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New Era at Cruz Bay Taxi Stand, VIPA Says
By Lynda Lohr — November 29, 2013

After a lot of back and forth between V.I. Port Authority Director Carlton Dowe and numerous St. John taxi drivers at a meeting Friday at the Legislature building on St. John, Dowe finally decided that 40 taxi drivers a day will be able to operate at the Cruz Bay ferry dock.

“Whoever comes in first will go first,” Dowe told the taxi drivers after several questions about the order in which the taxi drivers would get jobs.

The taxi stand will open at 6 a.m.

Initially Dowe said it would close at midnight but he later amended that to 11 p.m. He said no one would be allowed to sleep overnight in their taxis in order to be first in line.

Drivers with taxi medallion numbers one through 40 will work Sunday, the first day the change begins. Those with the next 40 numbers will be on duty Monday with the rest of the 162 medallion holders working sequentially at 40 per day.

Taxicab Commission Director Judith Wheatley said that if more taxis are needed, the dispatcher will call the next set of numbers beginning with the first on the list. If that person wasn’t home, she said the dispatcher would call the next one until he found enough available to meet the need.

Dowe said initially the number would stand at 20 but after several taxi drivers indicated that 20 was probably not enough to meet the ferry dock need, he agreed to up it to 40. Only some of them will be stationed at the dock, with the rest waiting to be called from the Enighed Pond parking lot.

Those taxi drivers who are not assigned to the ferry dock on a given day will still be allowed to work at other locations across the island….

…Dowe said the Port Authority will no longer allow double parking along the waterfront as is now the practice. He said the taxi drivers will still have use of the 13 parking spots along the waterfront allocated to taxis.

Taxi drivers and all others who use the dock will be charged $10 per day for unlimited trips, to be paid to the dock master stationed at the dock. Dowe clarified after the meeting that although villa management companies may have several people making pickups at the dock, each person picking up guests will have to pay $10 for unlimited pickups.

He didn’t offer any solution for how the villa managers will pick them up since double parking is not allowed. The next nearest parking lot, located across from the post office, has only a handful of spaces available. Normally long-term parkers take up most of the spaces but a V.I. Waste Management project has closed most of those.

Dowe did say that people picking up villa guests will no longer be allowed to stand at the head of the dock with signs bearing the guests’ name. Instead he said a voucher system would be put in place. He did not elaborate on that…. Read full article

Fortsberg Trekkers Brave Rainy Skies
By Lynda Lohr — November 29, 2013

Intermittent rain didn’t deter nearly 50 people from attending the 30th annual 1733 St. John African Revolution Commemoration, which started with an observance on Cruz Bay Beach and included stops at the V.I. National Park Visitors Centers at Susannaberg and Catherineberg, at Guy Benjamin School and ended with the traditional trek up to Fortsberg….

…The event commemorates the Nov. 23, 1733, uprising by St. John slaves against the plantation owners in what was then the Danish West Indies.

The tour stopped at key spots that factored in the uprising, including Fortsberg, at which the slaves overcame the Danish gendarmes to seize control of the island for six months until the French came from Martinique.

“It’s important to remember where we came from,” said St. Thomas resident Caron Berry as she waited for historian Gilbert Sprauve to begin his presentation at the Visitor Center.

Sprauve told those gathered that the Danes kept good records of the event, a boon to researchers seeking to find out what happened rather than rely on word of mouth. Sprauve said the work done by John Anderson for his book, “Night of the Silent Drums,” was also a big help.

St. Thomas resident Sele Adeyemi also did a lot of research on the subject and his book, “The 1733 Revolt,” which was published in 2003, provides a raft of information on the subject.

