Trail Bandit Email Concerning the Closure of the White Cliffs Trail

St. John Trails: White Cliffs
White Cliffs Trail

Virgin Islands National Park Service Closes White Cliffs TrailBob Garrison’s email concerning the closure of the White Cliffs Trail and 325 acres of the St. John National Park to the public
by Bob Garrison (aka The Trail Bandit)

There is more to the story behind the closure of this area than is being told by the Park Service. The people behind getting this area declared OFF LIMITS are none other than the dynamic duo of Eleanor Gibney and Gary Ray. Eleanor Gibney has a long history on St. John of trying to keep her special places hidden from the rest of us. One comment of hers that I have always liked is ”There are places where people should not go” except her and her friends of course. It seems that Gibney and Ray have been able to secure the White Cliffs as their own private place. Now that they have one place secured, I will bet that there will be others.

The Park Service did note in passing that an effort will be made to get Eugenia Earhartii listed on the federal endangered species list. What they should have told us is that Eugenia Earhartii is not on any endangered species list except the one in the minds of Gibney and Ray. Perhaps the plant should be renamed Eugenia Eleanorii which in English would be Eleanor’s Stopper. That sounds appropriate to me. Gary Ray has other ideas about how to claim more areas to protect without actually having to go there. This would help with Ms. Gibney’s idea of “places where people should not go.”

Gary says:
“Drones could be particularly useful in tropical forests where much of the vegetation and wildlife is hidden from view or hard to survey due to the geography. A drone can fly over large areas of forest, hover over interesting bits, spot wildlife movement, or observe illegal deforestation in real-time to alert authorities. The environmental uses of drones is limited only by the imagination and field needs of the researcher. In the Virgin Islands, endangered species surveys are underway to identify species like Eugenia earhartii, an endemic plant only found on steep, rocky and treacherous slopes. Remote drones could be employed to easily access habitats where the plant might exist thus saving research time and surveyor energy to locate and map the rare species”

Eugenia Earhartii Eugenia Earhartii
Here are a couple of photos of Eugenia earhartii from the illustrious Doctor Gary Ray

Perhaps he has something like the Predator in mind so that the various areas could be watched and any intruders could be eliminated. When the US finally gets itself out of the mess in Afghanistan, these aircraft could be made available to the ever expanding enforcement arm of the VINP.

Another thing that was mentioned by Gerald is that the trail along the White Cliffs is not new. It was used by workers in the 1800s to get back and forth between Europa Bay and Reef Bay. It is a historic trail and not, as the NPS claims a new, illegal trail.

This recently closed area and much of the dry forest area along the south shore of St. John is the home to herds of feral goats. Goats will eat anything and when food supplies get low, they eat everything. Closing this area to a few hikers who want to hike along this beautiful trail will do nothing to save any plant or prevent damage to the soil. The goats are the real culprits. Goats typically move into areas where people don’t go. Perhaps the signs should read “Please stay on the trail to protect rare plants”. This park was created to save the area for the enjoyment of all the people and future generations. It was not created for the sole enjoyment of the team of Gibney, Ray and company.

It is your park. Help fight to keep it open to all.

See St. John source article

St. John Live Music Schedule, Thursday January 31

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Get Right Band
10:00
777-3316

High Tide
Inner Vision
8:00 – 11:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Get Right Band
5:30
776 6378

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00
693-5354

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones Magnie
6:00
779 4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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NPS Closes Access to 325 Acres on the South Side of St. John

Eugenia Earhartii
Eugenia Earhartii

Virgin Islands National Park closes access to 325 acres on the south side of St. John
In reaction to the illegal improvement of an old Danish Road that ran above the White Cliffs and its connection to one of the many goat trails found in the vicinity of Europa Bay, the Virgin Islands National Park has closed public access to 325 acres on the south side of St. John. The trail in question, known as the White Cliffs Trail, runs through an area of the park that is the habitat of Eugenia Earhartii, which the NPS maintains would be endangered by hikers using the trail.

Eugenia Earhartii or more commonly know as Earhart’s Stopper is a shrub in the genus Eugenia (stopper) which contains 1000 species and belongs to the family of the Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family). Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. Its floral region is The Virgin Islands.

