Another waste of taxpayer's money has recently taken place on the island. Somebody in their infinite wisdom decided to spend money on giving this building a new face.
IMHO, that money could have been better spent on infrastructure improvements or school programs. But once again, nobody asked me my opinion. So on with the renovation.
The first thing they did was tear off the top with it's curving lines. The only point of interest on this building. Then they built the rim wall up a bit, built a wooden frame and covered it with wallboard. Oh, that will sure withstand the hurricane force winds that will hit us again some day.
They also extended the dignitaries balcony across the whole entrance. This will allow the Mayor to be surrounded by more of her friends and families, oops, I mean staff, during official events.
Here we go, all completed. That stage in front is only temporary. We just had the Mayor's State of the Island address last week.
Ok, I admit, it doesn't look that bad. My point though is that there was nothing wrong with the old facade and the money could have been put to better use.
I did watch this guy paint the pillars one day. It was really interesting. He used a putty knife instead of a brush. He spread the paint back and forth instead of up and down.
The results are really beautiful. The color is concentrated at the bottom and graduates up. The whole thing looks like Venetian Plaster. Very nice job.
While I was on the Plaza, I grabbed a quick shot of those palm trees that were put in a while ago. Look how well they are doing. Or not.
Here's a close-up. Look how dead and brown the fronds are. Thankfully the growing head is doing fine and these trees should do fine. Despite the neglect.