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Some 50 boats that were damaged by Hurricane Irma still ring Hurricane Hole, but the Navy is on the way to remove the wrecks. (National Park Service photo)

Hurricane Hole Update from Virgin Islands National Park Service

The impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria, together with some damage from the recent vessel removal operation, have rendered portions of the chain unusable. Berths at Otter 12, Otter 13, and Borck 4 are not usable because of chain damage.

National Park Service Announces Revised Schedule for Removal of Displaced Vessels

Virgin Islands National Park has announced a revised schedule for the removal of approximately 50 displaced vessels from Hurricane Hole, Leinster Bay, Mary Creek and Hassel Island. Operations are now scheduled to begin on St. John on Sunday, Aug. 12.
National Park Service photo shows Maho Bay, part of the V.I. National Park.

Friends of the V.I. National Park Leads Project to Reopen Trail

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park (VINP) has announced the reopening of the Francis Bay Walking Trail, which was heavily damaged during hurricanes Irma and Maria.
A view from the Virgin Islands National Park. (AMy Roberts photo)

V.I. National Park Tourism Benefits St. John With Over $61 Million

Tourism to Virgin Islands National Park creates $61,113,100 in economic benefits. A new NPS report shows visitor spending supports 563 jobs in the local economy of St. John.

Interior Gives $2.5 Million to Virgin Islands Sportsmen and to Support Conservation

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced $2,501,621 in funding to the U.S. Virgin Islands to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

Maho Beach Parking Lot to Close for Two Months to Protect Bay

The park will be upgrading the parking area at Maho Bay in an effort to reduce runoff and sedimentation into the bay as well as to provide more efficient and safe parking and pedestrian traffic.
Honeymoon and Hawksnest beaches at Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. (National Park Service photo)

All of Virgin Islands National Park Is Now Open

Virgin Islands National Park declared on Dec. 20 that all roads, trails and beaches are now open at the park, 105 days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the island of St. John.
More wrecked boats, these at Coral Bay.

NPS Seeking Displaced Vessel Owners of Numerous Hurricane-Damaged Vessels

The National Park Service is working in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard and FEMA to address damaged vessels that have been displaced due to recent hurricane activity.

Conditions Necessitate Continued Temporary Closures of Caribbean Parks

Some Caribbean park units fared better than others based on location and type of infrastructure, but all units are closed now for various reasons.

Daily Updates Now Online for Hurricane Recovery of the National Parks of the Caribbean

Interested parties wanting to view the daily updates are encouraged to use the National Park Service (NPS) Severe Weather Response website.

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