The northwest corner of Caneel Bay Resort on St. John following the 2017 hurricanes. With the agreement between the National Park Service and Caneel’s owner nearing expiration, discussions continue on how to best utilize the space for both visitors and residents.

ST. JOHN — The Caneel Bay Resort has been a hot topic lately, with two recent meetings dedicated to discussing the resort’s past, present and future as an important deadline looms.

On Sept. 30, 2023, the Retained Use Estate, an agreement between the National Park Service and resort owner CBI Acquisitions that allows Caneel to operate on NPS land, is set to expire. NPS officials, including Virgin Islands National Park Superintendent Nigel Fields, recently hosted a listening session where members of the public were invited to answer the following: