What’s New in the Campaign to Save Coral Bay

This page will be updated with the major events in the campaign to Save Coral Bay. Events involving both the Summer’s End Group project (SEG) and the Sirius project (T-Rex) are reported here.  Please check back regularly to keep yourself informed on our campaign.

  • February 1, 2017 – (SEG) Public Letter to USACE Requesting Permit Denial
    A public letter, signed by 1,835 individuals, has been sent to the Army Corps requesting that they deny the permit requested by the Summer’s End Group due to SEG’s failure to respond to the information requested by the Corps. It has been 15 months since the Corps provided 12 months for response to additional information requests and SEG has not submitted any response in this period.

Public Letter to USACE re SEG Permit Denial


  • January 20, 2017 – (T-Rex) Coral Bay Ball Field Rezoning Approved
    The Legislature and the Governor approved the rezoning of the Coral Bay ball field from its current zoning designation to a “W-1 (Waterfront Pleasure)” zone. This will allow the Sirius Resort and Marina to apply for Coastal Zone Management (CZM) permits. However there are a huge number of issues that will need to be considered before any permit is granted for this project.Since T-Rex decided to apply for an Army Corps permit prior to applying for a CZM permit, all of the comments from the public and federal agencies which were generated during the Army Corps public comment period can now be submitted to CZM if and when they get to a complete CZM application. This will be a very significant obstacle for T-Rex to move ahead with their current plans for dredging, filling open water, and taking over the ball field for an 89-room hotel. We believe that a much smaller version of the T-Rex (Sirius) plan might be supported by the community, but not what is currently being proposed.


  • September 13, 2016 – (T-Rex) Army Corps Withdraws Application from Processing
    Following the T-Rex request for additional time to answer the second Army Corps information request, the Corps has notified T-Rex that their application is being withdrawn from processing, and will remain on file for one year. The Corps said “Please be advised that by action of this communication your application is being withdrawn from processing. The application will remain in abeyance pending receipt of the information requested on August 31, 2016.

USACE Withdraws Application from Processing


  • September 9, 2016 – (T-Rex) T-Rex Requests 90 Days Additional Time
    T-Rex has written to the Army Corps and requested 90 days (from the August 31 2016 date) to respond to the “extensive information being requested” by the Corps.

T-Rex Requests 90 Day Response Extension


  • August 31, 2016 – (T-Rex) Army Corps Second Request for Additional Information
    The Army Corps has notified T-Rex that their initial response was inadequate and incomplete. The Corps states: “Please be advised that your response did not adequately address all the issues and information requests detailed in our letter.”  The Corps, in this letter, provides detailed feedback, including many of the comments submitted by Save Coral Bay, and they have notified T-Rex that these comments must be addressed in order for the permit application to be processed.

Army Corps Second Information Request to T-Rex


  • August 8, 2016 – (T-Rex) Save Coral Bay Comments on T-Rex Response
    After reviewing the response from T-Rex to the Army Corps, we felt it was necessary to provided detailed review of the T-Rex response, as well as comments on new and changed information supplied by T-Rex. Overall, we felt that the T-Rex response was significantly inadequate and/or non-responsive to most of the issues identified by the Corps in their first information request. The entire Save Coral Bay response is provided in the link below.

Save Coral Bay Review of T-Rex USACE Response


  • July 2016 – (SEG) Petition for Writ of Review Filed in VI Superior Court
    Now that the Board of Land Use Appeals has completed its hearing, the opponents to the Summer’s End Group are able to file lawsuits in VI Superior Court. Both the Virgin Islands Conservation Society (VICS,in partnership with Save Coral Bay) and the Moravian Conference (in partnership with T-Rex) have petitioned the Superior Court to review the actions of the St John CZM Committee and the Board of Land Use Appeals. This Writ of Review is the next phase of the opposition to the CZM decision approving permits for SEG in October 2014.

VICS Petition for Writ of Review

Moravian Conference Petition for Writ of Review


  • July 11, 2016 – (T-Rex) T-Rex Response to USACE Information Request
    T-Rex has responded to the March 2016 additional information request from the Army Corps. Based on our initial review it appears as though T-Rex has reduced the amount of dredging somewhat, but not eliminated it. They have made some other minor changes to the marina design. Overall it appears as though the majority of the issues and concerns identified by the Corps have not been addressed by T-Rex. Save Coral Bay is planning to offer a detailed review of the T-Rex response to the Army Corps.

