“The ‘Save Mandahl Bay’ Video“
This video is an oldie, but goodie, republished here by request as there are always new visitors to this fabulous Eco-system.
Mandahl Bay has been designated by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands as an Area for Preservation and Restoration. Development of the area is deed restricted and Virgin Islands law in two sections specifically prohibits the V.I. Governor from negotiating deed restricted use rights to Mandahl. An outline for the preservation and restoration of Mandhal was also signed into law.
Watch the World Oceans Day Reef Renaissance International Film Festival Award-winning video highlighting the unique diversity of wildlife in the Mandahl Bay Beach, lagoon, watershed, nursery habitat and mangal.
In 2014, in direct violation of Virgin Islands law, the V.I. governor negotiated a lease agreement with Mandahl Bay Holdings to develop a resort hotel and marina with condominium complex, sewage plant, fueling depot and space for over 80 luxury yachts. In 2015, the V.I. Legislature nixed the agreement as not being properly before the body.
Full public use of the land, deeded for educational purposes, is still being curtailed in the shadow of a previous illegally negotiated lease. [The Virgin Islands Code prohibits negotiations for Mandahl by the governor unless deed restrictions are lifted. Deed restrictions remain in place for Mandahl.]Video filmed by Karl Callwood