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St. John Marine Life: Spotted Trunkfish

spotted trunkfish
Spotted trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis

I photographed this spotted trunkfish at Hurricane Hole. I was lucky to get the photo, as they are not that common and are generally wary of divers and quickly shoot back into ledges and holes in the reef when approached. Locally, trunkfish are also boxfish and cowfish.

The Spotted trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis, as well as other species of trunkfish secretes a colorless toxin that it produces from gland on their skin when they are under stress. For humans, the toxin is only dangerous if eaten and won’t harm them if they touch the fish, but marine predators, even large ones like nurse sharks can die as the result of eating a trunkfish.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Cactus Brothers
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Quest Theory
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 79. East southeast wind 14 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

UPPER LEVEL RIDGE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD OVER THE REGION TODAY LEADING TO LARGE SCALE SUBSIDENCE AND SIGNIFICANT DRYING. WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN TODAY WITH RED FLAG CONDITIONS POSSIBLE FOR SAINT CROIX.

(A Red Flag Warning also known as a Fire Weather Warning is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition, and rapid propagation.)

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Virgin Islands Marine Life: Needlefish

St. John Virgin Islands Marine Life: needlefish
Needlefish (Tylosurus crocodilus)

Some years ago my friend, John Campbell, the father of Jasmine Campbell who represented the Virgin Islands in the Sochi Olympics, was water skiing in Rendezvous Bay. At precisely the wrong time, a needlefish jumped out of the water, its sharp beak colliding with John’s knee and penetrating deep into the joint. This led John on a quick trip to the clinic and a successful removal of the bony beak.

The needlefish, which range in length from one to 37 inches, can jump out of the water at speeds of up to 37 mph. making them a danger to humans that like my friend John happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There have, in fact, been several recorded instances of needlefish causing deaths and injuries, especially during the night when the lights from boats excite the needlefish causing them to leap out of the water in the direction of the light. Night fishermen and divers in the Pacific find needlefish to be more of a danger than sharks.

A three-foot long needlefish killed a10-year-old Hawaiian boy who was night fishing with his father, the fish’s beak passing through the boy’s eye into his brain. A surfer in Hawaii suffered the same fate. A Vietnamese boy diving for sea cucumbers in 2007 was killed when the beak of a needlefish penetrated his heart. A snorkeler in Florida was nearly killed in the same manner and in 2012 a needlefish seriously injured the German kite surfer Wolfram Reiners in the Seychelles.

Needlefish swim close to the surface and survive on a diet of smaller fish. In the Virgin Islands, needlefish are often referred to as garfish, but, although somewhat similar in appearance, they are not related to that species.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Groove Thang
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Sun Dog
Sunday Night Jam
6:30 – 9:30
693-8340

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY

SEVEN FOOT SWELLS AT 12 SECONDS AT SAN JUAN BUOY 41053 WILL PRODUCE BREAKING WAVES OF 9 TO 12 FEET ALONG ALL COASTS OF PUERTO RICO…CULEBRA…VIEQUES AND ST THOMAS, ST. JOHN AND ADJACENT ISLANDS. SWELLS EXPECTED TO SUBSIDE QUICKLY EARLY THIS EVENING.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM AST THIS AFTERNOON.  WAVES AND SURF: BREAKING WAVES OF 9 TO 12 FEET FROM THE NORTH NORTHWEST.

TIMING: THROUGH 4 PM AST TODAY.

IMPACTS: LIMITED COASTAL EROSION AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS   AROUND ROCKS AND REEFS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…  A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA…PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION. HIGH SURF IS ESPECIALLY HAZARDOUS AT NIGHT. RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ARE URGED TO KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE WATER.

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Mangrove Oysters

mangrove oysters

The mangrove oyster (Crassostrea gasar) grows on the prop roots of mangrove trees. They may be seen above the waterline during low tides. They are part of the traditional cuisine in Trinidad and Tobago.

While on the expedition to Guyana in search of the golden city, El Dorado, Sir Walter Raleigh, told of the mangrove oysters he had encountered near Pitch Lake in Trinidad.