T-Rex Response to USACE Information Request

T-Rex Response to EPA Letter


  • July 11, 2016 – (T-Rex) T-Rex Response to USACE Information Request
    T-Rex has responded to the March 2016 additional information request from the Army Corps. Based on our initial review it appears as though T-Rex has reduced the amount of dredging somewhat, but not eliminated it. They have made some other minor changes to the marina design. Overall it appears as though the majority of the issues and concerns identified by the Corps have not been addressed by T-Rex. Save Coral Bay is planning to offer a detailed review of the T-Rex response to the Army Corps.

T-Rex Response to USACE Information Request

T-Rex Response to EPA Letter


  • May 2016 – (SEG) Two Key Land Parcels Sold – Not to Summer’s End Group
    The bank which owned two of the central parcels of the Summer’s End Group project has sold these parcels to a third party with no connection to Summer’s End. These parcels are the “Voyages Building” and the empty lot behind it. Summer’s End had proposed to make this building the centerpiece of their marina project. As a consequence of the sale, SEG has had to notify the Army Corps and CZM, in writing, that they no longer have access to these parcels and they are not part of the SEG project.The letter from SEG to the Army Corps stated: “I just wanted to confirm with you that we will be modifying our upland plans to remove parcels 13 A and 13 B Estate Carolina from the project.

  • March 23, 2016 – (T-Rex) T-Rex Requests Additional Time to Respond to USACE
    T-Rex has requested a 60 day extension to the 30 days provided by the Army Corps for a response to the information request.

T-Rex Request for Additional Time


  • March 8, 2016 – (T-Rex) Army Corps Requests Extensive Additional Information from T-Rex
    Following review of the public comments, federal agency comments, CBCC and Save Coral Bay comments, the Army Corps has provided T-Rex with an extensive list of issues and concerns which must be addressed. Their notice to T-Rex is linked below.

USACE Request for Additional Information from T-Rex


  • January 25, 2016 – (T-Rex) Public Comment Period for Sirius Marina Closes
    The Public Comment period for the Sirius Marina resulted in extensive feedback from federal agencies, the general public, the Coral Bay Community Council, and Save Coral Bay.  There were over 8,000 letters in opposition, a petition with over 4,300 signatures, and detailed comments from agencies.  These materials may all be found at the link below.

Save Coral Bay Comments on Sirius Resort and Marina


  • December 10, 2015 – (T-Rex) US Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice for Second Coral Bay Marina
    The Army Corps has published a Public Notice for the “Sirius Marina” located at the northern end of Coral Bay Harbor, on land leased from the Moravian Conference. The comment period will run until January 25, 2016.

Army Corps Public Notice for Sirius Marina (Moravian Church Property)


  • November 2, 2015 – (SEG) US Army Corps of Engineers Stops Processing Summers End Group Application
    Following a request by Summer’s End for an extended time period to respond to the Oct 22 USACE information request, the Corps responded by placing the entire application on hold. The Army Corps said “We acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 2, 2015, soliciting an extension of time to respond to our request for information dated October 22, 2015, regarding the above referenced permit application.
    Please be advised that by action of this letter your application is being withdrawn from processing. The application will remain in abeyance pending receipt of the information requested on October 22, 2015.”

USACE Places Summer’s End Group Application in Abeyance


  • October 22, 2015 – (SEG) US Army Corps of Engineers Sends Extensive Information Request to Summers End Group
    The Army Corps of Engineers sent a comprehensive information request to the Summer’s End Group requiring response to all of the issues raised by the federal agencies, the Save Coral Bay group, the public comments, and the comments of the Coral Bay Community Council.  The developer was given 30 days to respond to the information request and told that the permit could be denied if they do not respond.

USACE Information Request to the Summer’s End Group


  • October 3, 2015 – (SEG/T-Rex) US Army Corps of Engineers Visits Coral Bay and Meets With Save Coral Bay Group
    A contingent from the Army Corps visited St John for a site visit to the proposed marina location.  They spent several hours with the Save Coral Bay group, the Coral Bay Community Council and the Coral Bay Yacht Club.  The Corps listened to the main concerns of the community, was taken on a walking tour of the site, and a boat tour of the harbor.  The day before visiting Coral Bay the Corps was escorted by the National Park Service on a visit to Hurricane Hole and a other natural and historic sites on St John.

