Jack-oSo who arrived late one night at the Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix, shrouded in secrecy -- and a sheet? None other than pop superstar Michael Jackson, who visited the island ostensibly to check out a 600-acre parcel of land that would serve as the site for his proposed casino hotel and theme park. Apparently, he's still "conceptualizing" the project, but Jackson did say he's seriously considering St. Croix because of his "love for this beautiful island and its people." The singer toured the island, just like a tourist. Well, not exactly like a tourist. He was cocooned in a long, white limousine; was dressed entirely in black except for his trademark white socks, and was surrounded by bodyguards at all times. No matter. Crowds of Crucians welcomed him with shouts of "Mi-chaellll!" He paused outside the Casino Control Commission offices in Frederiksted to blow kisses and sign autographs, then paid an unscheduled visit to a Rotary club. He hosted a reception at the Buccaneer's landmark sugar mill, sailed the nearby waters, parasailed over the waters, dined at local restaurants and stayed in one of the resort's beachfront suites. During his brief visit, Jackson remained quite visible, though he sang not one note. Who knows? This could be the start of a whole new chapter in Crucian tourism.
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