Tag Archives: Sapphire Beach

Moray Eel

St. John USVI Sea Creatures: Moray EelGreen Moray Eel
Green morays normally hide during the day in holes in the reef sometimes sticking their head out for a look around. They come out of their holes in the night and hunt in open water. They will let snorkelers come fairly close but at a certain point they’ll shoot back into their holes. You’ll probably notice them opening and closing their mouths, but that’s not to scare you or threaten to bite; it’s just the way they breathe.

The green moray, Gymnothorax funebris, is a moray eel of the family Muraenidae. They can be found in the western Atlantic from New Jersey to Brazil. They can grow to as much as six feet in length and can be found in depths of from 5 – 130 feet.

St. John Events

Skinny Legs Super Bowl Trip Drawing
Skinny Legs is giving away a super awesome trip to the Super Bowl. The drawing is this Sunday during the half-time of the Denver vs. San Diego game (around 7:00 p.m-ish) Must be a resident to win. Just buy Bud and Bud Light for $2.50 all day, every day for a chance to win.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

N.J. woman arrested on St. Thomas after pulling police officer’s hair, scratching her face
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: January 10, 2014

ST. THOMAS – A New Jersey woman was jailed early Thursday morning after police said she pulled a police officer’s hair and scratched her face.

Ritika Mehta, 31, was arrested at 2 a.m. Thursday and charged with aggravated assault and battery of a police officer. Her bail was set at $25,000.

V.I. Police Officer Kira Browne responded to another officer’s request for assistance with a drunken couple fighting near “Quiet Mon Pub” in Cruz Bay, St. John, according to the probable cause fact sheet…. read more

New Sapphire owner blocks beach parking
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: January 10, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The owner of the Sapphire Beach Resort erected barricades Thursday to prevent the public from parking on the resort’s property, raising the question of public beach access in the territory.

The new restriction is the latest action taken by the property’s new owner, Dean Morehouse of Beachside Associates.

For years, the gravel parking area to the left of the main entrance has been used by locals and visitors coming to enjoy Sapphire Beach.

According to the resort’s original Coastal Zone Management permit, issued in 1985, public beach access is a general condition of the permit.

One of the special conditions states: “The permittee shall provide a clearly marked 20 foot wide pedestrian access to the shoreline from the Sapphire Resort road.” … read more

St. John, Virgin Islands Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 20 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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St. John Viewed From Afar

View of St. John from a Helicopter
View of St. John from a Helicopter

This photo was taken on a beautiful day when we were preparing our book, St. Thomas. The photographer for the book, Don Hebert, called me and said that if I could make it over to the airport in one hour I could go up in the helicopter with him. He was shooting photos for a client of his and there was room for one more. Being that I had my trusty dinghy ready to go, and a dock space and a car on St. Thomas, this was a possibility. I dropped everything and ran out the door. With luck, and an intelligent route to avoid traffic, I made it to St. Thomas on time and rode with Don.

View of St. John from Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas
View of St. John from Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas

This photo was taken from Pettyklip Point, which juts out from Sapphire Beach, a popular wedding venue on St. Thomas. From the point you get incredible views of St. John, the islands of Pillsbury Sound and out to Jost Van Dyke and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

Sunset View of St. John from Jost Van Dyke BVI
Sunset View of St. John from Jost Van Dyke BVI

This photo was taken from the dock at Abe’s Restaurant in Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke as the sun was setting in the west.

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