For Immediate Release
July 25, 2019
VIPA Launches Territory-Wide Cleanup of Port Properties
Sprucing up port properties is high on the list of the Virgin Islands Port Authority’s priorities. An unsightly, temporary dumpsite below Sarah Hill adjacent to the Cyril E. King Airport has been cleaned. The area was used to store hurricane storm debris by several agencies and continued to be used as a dumpsite long after the initial cleanup was completed. VIPA will post signs and closely monitor the area to prohibit future dumping. Port Police have also started tagging and removing derelict vehicles and equipment around the King Airport and its adjacent properties in Bournefield.
The Edward W. Blyden IV Marine Terminal in Charlotte Amalie will soon sport a fresh coat of paint. VIPA’s marine facilities caretakers started pressure washing the terminal this weekend and will complete painting the building within the next two weeks. On St. John, VIPA’s maintenance employees are removing the damaged floor tiles at the Loredon L. Boynes Sr. Dock. Some of the seating has been temporarily removed during the renovation. The shutters on the terminal building will also be replaced. The work should be completed in the next two weeks. Cleanup of the parking lot at the Theovald Moorehead Dock and Terminal at Enighed Pond, St. John has also begun. The fencing is being replaced and derelict cars will be removed from the lot. VIPA will eventually convert the lot to a paid parking area.
VIPA plans to give a facelift to the existing cargo warehouse at the Gallows Bay Marine Facility on St. Croix to enhance the aesthetics of the area. The fencing will also be replaced. A new passenger terminal is under construction and is expected to be completed by October 2019.
“Our ports are the gateways to the territory. It is imperative that they are clean and aesthetically pleasing to travelers and our tenants that use our facilities to conduct business,” said VIPA Executive Director Carlton Dowe. Dowe thanks the public for their patience as the agency works to improve its facilities.
Monifa Marrero Brathwaite | Public Information Officer
VIRGIN ISLANDS PORT AUTHORITY
P. O. Box 301707 | St. Thomas, VI 00803
Office: +1 340 774 1629 | Mobile: +1 340 244 1065
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