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Sea Wasps

St. John Sea Creatures: Sea Wasp
Sea Wasp or Box Jellyfish – Image from Reef Creature Identification by Paul Human

Sea Wasp Carybdea alata
I saw four of these nasty creatures yesterday during the late afternoon on my Trunk Bay swim. They’re small and translucent, so they’re hard to watch out for, but do your best.

According to Paul Human, they are “highly toxic; contact with bare skin can produce an intense sting, redness and welts. Pour vinegar on affected area…” For severe reactions seek medical attention.

Sea Wasp Video

Chocolate Hole SunriseChocolate Hole Sunrise
Another beautiful orange sunrise this morning. The full blast colors only lasted for about a minute, so I was lucky to get the photo.

The sea appears to be just about flat calm again like yesterday. Great day for power boats!

St. John Live Music Tonight
Beach Bar
October 18 and 19 (Fri and Sat)
Coral Creek- 8pm

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Beach Alternatives in a Closed National Park

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 Virgin Islands Beaches: Frank Bay
Frank Bay

St. John Virgin Islands Beaches: Haulover Bay
Haulover Bay (South)

St. John US Virgin Islands Beaches: Klein Bay
Klein Bay

St. John USVI Beaches: Hanson Bay
Hansen Bay

St. John Happenings

Beach Bar
Tonight October 4 and tomorrow  Oct 5 Breath of Soul – 8pm 777-4220

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St. John Bars & Restaurants: Whistler Doug at the Beach Bar

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
Steven Sloan
7:00 – 9:00

Beach Bar
Barefoot Davis

Karaoke Night

Driftwood David’s
Benn Marr
5:30 – 8:30

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00

Island Blues
Karaoke & Open Mic

La Tapa
Greg Kinslow
6:00 – 9:30

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
6:30 – 9:30

5:00 – 8:00

See Weekly Schedule


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St. Thomas Airport Update – Long Customs Lines

Line for customs at the St. Thomas Airport
All the way to Baggage Claim

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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