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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