The Virgin Islands Open Shorelines Act does not grant a right to the general public to cross private property to access the shorelines of the Virgin Islands. Such a law would likely be unconstitutional.
What the Open Shorelines Act does is grant the public a right to use and enjoy the shorelines of the Virgin Islands. To access those shorelines, the public must rely on existing access, or — as is the typical case with beachfront hotels — rely on the access granted as a condition of the issuance of a major Coastal Zone Management permit.
That said, it is certainly possible the public has established rights of access across the path that your article indicates has been blocked off. Whether historic use of the path has ripened into a general right of the public to make use of the blocked pathway is a question [to be] determined by rules of real property law, not the Open Shorelines Act.
William S. McConnell
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