Maho Bay Now Protected by The Virgin Islands National Park

Maho Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands
Maho Bay

About Maho Bay
Maho Bay was named after the Hibiscus tilaceus or beach maho a tree commonly found on the St. John shoreline and throughout the tropics. The beach Maho has a distinctive heart-shaped leaf and produces attractive yellow flowers that later turn purple. The small green fruit of the maho is not edible, but a bush tea can be made from the leaf.

Interestingly, Maho Bay, now a relatively narrow beach, was once one of the widest beaches in St. John. The “horse kids” of St. John took advantage of this characteristic, as well as the great length of the beach, to have horse races on the sand. The narrowing of the beach came as a result of the removal of sand by the government to construct Cruz Bay roads and the Julius Sprauve School. This was done at a time when the dynamics of sand production and sand loss were not yet understood.

St. John, Virgin Islands and Caribbean News

One Of The Caribbean’s Best Beaches Is Protected For Tourists By The Trust For Public Land
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands, Dec. 18, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

As the Caribbean tourist season hits its peak, one of its best beaches has been protected from development, The Trust for Public Land announced today.

The beach is at Maho Bay, on the north side of the island of St. John, where most of Virgin Islands National Park is located. The 225-acre beach and the hillside above are the largest single addition to the park since it was created in 1956, from land donated by Lawrence Rockefeller.

“The beach and hillside at Maho may well be paradise, and can now be enjoyed by everyone who comes to this wonderful park,” said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land.

Gerald Singer, an expert on Caribbean beaches and author of St. John Beach Guide, said, “This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. I’m happy to learn the delicate environmental balance of the lush Maho Bay valley and access to the beautiful beach and the calm, shallow bay with its abundant marine life will remain undisturbed by private development.”

Brion FitzGerald, Superintendent of V.I. National Park, said, “This is one of the best beaches on St. John and is a significant piece of the island’s natural and cultural history. It is wonderful that it will be available for park visitors.”

The Trust for Public Land recently sold 74 acres to the National Park Service for $2.5 million, the last of a series of sales beginning in 2009, bringing the total land sold to 225 acres. The federal money came from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Rep. Donna Christensen, D-V.I., said, “I am glad that this very beautiful beach and the surrounding natural resources will be preserved for Virgin Islanders and visitors alike.”

Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at tpl.org

SOURCE The Trust For Public Land

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. health officials have issued a travel advisory for the Caribbean island of St. Martin because of a mosquito-borne disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s closely following reports of the chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus among residents of the French side of St. Martin.

The World Health Organization has reported 10 confirmed cases on the island. The CDC says it’s the first time the disease has been reported among non-travelers in the Western Hemisphere.

The virus can cause fever, joint pains, a rash, muscle aches and headaches. Travelers to St. Martin are advised to avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and to use air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out.

Swine Flu Case Confirmed at JFL Hospital
By Source Staff — December 19, 2013

Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital confirmed Wednesday that a patient at the hospital has been diagnosed to be infected with the H1N1 influenza or “swine flu.””The circumstances surrounding this case have been documented and the information has been submitted to the appropriate representatives at the Virgin Islands Department of Health,” JFL interim Chief Executive Officer Kendall Griffith said in a statement. “We will continue to provide any and all information to the department on such cases they work to ensure the public is adequately informed and protected this flu season.”

Earlier this year, the Department of Health began monitoring recent reports of a new strain (H7N9) of avian influenza or “bird flu” emerging in China.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting H1N1 and other flu strains to be present in the United States and the region, but currently at low levels, with no signs of imminent outbreaks.

H1N1 is fatal in less than one in 100 cases but can still be dangerous. At least one Virgin Islands resident died from H1N1 during a worldwide outbreak in 2009…. read entire article

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