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firewormBearded fireworm, Hermodice carunculata

The bearded fireworm is a slow creature, and is not considered a threat to humans unless touched by a careless swimmer. The bristles, when flared, can penetrate human skin, injecting a powerful neurotoxin and producing intense irritation and a painful burning sensation around the area of contact. The sting can also lead to nausea and dizziness. This sensation lasts up to a few hours, but a painful tingling can continue to be felt around the area of contact. In a case of accidental contact, application and removal of adhesive tape will help remove the spines; applying alcohol to the area will also help alleviate the pain. Cold water and ice soothe the pain of the poison that was injected from the bearded fireworm. More information

 

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Turtle at Maho Bay

Green Turtle - Maho Bay, St. John USVIOne of the attractions visitors seem to look forward to most is snorkeling with a sea turtle. In the past, this was a hit or miss thing. You needed a bit of luck. Now however, with a little patience, you’re just about guaranteed to have a turtle experience snorkeling over the Maho Bay seagrass beds.

St. John News

Starwood Caribbean Hotels & Resorts is offering a Sunsational Savings deal, with savings of up to 30 percent. The deal applies to four properties in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico (San Juan and Vieques Island). For example, at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas, pay $285 per night and receive a free fourth night plus a $100 food and beverage credit. Add 10 percent tax. Typical rate is $410. Book and travel by Nov. 20. Use promo code ZS4. At the W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island, receive a free third night and a $100 credit. Rates start at $409 a night, $100 less than the usual price. Add 9 percent tax. Booking and travel dates: Aug. 13-Nov. 1. Use promo code SS3R. Info: 866-716-8147, www.starwoodcaribbean.com.

Virgin Islanders Must Go to Puerto Rico for Emergency Passports

St. John Weather

Isolated thunderstorms during the morning hours, then skies turning partly cloudy during the afternoon. High 82F. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

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isopod Anilocra laticaudata

An isopod Anilocra laticaudata on a Spanish Grunt

Anilocora are usually about an inch long. They have a segmented body with seven pair of legs. See SnorkelSTJ for more information

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

 

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There’s a lot to see just off the beach

Honeymoon Bay offers three different snorkeling opportunities. The most commonly snorkeled area is the reef on the western side between Honeymoon and Salomon. It’s one of my favorite snorkels. You can also snorkel the reef that lies on the opposite side of the beach between Honeymoon and Caneel Bay, which is also quite beautiful with colorful live corals, sponges and tunicates. For those that prefer to stay in shallow water close to the beach, snorkeling over the sandy bottom just yards off the beach can also offer unexpected rewards, such as sightings of pompano, crabs and rays.

Spanish Grunt

Spanish Grunt

geometric encrusting tunicates

sea fan and  geometric encrusting tunicate

gobi

Gobi

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feather duster wormI videoed this creature on the reef between Salomon and Honeymoon Beaches. They always fascinate me, because they certainly don’t look like worms to me. The worm attached itself to a rock or  coral by a hard shell-like tube. The feathery tentacles protrude, but will quickly withdraw to the safety of the tube if threatened.

St. John Events

St. John Live Music

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Education Officials on Hot Seat as Senate Discusses Guy Benjamin School Closure

The senators at Monday’s Education and Workforce Committee meeting pushed and prodded Education Department officials about the Guy Benjamin School closure but came away unsatisfied with the answers.

PSC Board Approves LEAC Decrease

During a lengthy meeting Monday night, the Public Services Commission approved a drop in electric and water Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause rates, reducing the average residential bill by 53 cents a month.

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scrawled cowfish

Juvenile Scrawled Cowfish (Acanthostracion quadricornis)

This scrawled cowfish, Acanthostracion quadricornis, was videoed yesterday on the reef that lies between Salomon and Honeymoon Beaches. It was just a little guy, about six inches long. They like to eat little crabs and other small invertebrates, but this one kept getting chased away from its meals by little damselfish.

St. John Happenings

Children’s Village – VI National Park Ballpark Field 6:00 p.m.

St. John Live Music

St. John News

Food Fair Honors Woodturner Avelino Samuel

Governor’s Reading Challenge Hits Big on St. John

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

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St. John News

On Island: Jayne Schaeffer is Park’s New Deputy Superintendent

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School of Fry at Grassy Cay

St. John News

Amber AleSt. John Brewers Press Release
Island brewing company St. John Brewers launched its new Small Batch Series line last week with the release of bottled Amber Ale, to be sold for a limited time exclusively in the Virgin Islands.

The medium-bodied, well-balanced Amber recipe was perfected over time at St. John Brewers’ Mongoose Junction brewery, and has been served on draft at the Tap Room for several years. Subtle roasted malt notes, a mild hop profile, and a round finish make the Amber Ale drinkable even in the V.I.’s warm climate.

