Once again, a date has been set for the opening of the Enighed Pond commercial port an event more than 30 years in the making.
The V.I. Port Authority (VIPA) has faced several problems and delays that plagued the agencys efforts to open the pond, including the recent discovery of a large rock in the channel.
The rock has been marked with a buoy and will be removed at a later date, and the dock masters trailer is now being installed.
Theyre putting in the dock masters trailer now, said VIPA spokesperson Carol Henneman on Friday morning, March 24. Thats going to allow us to open it in a timely way now.
The commercial port, designed to accommodate the islands increased barge traffic and to reduce some of the congestion at the VIPA bulkhead in Cruz Bay, will open on Monday, April 10. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Friday, April 21.
The opening of the pond was previously delayed due to conflicts with Gov. Charles Turnbulls schedule, who VIPA hopes to have present at the ceremony.
Were hoping that hes going to be there, said Henneman. I called to verify that hes available on that day. Were hopeful. Everyone at VIPA is happy the commercial port is finally scheduled to open, said Henneman.
Everybodys happy, she said. No one is happier than our chair, Mr. (Bob) OConnor, because he lives on St. John and hears about it every day.