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Vandals Destroy Seven Toilets At Canegata Ballpark On Sunday Night

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CHRISTIANSTED — Mean-hearted vandals destroyed seven toilets at two separate facilities at the Canegata Ballpark on Sunday night, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Five toilets were smashed at the northernmost restroom facility behind the concession stand — three in the ladies side and two on the men’s side.

The three urinals in the men’s bathroom behind the concession stand were not damaged by vandals.

At the restroom facility to the West closest to the tennis courts, two toilets were destroyed in the ladies restroom, but the urinal and toilet in the men’s room was not damaged.

People close to the operations of the Canegata Ballpark said that the men’s room toilet and urinal and the PVC piping down the side of the facility to the West was destroyed about three months ago.

In every instance of vandalism, the back of the toilet was completely smashed. With some toilets the bowl itself was also completely destroyed down to the floor.

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The Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation (DSPR) has said that it wants to keep the facilities open at night because people will defecate outside the restrooms when they are locked.

But in light of last night’s vandalism — which cost taxpayers at least $3,000, because the average toilet sells for $200 to $400 each officials say privately that they might have to lock down the facilities in the evening.

Additionally, air conditioners that cool the main building at the ballpark have been stolen in the past.

 

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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