See St. John source article

Read Bob Garrison’s response to the trail closure

St. John Weather
Overcast with rain showers
High of 81 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 30%
Sunrise: 6:52 AM AST – Sunset: 6:12 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule – January 30

Aqua Bistro
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 8:00
776-5336

Castaways
Flip Flop Rock
8:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

Cruz Bay Prime
Sambacombo
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30

Skinny Legs
Get Right Band
6:00
779-4982

Sun Dog Cafe
Wednesday Night Jam
Lauren & Mark Wallce
7:30-10:30
244-9713

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St. John News and Happenings

Squall over Virgin Gorda seen from Marina Cay
St. John News
Island Profile: Friends Name Wasson Volunteer of the Year
By Lynda Lohr — January 28, 2013
While some winter residents are happy to spend their days at the beach, Weldon Wasson spends his Thursdays as a Friends of the Park volunteer docent at V.I. National Park’s Annaberg Plantation…. read more
Bees Close Coral Bay School
By Lynda Lohr – January 24, 2013

Swarming bees closed the Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay at noon Thursday and Principal Brenda Dalmida urged parents to check with news outlets Friday morning to determine if school will reopen.

The bees started swarming Wednesday from two hives located in a tree over the playground, Dalmida said.

She said one child and one staff member were stung.

Dalmida said bee keepers were called in to remove the hive.

St. John Weather
Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F.
Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the North in the afternoon
Chance of rain 20%
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas) 82.9 degrees F
Sunrise: 6:53 AM AST – Sunset: 6:11 PM AST
Full Moon

St. John Live Music Schedule – Monday January 28

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Trivia Night
8:00
777-3316

Concordia
Ben Marr – Open Mic
3:30 – 5:30

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Get Right Band
8:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Maho Bay Camp
Bo & Lauren
8:00

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

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Reef Bay Great House Over the Years

Photo by Jack Boucher 1960

2009

2011

2012

(1933 photo by Jack Boucher, 2009 photo by Gerald Singer, 2011 and 2012 photos by Shaun O’Boyle)

Reef Bay Great House
The Reef Bay Estate House, also known as the Par Force Great House was built in 1832 and reconstructed in 1844. In 1994, it was partially renovated by the National Park Service. After being cleared in 2009, the condition of the historic estate house has been left to deteriorate.

The great house can be accessed via a spur on the Lameshur Bay Trail

Love City Live Tonight
Love City Live – The Ultimate Power Boat Party – White Bay, Jost Van Dyke BVI 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. It’s a beach party only accessible by boat. As one writer put it “A late night of live music and quality rum deserves a proper cool down the next day.”

St. John Weather
High Surf Advisory
Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F.
Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the ENE in the afternoon
Chance of rain 20%.
Full Moon
Sunrise: 6:53 AM AST Sunset: 6:10 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor St. Thomas) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Concordia
Bo
Sunday Brunch 10:00 am

Cruz Bay Prime
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Sambacombo
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
693-5254

Ocean Grill
David Laab
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
T-Bird
7:00 – 10:00

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club
7:00 – 10:00

Sun Dog Cafe
David Laab
11:00 am- 2:00 pm
244-9713

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St. John News & Happenings

Frenchie Fisherman St. Thomas Virgin Islands
French fisherman, Frenchtown, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands by Jack Delano 1941

Love City Live Tonight
Love City Live – Steel Pulse “Live” in Concert – Also performing Duane Stephenson Inner Visions & Reemah @ Winston Wells Ball Park (Cruz Bay – St John) gates open @ 6:30pm (arts & crafts vendors, local & ital food vendors, premium bars)

St. John Weather
High Surf Advisory
Overcast with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 84 degrees F with a heat index of 90F
Breezy: Winds from the West at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%
Sunrise: 6:53 AM AST Sunset: 6:10 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor St. Thomas) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule
Beach Bar
Don Dilego Band
3:oo
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P 9:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cruz Bay Prime
Mike Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

Morgan’s Mango
Luba
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30
693-3304

Rhumblines
Lauren
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 -9:30
779 4982

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St. John News and Happenings

Main Street, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 1941
Boys playing on a street corner in Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands – by Jack Delano 1941

Love City Live Tonight

Love City Live – Strictly Rockers – Reggae Party 7:00 pm – 1:00 am. Dance the night away at this outdoor island extravaganza while enjoying premium cocktails, local treats and the “One Love” atmosphere.

St. John Film Society Press Release:

St. John Film Society Presents
Select Films from the 4th Traveling Caribbean Showcase of Films
Spotlight on CUBA

DATE: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
TIME: 7:30pm
PLACE: St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay

This year the St. John Film Society will host a number of films from the 4th Annual Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase.  We kick off this festival with the following films from CUBA:

 Adolpho: 45-min fiction by Sofie Delaage  (2006)
Poor Adolpho yearns for life beyond his broken-down taxi and plots a journey across the sea in this contemporary Cuban comedy of errors.

