Trash collects at the base of an abandoned building in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

Dear Editor,

I am a native Virgin Islander. For the first time in years, I had the opportunity to take my house guests around the island for a tour of St. Thomas. Has anyone ever considered that the reason for our decline in cruise ship passengers, as well as other tourists, may not be so much because we don’t have berthing facilities, but more because the tourists really don’t want to come back to St. Thomas because it is so filthy and dirty?