'Tis the season of political rhetoric and among the issues which have not been addressed is the matter of vendors conducting business at our scenic overlooks and the adverse affect it has on the quality of our residents' and visitors' experience at these sites.
Our elected officials must take a stand on this issue. It is the position of the League of Women Voters of the Virgin Islands that there should be no vendors at our scenic overlooks.
The League does not suggest that the vendors should be bared from conducting business, but that they should be moved to a more appropriate location. The suggestion to move the vendors to an area at the Long Bay land fill makes sense as a temporary solution until a more suitable and permanent location is found.
If the vendors are not moved, particularly from the Drake's Seat location, the people of the Virgin Islands stand a very good chance of losing the opportunity to acquire the property from Drake's Seat through and including the privately owned portion of the Magens Bay. Will our elected officials continue to cater to a handful of vendors, or will they, at last, begin to think of all of the people of the Virgin Islands?
VENDORS A THREAT TO LAND ACQUISITION
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