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At their monthly meeting Friday, members of the Magens Bay Authority board fielded questions and suggestions ranging from why locals should have to pay to get into the beach to how to think out of the box.
In an effort to recoup some of the money lost when COVID-19 cut off the cruise ship passengers who bring about 40 percent of the gate revenues to Magens Bay, the Magens Bay Authority has added an hour and a half to the park's official operating hours.
Members of the Magens Bay Authority Board batted around a loose-knit, verbal proposal from principles of Cruise Ship Excursions tour company for at least one cruise line to set up an exclusive zone on the beach between sheds 3 and 4.
Three-and-a-half months after being given permission to drop anchor indefinitely in bays not usually available for long stays, vessels were making their way out of Magens Bay Monday morning, to the relief of many Magens Bay regulars.
The St. Thomas Coastal Zone Management Committee approved a master plan for the construction of a new concession building at Magens Bay, the transfer of the permit for a marina in Red Hook and an expansion project at another marina in Estate Nadir.
On Sunday, beachgoers and Magens Bay personnel expressed concern about the startling sight of about 18 or more yachts moored in the waters adjacent to the most populated beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Hundreds of Virgin Islanders flocked to Magen’s Bay Beach on Saturday to taste professional and amateurs chef’s best wings in the 10th Annual King of the Wing Competition. J.J. Divers won best overall and first place in the non-restaurant division, while Buddha Sushi was first in the restaurant division.