Great news from reported from St. John Source newspaper, but the win is not in the bag yet for the Maho Bay Camps. A few days after posting Maho Bay the 1st Eco Park Might Be No More , the Maho Bay Camps St. John source posted and notified everyone that the camps will get a six-month lease extension.
According to the email from the Maho bay Camps directly the Maho Bay lease has been extended to July 31, 2012, with another possible extension if the negotiations for the sale fall through. There is still much work that needs to be done to ensure the camps are there for future. This extension will allow the Trust for Public Land, www.tpl.org , need time to raise additional money
If the camps do end up closing the owners of the land will have to start paying taxes on the land which is currently protected because the land is run as campgrounds. According to Lynda Lohr from the St. Johns Source “….Maho Bay puts about $20 million into the territory’s economy…..spends about $5 million to $6million a year locally on food alone. Then there’s the money gusts spend on taxi fares, ferry fares and more.” Losing this Camp would have a huge affect on local businesses and residents, and most important the National Park the Camps sit on.
This Extension is a small step for Maho Bay Camps and Trust for Public Land, but there is going to be much more work ahead in the future. To make a donation to the Maho Bay Camps and to be a part of saving them for the future visit www.tpl.org . You can always see what and impact these camps have on the economy and nature by making your reservation at www.maho.org.