While comparatively few cases of Zika virus have been identified in the United States, the National Park Service has been working to keep visitors, and employees, on top of the situation and is recommending that everyone visiting National Park System sites in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico take precautions to ward off mosquitoes.
Virgin Islands National Park
For Danny Bernstein, retirement is best enjoyed by following a path through the woods, or a tour through a unit of the National Park System. Whether the park is focused on history, or culture, or natural beauty doesn't matter. For Ms. Bernstein, being in the park system and enjoying and learning from it is what matters.
The Jeep maneuvered nimbly, but my nerves were definitely rattled. St. John’s rolling and pitching landscape features narrow, weary roads with blind curves and overhanging vegetation. Those challenges were compounded by driving on the “wrong side” of the road. It made me wonder just how much insurance coverage I had.
While one marina project proposed for a bay that includes waters and shorelines of Virgin Islands National Park has been put on hold due to unanswered questions, a second marina is being proposed for the bay.
How badly are some units of the National Park System struggling? If you call VIrgin Islands National Park looking for directions to paradise, your call might get dropped or not even go through.
The newly-issued prospectus for concessions at Virgin Island National Park includes the demolition and rebuilding of much of the park’s hospitality facilities, most of which are at Cinnamon Bay Beach.
Public comment is being taken by the Army Corps of Engineers on a proposed marina on Coral Bay in the Virgin Islands that could impact Virgin Islands National Park. If the marina is built, according to opponents, it would become one of the largest in the Caribbean and located in "one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of St John."
With long, cold, snowy months descending on the northern half of the country, it's not a bad time to cast your eyes to the south and national parks where you can find warm weather, sandy beaches, and plenty of sunshine.