Presentation to USACE by Save Coral Bay


  • August 24, 2015 – (SEG) Second Army Corps Public Comment Period Ends 
    The public response to the second Army Corps comment period has been phenomenal.  In total, counting the letters of the first round, over 20,000 individuals have sent letters to the Corps objecting to the marina.  A petition with over 8,000 signatures was included in this round of comments.  The CBCC and SCB have updated their formal comments with extensive new analysis.  This has been a monumental effort involving thousands of individuals, countless hours of pro bono legal assistance, and coordination by Save Coral Bay with assistance from the Coral Bay Community Council.  The entire submission is too extensive to post, but the cover letter from the legal team summarizes the reasons the Army Corps should deny the permit requested by Summer’s End.  It can be found here:

Legal Cover Letter to the Army Corps


  • July 9, 2015 – (SEG) Second Army Corps Public Notice – New Comment Period Announced 
    When US FWS withdrew the grant from SEG, they ceased being the lead agency for the Army Corps permit environmental review.  As a result, the Army Corps published a new “Public Notice” and requested that the public resubmit ALL comment letters that had been previously submitted.  The only change in the project description was removal of the 75 position public mooring field.  The marina and upland project were identical to the prior Public Notice.  More information about the new comment period may be found here:

New Army Corps Comment Period


  • March 17, 2015 – (SEG) US Fish and Wildlife Service Rescinds Summer’s End Group Grant 
    On March 17, 2015, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) withdrew the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) previously awarded to the Summers End Group citing “the formal comments from internal and external federal agencies, other environmental interests, and the general public.”  This is a  major setback for the Summer’s End Group, who had hoped to receive up to $1.3 million in grant money.  However the terms of the grant stated that a project is ineligible if it causes significant environmental damage, and the Summer’s End project clearly is ineligible on those grounds.

US FWS Letter Rescinding Summers End Group Grant


  • March 5, 2015 – (SEG) US Army Corps of Engineers Comment Period Ends
    The extended comment period for the US Army Corps of Engineers closed today, with an overwhelming response from the public.  Over 13,000 letters, five expert reports, thousands of pages of comment, legal analysis, over 5000 signatures on a petition – all opposing the Summers End Group marina in Coral Bay harbor.  For an overview of the public response during the comment period click the link below:

    Extensive Public Response to Army Corps Comment Period

  • January 7, 2015 – (SEG) US Army Corps of Engineers Public Notice
    Today the United States Army Corps of Engineers published the Public Notice announcing the start of the public comment period for the Summers End Group marina application.  The original notice was for a 25 day comment period, which has subsequently been extended twice.  The comment period is now set to expire on March 5, 2015.  Public comments have been extensive – over 1000 individual letters and 12,000 letters submitted through the National Parks Conservation Association.  The full text of our press release on the public comments may be found here:

The Public Speaks and Leaves No Doubt:  Summers End is Wrong Marina for Coral Bay


  • December 16, 2014 – (SEG) VI Legislature to Delay Permit Hearings Until 31st Legislature
    Today Senator Janette Millin Young, Chairwoman of the Committee for Economic Development, Agriculture and Planning, announced that the Summers End Group trust lands permit would NOT be on the agenda of the final committee meeting of the 30th Legislature, and that the project would not be considered until after the 31st Legislature convenes in 2015.Senator Millin Young said: “Tomorrow, the committee I chair, the Committee on Economic Development, Agriculture and Planning, will vet several requests for major and minor coastal zone permits. Absent from the agenda will be the planned Summers End Marina on St. John and the proposed Mandahl Bay hotel development on St. Thomas. Beginning next month, the committee will schedule site visits and meet with the proponents and opponents of these measures and fairly consider them.”Senator Millin Young’s office staff and several other Senators have confirmed in conversations with me that the issues brought to light in the legal appeals of the SEG permit, the advice of legal counsel not to process permits while appeals are pending, and the strong public sentiment and controversy surrounding the SEG project were all factors in the decision to hold off processing the permit.  The full text of Senator Millin Young’s comments may be found here:

