Apparently they are closing all of the beaches that are in the park on St John with police tape and barricades. Here is a statement from the park office in St John:
This is courtesy of News of St John: http://newsofstjohn.com/2013/10/01/government-shutdown-effects/
12 p.m. Update: We just got off the phone with Mike Anderson, NPS Deputy Superintendent. He said that NPS has gone ahead and closed the park per direction from the federal government. He said signs were put up and barricades installed. Because the National Park extends out into the water, all beaches from Lindt Point to Haulover Bay are closed. Additionally on the South Shore, Salt Pond, the Lameshures and Reef Bay are closed. All park trails are also closed.
“No one is happy about this, including our staff,” he said.
Anderson said 46 park employees have been furloughed including Park Superintendent Brion FitzGerald. Anderson will remain working as the park coordinator during the shutdown.
Regarding the water, vessels are allowed to pass through the park waters, but they cannot anchor or tie up to any of the moorings. In addition, all commercial activity is suspended including guided tours, and snorkeling or scuba tours. Boat operators can, however, pick up guests in St. John but they must travel to the BVIs.
If anyone is found to be on NSP land or in NPS waters, they will be asked to leave by park enforcement rangers who will remain working. If they do not leave at that time, they will receive a citation.
Um yea, a beach and ocean, and we cannot use those? And I love how they are steering people away from the US Virgin Islands to the British Virgin Islands? Also interesting is how quickly they can fence off our beaches but yet we seem to have a problem securing our border?
I am going to assume also that the Federal Governments rule of no access to the beaches in the park takes precedence over our territory law that allows for access to all beaches to the high tide mark?
And there is a sit in this Sunday, October 6th at Maho Bay.