$50 Million for a National Park That’s NOT in the US

Along a party-line vote, Arizona Democrats approved a $50 million purchase of land for a new National Park.  One one problem, it’s on an island 1000 miles from the United States.

If you are hoping to visit the newest crown jewel in America’s park system chosen by Congress, throw away the car keys and open up your wallet. The 2,900 pristine acres of beachfront property were not cheap — or even in the United States.

The property soliciting accusations of “pork” from critics is the Castle Nugent National Historic Park. It’s in the U.S. Virgin Islands, about a thousand miles from Miami and an expensive jet ride to get there.

Two weeks ago, on a near party line vote, a huge Democratic majority in the House agreed to spend $50 million to buy the former cotton plantation on the island of St. Croix.

The mixture of dry forest and rangeland offers picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea, but good luck getting there. Critics in Congress say the purchase is wasteful and irresponsible, especially with unemployment at 10 percent and the nation in debt.

“Now is not the time to spend up to $50 million dollars of the taxpayers’ money to buy nearly 3,000 acres of beachfront property on a Caribbean Island,” said Rep. Doc Hastings, (R-Wash.), ranking Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee. “We can’t afford a price tag for a new park in St Croix, just as many Americans will never be able to afford a visit there.”

Democrats approved the purchase, even though the National Park Service has yet to complete a study on the purchase.

Read the role call vote here.

Heads up Arizona, Only Harry Mitchell voted against this.  Funny, with all the concern over budget deficits and possible federal and state parks closing, our elected officials have no problem spending $50 Million [that we don’t have], on a island park that most of us will never go to see [Unless you can catch a ride from Nancy Pelosi].

via Liveshots.


  1. I am pretty surprised Giffords voted for this, I guess she doesnt understand how much trouble she is in.

  2. Or she just doesn’t care.

  3. Its a complete waste, but the headline is misleading. Maybe you meant not in the “continental” US…

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