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DPNR: Magens Bay Under “No Swim” Advisory; Four Beaches In St. John and One In St. Croix Closed

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – In its weekly beach advisory the Department of Planning and Natural Resources said four beaches on St. John and one beach on St. Croix was not safe for swimming or fishing.

Although DPNR said earlier in the week that Magens Bay beach was under a “no swim” advisory since Thursday due to the negative effects of storm runoff, there was no mention of any beach on St. Thomas being closed.

“Beaches on St. Thomas were not sampled this week due to heavy rains this week, and DPNR anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff,” the local agency said. “DPNR advises the public to use caution when using the coastal waters on St. Thomas until further notification.”

On St. John, DPNR said that swimmers and fishermen should avoid using Johnson Bay, Frank Bay, Cruz Bay and Great Cruz Bay. The agency added that it had not been able to test Oppenheimer beach there.

On St. Croix DPNR said the beach around Mill Harbour in Estate Golden Rock on condo row should be avoided by people who want to swim or fish in the ocean.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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