Raleigh wrote of oysters that grew on tree branches and were more delicious than European oysters.

Although this account was substantially true, it wasn’t believed for many years because the story came along with exaggerated and sometimes imaginary descriptions of the places visited on the expedition.

St. John Events

Virgin Fire Restaurant
Movie Night- Presenting: “Nebraska”

Virgin Fire Restaurant announces that they’ve acquired the rights to show current movies on their in-house theatre.

We’re serving a Late Night Supper Menu, with appetizers, salads, desserts and coffees, and our bar is open.  General Admission is $15.

Seating is limited so please reserve here, or call us at 777-3473

St. John School of the Arts

St. John School of the Arts presents: Trio Arbos
Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 p.m.

St. John School of the Arts presents: Trio ArbosFormed in 1996 in Madrid and named after the Spanish violinist, conductor and composer Enrique Fernández Arbós (1863–1939), the Trío Arbós has established itself as one of Spain’s leading chamber ensembles. The repertoire of the Trío ranges from the classical to the contemporary, with specially commissioned works forming a significant part of the concert programmes presented. The Trío has appeared frequently in major concert halls and festivals in more than thirty countries.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Quest Theory
8:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
777-3316

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Oasis
8:00
776-6800

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Tom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
779-4982

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

 St. Thomas Source
Marijuana Forum Planned at UVI
By Source Staff — March 12, 2014

A Marijuana Forum will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the University of the Virgin Islands in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center, St. Thomas. The theme of the forum is “Uncovering the Truth and Busting the Myths.” The scheduled panelists are Sen.Terrance “Positive” Nelson, V.I. Legislature; Deseree Lambertis, V.I. Police Department; Franz Brady, alcohol and narcotics counselor; and Keith McNichols, Drug Enforcement Agency Office. There will also be a debate by the Criminal Justice Constitutional Law Class on the topic “Should Medicinal Marijuana Be Legalized in the Virgin Islands?”

For more information, contact Dahlia Stridiron, counseling and career services, at 693-1136 or Alyssa Ryan, dean of students, at 693-1120.

Caribbean Media Network
Target Shoots Commercial in the Caribbean (USVI)
March 14, 2014   Celebs, Travel

The Caribbean island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands, was featured in a recent Target swimwear commercial, featuring Sports Illustrated Model and US Virgin Islands native Hannah Davis . The location is Trunk Bay, St. John, where viewers catches a glimpse of beautiful clear waters, and the summer fun of the Caribbean. The ad will run on national cable television, in all 50 states, and the Caribbean region. (Kudos Hannah for thinking of your home)

St. John Historical Society
The St. John Historical Society is one step closer to realizing its dream of creating a permanent home thanks to an anonymous $100,000 donation announced at the society’s 40th anniversary party on Tuesday evening, March 11, at the Battery.

News of the donation, which was announced to the crowd of nearly 100 attendees by SJHS President Lonnie Willis, was met with gasps and a round of applause.

“We know that hard work and dedication are needed to make the Historical Society’s plans come alive, and have no doubt that the SJHS board is willing to put forth this effort,” Willis read from a letter sent to the society by the anonymous donor. “It is a pleasure to provide this donation to an organization whose purpose is to interpret, preserve, and share the history and heritage of an island we have grown to love. To ensure the society’s continued success and improve its ability to share the story of St. John in multiple and memorable ways, it is our hope that this contribution will encourage others in the community to also recognize and support the world-class efforts of this organization and its all-volunteer board.”

The SJHS announced in April 2013 it had signed a 99-year lease with the St. John Community Foundation for a portion of the foundation’s parcel at Estate Bellevue. The vision for this home, to be called the St. John Cultural and Historical Resource Center, includes a climate-controlled archive and museum/exhibit area, as well as meeting space and room for future expansion. It will be located nearby the historic ruins on the estate. The SJHS, working hand in hand with the SJCF, will play a key role in developing and preserving the site and making it available to the public.

