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140421 IGLA_TW adPlease join us tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Gifft Hill School’s upper campus atrium for our next Green Thursdays seminar, St. John in Layers: Maps of Paradise – An Aerial Tour of St. John. This presentation by IGLA Executive Director Barry Devine will feature a map exploration of the island, nearshore marine communities, and data layers developed using Geographic Information Systems technology. 
 
More than 30-plus data layers of information on the St. John environment will be displayed and used to show how we can better understand the island environment, how it has changed in the recent past and how we can use this technology to plan from individual parcels to island sustainability planning. 
Come out and you’re sure to be amazed by seeing St. John as you never have before. All are welcome to attend.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Tourism Partners with ‘The Wendy Williams Show
By Source Staff — April 24, 2014

The V.I. Tourism Department has entered a month-long partnership with “The Wendy Williams Show” in an effort to highlight the destination’s unique offerings on an international stage, the department announced in a press release issued Wednesday.

The promotion runs from Thursday through May 25 and features Wendy’s Hot Tropics Giveaway as well as special guest appearances from the Caribbean Ritual Dancers on Thursday, chef Leslie “Theo” Gumbs on May 16 and Virgin Islands recording artist Delyno “Pressure Busspipe” Brown on May 22. The partnership complements the upcoming V.I. Nice summer travel promotion.

“We are keen to embark on this partnership to expose millions of national and international viewers who tune into ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ each week to the creative talent on the Virgin Islands,” said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson Doty in a press release. “The advertising equivalency – what we would have paid if we had bought time on ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ – is over $1.1 million. That’s an enormous value to the territory and our tourism partners.”

The partnership kicks off on Thursday’s show with Wendy’s Hot Tropics Giveaway and the Caribbean Ritual Dancers performing to a new song for Carnival 2014 titled “Mass is the Mission” by soca artist and Virgin Islands native Patrick “Solijah” Farrell.

Virgin Islands resident Gumbs will perform a cooking demonstration in May of a local Caribbean-inspired dish. He is an internationally renowned chef who is best known for combining his love of regional flavors with world cuisine. He has served as an island ambassador while featured on NBC’s “Today Show,” Canada’s CTV and CW’s “Newsfix.”

The monthlong partnership will culminate with a high-energy performance by Pressure Busspipe, who will perform “Virgin Islands Nice.”… read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
7:00 – 9:00
340-693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
Flipswitch
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

High Tide
Erin Hart
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30 – 9:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-6800

Miss Lucy’s
Rich & Greg
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-5244

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Pickles
T-Bird
6:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 81. East southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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Sunset over St. Thomas

St. John and Virgin Islands News

New ferries still not carrying passengers
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: April 22, 2014

ST. THOMAS – Coast Guard inspectors have begun to conduct some drills on the Cruz Bay I, a necessary step in getting the vessel – one of two new government-owned ferries – ready to begin taking passengers between St. Thomas and St. John.

The Cruz Bay I, along with the Red Hook I, have been sitting idle since they were delivered to the territory in November.

The boats were built in Louisiana and received their U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection prior to arriving on St. Thomas. However, before they can begin operating in the territory, they must pass a “new to zone” inspection.

In addition to the final Coast Guard inspections, the management contracts between the franchise operators – Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services – and the V.I. government still need to be finalized….

…Rumors have been circulating throughout the community that the franchisees are not happy about the arrangement….

…Transportation Services General Manager Kenrick Augustus told The Daily News earlier this month that he is confident that the management contract will be executed shortly and the ferryboats will be put in service….

Delrise Varlack, general manager of Varlack Ventures, declined to comment for this story…. read entire article

Fitch Affirms Virgin Islands WAPA’s Sr. and Sub Lien Bonds; Outlook to Stable

NEW YORK — Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following ratings for the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Water and Power Authority (WAPA):
–$142,350,000 electric system revenue bonds, series 2012A, 2010A, 2010B, 2010C, 2003 at ‘BB’;
–$106,395,000 electric system subordinated revenue bonds, series 2007A, 2012B, 2012C at ‘BB-’.
The Rating Outlook is revised to Stable from Negative. … read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
340-714-6169

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Pickles
Michael Beason Open Mic
6:00 – 9:00
340-776-6908

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

>Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
7:00 – 10:00
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 -9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%

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Remora at Maho Bay

I always love snorkeling Maho Bay, especially over the seagrass beds. There just about always something interesting to see. This time there was this remora that just swam back and forth along the hull of a big motor cat. Maybe it thought the boat was a whale.

Remoras, sometimes called shark suckers or whale suckers, have special fins near the top of their heads that they use to create suction and they like to use this feature to stick on larger marine animals like wales, sharks, rays and turtles or may even attach to divers or small boats.

