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JUDGE ORDERS CAMP ARAWAK PARK PLAN

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After blocking the exchange of public property at Camp Arawak with Beal Aerospace on Wednesday, Territorial Court Judge Alphonso Andrews ordered Gov. Charles Turnbull to come up with a "master plan" to develop the 14.5 acres into a park.
As part of her suit against the government and Caribbean Space Technologies, an affiliate of Beal Aerospace, Sen. Alicia "Chucky" Hansen sought to have a new trustee of the Camp Arawak property named. Andrews, however, ruled that the governor could remain as the overseer of the property, but with a caveat: That Turnbull devise a plan to develop the property within the next 60 days.
"Camp Arawak can become a great park on Great Pond Bay," Andrews said.
"The people and the government need only will it so."
The judge ordered Turnbull to come up with a "flexible, comprehensive master plan for the use of the property and structures as a park facility."
Andrews gave the government three days from Wednesday to assign the project to a government agency. The plan must also include a proposal to fund the project. The judge also noted that any money collected for the master plan must be deposited in a separate account independent from the V.I. government’s general fund.
The 14.5 acres, commonly called Camp Arawak, was donated to the people of the Virgin Islands by the late Frank Wiesner in 1974. The deed stipulated that the property, which contains the ruins of a Danish colonial-era great house and other cultural and archeological artifacts, was to be developed into a park.
Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and the government’s cash shortfalls, however, have left the great house in disrepair and the property undeveloped.
In court on Wednesday, Andrews said that many people in the community were unaware that Camp Arawak existed or that it was public property.
"Now they know," he said. "This court is of the view that if the people and the government work together in pursuit of a common goal, the government can turn (Camp Arawak) into a more elaborate park facility."

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