“This incredibly generous anonymous contribution is the impetus that this organization needs to move us forward into phase two of our plans for the St. John Cultural and Historical Resource Center,” said Willis. “Phase one was ‘imagining,’ and phase two will be ‘creating.’ We are so thankful for this contribution, and I hope it will spur others to make similar commitments to our society and to our island.”

Longtime board member Rafe Boulon, who grew up on St. John in the mid- to late-20th century, lauded the donation as a stepping stone to receiving further donations.

“I would say that this donation represents the incredibly important and substantial seed money for the society to be able to attract the additional funding necessary to achieve our goal of constructing an archive, office, and museum on the Bellevue property,” he said. “This is far and away the largest donation the society has ever received, and is an affirmation of the society’s significance to St. John and a belief in what this all-volunteer society can do in the future.”

Eleanor Gibney, also a longtime board member who grew up on St. John, echoed Boulon’s sentiments.

“The society is honored by this wonderfully generous gift,” said Gibney. “Far beyond the immediate boost to the society and our building plans, it’s an investment in the future of St. John.”

To donate to the society’s building effort, please contact Willis at contactus@stjohnhistoricalsociety.org.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 76. East northeast wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Lionfish

lionfish
Lionfish at Klein Bay

Because of their voracious appetite, skill at hunting small fish, invertebrates and mollusks, long life, (five to fifteen years) ability to reproduce rapidly and lack of natural predators, the recently-introduced species, lionfish, (Pterois) have become a threat to the Caribbean coral reef community.

Lionfish are native to the Pacific Ocean They were first discovered in the Atlantic near Dania, Florida in 1985. It is speculated that they were introduced by people discarding them from personal aquariums when they got too large or when they became a problem by eating the other fish.

The lionfish have venomous spines, which can cause varying degrees of unpleasantness to those creatures, including humans that come in contact with them.

Efforts to control them have been problematic. As the lionfish has no natural predators, attempts have been made to teach creatures such as sharks, eels, barracudas and groupers to eat them with samples offered to them by divers. Feeding sharks, barracudas and their like comes along with its own set of problems as these fish often become aggressive to humans when they are expecting a free lunch and one is not offered them.

There have also been attempts to encourage humans, the only real natural threat to the lionfish, to develop a taste for them. Although people can consume the lionfish after the venomous spines have been removed and they are reported to be quite tasty, the lionfish has been implicated as a possible cause of ciguatera fish poisoning in areas where ciguatera is present.

So far efforts by divers and organized lionfish hunts have been the most effective ways of controlling them, especially at popular dive sites.

St. John Events

Virgin Fire Restaurant
Presents: “Nebraska”

Virgin Fire Restaurant announces that they’ve acquired the rights to show current movies on their in- house theatre.

We’re serving a Late Night Supper Menu, with appetizers, salads, desserts and coffees, and our bar is open.  General Admission is $15.

Seating is limited so please reserve here, or call us at 777-3473

Trio Arbos
St. John School of the Arts
Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Trio ArbosFormed in 1996 in Madrid and named after the Spanish violinist, conductor and composer Enrique Fernández Arbós (1863–1939), the Trío Arbós has established itself as one of Spain’s leading chamber ensembles. The repertoire of the Trío ranges from the classical to the contemporary, with specially commissioned works forming a significant part of the concert programmes presented. The Trío has appeared frequently in major concert halls and festivals in more than thirty countries.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Quest Theory
8:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish
714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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St. John Snorkel: Kein Bay to Ditleff

     fish dem-9

rendezvous bayThere’s a series of rock ledges along the coast between Klein and Ditleff Bays that provide shelters for hundreds of small colorful reef fish. The ledges are in shallow water and the fish are always there and can be observed by snorkelers without having to dive into deeper waters. In addition to reef fish, I’ve seen lobsters, shrimp and crabs nestled under the ledges.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Beach Bar
Flipswitch
9:00
777-4220

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
693-5855

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Education officials seek feedback from parents about closing Guy Benjamin School on St. John
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: March 12, 2014

V.I. Education Department officials met with parents last week about the possible closure or re-purposing of Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay, St. John.

