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Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures #151277
01/04/2018 09:58 AM
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Makes me want to go back even sooner!!!!!!! I had no idea that this is what they were creating.........


https://youtu.be/2d_TuI-n4XE

Last edited by Carol_Hill; 01/04/2018 10:29 AM. Reason: Edited by Carol Hill to better describe subject
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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: SXMBND] #151278
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Originally Posted by SXMBND
Makes me want to go back even sooner!!!!!!! I had no idea that this is what they were creating.........


https://youtu.be/2d_TuI-n4XE


It's a very controversial project however.


"It is good to do nothing all day, and then to rest" wink
Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: BeachKitten] #151279
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Why...........? Minimal disturbance.............. major financial commitment by someone other than the govt. I presume..........cash cow and tremendous attraction for folks visiting the island......

Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: SXMBND] #151281
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Great Lunch and Dinner food with great atmosphere.

Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: SXMBND] #151282
01/04/2018 10:21 AM
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Not sure I understand all the nuances, but the site is an important SXM historical site, and many people did not think it should be made into a commercial venture. I actually thought it was already open? The restaurant definitely is open. Regardless, I personally won't be going for the Rainforest Adventure part, as I am terrified of heights!!!


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: Carol_Hill] #151289
01/04/2018 11:00 AM
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To each his/her own. Most everyone on here beaches and moans about the "Cruise Ship Folks" invading.........Orient............. Sunset BB............ Mullet.......Divi dive area......... fill in the blanks.
Where are all of those CSF going to be welcomed to spend their much needed $$$$$$$$$ ?

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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: SXMBND] #151290
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Originally Posted by SXMBND
Why...........? Minimal disturbance.............. major financial commitment by someone other than the govt. I presume..........cash cow and tremendous attraction for folks visiting the island......

The company that owns it has 6 locations.
Click on "Destinations" to view the other locations. Rain Forest

I personally doubt the island is seeing much of the cash other than what the workers (if local) earn and the local politicians that were likely paid of for this to happen. There was some chatter that the venture was funded by a cruise line but I have no idea if that is factual or not.

Initially locals were restricted as to when they could partake in the rides.

Many locals and residents were very upset with the property being used in this manner.

Carol...it is open as Junior's sister rode it the other day and like you , she was terrified of heights.


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: ruralcarrier] #151292
01/04/2018 11:16 AM
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There is already one new venture opened probably in anticipation of the Rain Forest being successful. From the topography of the site it appears much of the land was relatively useless.

"Many locals and residents were very upset with the property being used in this manner."
Typical NIBY response...land is privately owned and I don't see any islanders willing to make any tremendous financial commitments required.......... unless it's a high density intrusive residential project where the $$$ turnover is relatively quick.

Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: ruralcarrier] #151293
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JD--I don't think that's EXACTLY correct, that locals were restricted as to when they could ride. There was (or is??) a resident rate, which is lower than the normal rate, and it was going to be limited to when ships are not in. If they wanted to pay the regular rate, they could get in any time, as I understood it. Now due to Irma, they may have relaxed that policy.

And that's OK, I'm still not going to ride it!!! laugh


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: Carol_Hill] #151294
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There was some restriction with regards to the rate and or time and you may be correct that it was a reduced rate and only when ships/tourists were not involved.

Just close your eyes, you will be fine. Just like parasailing!


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: SXMBND] #151295
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The land was gifted to the people of Sint Maarten by the Emilio Wilson family. Another government slap in the face. You will never find me there!


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: ruralcarrier] #151297
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Never been parasailing either!!! laugh


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: BillandElaine] #151298
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Originally Posted by BillandElaine
The land was gifted to the people of Sint Maarten by the Emilio Wilson family. Another government slap in the face. You will never find me there!

Thanks Elaine. That is what I thought with regards to how the land was done.


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: BillandElaine] #151300
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Originally Posted by BillandElaine
The land was gifted to the people of Sint Maarten by the Emilio Wilson family. Another government slap in the face. You will never find me there!


And they didn’t even respect the name of the donor in official naming of the venue. I’m with you, Elaine.


Respectfully,

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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: BillandElaine] #151306
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Thanks Elaine. I didn't remember what the story was.


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: SXMBND] #151309
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I'm not a lover of heights but would probably brave going up to get some panoramic views of the island.

Wasn't there supposed to be a water slide there too? I saw another video where they appeared to be testing it, without water!


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: Birdwatcher] #151314
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There's a tube thing that goes down artificial turf

Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: SXMBND] #151315
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Several years ago we drove up into that area along skinny dirt road with no guard rail. The view was magnificent! Could see every point on the island. It was fine as it was. Anyone could have driven up there (with guts and proper vehicle) no need to deface the land and the name of Emilio.

Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: BillandElaine] #151335
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Originally Posted by BillandElaine
The land was gifted to the people of Sint Maarten by the Emilio Wilson family. Another government slap in the face. You will never find me there!


Isn't there also an issue of a burial ground there?


"It is good to do nothing all day, and then to rest" wink
Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: BeachKitten] #151364
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Yes, that is correct.


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Re: Incredible footage.Rainforest Adventures [Re: Kennys] #152009
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