The Fund for Coral Bay

$130,771 of $200k goal

Raised by 1,057 people in 30 months
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Save Coral Bay  ST JOHN, VI
SAVE CORAL BAY for future generations

The Save Coral Bay Fund

Coral Bay Harbor is a unique body of water on the undeveloped, eastern part of St John, US Virgin Islands. Its lush sea grass meadows are habitat for endangered sea turtles, its fringing mangroves are a shark nursery, and on its shores are historic structures dating back hundreds of years.


Today Coral Bay Harbor is under attack from outside investors who only see it as a destination for mega yachts, luxury stores and resort hotels.  They want to take over the harbor, destroy its natural habitat, and replace all of that natural and historic beauty with environmentally destructive over-built marinas, luxury retail, and large-scale resort hotels.  They literally want to "pave paradise and put up a parking lot".

Our campaign's mission is to protect and rehabilitate the environment of Coral Bay so it can be enjoyed by future generations.

We are now fighting two environmentally destructive, large-scale development projects.  At the local level, we are appealing the VI Coastal Zone Management permits for the Summer's End Group mega yacht marina which were approved by authorities in the Virgin Islands without proper environmental review.  We are also defending Coral Bay at the federal level, since these projects require permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, with input from the EPA, NOAA, and FWS.  With a new resort and marina application filed late in 2015 by the Sirius Development group, our need for funding legal and expert expenses is likely to increase, particularly since we will very likely be fighting two projects simultaneously.

Once we have defeated these immediate threats, our next task is to plan the small sustainable improvements to Coral Bay that will improve its health and correct the mistakes of the past.   Long term, our goal is to work with others to implement protective measures ensuring that Coral Bay can be enjoyed in its natural state by future generations.

Every dollar of your contribution received by us will go to the fight to preserve, protect, and enhance Coral Bay.

Funds for these purposes will be managed by the Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC), a trusted local nonprofit organization.

About the Coral Bay Community Council
The mission of our fiscal sponsor, the Coral Bay Community Council, is to provide an effective means for residents of Coral Bay to participate in planning the future of Coral Bay development.  The CBCC and its members fully support and stand behind the activities of the Save Coral Bay Fund.

If you would like to donate to the Save Coral Bay Fund by check, please make your check out to the Coral Bay Community Council and include the words "Save Coral Bay Fund" on the memo line.  Instructions and the address for mailing checks may be found here.  Mailed donations are kept confidential, unless you request otherwise.

To keep up to date with the activities of the Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) and become a CBCC member go to www.coralbaycommunitycouncil.org.
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Update 19
Posted by Save Coral Bay
1 month ago
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PUBLIC LETTER TO ARMY CORPS - PLEASE SIGN TODAY

It has been fifteen months since the US Army Corps of Engineers provided the Summer's End Group (SEG) with a comprehensive list of issues and concerns which they were required to address in order to process their mega marina application. The Corps gave them one year to answer these concerns, after which their permit application could be denied. Fifteen months have elapsed and SEG has not submitted any response to the Army Corps.

We are now writing an open letter to the Army Corps requesting that the Corps deny the permit requested by SEG due to SEG's failure to respond to the issues identified by the public and federal agencies. PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME to the signers of this letter. It only takes a minute to read the letter and add your name.

The letter may be found here (click on the link then fill in the form to add your name):

http://SaveCoralBay.com/public-usace-letter

Thank you for helping to SAVE CORAL BAY for future generations !
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Update 18
Posted by Save Coral Bay
1 month ago
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PUBLIC LETTER TO ARMY CORPS - PLEASE SIGN

It has been fifteen months since the US Army Corps of Engineers provided the Summer's End Group (SEG) with a comprehensive list of issues and concerns which they were required to address. The Corps gave them one year to answer these concerns, after which their permit application could be denied. Fifteen months have elapsed and SEG has not submitted any response to the Army Corps.

We are now writing an open letter to the Army Corps requesting that the Corps deny the permit requested by SEG due to SEG's failure to respond to the issues identified by the public and federal agencies. PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME to the signers of this letter. It only takes a minute to read the letter and add your name.