“The Akwamu were principal players in the 1733 revolution,” he said…. read full article

St. John Events Saturday November 30

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
All Classes: Traditional, PHRFI, PHRFII, IV24 & Pursuit
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

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St. John Off the Beaten Track App Presents: Salt at Salt Pond Bay

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Screenshot of the Salt Pond at Salt Pond Bay

The St. John Off the Beaten Track App and Salt Pond Bay

In the above screenshot, you can see the Salt Pond Bay pond at a time when salt was available for harvesting. In order for this to happen we need to have an extended period of dry weather with brisk east to southeast trades. With all the rain we’ve been having lately there’s no chance of finding salt there now. You can download the St. John Off the Beaten Track for iPhone and iPad free of charge (until 12/31/13) from the App Store and for Android phones from Google Play

Salt Pond Bay: Salt Information
Learn all about how salt is formed in the pond

St. John Virgin Islands Natural Sea Salt
St. John Virgin Islands all natural sea salt

Salt Pond Bay Map
Want to know where it is? Check the app

St. John Events

Friday November 29

Walk to Fortberg
St. John Historical Society & Fortberg Committee
Information: Gibert Sprauve 340-344-3556

Mongoose Junction
Evening in the Courtyard
From 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
Presented by: Coral Bay Yacht Club & Skinny Legs
Single-Handed & Gaffers Race
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

Saturday November 30

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
All Classes: Traditional, PHRFI, PHRFII, IV24 & Pursuit
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 11/29

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Steel Pan
6:00 – 10:00
714-6169

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

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

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

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Northeast wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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St. John Thanksgiving Weekend Events

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St. John Thanksgiving Weekend Events

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St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055
Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

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

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

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

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

Turkey Day 5K
St. John Landsharks
Information:
Jude Woodcock timberdickwoody@gmail.com 340-779-1416

Friday

Anniversary hike will commemorate 1733 St. John slave revolt Friday
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: November 27, 2013

ST. THOMAS – Friday is the 30th annual pilgrimage and historical tour to commemorate the 1733 St. John slave revolt.

The annual event will educate and inspire people of all ages by recounting the journey to freedom that many Virgin Islands slaves took on Nov. 23, 1733, when they rose up against their owners.

The all-day tour will visit several plantation ruins where the revolt took place, while local historians and storytellers inform and entertain.

The tour begins in Cruz Bay, followed by visits to Estate Susannaberg, an old steam mill at Estate Adrian, a restored sugar mill at Catherineberg and a steep hike to Fortsberg in Coral Bay.

The Susannaberg stop is new on the tour’s itinerary this year.

Ronnie Jones, one of the event organizers, said Susannaberg was where most of the slave and livestock auctions took place on St. John.

“The history of St. John is so important to us and the community, we feel that it should be included in this,” Jones said.

The tour will include offering libations on the beach in Cruz Bay at the start, drumming performances, a skit in the native language of the slaves who revolted, storytelling and history.

In the 1730s, deteriorating conditions, including rampant illness, a lack of adequate food and water and brutal punishments for slaves in the Danish West Indies caused tensions to come to a head. In 1733, a plague of locusts, a drought and a fierce hurricane tested the limits of the slaves’ endurance.

Taking matters into their own hands, the slaves in the territory revolted for their independence.

The revolt’s leaders, the Akan people of present-day Ghana, stashed weapons in loads of firewood and overtook the Danish fort at Fortsberg.

During the following weeks, they took control of all of St. John, with the exception of Durloo’s Plantation. They left most of the island’s crops and existing structures intact, intending to use available infrastructure to establish their own nation.

It took the combined efforts of Danish, British and French forces, along with the Free Negro Corps, until May 1734 to quash the rebellion…. read more

Presented by the St. John Historical Society & the Fortberg Committee – Information: Gibert Sprauve 340-344-3556

Mongoose Junction Evening in the Courtyard – 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
Presented by: Coral Bay Yacht Club & Skinny Legs
Single-Handed & Gaffers Race
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

Saturday November 30

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
All Classes: Traditional, PHRFI, PHRFII, IV24 & Pursuit
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

St. John Weather

TODAY AND TONIGHT:
NORTH SWELLS WILL CONTINUE TO SUBSIDE TODAY…HOWEVER…FRESH TRADE WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GENERATE ROUGH SEAS. DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS WILL ALSO REMAIN POSSIBLE.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. East northeast wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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St. John Off the Beaten Track App: Beaches

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iPad beach image Maho

Probably the most popular activity St. John offers both visitors and users alike, is a day spent enjoying one or more of the world’ best beaches. For those who may be interested in beach information, location, photos or just trying to decide, which beach they should go to today, the St. John Off the Beaten Track App like the book, St. John Beach Guide, will be a most-welcomed resource.

