Virgin Islands Historic Resort Sues Feds Over Land Ownership

By Dorothy Atkins (June 30, 2022, 10:45 p.m. EDT) — The operator of a storm-damaged historic Caneel Bay resort sued the federal government in Virgin Island District Court on Thursday, charging the United States of violating a 1983 agreement by refusing to acknowledge company ownership of the land on which the hotel stands.

In a 26-page complaint, EHI Acquisitions LLC says the federal government declined its “good faith” offer to transfer $70 million resort title in 2019 after back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes in 2017 damaged the luxury resort. The government has since challenged EHI’s ownership of the land, which is located on a 170-acre peninsula in the Virgin Islands National Park.

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