The letter may be found here: http://SaveCoralBay.com/public-usace-letter

Thank you for helping to SAVE CORAL BAY for future generations !
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Update 17
Posted by Save Coral Bay
8 months ago
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UPDATE: APPEAL FILED IN SUPERIOR COURT AGAINST SUMMERS END GROUP PERMITS

July 8 2016, was a milestone for Save Coral Bay. After waiting sixteen months for the Board of Land Use Appeals (BLUA) to convene a hearing on our Coastal Zone Management (CZM) appeal, we finally were able to file what is known as a "Writ of Review" in Superior Court. The Virgin Islands Conservation Society (VICS), in conjunction with Save Coral Bay, filed that lawsuit yesterday.

The Writ of Review requests that the court vacate the permits which were improperly granted to Summers End in October 2014. These court proceedings can take a long time to reach a conclusion, but Save Coral Bay has the resources, the time, and the motivation to see this ill-conceived project through to its inevitable conclusion - the end of Summers End.

I will be posting the entire Writ of Review on our website, but here are the conclusions and remedies excerpted from the Writ which summarize the arguments in the case:

CONCLUSION

CZM-STJ’s actions were arbitrary and capricious and failed to comply with the CZMA. It erred because it:

a. failed to consolidate the two permit applications and consider the cumulative impact of the development upon the entire coastal zone;

b. failed to consolidate the two permit applications and therefore did not subject the land-aspects of the development to the scrutiny required in 12 V.I.C. § 911;

c. granted the permits when SEG had failed to prove that it had the required legal interest in the properties and authority to develop the properties;

d. granted the permits when the EARs were insufficient, both as a matter of law and of fact;

e. failed to make any findings of fact that allowed its decisions to be properly reviewed on appeal;

f. failed to make all of the conclusions required by 12 V.I.C. § 911(c);

g. made some of the conclusions (by adopting CZM Staff recommendations) required by 12 V.I.C. §§ 910 and 910(c) when those conclusions are not supported by the substantial evidence of record;

h. failed to state the basis for the rental calculations for the Water Permit as required by the CZMA;

i. imposed improper conditions upon the Water Permit; and

j. proceeded to consider the permit with the participation of a Committee member who was disqualified from taking any steps to advance the progress of the permit.


The decision of VIBLUA was erroneous because it:

a. consolidated, without any statutory authority, the Land Permit and Water Permit instead of vacating the two permits when it recognized that they were improperly considered separately;

b. affirmed the decision of CZM-STJ despite all of the errors listed above.

REQUESTED RELIEF

VICS prays that after due proceedings, this Court:

A. grant its writ of review;

B. order that no surety bond under Rule 15(b) of the Rules of the Superior Court is required, in as much as any decision of the Court is unlikely to result in an order directed at VICS that would require surety to ensure compliance;

C. direct the clerk of court to issue the writ to the Respondent with instructions that the Respondent shall return the writ to the Court within 20 days together with a certified copy of the record;

D. direct the Respondent to answer the petition, and, direct that in each instance where Respondent denies an allegation of the petition the Respondent cite to the portions of the record that it asserts support the denial;

E. after Respondent has answered the petition, establish a briefing schedule; and

F. reverse the decision of the Board of Land Use Appeals and remand with instructions that the Board of Land Use Appeals remand the permits to CZM-STJ with instructions that the Permits be vacated.

SAVE CORAL BAY for future generations - with your support we definitely will !
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Update 16
Posted by Save Coral Bay
11 months ago
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Board of Land Use Appeals Decision - What does it mean ?

The BLUA hearing on April 5 was, if nothing else, very confusing. Our purpose in pursuing the BLUA appeal of the Summer's End CZM decision was to get to one of two outcomes: either an outright denial of the CZM permits, or the chance to argue our case in court. We got the latter, and then some.

SEG's objective was to have their two CZM permits approved by BLUA. Instead, BLUA decided to combine the Land and Water permits, so Summer's End cannot do anything until they get their water permit approved, and they cannot get that until they get an Army Corps permit. So, basically, BLUA passed the buck to the Army Corps.

We won't know exactly what our next steps are until we see the written decision of BLUA, but based on what we heard today we expect that we will soon be in Virgin Islands Superior Court filing an appeal.

All of this costs money, and we'll be needing to replenish our legal defense fund, so please consider making a donation to our legal fund today.