“We have not made a decision yet, this was just to get feedback,” Education spokeswoman Ananta Pancham said.

Education officials said the final decision depends on how many students register for the upcoming school year.

The school has seen a steady decline in enrollment during the last few years, and the Education Department is having trouble justifying the financial expense to keep the doors open to serve only a few students, particularly when the students can be taught at Julius Sprauve School in Cruz Bay.

At a Parent Teacher Organization meeting on Thursday, St. Thomas-St. John District Superintendent Jeanette Smith-Barry said enrollment at Guy Benjamin has dropped from a high of 112 students to the current 55.

Despite the school’s declining number of students, it still costs the same amount of money – $1.1 million annually – to operate the school, according to the department.

It costs about $2.3 million per year to operate Sprauve, according to Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory. Benjamin has only 15 employees compared with Sprauve’s 44.

Sprauve poses some concerns – it is located in the center of Cruz Bay and is surrounded by bars and traffic – but it does have a maximum capacity of 729, more than enough to absorb the 55 Guy Benjamin students…. read more

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before 8am. Sunny, with a high near 77. East southeast wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

 

 

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Annaberg

St. John Attractions: Annaberg
Annaberg Horsemill 1959 photo by Frederik C. Gjessing

Annaberg Horsemill

Annaberg Horsemill

When the horsemill was being used, horses, oxen or mules walked around the circular horsemill turning the three crushers. Four slaves were needed to run the animal mill. One drove the animals, two worked the rollers feeding the cane and one took away the left over sugarcane pulp called bagasse.

Read more about Annaberg

St. John Events

23rd Annual Folk Life Festival
Location: Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The Management of Virgin Islands National Park wishes to announce the presentation of the 23rd Annual Folk-life Festival.

The theme of this year’s program is “Our Culture, Our Future: Passing the Torch.”  It is the Park’s goal that this year’s festival activities inspire younger generations to conserve the heritage and cultural diversity of the Virgin Islands through interpretation, presentations and interactions with speakers.

Information Desk Contact Phone Number: (340) 776-6201, ext. 238

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Emile Griffith
By MATT SCHOCH (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 26, 2014

ST. THOMAS – Everyone was in agreement Tuesday at a legislative committee meeting that a statue to honor St. Thomas boxing icon Emile Griffith was an appropriate gesture.

Now there’s just the issue of how it gets funded.

The V.I. Legislature’s Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, and Youth and Recreation discussed the bill to honor the late boxing champion, hearing testimony from supporters who lauded Griffith, who died last July…. read more

The Griffith and Paret Fight
Read SeeStJohn.com article about the infamous Griffith and Paret Fight

Territory Treated Like ‘Less Than Second-Class Citizens,’ Christensen Says
By Source Staff — February 27, 2014

Residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands are being treated as less than second-class citizens with regards to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Delegate Donna M. Christensen told federal officials Tuesday in Washington, D.C.… read more

Federal Farm Bill Might End V.I. Cockfighting
By Bill Kossler — February 27, 2014

A provision of the 2014 Farm Bill would make attending a cockfight a crime, creating an apparent conflict with local law and tradition that has the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam seeking clarification.

The provision is a small part of the massive annual bill on its way to the president’s desk, which also includes agriculture subsidies and reduced Food Stamp funding. It makes attending a cockfight punishable by up to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine. Bringing a minor up to the age of 16 to a cockfight can land someone in prison for up to three years with a $250,000 fine…. read more

Source Manager’s Journal: The Horrors of American Air Travel
By Frank Schneiger — February 27, 2014

Children, listen up. It wasn’t always like this. Older people have a funny habit of seeing the past as a “golden age” of some kind. “Why, when I was your age….” And then, here it comes.

Often this rosy view of the good old days is false but sometimes it’s true. Air travel is one of those sometimes. But if you are under 20 years of age, all that you have ever known is our current nightmare.