Con El Toque de la Chaveta: 28-min documentary, by Pamela Sporn, (2007)
In the cigar factories of Cuba, a unique tradition persists: ‘la lectura de tabaqueria’. Every day, specially employed workers read out loud to the two or three-hundred tabaqueros as they sit rolling the country’s famous cigars. From classic novels to national politics and local baseball results, for centuries this daily tradition has been an education for the workers, or chavetas. But after years of listening, they are now knowledgeable and demanding, and the readers must be at their very best if they are to keep their discerning audience interested.

 Maestra: 33-min documentary by Catherine Murphy.  (2011)

In 1961 Cuba 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old, over half were women.  The Bay of Pigs invasion took place in Cuba impacting the both the women and the literacy campaign.  The young women who went out to teach literacy in the rural communities across the island found themselves deeply transformed in the process. This documentary includes present day interviews with women who volunteered to teach their country to read in 1961 along with archival footage and still photos from the 60’s.   Catherine Murphy has begun the recording of an oral history of one of contemporary Cuba’s greatest achievements.

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F.
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 40%.
Sunrise: 6:53 AM AST – Sunset: 6:09 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule – Tonight January 25

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Michael Beason
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Sol Driven Train
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00

Concordia
Bo & Lauren
6:30 – 9:00

High Tide
Mikey P
9:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:00
776 6378

Island Blues
Slammin
776 6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Shipwreck Landing
Mitch Woods
7:00-10:00

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Company
6:30 – 9:30
779 4982

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St. John News and Happenings

 

Street Scene Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Street Scene Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands Jack Delano, photographer – 1941 Dec.

St. John Events – Thursday January 24

Love City Live

Lime 101 – A Caribbean Art, Food & Rum Experience -4:00pm – 9:00pm @ NPS Greens (No Cover) See local art, savor local cuisine, sample local cocktails…Experience local Vibe…come early for workshops and cooking classes.

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F.
Breezy: Winds from the SE at 15 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 30%
Sunrise: 6:53 AM AST – Sunset: 6:08 PM AST
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) – 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule – Thursday January 24

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
James
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Inner Vision
8:00 – 11:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00
693-5354

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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Virgin Islands History: Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church St. Thomas 1941
After a morning church service on Christmas Day – Jack Delano, photographer – 1941 Dec.

Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church on St. Thomas is the second oldest Lutheran Church in the western hemisphere. As the official church of Denmark, Lutheran ministers arrived with the first settlers and the first services were held in the courtyard of the fort.

In 1754, a church was built outside the fort and began ministering to blacks for the first time. Lutheran Ministers translated the Bible to Creole, and the same minister held services for two separate congregations, one Danish and the other Negro Creole.

The church was destroyed by a hurricane in 1772 and was replaced in 1789 by the Frederik Lutheran Church. The construction was financed by a free black parishioner, Jean Reeneaus.

The original Georgian-style building was reconstructed in 1827 after being destroyed by fire and then again in 1870, after damage suffered in a hurricane.

From “St. Thomas” by Gerald Singer

Things to do — St. Thomas
Mango Tango Presents Works Created in a Small Format
By Source Staff — January 21, 2013
Mango Tango invited artists represented by the gallery to create one to six works in a square foot format. Additionally artisans in Haiti, Guatemala and Panama were given the same invitation to make handicrafts in the small format. The final result is an Art by the Square Foot Exhibition that begins Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25. Participating artists include Andrea Anderson, Caroline Duprey, Shari Erickson, Kristen Maize, Adrienne Miller, Mel McCuddin, Merryn McDonald, Kat Stevens, Brenda Sylvia, Mandy Thody and Dana Wylder, as well as a few newcomers…. read more

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 84 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ESE at 15 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 20%.
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:08 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 8:00
776-5336

Castaways
Flip Flop Rock
8:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

Cruz Bay Prime
Sambacombo
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30

Sun Dog Cafe
Wednesday Night Jam
Lauren & Mark Wallce
7:30-10:30
244-9713

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St. John Monday – MKL Day – Inauguration Day

 

St. John Monday Orchid
Monday Morning Orchid – Chocolate Hole, St. John USVI

St. John News
Two Hour Power Outage Monday Morning
What’s there to say? Rates are ridiculously high and service is iffy. Although WAPA is still better than electrical service on neighboring Santo Domingo where the saying is “La luz no se va, se viene.” (The power doesn’t go out, it comes on)

National Park Service Offers Free Admission
Monday By Source Staff — January 20, 2013

Admission to National Park facilities across the Virgin Islands will be free on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King’s Day.