Save Coral Bay for future generations !
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Jill Burt
25 months ago
2
2

Coral Bay is one of the prettiest natural places on our earth. We cannot let it be destroyed by a yacht marina. Coral Bay is special because of its simplicity. Hurricane Hole is a fishery which would be destroyed by this venture.

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Save Coral Bay Fund
25 months ago
1
1

Ashley, we've already spent around half of the money that has been raised so far on legal expenses to fight the marina. The permit review process will take years, and we will need far more money than we have raised to date in order to continue this fight. If, at the end of the process, there is surplus money in the fund, then it will go to support small sustainable improvements to Coral Bay that will ensure its health for future generations. The Coral Bay Community Council holds ALL of the money raised in this GoFundMe campaign.

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Ashley Baxley-Weeks
25 months ago
1
1

So where does the money go if the project still goes through?

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Chris Alonge
26 months ago
1
1

not suprised that the politicans were in bed with the rich developers...status quo for policitians...I'm sure pockets were greased as necessary. Obviously this ridiculous project never should have made it past the CZM stage. Coral Bay is a lovely beautiful unspoiled paradise that should not be ruined by such a huge marina development. Can't the national park service assist with killing this developer's plans? Time to get someone else with deep pockets to assist saving marine habitat!!

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Jane Weinstein
26 months ago
1
1

Isn't there a way to get the "big boys" involved such as World Wild Life or Earth Justice?? Developers have deep pockets. What is the HOW BEHIND THEIR GETTING PERMITS? Is what they've done to get the permit legal OR illegal?

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Tonya Faller
27 months ago
1
1

Please help us

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Teri Pool
28 months ago
1
1

Mega yachts should not be in the middle of this habitat, destroying sea turtles and coral. My family fell in love with the island because it is mostly parkland, and a preserve for endangered wild life and sea creatures. It would be wrong to build in of the few untouched places left in the world.

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Susan Shofer
28 months ago
1
1

I have been an avid traveler my entire life, but always avoided the Caribbean like the plague. The vision of cruise ships, strip shopping centers, and huge crowds never appealed to me. Then came St. John and I fell in love with an unspoiled island. This intended project is way too "mega" for such a small space. The fallout from such an endeavor will not only negatively impact the ecosystem of the island, but the tentacles into the land side stand only to create traffic and litter to an already beautiful pristine place.

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Dave Valente
28 months ago
1
1

I was just there last week, nosing around the old boatyard behind Skinny's. I mean, yeah maybe a new marina would be OK for the area, but it would absolutely have to be quite small scale, with a very low profile that would fit in with the overall, laid-back vibe of Coral Bay. Who's kidding who, St. John will never be a luxury destination like St. Bart's -- or let's hope to hell it never gets to that point, ever!

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Lindsay Powers
28 months ago
1
1

My wife and I fell in love with St. John when we stayed for a week 8 years ago. This gem of the Caribbean needs to be protected, not abused just for profit.

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Janet Lewis
29 months ago
1
1

This cause means the world to our family, St. John, but most specifically CORAL BAY has been our "happy place" we return every year & love the waters, the peace & quiet (except for the occasional rooster, totally cool) :) the friendly people, Skinnys, vies, Tourist Trap, & we loved Donkey diner, the "dip" signs, the goats & donkeys. The fact that it doesn't change & end up looking like every place I've ever been on cruise ship stops. It truly is so special & unique it would sadden my heart & my family's,' if it were to ever change. One of my daughters has been coming since she was 5, she's 19 now & this is HER feel good place. It is in all of our hearts.

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Angela de Lugo
29 months ago
1
1

I'm so glad you've raised the bar & the GOAL ! We have so much momentum growing - from all over the USA as they are learning about this through Social Media, friends, and now radio and more mainstream media !. Our sister islands of St Croix and St Thomas are getting even more involved as they are hearing about the fight to #SaveCoralBay -- MANY people are wanting their voices heard & a chance to Help .

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Bonnie Huggett
29 months ago
1
1

Coral bay is one of the most beautiful untouched places and with every donation even $5.00 will help save this beautiful piece of paradise... Thanks Rach and Fred for caring.