Once their attached to something, they can control the amount of suction by sliding either forward or backwards. Backwards increases the suction and forwards releases it. So if one ever attaches itself to you, push it forwards to get it off you.

There is some debate as to the reason that the remora exhibits this behavior. Some say it is to get at leftover pieces of their host’s prey, and others say it is to have a prime location to eat their hosts feces. Both items have been found in remoras stomachs.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Read a cool article about Tony Snell who many might remember from his establishment “The Last Resort” on Belamy Cay.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
6:30 – 9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 9:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
340-776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Southeast wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Denis Bay Anchor

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Anchor at Hurricane Hole

About six weeks ago I posted some photos and the location of a old large anchor now resting in Hurricane Hole. There is a similar sized anchor lying just off the old pier at Denis Bay, but in this case only one of the flukes is exposed.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
340-776 5336

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

Tsunami preparedness meetings to be held across Virgin Islands
Daily News Staff)
Published: April 19, 2014

The V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency will host a series of meetings territorywide to present new information on the agency’s tsunami preparedness efforts and talk with residents about tsunami readiness.

The first meeting will be on St. John, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 6 at the Julius E. Sprauve School. Topics will include tsunami hazards, tsunami warning, evacuation maps, evacuation routes and signs and assembly points.

VITEMA also will host meetings at Frenchtown and Red Hook on St. Thomas and in downtown Frederiksted and Gallows Bay on St. Croix in June and July. The dates and venues for those meetings will be announced in upcoming weeks.

Presenters at St. John’s meeting include Roy Watlington, a St. Thomas native and scientist, who retired from the University of the Virgin Islands after serving 27 years as a tenured professor of physics. In 1997, he convened a meeting of global tsunami experts who, over the years, has advanced tsunami hazard awareness in the Caribbean.

Also presenting at the St. John meeting will be Irvin Mason, VITEMA training coordinator and certified tsunami awareness instructor, and Joseph Hodge, VITEMA Emergency Operations Center manager for St. Thomas…. read more

Virgin Islands tourist officials optimistic for 2014
By Larry Luxner · April 19, 2014

U.S. Virgin Islands expect 2014 to be a banner year for tourism, officials are predicting.

But meanwhile, the numbers look mixed at best for the island that will mark 100 years since the United States bought the territory from Denmark.

Air-visitor arrivals to the USVI for the first 10 months of 2013 came to 579,613 — down 5.5 percent from the 613,647 passengers who flew into the territory’s two major airports during the first 10 months of 2012. The statistics were even worse for St. Croix, where arrivals fell by 17.8 percent, from 131,573 to 108,185, over that same time period.

The cruise business didn’t fare much better. An estimated 2.0 million passengers arrived aboard cruise ships during the 2011-12 season, according to the USVI Department of Tourism. Of these, 1.8 million disembarked and visited the territory…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren & Bo
3:30 – 6:30
340-776-5336

Asolare
David Laabs
5:30 -9:30.
340-779-4747

Beach Bar
T-Bird
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Bo
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
693-5855

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 7:00
340-714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Sambacombo
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
693-5244

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
7:00 – 10:00
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Model Airplane
7:00
340-779-4982

Sun Dog
The Sunday Night Jam
Hosted by Patrick and friends
Dinner from 5:30 Music from 7-10 pm
340-693-8340

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East wind 18 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS:

TODAY AND TONIGHT: CHOPPY AND HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST NOON AST TODAY. THEN…SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION. RIP CURRENTS ARE STILL POSSIBLE IN COASTS WITH STRONG ONSHORE WINDS.

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lovango mapLovango Cay lies just north of St. John. It is about a mile long and about a third of a mile wide.

Lovango has been inhabited, farmed and grazed for many years. When the United States bought the then Danish West Indies, there was a public school on the island.

The island was once a popular stopping over point for fisherman coming from Jost Van Dyke and is now the site of several homes.

The island serves as a roosting location for seabirds.

There is a popular but doubtful rumor concerning how Lovango Cay got its name. According to the story, there was once a brothel on the island and sailors would “love and go.” Actually Lovango and the adjacent islands, Mingo, to the east and Congo to the north were named after sections of Africa from which slaves were brought to the islands.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
340-777-3316

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Lauren
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS

TODAY AND TONIGHT – BREEZY TO LOCALLY WINDY CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE SEAS OF 6 TO 8 FEET ACROSS MOST OF THE WATERS. THIS WILL RESULT IN CHOPPY AND HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS TODAY. IN ADDITION…ONSHORE WINDS WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY – CHOPPY AND HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST SUNDAY MORNING. LOCALLY STRONG WINDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY ALONG THE WINDWARD COASTS.

