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 Happenings
Tonight October 4 and tomorrow Oct 5 Breath of Soul – 8pm 777-4220
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
7:00 – 9:00
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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