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Aquaculture, Hydroponics and Parking Cars

Dear Source:
I read today with some surprise of the recent approval of the St. Croix aquaculture project. It reminds me of the PFA having previously agreed to also support the financing of a portion of the Golden Resort project. While I think that there are better locations for the convention center than in the Golden Resort and for the Golden Resort than at Estate Hartmann putting the proposed St. Croix aquaculture project at Diamond Keturah sort of takes the cake.
It would be a good idea for the two projects Golden Resort and the aquaculture to switch sites. Diamond Keturah has a hill over looking deeper clear water close to shore and a wide beach. The Golden Resort has flat land on a narrow beach on shallow murky water. At one time I believe the offshore area off of Great Pond was farmed enclosed by a dike built by Dutch settlers from Statia. If the two projects go forward they should switch sites.
While we are discussing projects which might be financed through support from the VI PFA I would like to propose two other projects. These two are a hydroponics facility to produce sprouts from grain for fodder there is still a lot of local demand for meat but pasture is over five figures an acre. It would be possible to use the land to produce as much ten times as much fodder per acre using hydroponics. There are landowners who have gone out of production because their lands if used as pasture would still not produce enough fodder to be economic. Development of this local hydroponic fodder facilty could cause reverted brush land to go to pasture.
The other is while Christiansted's office and retail space continues to expand parking space is going down. The nearby DC Canegata Ball Park is at the east end of the new Christiansted Bypass subject to weather conditions. Take the current facility raise the playing field and put a dome over it and put parking at ground level. The new parking feature should be named for DC Canegata III. I read Bella Colina the
Puerto Rican group is planning for a new open-air field and underground resident parking.
Richard Bond
Boston, Mass.

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