Those facilities with admission fees include Trunk Bay at V.I. National Park on St. John and Fort Christiansvaern at Christiansted National Historic Site on St. Croix….

Volunteers Sought For Homeless Count
By Lynda Lohr — January 16, 2013

Volunteers are needed to count St. John’s homeless population across the island on the nationwide Point-In-Time survey to be held Jan. 26. Volunteers are also needed to serve breakfast and conduct interviews from 7 a.m. to noon at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Cruz Bay….

Still No Answers to Planning’s July 2012 Coral Bay Enforcement Action
By Lynda Lohr — January 16, 2013

It’s been nearly six months since Planning and Natural Resource Department enforcement officers swept through Coral Bay with guns brandished and what many boaters termed rude behavior. The Planning Department enlisted the help of the Justice Department to investigate, but despite repeated attempts by the Coral Bay boaters to find out the results of that investigation they haven’t gotten any answers….

St. John Weather
Mostly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82degrees F.
Winds from the SSE at 5 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 30%.
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:07 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 82 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Trivia Night
8:00
777-3316

Concordia
Ben Marr – Open Mic
3:30 – 5:30

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Sol Driven Train
7:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Maho Bay Camp
Bo & Lauren
8:00

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

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St. John Trails: Great Seiban

Baobob Tree, Estate Seiban, St. John US Virgin Islands
Baobob Tree – Estate Seiban 1/17/2013

The Great Seiban

Special Features
The Great Seiban provides a shorter route than taking the L’Esperance Road for those hikers wishing to visit the Seiban Estate or the Baobob Tree.

There are impressive views of Fish Bay and the Fish Bay Valley along the trail.

Getting There:
Heading east on the Fish Bay Road, take the first left after crossing the bridge over the Fish Bay Gut, which is Cocoloba Trail, at the first intersection bear right, staying on the Cocoloba Trail Road. Take the first left and head up the hill to the first switchback. The trail begins there marked by white paint on the utility pole.

Distance: 0.5 mile

Elevations
The Great seiban has a moderate incline with an elevation of about 360 feet at the Fish Bay trailhead and about 580 feet at the intersection of the L’Esperance Road, a gain of 220 feet over the half mile of trail.

About the Trail
An old Danish Road, the Great Sieban, connects the L’Esperance Road at Estate Seiban to Fish Bay. The trail descends from the Sieban Ruins near the baobob tree, following the contour of the Fish Bay Valley and leads to a residential area of Fish Bay.

The hand-built road constructed in colonial times has weathered the centuries well, as can be seen by the good condition of much of the stone retaining walls supporting the lower side of the road.

The Great Sieban passes through shady moist forest with stands of guavaberry, West Indian Birch, genip and turpentine trees underneath which are bromeliads, anthuriums and love leaf.

Trail Condition January 17, 2013:
The trail leading up to the Seiban ruins from Fish Bay is in very good condition, until you reach the upper elevations where guinea grass has overgrown the trail somewhat. The spur trail between the Seiban ruins and the L’Esperance Road is in poor condition. The Seiban ruins are in fair condition. The Grand Stairway is totally overgrown and the view into Fish Bay from the boulders behind the baobob tree is completely obscured by vegetation.

Estate Seiban St. John USVI
Estate Seiban – Grand Stairway – previous image

Estate Seiban Grand Stairway St. John VI
Grand Stairway – Estate Seiban – Present Condition (1/17/2013)

View of Fish Bay from Estate Seiban
View from Baobob Tree – previous image – presently obscured

St. John Weather
Mostly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F.
Breezy: Winds from the North at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance of rain 20%
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor): 82 degrees F
Sunrise: 6:54 AM AST – Sunset: 6:05 PM AST

St. John Live Music Schedule January 18, 2013

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Michael Beason
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Sol Driven Train
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00

Concordia
Bo & Lauren
6:30 – 9:00

Fatty Crab
Brian Campbell Trio
775-9951

High Tide
Mikey P
9:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:00
776 6378

Island Blues
Slammin
776 6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
7:00-10:00

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Company
6:30 – 9:30
779 4982

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