Dear friends, to keep you up to date with what happen at Pelican Roost Marina, I first will tell you that I was at that Marina since May 1996 until 30 September 2011 (30-"9-11"), Fifteen years. We have a Face Book page called Pelican Roost Marina and our email
is [email protected]
Many of you communicated with me about the facilities at Pelican Roost.
After the base closed in 2004, we stayed at the Marina, just a little group of boaters. In 2005, we created a non-profit organization called "Asociacion de Reservistas, Guardias Nacionales y Veteranos Nautas, (A.R.G.N.V.N.), wich it means Association of Reservist, National Guards Men
and Nautic Veterans, for the purpose of saving the Marina, for all Military personnel, Active, Reserve, National Guard, Dissable American Veterans, their Family
Members and Survivors.
For the last 6 years we fill the Marina form just a few boats to 122 vessels. The Marina was only for personnel with DoD ID card, but, as we went along, we included Department of Homeland Security
, (ICE, CBP, FEMA), Deparment of Justice (FBI, DEA) and Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The fight was fear, but as the auction
the Base failed, the Government
of Puerto Rico requested the transfer of the land to them. Parcel III, Forestal, where the Airport
, Marina and the Piers were located, was finally tranferred to them effective TODAY, 1 October 2011.
We, the boaters of Pelican Roost Marina where "kicked out" effective yesterday, 30-"9-11" for good, out of our Marina. Unfortunatelly, as much as we tried to have the Marina transferred first to MWR Fort Buchanan, then the new Combined Armed Center, located in the same parcel III, first as part of the U.S.A.R. and then to the Puerto Rico National Guard, the money
of the Big Investors, was more powerful than the Military Personnel presently serving the US in Kwait, Iraq, Afganistan, and around the World.
Personally, I serve in the Regular Army (Active Duty), for 20 years, form 1 April 1975 to 31 March 1995; In March 1995, two weeks before retiring from the Army, I was hire by U.S. Customs
Service, Office of Investigation. After 9-11, we became Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. As of today I have over 16 years with the Agency, still serving the USA in the fight against Drugs, Money
Laundering, Child Porn, Trade
with the Enemy, etc. I am also a Dissable American Veteran (D.A.V.), for services in the U.S. Army.
Is too sad that all these sacrifies that we did for the Nation, did not help us keep that little pice of land called Pelican Roost Marina. Some of our boaters friend still in Afganistan as we where kicked out, and we had to move their boat in their absence, with the the Combat Zone.
For the future, as far as we know, a group of Civilian Investor will be taking over, since they had the "big mone", and by next year, hopefully will re-open as a private Marina. Time will tell.