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Choose “Beaches” from the “Home” Screen

st. JOhn Off The Beaten Track Beach Wheel
Choose one of the 34 best beaches on St. John

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Image/Text Screen: Tap image for photos, tap text for information, tap map for Google hybrid map and tap my location for your location.

Salt Pond Bay Map
Location: Salt Pond Bay Map

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Information about Salt Pond Bay

Salt Pond Bay Beach Image
Photos
Drawing for the $500 Prize

St. John Events

Thia Muilenburg was the lucky winner of the second St. John Gourmet and Dolphin Markets “Customer Appreciation – Family Day” $500 drawing.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Taxi Situation in Cruz Bay a Big Unknown
By Lynda Lohr — November 22, 2013

Changes are afoot at the Cruz Bay ferry dock because Superior Court recently ruled that the St. John Taxi Association can no longer operate the taxi stand on what is now a month-to-month lease from the local government. Instead the V.I. Port Authority will be in charge as of Nov. 30.

“We have been given an opportunity that I believe, in the long term, is in the best interest of how this area can be managed for the community as a whole and for our visitors,” Gov. John deJongh Jr. said in a press release issued Friday.

He said the taxi service had a “natural synergy” with the ferry traffic arriving at Cruz Bay dock. Additionally the governor said the Port Authority has the staff on St. John as well as the operational experience of managing taxis, limousines and other vehicle for hire services.

How the Port Authority will do this remains unknown but board Chairman Robert O’Connor Jr. said that, to start, things will be pretty much the same as they are now with a dispatcher assigning passengers to taxis. However, he said the taxi stand will be open to all taxi drivers, not just those who belong to St. John Taxi….

…Until Nov. 30, the Taxi Association has the sole right to 13 parking spaces along the Cruz Bay waterfront, according to St. John Administrator Leona Smith. They start next to the handicapped space and run toward the battery. This is the area that constitutes the taxi stand. However, taxis commonly double park in front of them. And taxis sometimes park in spaces reserved for the public and in the few public parking lots that dot Cruz Bay. And the taxi drivers congregate to wait for fares and play dominoes in the Cruz Bay Park bandstand, a public facility.

O’Connor said he envisions freeing up those 13 spaces reserved for taxis so anyone can use them. In addition to taxis, staff from vacation villa management companies jockey for parking spaces near the waterfront so they can pick up guests. Some car rental companies also pick up at the dock. And residents picking up family and friends arriving on the ferry try to find a space to park while they wait for them to reach Cruz Bay.

“It can be a chaotic scene,” Smith said.

Judge denies pretrial release for new defendant in Tapia drug trafficking case
By Amanda Norris (Daily News Staff)

ST. THOMAS ­- Walter Hill, a St. John resident and new defendant in the Roberto Tapia drug trafficking case, will be detained on St. Thomas following a hearing in District Court on Thursday in which prosecutors brought to light Hill’s conviction almost 20 years ago for similar drug-related offenses.

Walter Hill is a cousin of Angelo Hill, a V.I. Police sergeant on St. John who was arrested May 24, one week after Drug Enforcement Administration agents affected a drug sting to conclude a year-and-half-long investigation.

On May 17, agents caught Tapia leaving the Red Hook ferry terminal with 7.72 kilograms of cocaine they say he got from Angelo Hill. According to law enforcement agents, Angelo Hill was in his police vehicle when he met Tapia and passed off the packages of cocaine…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Sunday 11/24

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

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Sun Dog
Sunday Night Jam
7:30 – 10:00 ish
693-8340

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St. John Off the Beaten Track App – Trails

Offline Update
After months of struggle, the St. John Off the Beaten Track App is ready for prime time. The all-important offline option update became live on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play a few days ago. Now you can use the app even in areas where cell service is weak, non-existent or overridden by British Virgin Islands signals.

