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Sea Wasps

St. John Sea Creatures: Sea Wasp
Sea Wasp or Box Jellyfish – Image from Reef Creature Identification by Paul Human

Sea Wasp Carybdea alata
I saw four of these nasty creatures yesterday during the late afternoon on my Trunk Bay swim. They’re small and translucent, so they’re hard to watch out for, but do your best.

According to Paul Human, they are “highly toxic; contact with bare skin can produce an intense sting, redness and welts. Pour vinegar on affected area…” For severe reactions seek medical attention.

Sea Wasp Video

Chocolate Hole SunriseChocolate Hole Sunrise
Another beautiful orange sunrise this morning. The full blast colors only lasted for about a minute, so I was lucky to get the photo.

The sea appears to be just about flat calm again like yesterday. Great day for power boats!

St. John Live Music Tonight
Beach Bar
October 18 and 19 (Fri and Sat)
Coral Creek- 8pm

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Beach Alternatives in a Closed National Park

Where to go to the beach ion St. John in light of the National Park closure.

The Virgin Islands National Park is one of the casualties of the US federal government shutdown. For St. John, that means all park lands and facilities on the island are now closed. That’s trails, beaches, the Visitors Center, the children’s playground, the mooring balls and anything else that has to do with the park. The worst part, in my opinion is not being able to legally access the beaches.

If you don’t want to take a chance of running afoul with some park enforcement personnel, here are four beach alternatives, which are not on National Park land:

St. John Virgin Islands Beaches: Frank Bay
Frank Bay

St. John Virgin Islands Beaches: Haulover Bay
Haulover Bay (South)

St. John US Virgin Islands Beaches: Klein Bay
Klein Bay

St. John USVI Beaches: Hanson Bay
Hansen Bay

St. John Happenings

Beach Bar
Tonight October 4 and tomorrow  Oct 5 Breath of Soul – 8pm 777-4220

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St. John Bars & Restaurants: Whistler Doug at the Beach Bar

Douglas “Whistler” Van Nostrand singing an original song at the Beach Bar

St. John News

Feds: VIPD Sgt. Hill Gave Tapia Cocaine
By Bill Kossler — May 27, 2013
St. John Source

Prosecutors allege Angelo Hill, the acting head of St. John police operations arrested Friday for cocaine smuggling, supplied Department of Planning and Natural Resources Chief of Enforcement Roberto Tapia with the cocaine Tapia was arrested with May 19, according to court documents.

Hill and Tapia were both relieved of their duties after their arrests, pending trial.

Tapia, Hill and two residents of Puerto Rico, Stephen Torres and Eddie Lopez, have all been arrested in relation to the same transaction, in which Tapia allegedly received 7.72 kilos (17 pounds) of cocaine.

According to an affidavit from FBI Agent Jason Purkey, filed May 24, federal agents recorded several phone calls between Hill and Tapia, making plans to meet and talking about the cocaine transaction.

“During that conversation Tapia advised that he had to travel to what the agent believed was St. John to meet with ‘Angelo’ to pick up what agents believe was kilograms of cocaine,” Purkey wrote.

“Tapia spoke with a person agents identified as Angelo Hill and asked if he (Tapia) could pick up ‘seven of those girls.’ Hill acknowledged that they would be available,” Purkey wrote, clarifying that the “girls” were kilos of cocaine.

Purkey’s affidavit appears to indicate that federal agents listened in on Tapia and Hill arranging the transaction, but did not witness the cocaine being transferred.

It alleges Tapia took a DPNR boat, while wearing his law enforcement uniform, and met Torres and Lopez near Sail Rock, about three miles from St. Thomas, and picked up cash to purchase the cocaine.

Tapia then arranged to meet Hill. Hill told Tapia to walk towards First Bank to meet him; officers lost sight of Tapia briefly, but observed a vehicle assigned to Hill.

When officers again sighted Tapia, a backpack he had with him appeared to be carrying “significantly more.” Agents then approached Tapia and found the cocaine in the bag he was carrying, according to the affidavit.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Steven Sloan
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Barefoot Davis
7:30
777-4220

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Driftwood David’s
Benn Marr
5:30 – 8:30
777-4015

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

Island Blues
Karaoke & Open Mic
7:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Greg Kinslow
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

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

Spyglass
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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beach bar sunset
Beach Bar Sunset

Steve Simon and Jazz Islanders Return to St. John
By Lynda Lohr — March 26, 2013

Steve Simon and the Jazz Islanders return Sunday for a free one-time performance at St. John’s Beach Bar. It runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

“I’m so excited about coming back to St. John. I feel like a kid at Christmas,” Simon said.

Simon moved off-island more than four years ago and is now living in Charleston, S.C.

For the concert, he’s bringing together the Jazz Islanders who frequently played with him at the Beach Bar and other locations.

“It’s going to be a party, a reunion,” he said.

In addition to Simon on clarinet, the musicians include Joe Ramsay on sax, Vince Wallace Jr. and Les Burnside on bass, Andrew Cameron on drums, Michael Banzhaf on flute, Louis Taylor on keyboard, and Patrick Lockett on harmonica.

“Plus anybody else who shows up. They’ve always been jam sessions,” he said, referring to such folks as surprise guest artists.

As for his popular Blues Festival, held for several years in Coral Bay, Simon said that it’s not feasible to organize an event of that magnitude when he’s no longer living on St. John.

However, he said, he continues to produce blues concerts for members of the U.S. military with a Bluzapalooza scheduled in October at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

“It will be the biggest blues event at a military facility in the United States ever,” he said.

