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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

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


A short 8 min film by local filmmakers
Jeremy Garza and Trent Myers

Followed by our feature presentation:

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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New Flood Damage at Westin St. John

Westin Pool St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
another flood - more mud

Westin Resort, Great Cruz Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands
The Westin Hotel on St. John, which had been doing so nicely in making repairs after last month’s flooding, took another blow yesterday. Flood waters from Guinea gut once again entered the Westin grounds fouling the pool and eroding the beach. At least this time the pool repairs should be a little quicker as the resurfacing has already been done.

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Westin Update: Swimming Pool is Back in Service

Swimming Pool is Back in operation
Westin Pool Back in Service

Westin Resort, Great Cruz Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands
Repairs and improvements at the flood damaged Westin Resort on St. John are proceeding nicely. The pool, which has been closed since the aftermath of Hurricane Otto, was refilled yesterday and is back in service today.

The Beach Café Restaurant is scheduled to reopen tomorrow.

Sand Art

Meanwhile Marni is back at work on the beach fabricating beautiful works of sand art, which are actually created and designed by the the people who ultimately purchase the art. Cool idea, looks like great fun! For more information, call Marni at (340) 998 9102 or e-mail her at designsbymarni@earhlink.net

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Westin Flood Damage Update

Westin Resort, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Several of our blog readers have been asking for updates on the conditions at the Westin Resort since the damage incurred by the heavy rains a few weeks ago.

The pool is still not in operation, but workers were present and the job of refinishing seems to be progressing nicely.

The tennis courts have been cleaned up and all the old surfaces removed, but thus far, that’s it. Rumor has it that the hotel is thinking about putting down a hard surface instead of the old synthetic turf, but because of the significant expense involved, it appears doubtful.

The Kid’s Club, Arcade and Conference Rooms are still out of commission. The Beach Cafe is still closed and is being temporarily replaced by the Cruz Bay Prime above the hotel lobby.

My take is that work is being done, but certainly not at particularly feverish pace, and I would be surprised if much is completed before Thanksgiving.

Will keep you informed…


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Westin Resort Recovering From Flooding

St. John US Virgin Islands: The Pool at the Westin Should be Back in Operation by Tomorrow or Friday

The flooding caused by Hurricane Otto particularly effected the Westin Resort with damage to the pool, some of the guest rooms, the beach area and beach restaurant and the tennis courts.

Repairs are underway and should be completed shortly. Guests that stayed during and after the flooding reported that they were treated exceptionally well by the management and staff of the hotel.

St. John Water Trucks Line Up to Fill the Westin Pool

Hoses Bring the water from the Trucks to the Pool

Backhoe at Work Making Repairs at the Beach
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Caribbean Travel: Caribbean Resorts Ready to Deal

The economic recession has been hitting the Caribbean rather hard. After all, when times are tough and people feel they need to tighten their financial belt, I would think that travel and vacation spending would be one of the first things to go. Statistics from the Virgin Islands for October visits are down some 39% and in order to mitigate this trend, the Virgin Islands, like other Caribbean destinations are offering deals, discounts and incentives.

On St. John, the Westin Resort and the Estate Concordia Campground are participating in the USVI’s Winter Escape incentive, which includes $300.00 in Travelers Checks, $50 credit on meals and attractions, $1500.00 worth of discount coupons, a fifth night free and the SPF100 Sunshine Protection Plan, which reads : If it rains on your vacation, we’ll give you $100.

You’ll have to book before January 31,  for travel until March 31, 2009

New York Time, Sunday Travel Section

Published: January 25, 2009

“…Entire islands are on sale. The United States Virgin Islands, where visitors dropped 39 percent to 104,969 for the month of October, has an Extended Winter Escape promotion for travel through March that includes $300 in American Express traveler’s checks, $100 in vouchers toward island attractions and restaurants and a fifth night free at various hotels including the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott on St. Thomas and the Westin on St. John…”

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