In honor of the recent update, the St. John Off the Beaten Track App will be available for free for the rest of 2013.

How to use the “St. John Off the Beaten Track App” on St. John’s hiking trails

St. John Off the Beaten Track App: Home Screen
On the “home screen” choose “Trails”

St. John Trails
Choose between Main Trails, Secondary Trails or Gut Walks & Scrambles

Hiking Trails of St. John
Choose one of the 78 trails listed on the app

Choosing Peace Hill & Denis Bay opens this screen where you can choose between text, photos, your location and a map of the trail

Tapping the text portion of the text/photo screen opens the text screen with extensive information about the trail

Peace Hill and Denis Bay Trail Map
Tapping outside the text/photo screen clears that screen so you can see the trail on the Trail Bandit Map – as well as your location on the trail

My Location
By tapping the GPS feature, “My Location,” on the upper right of the screen, you can find your location on the trail.

Photos
If you have a data signal or WiFi you can also see photos of the trail by either tapping in the image portion of the text/photo screen or by tapping “pictures” in the information screen.

Photo 1 Peace Hill Windmill

Denis Bay, St. John Virgin Islands
Denis Bay

Archival photo of the Christ of the Caribbean Statue, before its destruction by Hurricane Marilyn
St. John Off The Beaten Track on iPad
Screen Shot of a photo from the Caneel Hill Trail on the iPad version of St. John Off The Beaten Track App

Family DaySt. John Events

Customer Appreciation Family Day at the St. John Gourmet Market

Wine Tasting
Free Meals
$500 prize drawing
!0% Off Most items in the store
Music by Inner Vision

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Honeymoon Bay

St. John Beaches: Honeymoon Beach
Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach, St. John US Virgin IslandsNaming Honeymoon Bay

Historically and on most Virgin Islands maps, Salomon Bay, often misspelled, “Solomon,” contains two beaches, not individually named. Locals, however distinguish between the two, with the western one called Salomon and the eastern one, Honeymoon.

It was in fact Jumbie Bay that first received the nickname Honeymoon because of its somewhat hidden location and its reputation as being the beach for secret trysts. Later on with the development of the resort at Caneel Bay, the hotel co-opted the name, for the eastern beach on Salomon Bay and it stuck.

St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory in Effect

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East northeast wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sun Dog Cafe’s “Wednesday Night Jam” is Now the “Sunday Night Jam”

After seven years and over 3,000 individual performances seen by an estimated 20,000 people, the Wednesday Night Jam is taking it’s act down the road to Sunday Night, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Over the seven year existence of the event, the overflowing stage has welcomed Jonathan Edwards (“Sunshine”, “Shanty”), Fly Amero of Orleans (“Dance with Me”), and other notable musical guests, along with a steady local offering of talent. In contrast to a band or having an open mike, the now Sunday Night Jam is unique in that it encourages musicians who didn’t even know each other to join each other on stage. The results are often magical, occasionally erratic, but always entertaining. It was originated by Mark Wallace, and sustained by Lauren Magnie Jones, and has grown to a point where we literally have stopped traffic, so we are moving it in order to provide more space for the event. We can’t ever thank all of the supporters of the event, in its early, quieter days, the musicians who shared a wealth of talent and our guests who recognized the unique personal connection that was shared on more than one occasion.

We’re preparing a special menu for the event that we are putting together now. We hope you can join us this, and every Sunday for the Sunday Night Jam!

St. John Live Music Schedule

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
8:00
777-4220

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

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

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Rhumblines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-030

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Bubbly Pool, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Bubbly Pool, Jost Van Dyke, BVISurf’s Up!

Surf’s up! Good news for surfers, not so great for beach goers and snorkelers. But a great time to visit the Bubbly pool on Jost Van Dyke, but be careful, the waves are big!