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Henley CayHenley Cay was once known as Women’s Cay because during the slave revolt of 1733, surviving white women and children were placed there to await rescue and transportation to St. Thomas. The surviving white men made Durloe’s plantation at Caneel Bay their stronghold, which they succeeded in defending against the rebels.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Henley, Ramgoat and Rata Cays (The Durloe Cays) were owned by Roger Humphrey, the Marine commandant of the Virgin Islands during World War II. He built the concrete storehouse whose ruins are presently found on Henley Cay. In 1947 Humprey’s son, a navy pilot, flew his aircraft over Henley Cay. He apparently was executing some air acrobatics, which he miscalculated, flew too low, crashed into the cay and died. This was the first time a plane had crashed anywhere near St. John. The wreckage of the plane can still be seen on top of the island.

After his son’s death Humphrey lost interest in further development of Henley and rarely returned there. In 1948, he rented Henley Cay to Robert and Nancy Gibney, the parents of the present owners of Gibney Beach, who lived there for about a year before building their permanent home at Hawksnest.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Advocates Voice Benefits of Marijuana Law Forum
By Carol Buchanan — April 18, 2014

If the 200 people at the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall could have held a binding official vote Wednesday night, marijuana in all its forms would be legal.

Sen. Terrence “Positive” Nelson, along with Gustav James and Tafari Tzaddi, hosted what was called an “intellectual discussion on marijuana reform” for the Virgin Islands.

Although words of caution about how legalizations should come about, especially about how legalization would affect children, the overwhelming feeling of the panel and the audience appeared to be that the prohibition of marijuana use was not working.

When panelist Ras Bobby, an herbalist, said, “Fireburn on prohibition,” his words were greeted with cheers from the audience…. read more

Roberto Tapia, Angelo Hill Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy
By James Gardner — April 18, 2014

Former Department of Planning and Natural Resources Chief Environmental Enforcement Officer Roberto Tapia was sentenced in District Court on Thursday to 70 months in prison for drug trafficking. Former Police Sgt. Angelo Hill, a codefendent in the case, was sentenced to 21 months in prison…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Brother Nature
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
340-777-3316

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
340-201-1236

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce – Drumming
6:30 -8:30
340-776-6330

High Tide
Mikey P
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
340-776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 22 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT: BREEZY TO LOCALLY WINDY CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE SEAS OF 6 TO 8 FEET ACROSS MOST OF THE WATERS. THIS WILL RESULT IN CHOPPY AND HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS TODAY. IN ADDITION…WINDS PERPENDICULAR TO THE COAST WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: CHOPPY AND HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. LOCALLY STRONG WINDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY ALONG THE WINDWARD COASTS.

 

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St. John News

Guy Benjamin School is Hot Topic at Coral Bay Town Meeting
By Lynda Lohr — April 17, 2014

Parents Anna Adams and Cassandra Long both want their children to go to Guy Benjamin School.

The fate of Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay dominated the discussion at a town meeting held Wednesday at the school. Community members said that, after they saw their kindergarteners and first-graders shifted from Guy Benjamin to Julius E. Sprauve School in Cruz Bay at the start of the school year, they were worried that the Education Department would close the school….

… While Guy Benjamin was the most discussed topic at the meeting, several people asked about where things stand with the long-awaited combined elementary and high school slated to be built at Catherineberg. The local government needs to come up with a way to exchange land with the federal government because the land intended for the school sits within V.I. National Park boundaries.

“They say they are working on it,” Cole said.

Most St. John public high school students attend Ivanna Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas, taking the ferry across Pillsbury Sound to school.

Retired educator Yvonne Wells said that Kean High has lots of violence. “Because they are from St. John, they decide they are going to pop them,” Wells referring to the attacks on St. John boys by St. Thomas students.

She said because of the problems at Kean High, St. John is “losing its young black men.”

Those at the meeting also had other concerns.

Several people said that because the VITRAN bus doesn’t run on weekends and holiday people are losing job opportunities because in a tourism-based economy people often work on weekends.

And at issue for several residents was the lack of representation when it comes to elected officials. St. John residents as well as those on St. Thomas vote for seven senators. Voters across the territory select the at-large senator, who must live on St. John but represents people on all three main islands as well as Water Island and the few who live on various cays…. read more

Craig’s List scam reported

The Porter County Sheriff’s Police has taken the report of a Westchester Township resident who lost more than $1,000 in another Craig’s List rental scam.

