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Dinghy Associated With Singularis Ordered To Leave Yacht Haven Grande After Flying Confederate Flag From Boat Over The Weekend

NOT WELCOME HERE! Three men associated with the vessel Singularis and guests of Yacht Haven Grande were asked to leave the marina this week after flying the Confederate flag on the dinghy tied to the larger yacht.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A dinghy that flew the Confederate flag next to the American flag during the Float-A-Palooza event in St. Thomas on Sunday was ordered out of the marina it was docked in this week.

The boat tender was being used for the Singularis owned by Jeffrey Citron, according to What’s Going On St. Thomas, and the larger vessel and its dinghy were ordered out of the Yacht Haven Grande Marina on Monday.

On Sunday three white men were seen conspicuously displaying the Confederate flag in John Brewers Bay, an occurrence that quickly drew the ire of the Virgin Islands boating community and Acting Gov. Osbert Potter.

“The Confederate flag is not welcomed, not accepted, nor tolerated in the Virgin Islands under any circumstances,” Potter said. “The Confederate flag represents divisiveness, bigotry, slavery, and oppression. This is totally out of line with what we as Virgin Islands residents embrace, which is unity and acceptance of all people, regardless of race, color, religion or creed. The flying of the flag is totally offensive to Virgin Islanders, and I will not tolerate this blatant display of hatred to our people.”

And the management of Yacht Haven Grande agreed.

“Yacht Haven Grande were made aware of the inappropriate actions/behavior of some marina guests, Monday afternoon the 12th of June, 2017,” the marina said in a prepared statement. “YHG took the immediate decision to remove the offending crew and vessel from the marina, as such the vessel departed YHG that same evening.”

Citron is the chairman and director of Vonage.

To read how the executive editor of the Virgin Islands Daily News on St. Thomas, Mr. Gerry Yandel, convinced the Honorable Gov. Kenneth Mapp that there was no Confederate flag imagery in other states flags being flown at Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) bases around the territory, click on the link below:

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  1. Billy Bearden
    June 16, 2017 at 7:49 PM — Reply

    Y’all do know the “Confederate flag” that has crippled the economy of the Virgin islands over the last few days wasn’t really a Confederate flag, right?

    It had a Gadsden flag coiled snake in the center, which was never used in any actual flag seen on any battlefield where Confederate soldiers were.

    You do know this is a tempest in a teapot and the “acting Governor” is acting like a foolish child!

    But hey, let’s not stop and learn correct history, let’s double down on stupidity!

    State flag “Confederate imagery”? So the State Flags of Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland are not allowed in the United States territory of the Virgin islands?

    Basically the entire South East of the USA are banned from a port of call in our own land.

  2. James Bond
    September 9, 2017 at 5:02 PM — Reply

    “Billy” sounds very appropriate considering your insensitive comments. History should’ve told you that when in Rome you do as Romans would have you do. American State flags that resemble confederate flags are offensive to most people of goodwill so it would’ve been more appropriate just to fly the American flag.

    In the words of our famous hero Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Or something like that!

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