If you’ve read this blog, or if you read News of St. John when I owned it between 2013 and 2020, you are probably aware of my disdain for the operators of the former Caneel Bay Resort, EHI Acquisitions. Since the resort was forced to close following Hurricane Irma, they’ve treated the property Caneel Bay Resort sits on poorly. They treated their employees poorly. They treated the community poorly. And to top it all off, they filed a frivolous federal lawsuit in a pathetic effort to gain control of the land that Caneel sits on, despite Laurance Rockefeller’s clear wishes that it become part of the Virgin Islands National Park this year. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any worse, they proved me wrong.
Santa will not be arriving in Cruz Bay on Christmas Eve this year. Why? Because EHI Acquisitions decided it no longer wanted to sponsor the annual event, despite the fact that Caneel Bay Resort has done so since the 1950s.
In its efforts to steal the land that Caneel Bay Resort sits on, EHI’s marketing efforts claim that it is all about the community. They claim they care about the people of St. John, and they want to donate the land Caneel sits on to the “Virgin Islands people” should they gain control of it. Actions speak louder than words, my friends.
Nothing screams I’m an awful person, in my opinion, like disappointing children on Christmas. Way to go EHI. Way to go.
If EHI wasn’t actively trying to gain permanent control of this property, I would understand why they wouldn’t want to sponsor the event. But that is simply not the case.
On a happier note, I would like to thank the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and St. John’s Administrator for hosting an incredible holiday party for our children this past Sunday in Cruz Bay. It was perfect in every way. As a parent of a kindergartener who was convinced that the real Santa took time to visit our little island from the North Pole during his busiest time of year, I cannot thank you all enough. Merry Christmas.
And to EHI, enjoy all that coal that you will receive this year.