For example, did you know that there used to be two classes, “first class” and “coach”? Coach then was what first class is today. You got a wide seat, some good food and the flight attendants were nice to you. There was no equivalent to today’s coach, that configuration being reserved for government planes transporting war criminals, serial killers and sex fiends to various penal institutions…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
693-5855

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

St. John Virgin Islands Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East southeast wind 17 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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Cool Places to Visit: Annaberg Area

Annaberg Area: old stone bridgeAnnaberg AreaFredriksdal
Fredriksdal was named for Frederick Von Moth who lived on St. Thomas. He purchased the property from Reimert Sødtmann, magistrate of St. John in the early 1730s. (Sødtmann and his stepdaughter were among the first victims of the slave rebellion in 1733.) Von Moth was commander of the civil guard on St. Thomas and later became governor of St. Croix.

The grand entrance and stairway of the Fredriksdal Ruins are the remains of the estate house, which served as living quarters for the owners of Annaberg Plantation and are visible from the road. There are extensive ruins extending back into the bush. They include the remains of an oven, a well, a horsemill and other old structures and walls.

The area is covered with sweet lime and other thorny vegetation, so wear appropriate clothing to explore.

Old Stone Bridge
Across the road from the Fredriksdal Ruins there is a seldom-used trail that was once part of the Old Danish Road. It leads to a fairly well preserved stone bridge that is almost hidden in the thick bush.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Jasmine Campbell Finishes 56thCampbell Skis for Territory, Finishes 56th in Giant Slalom
By Source Staff — February 18, 2014

Jasmine Campbell, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ one-woman Winter Olympics team, finally got a chance to compete Tuesday, racing down the hill in the giant slalom over a messy course made slushy by warmer-than-usual temperatures and light rain, and though she didn’t finish in upper echelons of the giant slalom, she said she had a great time.

Campbell was born on St. John but moved with her family to Idaho when she was 9 years old. It was in the Pacific Northwest that she took up skiing, eventually competing on the international stage and now representing the territory of her birth in the games in Sochi.

She arrived in the Russian resort city Feb. 6 for the opening ceremony and has been waiting ever since for her two events.

Mother Nature didn’t help. According to a report on ESPN.com, the race took place in a light rain that turned the course into slush.

“I don’t believe I’ve ever skied in such awful conditions,” Campbell told the Source in an email interview. “It was raining so hard I had to wipe my goggles mid run so that I could see where I was going.”

Campbell completed her two runs in a combined time of 3:05:05, 28.18 seconds behind gold medal winner Tina Maze of Slovenia, who successfully defended her 2010 giant slalom gold medal. … read more

Conference, lawsuit focus on citizenship rights for residents of U.S. territories
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 18, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The rights of residents in the U.S. territories are being questioned by top legal minds pushing for equal citizenship rights for all Americans.

With a Harvard University conference on the topic scheduled for this week and a lawsuit pending in federal court, the subject is getting national attention.

The lawsuit is Tuaua v. United States, and it is about American Samoa’s citizenship rights. While the situation in American Samoa is different that in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the outcome of the litigation could radically change citizenship for residents in all the territories.

Neil Weare, lead counsel in Tuaua and president of We the People Project, an organization that works to achieve equal rights for residents of U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, said those born in American Samoa are not full citizens. They are considered “non-citizen nationals,” and if they moved to one of the 50 states, they would have to go through the naturalization process to gain the full rights of citizenship.

In the Virgin Islands, people born in the territory are full U.S. citizens. While living in the Virgin Islands, residents have limited rights – such as not being able to vote for the president and not having a voting representative in Congress. However, when a Virgin Islander moves to one of the 50 states, all those rights are immediately restored. “If you’re born in the Virgin Islands you’re a U.S. citizen based on federal statute,” Weare said.

Rather than citizenship for the territories being a constitutional right, a century old legal precedent called the Insular Cases makes citizenship legislated by Congress.

“The idea of them was for certain parts of the constitution, Congress can turn constitutional rights on and off like a light switch,” Weare said.

The United States took ownership of the Virgin Islands in 1917, and citizenship was granted through an act of Congress in 1927.

Because citizenship for native-born Virgin Islanders was granted by Congress, it could be taken away by Congress as well, Weare said.