St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory in Effect

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers early in the morning… Then partly cloudy with isolated showers in the late morning and afternoon. Highs around 84. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

St. John News

Island Profile: Beverly Biziewski is a Straight Shooter
By Lynda Lohr — November 18, 2013

Longtime St. John resident Beverly Biziewski admits she says what’s on her mind.

“I confess I have a very big mouth,” she said, sitting still for an interview at the island’s Catherineberg sugar mill.

She said she says what everyone else thinks but lacks the – she couldn’t come up with quite the right word, but courage covers it – to say.

Yes, Biziewski is outspoken and asks personal questions others wouldn’t dare, but she’s got a big heart and gives back in many ways to the St. John community.

She’s president of St. John’s chapter of AARP of the Virgin Islands but has her fingers in many pies. They include the St. John Historical Society, the Audubon Society of the Virgin Islands, St. John Singers, and Nazareth Lutheran Church.

Long past the age of retirement – she won’t say how many – she still cleans houses for a villa management company to augment her funds. It was a job she first took to build her bank account so she could buy land and build her house…

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Big Surf Continues

St John Weather: Big Surf Today

High Surf Advisory

…HAZARDOUS SURF CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK…

NON-TROPICAL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED SEVERAL HUNDRED MILES

NORTHEAST OF PUERTO RICO…WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE LARGE NORTH TO NORTHEAST SWELLS ALONG THE NORTH FACING COASTLINES OF PUERTO RICO…CULEBRA AND THE NORTHERN U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS THROUGH AT LEAST MONDAY NIGHT. LARGE BREAKING WAVE ACTION ON THE ATLANTIC COASTS WILL PRODUCE FREQUENT RIP CURRENTS. RIP CURRENTS ARE DANGEROUS FOR INEXPERIENCED SURFERS…SWIMMERS AND BEACH GOERS.

THEREFORE…PEOPLE AT THE BEACHES ARE URGED TO REMAIN OUT OF THE WATER.

* IMPACTS…LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CREATE ROUGH SURF CONDITIONS AND FREQUENT RIP CURRENTS. MINOR BEACH EROSION IS POSSIBLE AROUND THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA…PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION.

LOCAL BEACH GOERS…AND INEXPERIENCED SURFERS AND SWIMMERS SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE WATER UNTIL THESE HAZARDOUS SURF CONDITIONS SUBSIDE. PERSONS ON THE BEACH SHOULD BE VIGILANT FOR LARGE BREAKING WAVES SURGING UPON THE SHORE…WHICH CAN CARRY PEOPLE OF ALL SIZES INTO THE OCEAN. YOU SHOULD AVOID BEING NEAR THE SHORE LINE AND STAY OFF OF ROCK FORMATIONS.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 79. North northeast wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

St. John Live Music Schedule Sunday 11/17

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

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

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Cathrineberg Ruins – The Horsemill

Cistern 1978
Cathrineberg Horsemill 1978 – photo courtesy of Bob “Trail Bandit” Garrison
Cathrineberg Horsemill ruins 2013
Cathrineberg Horsemill today

The horsemill located just across the road from the restored Cathrineberg windmill had been converted to a cistern that used to serve as a fresh water pond containing attractive aquatic plants, until it was allowed to crumble and decay. When the flowers were in bloom, it was a sight to behold!

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Delta Increases Flights from N.Y., Atlanta
By Source Staff — November 13, 2013

The U.S. Virgin Islands will start benefiting next month from more flights out of the New York and Atlanta gateways.

Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty previously announced the debut of daily flights from JFK International Airport to Cyril E. King International Airport on St. Thomas. The flights will run from Dec. 15 to March 30, 2014.

Nicholson-Doty said Delta will return in the summer to continue the daily New York service from July 1 to Sept. 2, 2014.

This winter Delta will also serve St. Thomas with twice daily flights from Atlanta’s Hartfield Jackson International Airport, and add a third Saturday service, representing a total of 15 flights per week from the Atlanta market.

“Delta Air Lines recognizes the strength and appeal of our destination and we are grateful for that,” Nicholson-Doty said.

She estimated the carrier will bring more than 10,000 new seats on more than 50 additional flights to St. Thomas over the winter period.

