CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands --- What could be better to
rekindle the flagging tourism base on St. Croix here than a $100
million theme park?
Stateside development consultants recently presented plans to
the V.I. Port Authority for the 50-attraction Ay Ay Adventure Park,
named after the Carib Indian name for St. Croix.
Attractions would include a shopping and entertainment village;
a water park with a wave pool, beach and dolphin swims; aquariums;
a hurricane simulator; and a Crucian heritage museum. Four possible
sites were identified for the attraction -- three in the
Frederiksted area on the West end of St. Croix and the fourth near
Experts said the park would create up to 1,600 jobs and could be
an impetus for bringing cruise lines back to the island by giving
passengers something new to see and do.
At the Port Authority board meeting, government officials
reacted favorably to the presentation.
Tourism commissioner Pamela Richards, who serves as the Port
Authority chairperson, said the government should act "swiftly" to
get the project moving, especially to secure the land where the
park will be built and create tax incentives to entice
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