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Members of the St. Croix Coastal Zone Committee approved a major permit for Connecticut developer Curtis Robinson of Robin Bay Associates’ $1.2 billion casino and resort project on St. Croix’s south shore.

The massive Seven Hills Beach Resort project includes four hotels with a combined 870 rooms, more than 500 various types of residences, timeshares, casino, waterpark, 18-hole golf course, restaurants and other amenities.

The project – which will be done in four phases over an estimated nine years – stands to give the struggling St. Croix economy a major boost with about 800 construction and 800 permanent jobs.

Robin Bay’s President Curtis Robinson started the project in 1999, but stalled after 9.11.01. The project again gained momentum and in January 2007, Robin Bay purchased more than 600 acres in four estates – Cotton Grove, Little Profit, Mount Retreat and Mount Fancy – from St. Croix businessman Antonio Gonzalez.

Robinson’s company has spent $3,000,000 on the permitting process, and submitted a 2,000 page report. He said the company took its time, was very conscious of the environment and addressed concerns and needs of neighbors.

Robin Bay still needs to acquire a casino license from the V.I. Casino Commission.

This news is very important to the future development of St Croix, not only real estate values but quality of life, visibility as a travel destination, and economic growth for the island. Stay tuned.

(resource: Virgin Islands Daily News)