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Patrick Neid
29 months ago
1
1

We all have to find a way to skip a latte or two and instead put that $5 in the kitty. There are thousands of us following this tragedy in the making and if everyone just kicked in $5 all goals would be met. While the header says "save Coral Bay" your donation is about a larger truth--saving the biosphere, here and everywhere. We have advanced far enough as a civilization that we no longer need to cut down old growth redwoods and destroy precious ecosystems to make the economy work. People, like the marinas developers, are dinosaurs--they don't get it. Stopping this marina will teach them and theirs a necessary lesson. It will be a posted warning.

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Una Smit
29 months ago
1
1

First Maho Bay, now Coral Bay.....

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Clark Beam
29 months ago
1
1

Well it's a real shame that we have to raise funds to fight a ridiculous developer, but that happens all over in beautiful places and now it's our turn. With any luck the federal agencies will put a stop to all this and the funds can be used to make Coral Bay beautiful and add some enhancing infrastructure for all to enjoy. Unfortunately we can't count on this so we must protect our bay now! Either way it's nice to have all who love St. John and Coral Bay united to make our beloved place the best it can be. Thank you all for sharing the love for Coral Bay!

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Susan Silverman
29 months ago
1
1

No donation is too small....it adds up!

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Susan Silverman
29 months ago
1
1

Be sure to watch the entire video...there is a disturbing sound that will become a reality for months and months if this horrific marina gets built.

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Sulaiman The-WordSmith
17 days ago

Humans can not overrun every part of the planet. We must reserve natural habitats for animals.

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$130,771 of $200k goal

Raised by 1,057 people in 30 months
Created October 9, 2014
SB
CS
$50
Christoph Stannik
26 days ago
DS
$60
David Silverman
28 days ago

Donation from Cate Poole Water Colors art sales

$25
Anonymous
29 days ago
RG
$1,000
Rebecca Gibbel
1 month ago
KB
$100
Kenny 'B' Burt
1 month ago

We ALL must contribute to "SAVE CORAL BAY" Please HELP save this precious environment for our grandchildren to ENJOY!!

SH
$25
Susan Harbison
1 month ago

Growth at all costs??!! NO !!!! Natural, beautiful, ecologically vital places on our planet MUST be protected and saved for OUR future and our children's & grandchildren's future. Speak up for those who cannot .. sea turtles, corals, tropical fishes and our oceans. SAVE CORAL BAY!! Thank you!!

BH
$100
Bill Hoffman
1 month ago
BS
$25
BLAKE STROBL
2 months ago

Much love for Coral Bay and nature's beauty! I HEART STJ :)

$300
Anonymous
2 months ago
BB
$75
Bobette & John Bisbee
3 months ago

Please save Coral Bay. It will be ruined by big development. Leave one town to be small & simple!

Jill Burt
25 months ago
2
2

Coral Bay is one of the prettiest natural places on our earth. We cannot let it be destroyed by a yacht marina. Coral Bay is special because of its simplicity. Hurricane Hole is a fishery which would be destroyed by this venture.

+ Read More
Save Coral Bay Fund
25 months ago
1
1

Ashley, we've already spent around half of the money that has been raised so far on legal expenses to fight the marina. The permit review process will take years, and we will need far more money than we have raised to date in order to continue this fight. If, at the end of the process, there is surplus money in the fund, then it will go to support small sustainable improvements to Coral Bay that will ensure its health for future generations. The Coral Bay Community Council holds ALL of the money raised in this GoFundMe campaign.

+ Read More
Ashley Baxley-Weeks
25 months ago
1
1

So where does the money go if the project still goes through?

+ Read More
Chris Alonge
26 months ago
1
1

not suprised that the politicans were in bed with the rich developers...status quo for policitians...I'm sure pockets were greased as necessary. Obviously this ridiculous project never should have made it past the CZM stage. Coral Bay is a lovely beautiful unspoiled paradise that should not be ruined by such a huge marina development. Can't the national park service assist with killing this developer's plans? Time to get someone else with deep pockets to assist saving marine habitat!!

+ Read More
Jane Weinstein
26 months ago
1
1

Isn't there a way to get the "big boys" involved such as World Wild Life or Earth Justice?? Developers have deep pockets. What is the HOW BEHIND THEIR GETTING PERMITS? Is what they've done to get the permit legal OR illegal?