“It’s a darker beer with hints of roasted grain as well as just a little bit of chocolate,” said co-owner Kevin Chipman. “It’s very food friendly and extremely drinkable.”

“This Small Batch Series will give St. John Brewers a chance to showcase some of the other styles of beer that were created locally,” said Chirag Vyas, co-owner. “Patrons to our brewpub have enjoyed our small batch brews on draft and this is an opportunity for folks to try our island recipes on a larger scale.”

The new Amber Ale can be found alongside staple beers Island Summer Ale, Island Hoppin IPA, and Tropical Mango Pale Ale at grocery stores, bars, and restaurants throughout the Virgin Islands for a limited time. St. John Brewers’ Liquid Sunshine Belgian Ale, released in 2008, will now be placed into the Small Batch Series.

St. John Brewers was founded in 2004 by Kevin Chipman and Chirag Vyas, who met as students at the University of Vermont. The brewing duo initially gained notoriety with their Tropical Mango Pale Ale. Today, St. John Brewers operates its own brewpub, the Tap Room, an apparel shop, the Brewtique, and Chipman and Vyas brew small batches of several different kinds of beers that are served on draft at the Tap Room. For more information, visit www.stjohnbrewers.com.

U.S. Virgin Islands adopts long-term standard contracts for up to 15 MW of renewable energy

The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands has signed into a law a bill to provide long-term, standard contracts for up to 15 MW of renewable energy generation. The policy is called a feed-in tariff, however unlike standard feed-in tariffs it will not pay generators a fixed rate.

The rate will be based on a discount to the “avoided cost” paid by the USVI’s Water and Power Authority, which the bill’s author estimates will be around USD 0.26 per kWh, under 10–30 year contracts. Retail electric rates in USVI currently average over USD 0.50 per kwh…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Beach Bar
Inner Visions
9:00
777-4220

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

Sunny, with a high near 82. East southeast wind 9 to 16 mph.

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snorkeler trunk bay
Trunk Jumbie SnorkelStarting from the western end of Trunk Bay, we snorkeled over the reef between Trunk and Jumbie Bay and on to the Point between Jumbie and Denis. Although much of the coral was in poor condition, the snorkel had enough interesting highlights and colorful patches to make for an enjoyable alternative to the Trunk Bay Snorkel Trail on the eastern end of the beach.

Trunk Bay reef

Reef at west end of Trunk

brain coral

Brain Coral

porcupinefish

Porcupinefish

orange spiny sea rod

Orange Spiny Sea Rod

nurse shark

Nurse Shark

orange sponge

Orange Sponge

St. John Virgin Islands Events

SunFire-Friday

Saturday 5/24

Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim

Friends of the Virgin islands National Park Beach to Beach Power Swim

You’ve done it before and now is the time to get ready for the 11th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim. The Friends of VI National Park is pleased to announce that the swim will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the crystal clear waters along the spectacular north shore of St. John, US Virgin Islands…. more information

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 5/23

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

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

Beach Bar
Locals on the 8s
9:00
777-4220

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

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
Inner Visions
5:00 – 8:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind 11 to 14 mph.

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Grassy and Mingo Cays

Between Grassy and Mingo Cays

Grassy Cay Snorkel

elkhorn and fry

elkhorn coral and fry

cup coral

orange Cup Coral

sea fan

Sea Fan

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 & the Home Skillets
9:00
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

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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Virgin Islands News

V.I. officials lend support to suit fighting for citizenship rights in U.S. territories
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: May 17, 2014

ST. THOMAS – Former Gov. Charles Turnbull and V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen filed an amicus brief along with other past and present officials of other U.S. territories this week in a lawsuit about citizenship rights for unincorporated territories that is pending before a federal appeals court.

The lawsuit is Tuaua v. United States, and it is about American Samoa’s citizenship rights. While the situation in American Samoa is different that in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the outcome of the litigation could impact citizenship rights for Virgin Islands residents as well.

An amicus brief, or “friend of the court” brief, refers to participants who are not a party to a lawsuit but who are permitted, upon petition, to submit arguments or information for the court’s consideration.

The United States took ownership of the Virgin Islands in 1917, and citizenship was granted through an act of Congress in 1927.

Neil Weare, lead counsel in Tuaua and president of We the People Project, an organization that works to achieve equal rights for residents of U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, said those born in American Samoa are not full citizens. They are considered “non-citizen nationals,” and if they moved to one of the 50 states, they would have to go through the naturalization process to gain the full rights of citizenship.

In the Virgin Islands, people born in the territory are full U.S. citizens. While living in the Virgin Islands, residents have limited rights, such as not being able to vote for the president and not having a voting representative in Congress. However, when a Virgin Islander moves to one of the 50 states, all those rights are immediately restored…. Read more

St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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