speak, yet again, about the potential damage that Paul Golden's casino, convention center, golf course and "resort" will do to this amazing place.
There are a group of swimmers who get together every Saturday morning to swim from one point to another at various beaches around St. Croix. I have swum with them for over 10 years. One of the swims takes the participants from Robin Bay (east of Mt. Fancy) to the Boy Scout Camp. It can be a fabulous swim. The patch reefs in the Great Pond Bay, as well as the barrier reef, harbor innumerable species of colorful sea life. The waters are fresh and clear, until you get to the beach where Paul Golden wants to build this abomination. The beach may look nice from land, but it is murky and full of smelly seaweed once you get to the spot where this "resort" is proposed. The current takes a lot of yucky stuff to that particular beach.
During certain times of the year, the place smells like septic. The aroma of decaying vegetation in the area as part of the natural processes of a wetland/saltpond, aka swamp is prevalent. My belief is that Paul Golden was sold the proverbial, "Prime swampland in St. Croix that my buddies and I have been holding onto for just someone like you…" And that may be why we see former Senator David Jones' face at every Golden hearing trying to dissuade naysayers like me, who actually know what the area is like and have had many years of contact with stateside tourists.
My business depends largely on tourism and I know the typical "golf resort/casino tourist" will definitely not enjoy their stay at this resort. But Golden does not want to look like an idiot who's been sold a bill of goods, which is why he perseveres.
I can only imagine the pampered American tourist holding her nose walking from the beach to the golf course (or more likely being chauffeured in a fancy golf cart) to complain to her husband about the "awful smell of St. Croix" and wanting to go to Aruba or St. Martin.
St. Croix is an unspoiled gem with so much more potential than to be just another overdeveloped Caribbean island who has sold out to some (or a few) scam artist(s).
Let's take better care of her and not let this happen.
Terry Chretien
St. Croix

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