The commissioner explained that the department’s airline development policy has resulted in noted growth in air capacity to St. Thomas. She said efforts continue in earnest to enhance additional lift to St. Croix.

St. John Weather

Which forecast do you like better?

Following are the weather forecasts from NOAA and Weather Underground this morning:

NOAA
Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East northeast wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Weather Underground
Partly cloudy with thunderstorms. High of 86F with a heat index of 91F. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Friday Night Update

NOAA was right on: mostly sunny, some rain brief showers in the morning

 

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Elkhorn Coral at Hawksnest Bay


Elkhorn Coral (Acropora palmata)

Elkorn coral is the most likely coral to be found in shallow reefs, where waves cause constant water movement. Unlike most corals the elkhorn is a relatively fast growing species, which under the right conditions can grow as mush as six inches a year. In recent years disease and rising water temperatures has resulted in the degradation elkhorn populations in many areas around the Virgin Islands. The reefs of Hawknest Bay on St. John, however, support beautiful health colonies of elkhorn corals, near shore where they can easily be observed by snorkelers.

The Virgin Islands National Park has been experimenting with a elkhorn coral seeding program to help damaged reefs recover.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Llewelyn “Little Lew” Sewer

@ Work: Love City Car Ferries Connects Islands
By Lynda Lohr — November 11, 2013

With a website to keep customers up to date, a marketing plan that provides a variety of enticements to lure customers, and friendly staff, Love City Car Ferries has come a long way since May 4, 1998, when the Captain Vic made the first trips between Cruz Bay, St. John, and Red Hook, St. Thomas.

On that day and several after, the barge company Boyson Inc. blockaded the ramp at Red Hook to prevent the Captain Vic from offloading vehicles. A Territorial Court case followed, with the judge ruling consistently in favor of the Captain Vic….

… Eventually, Republic Barge Service, which came to be called Love City Car Ferries, worked out a system with the island’s third barge company, Global Marine’s Roanoke barge, to accept each other’s tickets. This has allowed both companies to provide better service….

…The marketing program includes Love City Car Ferries’ loyalty program called Sea Miles Club. Members get notifications of specials and discounts. The company also has a program for passengers older than 65 that provides a $5 discount on tickets no matter what the time of day, and a discount program through Facebook. People who need to travel from St. John to St. Thomas for medical care also are eligible for discounts. Anecia Sewer said that people get a discount on their fare for less serious medical issues, but if it’s something that requires frequent trips like dialysis, the company provides free transport.

“We just believe our company is a company for the people,” Anecia Sewer said….

…The company has its roots in the seafaring tradition forged by many generations. Anecia Sewer said the family name comes from the fact that long ago, ancestors sewed sails on seafaring ships. And Llewelyn Sewer’s grandfather was the legendary Captain Victor Sewer, known by all as Captain Vic. Llewelyn Sewer said he recalls being aboard when his grandfather took Laurance S. Rockefeller out for a trip.

Llewelyn Sewer’s father, known by all as Big Lew Sewer, was the person who dubbed St. John Love City…. Read entire article

Gov. deJongh signs bills commending retired judge, furthering creation of dolphinarium
By Amanda Norris (Daily News Staff)
Published: November 11, 2013

ST. THOMAS ­- Gov. John deJongh Jr. on Friday signed into law several bills including a resolution to honor retired Superior Court Judge Julio Brady, a bill funding repairs to Centerline Road on St. John and a bill enabling a dophinarium at Coral World….

… St. John improvements

The governor also approved Bill 30-0275, which appropriates $500,000 to the Public Works Department for the repair of Centerline Road, Route 10, on St. John and another $1 million to the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority for the construction of a waste recycling center and maintenance of the sewer system on St. John.

Both appropriations come out of the St. John Capital Improvement Fund, which the governor warned is overextended.

“Although I am approving this measure, we must be prepared for the adverse impact of this appropriation,” deJongh wrote. “The St. John Capital Improvement Fund is currently overappropriated by $3.9 million and cannot further support any additional appropriations.”…

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