Senator Millin Young Delays SEG Permit Hearing to Allow Full Review


  • November 24, 2014 – (SEG) Coral Bay Moravian Church Appeals Summers End Group Permits
    The Emmaus Moravian church, one of the oldest institutions in Coral Bay, has filed an appeal of the CZM permits granted to the Summers End Group.  Their appeal, which was prepared completely independently from the appeal of the Virgin Islands Conservation Society, points to numerous defects in the application by the Summers End Group.  The Moravian church is particularly concerned about the excessive size of the SEG marina, and the apparent lack of financial support for the SEG development.  The entire Moravian church appeal may be found here:

Moravian Church Appeal of CZM Permits –  24 Nov 2014


  • November 19, 2014 – (SEG) Letter of Support from Friends of the Park
    We are thrilled that the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park has sent an email to their 15,000 members announcing support for the Save Coral Bay movement and encouraging engagement with us and with the Coral Bay Community Council.  Click on the link below for the full text of the Friends of the Park email.

Friends of the Park Email to Members – 19 Nov 2014


  •  November 17, 2014 – Congratulations to Governor Elect Kenneth Mapp
    On behalf of the residents of Coral Bay, I sent this congratulatory email to Governor Elect Ken Mapp, the 8th Governor of the US Virgin Islands:

Good evening Governor Elect Mapp,
Congratulations on being elected the 8th Governor of the United States Virgin Islands ! We in Coral Bay feel particularly honored that you chose to spend the eve of your election with our small group of involved citizens. Thank you for the attention you showed to our community.

If I can be of any assistance in the days, weeks and months ahead, please don’t hesitate to call on me. I understand that you have an ambitious agenda, but I trust our issues won’t fall off your radar. Depending on how things proceed with the marina permits, I may call upon you to try to schedule a public hearing, as you suggested, to help you better understand the basis of our economic, social and environmental concerns. Based on what we learned about your personal and public values last night, I believe you will be sympathetic to sound reasoning and good business sense.

But for now, enjoy your hard-earned victory!

Best regards,
David Silverman


  • November 16, 2014 – Gubernatorial Candidate Kenneth Mapp Visits Coral Bay
    On the eve of the runoff election, gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Mapp and his running mate Osbert Potter visited Coral Bay to attend a “town hall” style meeting, answering questions and concerns of residents on matters of local importance, including the Coral Bay Marina.  Click on the link below to see some video clips of key comments made by Governor Elect Ken Mapp on the Summers End Group marina:

Kenneth Mapp Speaking About Summers End Group Marina


  •  November 14, 2014 – (SEG) Legal Appeals Filed Against Permits Issued to Summers End Group
    Appeals were filed today with the Board of Land Use Appeals (BLUA) against the CZM permits issued to the Summers End Group for the marina and mooring field in Coral Bay Harbor.  The appeals cite a myriad of defects in the application documents that were submitted, the procedure used by CZM to act on the application, conflicts of interest on the part of a sitting CZM board member, defects in the granted permits, and total lack of environmental review.  The complete legal filings may be found by clicking on the image below – the documents entitled “Appendix B” are the most relevant ones, containing the specific complaints.

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  •  November 12, 2014 – (SEG) Legal Strategy Announced For Appeals of SEG Permits
    See our Press Release announcing partnership with Virgin Islands Conservation Society (VICS) and introducing our legal teal to fight the Summers End Group permits.

Press Release – Major Legal Strategy Announcement


  •  October 3, 2014 – Creation of the Save Coral Bay Fund on GoFundMe
    Following the CZM decision to grant permits to the Summers End Group, we’ve launched a funding campaign to underwrite the costs of our legal appeals.  It’s not finely polished, but it gets the message and the urgency across.  Visit this link to see the current status of the campaign:

GoFundMe.com/coralbay


  •  October 1, 2014 – (SEG) CZM Decision Meeting on Summers End Group Permits
    With a 2-0 vote the St John Coastal Zone Management committee approved the Major Land Permit and Major Water Permit for the Summers End Group, with virtually no significant special conditions.  This clear lack of review, lack of findings required under the CZM Act, lack of complete applications, and lack of legal process will be appealed within 45 days.

  •  August 20, 2014 – (SEG) Coastal Zone Management Public Hearing for Summers End Group

An overflow crowd of St John residents attended the CZM public hearing for the Summers End Group.  Extensive testimony was given on the problems with the huge project, and the numerous ways in which it was not consistent with the goals, policies and standards of the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Act.

seg-czm-hearing