According to police, on Monday the resident advised that her husband wired $1,130 to a “Jason Ahn” to secure the rental for a week of an apartment on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands posted on Craig’s List.

The resident, however, had “a funny feeling that she was being scammed because the e-mails being sent did not seem to add up,” police said. After further research, she found the apartment in question listed on another site and subsequently determined that it was not Mr. Ahn’s to rent.

The PCSP referred the resident to the Federal Trade Commission and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
7:00 – 9:00
340-693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
John Gazi
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

High Tide
Erin Hart
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30 – 9:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-6800

Miss Lucy’s
Rich & Greg
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-5244

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Pickles
T-Bird
6:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

See Weekly Schedule

St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 16 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS

SUSTAINED WINDS UP TO 21 KNOTS WITH HIGHER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE WATERS. THIS WILL RESULT IN SEAS BUILDING 6 TO 8 FEET WITH SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CONDITIONS FOR ALL WATERS. THESE WINDS MAY GENERATE RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH AND EAST FACING BEACHES. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 21 KNOTS EXPECTED OVER ALL OF THE COASTAL WATERS. THIS WILL RESULT IN SEAS BUILDING 6 TO 8 FEET WITH SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CONDITIONS FOR ALL WATERS. THESE WINDS MAY GENERATE RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH AND EAST FACING BEACHES.

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chocolate hole moonrise

Moonrise over Chocolate Hole

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Klein Bay

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Cruz Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant Suffers Problem
By Source Staff — April 16, 2014

The V.I. Waste Management Authority’s Cruz Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant is currently experiencing mechanical problems due to a breech in the main aeration line, the authority announced in a press release Tuesday.

The line breech is causing an inadequate flow of air to the process plant, which is generating the odor, the statement said. The VIWMA is working to repair the line so the plant can be restored to full operation, a job expected to be completed by Wednesday.

In the interim, odor control measures will be taken to reduce the impact to the community.

Residents with impacted immune systems or respiratory conditions are asked to avoid the area until the repairs have been made…. read more

New Ferries Still Not in Service
By Source Staff — April 16, 2014

In an update last week on the status of the new St. Thomas-St. John ferries, Transportation Services general manager Kenrick Augustus said that Cruz Bay I, the new ferry to be operated by his company, would undergo a final Coast Guard inspection Thursday, and likely go into operation Monday. On Monday, however, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Bryson Spangler said that Transportation Services had put off last week’s inspection until a later date because the company wasn’t prepared for the inspection…. read more

St. John man linked to deadly smuggling case
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: April 15, 2014

ST. THOMAS – A St. John man who recently served time for smuggling illegal immigrants into the territory now has been tied to a human trafficking scheme that left eight people, including four children dead.…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
John Sutton
6:30
340-776-6378

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Pickles
Michael Beason Open Mic
6:00 – 9:00
340-776-6908

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
7:00 – 10:00
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 -9:00
340-779-4982

See Weekly Schedule

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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Blue Bell Tunicates – photographed on the Trunk Bay Underwater Trail

tunicates and coralThese pretty blue creatures are blue bell tunicates. Like most of the creatures on the reef they are animals. They are found on the reef attached at one end to a substrate like corals, sea fans or rocks. On the other end they have a pair of openings or siphons. One takes in water, which is passed through the animal where oxygen and nutrients are extracted, the remainder being discahrged through the other siphon. They can quickly close off their siphons if they feel threatened.

St. John Events

St. John School of the Arts

Sis Frank Concert Series
A Night of Music, Dance & Drama
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $30.00

Performances by Eddie Bruce, Luba Dolgopolsky, Alesia Georgiou, Drapes Jensen, Shikima Jones, Jeune Provost, Abigail Rene, Kim Sammartano, Kazumi Schaub, Mike Sorzano, Kim Wild, Jude Woodcock and Special Guests!

Visit www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org for more information or call 340-779-4322

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
6:30 – 9:30
340-201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 9:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
340-776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

See Weekly Schedule

St. John and Virgin Islands News

International News 2 charged with migrant smuggling in Virgin Islands April 14, 2014 22:29 GMT KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Two Haitian nationals have been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to smuggle migrants into the U.S. The U.S. Justice Department alleged Monday that the two suspects conspired with others to smuggle mostly Haitian migrants to the U.S. island of St. John in 2010. The attempt ended tragically when a boat carrying 33 migrants smashed into a reef while trying to evade authorities. At least four children and four adults died. Most of the passengers on the vessel were Haitians seeking a better life. The two Haitian men were allegedly waiting for the boat in St. John and communicating with their co-conspirators by phone. U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe says a grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against the men Friday….Read More

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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