St. John Weather

Mostly cloudy with rain showers
High of 81 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the East at 15 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor): 84.9 degrees F
Sunset: 6:32 PM AST

St. John Live Music Schedule – Sunday March 31

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

Beach Bar
Steve Simon and the Jazz Islanders Reunion Show
4:30
777-4220

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

Skinny Legs
Dave Gerard
6:00
779 4982

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

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St. Thomas Airport Update – Long Customs Lines

Line for customs at the St. Thomas Airport
All the way to Baggage Claim

The afternoon line up to pass through customs inspection at the Cyril E King Airport on St. Thomas has been longer than I have ever seen it.

The line shown in the above photo began at the baggage claim area and extended to the doorway that leads to the customs area. From there it passes through the alcove where you normally fill out your customs forms and then leads into the actual customs area. Here there is a maze of four long lines defined by roped off paths, which extend the length of the room. You walk down the first line, switch back to the next, down that line switch back and so on until you are finally called to one of the customs desks and are cleared to enter the TSA area.

You’re not finished. There’s still the agricultural inspection, which is fast and easy and the security scan lines, which may not be that fast and easy.

All in all, I would say that the customs, agriculture and security people are fast and efficient, however, there’s no way that you’re going to breeze through all  in no time at all.

The message here: Give yourself plenty of time before your flight out of St. Thomas, especially in the afternoon.

St. John Music Schedule Thursday 1/19

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Beach Bar – Don Dilego Band – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Jante Samuel’s Caribbean Band – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Inner Vision – 8:00-11:00 – 714-6169
Morgan’s Mango – Mark Wallace – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Skinny Legs – Lauren – 6:00 – 779-4982

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St. John Photo of the Day

reef bay trail: petroglyphsPetroglyphs

St. John Music Schedule Saturday March 12

Beach Bar – Groove Thang – 4:00 – 8:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Kenny Floyd – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
Fatty Crab – Sambacombo – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm  – 693-5244
Larry’s Landing
– Spiritual Rez – 10:00 – 1:00 – 693-8802
Morgan’s Mango – Luba – Piano & Vocals – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Rhumb Lines – Lauren & Bo – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-0303
Skinny Legs – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:30 – 9:30 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime – James Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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St. John Happenings and Garden News

Gerald’s St. John Garden

bananas
baby bananas

St. John Spring
I’m seeing the signs of the beginning of springtime on St. John. The leaves have dropped off the big Mampoo tree and new light green buds have popped up on every branch. In the morning there is a quite discernible buzzing from all the bees attracted to the pollen rich buds. The aloes are in full flower with their share of bees, but I haven’t noticed many hummingbirds this year. The mango tree has baby mangoes, the papaya tree has baby papayas, the banana plant has baby bananas and a beautiful white orchid opened up deep in the bush.

st john flora: aloe
aloes in flower

st john flora: papaya
baby papayas

st john flora: orchid
orchids

st john flora:mango
baby mango

St. John Music Schedule Friday March 11

Aqua Bistro – Mark Wallace – 5:30 – 8:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – Revisions – 9:00 – 777-4220
High Tide – John Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues – Big Rick Open Mic – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren, 6:30 – 9:30, 693-8141
Ocean GrillLuba – 6:00 – 9:00, 693 3304
Skinny Legs – Chris Carsel – 6:00 – 9:00 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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St. John News & Happenings

St. John Photo of the Day
Cinnamon Bay Beach, St. John Virgin Islands
Skim Boarder at Cinnamon Bay

Press Release: St. John Film Society

FREE MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday March 15, 2011
7:30 PM at Sputniks in Coral Bay

ST. JOHN FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENTS

A TRIBUTE TO ANNIE LOVE:
A short 8 min film by local filmmakers
Jeremy Garza and Trent Myers

Followed by our feature presentation:

HEART OF THE SEA
by Lisa Denker, Charlotte Lagarde (57 min) 2002

St John Film Society: Heart of the SeaHEART OF THE SEA is a portrait of Rell “Kapolioka’ ehukai” Sunn, who died in January 1998 of breast cancer at the age of 47. Known worldwide as a pioneer of women’s professional surfing, at home in Hawaii Rell achieved the   stature of an icon – not only for her physical power, grace and luminous beauty, but for her leadership in a community that loved her as much as she loved it.

By the time she lost a 15 year battle with breast cancer, Rell’s legacy had grown far beyond athletic feats. HEART  OF THE SEA tells her larger-than-life story.

Remember to bring your own chair & call Juliette at Sputniks (775-7373) if you would like to order one of her delicious roti.

St. John Music Schedule Wednesday March 9

Beach Bar – The Diviners – 4:00 – 8:00, 777-4220
Castaways – Steven Sloan – 7:00, 777-3316
Coconut Coast StudiosSt. John Flutes – 5:30 -7:00 – 776-6944
High Tide – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues – Big Rick – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – James Jams – 10:00 – 693-8802
Shipwreck – Tom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers – 8:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640
Sun Dog Cafe – Open Mic with Mark Wallace – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 8340
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime – David Laabs – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

Weekly Music Schedule

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Virgin Islands Photo of the Day

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Charlotte Amalie Aerial

St. John Music Schedule Tuesday, March 8

Beach Bar – Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers – 8:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Steve & Friends – 7:30 – 777-3316
High Tide – T-Bird and Kenny – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues – Bo & Lauren – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – Classic Rock with John – 10:00 – 1:00 – 693-8802
Morgan’s Mango – Greg Kinslow – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Shipwreck Landing – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

Weekly Music Schedule

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Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Lunch at Abes, Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Live Music on St. John Sunday, March 6

Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – The Fiddler – 4:00 – 8:00 – 777-4220
Concordia – Bo – 4:00 – 8:00 – 777-4220
Island Blues Spiritual Rez – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’sSambacombo – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5244
Ocean Grill – David Laabs – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Rhumb Lines – T-Bird  – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

Weekly Music Schedule

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