+ Read More
Tonya Faller
27 months ago
1
1

Please help us

+ Read More
Teri Pool
28 months ago
1
1

Mega yachts should not be in the middle of this habitat, destroying sea turtles and coral. My family fell in love with the island because it is mostly parkland, and a preserve for endangered wild life and sea creatures. It would be wrong to build in of the few untouched places left in the world.

+ Read More
Susan Shofer
28 months ago
1
1

I have been an avid traveler my entire life, but always avoided the Caribbean like the plague. The vision of cruise ships, strip shopping centers, and huge crowds never appealed to me. Then came St. John and I fell in love with an unspoiled island. This intended project is way too "mega" for such a small space. The fallout from such an endeavor will not only negatively impact the ecosystem of the island, but the tentacles into the land side stand only to create traffic and litter to an already beautiful pristine place.

+ Read More
Dave Valente
28 months ago
1
1

I was just there last week, nosing around the old boatyard behind Skinny's. I mean, yeah maybe a new marina would be OK for the area, but it would absolutely have to be quite small scale, with a very low profile that would fit in with the overall, laid-back vibe of Coral Bay. Who's kidding who, St. John will never be a luxury destination like St. Bart's -- or let's hope to hell it never gets to that point, ever!

+ Read More
Lindsay Powers
28 months ago
1
1

My wife and I fell in love with St. John when we stayed for a week 8 years ago. This gem of the Caribbean needs to be protected, not abused just for profit.

+ Read More
Janet Lewis
29 months ago
1
1

This cause means the world to our family, St. John, but most specifically CORAL BAY has been our "happy place" we return every year & love the waters, the peace & quiet (except for the occasional rooster, totally cool) :) the friendly people, Skinnys, vies, Tourist Trap, & we loved Donkey diner, the "dip" signs, the goats & donkeys. The fact that it doesn't change & end up looking like every place I've ever been on cruise ship stops. It truly is so special & unique it would sadden my heart & my family's,' if it were to ever change. One of my daughters has been coming since she was 5, she's 19 now & this is HER feel good place. It is in all of our hearts.

+ Read More
Angela de Lugo
29 months ago
1
1

I'm so glad you've raised the bar & the GOAL ! We have so much momentum growing - from all over the USA as they are learning about this through Social Media, friends, and now radio and more mainstream media !. Our sister islands of St Croix and St Thomas are getting even more involved as they are hearing about the fight to #SaveCoralBay -- MANY people are wanting their voices heard & a chance to Help .

+ Read More
Bonnie Huggett
29 months ago
1
1

Coral bay is one of the most beautiful untouched places and with every donation even $5.00 will help save this beautiful piece of paradise... Thanks Rach and Fred for caring.

+ Read More
Patrick Neid
29 months ago
1
1

We all have to find a way to skip a latte or two and instead put that $5 in the kitty. There are thousands of us following this tragedy in the making and if everyone just kicked in $5 all goals would be met. While the header says "save Coral Bay" your donation is about a larger truth--saving the biosphere, here and everywhere. We have advanced far enough as a civilization that we no longer need to cut down old growth redwoods and destroy precious ecosystems to make the economy work. People, like the marinas developers, are dinosaurs--they don't get it. Stopping this marina will teach them and theirs a necessary lesson. It will be a posted warning.

+ Read More
Una Smit
29 months ago
1
1

First Maho Bay, now Coral Bay.....

+ Read More
Clark Beam
29 months ago
1
1

Well it's a real shame that we have to raise funds to fight a ridiculous developer, but that happens all over in beautiful places and now it's our turn. With any luck the federal agencies will put a stop to all this and the funds can be used to make Coral Bay beautiful and add some enhancing infrastructure for all to enjoy. Unfortunately we can't count on this so we must protect our bay now! Either way it's nice to have all who love St. John and Coral Bay united to make our beloved place the best it can be. Thank you all for sharing the love for Coral Bay!

+ Read More
Susan Silverman
29 months ago
1
1

No donation is too small....it adds up!

+ Read More
Susan Silverman
29 months ago
1
1

Be sure to watch the entire video...there is a disturbing sound that will become a reality for months and months if this horrific marina gets built.

+ Read More
Sulaiman The-WordSmith
17 days ago

Humans can not overrun every part of the planet. We must reserve natural habitats for animals.

+ Read More
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