Looks like St. John is starting to see some fallout from the much-publicized economic crisis that’s playing havoc with people the world over.
It has just come to our attention that, for the first time in my memory, Caneel Bay will be closing down for the months of September and October as a cost cutting measure. Employees will be earning a little less and management will be seeing less perks. I also heard that there won’t be anymore Sunday Brunch. Even the rich and famous are watching their wallets
Now September and October are the slow months, so it kind of makes sense, and perhaps the hotel can use that time to take care of general maintenance without disturbing guests.
But September and October, the now feared hurricane months weren’t always that slow. Remember that from the 1920s until Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the Virgin Islands hadn’t suffered a major hurricane. Hurricanes weren’t in people’s minds. For example, Foxy’s well attended Wooden Boat Race was held on Labor Day, the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Although September and October weren’t great, they weren’t that bad either. Even after Hugo, the season wasn’t effected that much, but after Marilyn in 1995, this changed and Hurricane paranoia made September and October super slow months. Now with the stock market sliding and credit drying up, we can probably expect some super-duper slow summers.
Maybe there’s an upside to this slow down. The red hot real estate market, the building frenzy, and the invasion of the EDC gang really took a toll on the traditional St. John lifestyle. The perception of St. John as a laid back easy going island was replaced by one of a Beverly Hills of the Caribbean, millionaire island, and not without reason.
So, if we can survive the financial blows, maybe we can slow down a little, get to the beach more often, walk through town slowly for a change, and shoot the breeze a little longer with our friends and neighbors. We’ll see how it all plays out. Hopefully, in the words of the late Bob Marley, “every little t’ing gonna be alright,”