ST. THOMAS — Rental beach chairs are no longer pre-arranged on Coki Point Beach after complaints from longtime visitors led government officials to reinforce the beach’s designation as a “public space.”

On Wednesday, officials met with Coki Point vendors at the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation on St. Thomas, and informed them that beach rules and regulations prohibit the practice of arranging beach chairs before they are rented.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email