“If we win, people born on U.S. soil in U.S. territories will have a recognized, constitutional right to citizenship that Congress has no power to turn on or off,” Weare said…. read more

St. John Events

st john arts festivalSt. John Arts Festival

South American Sambacombo Band

There will be a select exhibition of hand-made island crafts in both the Dept. of Tourism’s little park and the main park.

A show of children’s art will be on the 2nd floor of the Market Place, as in past years.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

St. John Weather

Sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 18 to 22 mph.

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St. John Beaches: Grootpan Bay

St. John Beaches: Grootpan
Grootpan Bay

Why Grootpan
Grootpan Bay, like its neighbor Kiddel Bay, is a cobble beach that offers seclusion and calm water on winter days when the ground sea makes north shore beaches uncomfortable. Beachcombers can search through bright white pieces of coral, which can be used as soap dishes and paperweights.

Getting There
Take route 107 south 4.2 miles from the Moravian Church in Coral Bay. Turn left on to the dirt road. Go 0.3 miles and turn right where the road forks. When the road forks again, a little past the first fork, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Grootpan Bay.

Salt Pond
The salt pond behind the beach at Grootpan Bay is the largest on the island and salt can be harvested when weather conditions are right.

Snorkeling
An exciting snorkel option is to snorkel from Kiddel Bay to Grootpan Bay. Starting from Kiddel Bay, snorkel around the point, proceeding west along the rocky coastline to Grootpan Bay. Bring waterproof footwear with you and you can enjoy a nice walk back to Kiddel.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Virgin Islands News

U.S. Virgin Islands brings the heat to South Florida
Jan 28, 2014

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism concluded a five-day mission in Miami and Fort Lauderdale yesterday to boost travel to the Territory.

Led by Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and Deputy Commissioner Chantal Figueroa, consumers, media and travel trade were engaged in the USVI’s unscripted travel experiences.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, the USVI was featured at the American Airlines Arena, immersing a capacity crowd of more than 20,000 spectators with the sights and sounds of the Territory as the Miami Heat took on St. Croix’s own Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs for a 2013 NBA Finals rematch. A highlight of the day was the halftime performance by USVI dancers who filled the arena with the color and energy of Carnival, paired with destination ambassadors personally inviting spectators to visit at on-site USVI branded kiosks

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before 8am. Sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 18 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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St. John Snorkeling: The Mangroves

Snorkeling The Mangroves

Mangrove Sea Life
You can snorkel right up to the mangroves. Don’t wear fins for this snorkel. Taking care not to kick up sediment, look inside the tangle of roots. You will be astounded by this vast nursery for tiny fish, such as miniature, blue tang, French grunts, yellowtail snapper, butterfly fish, jacks, damselfish, sergeant majors, parrotfish, old wife, fry and barracuda. The dense, shallow environment of the mangrove roots offers an exceptionally wide variety of baby fish safety from the appetites of larger fish as well as a thick soup of nutrients provided by the decay of mangrove leaves and twigs.

The more you look, the more you’ll see – small colorful corals and sponges encrusted to the mangrove roots, oysters, baby lobsters, shrimp, crabs, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and conchs. You may find it amusing to observe the tiny barracudas, some just an inch or two long, exhibiting the same fierce behavior as their larger counterparts, lying almost motionless in the water waiting for the opportunity to dart out and devour fish that are even tinier than themselves…. read more

St. John Events

Cultural Evening in the Park

A weekly changing showcase of cultural pageantry, dance and music highlighting the history of the islands through the arts. Under the supervision of Dr. Edie Bruce; musician, dancers and artists are performing every Friday night December through April at Cinnamon Bay, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Love City Live
Rockers All-White Beach Party at Cruz Bay, St. John beachfront. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. This ultra-sexy DJ beach event sets the tone for Love City Live!’s high-energy weekend. Attendees will be treated to complimentary Caribbean hors d’oeuvres, premium cash bars and an abundance of hot reggae tunes.

St. John Virgin Islands News

Campbell, Gaspar are Olympians from Virgin Islands
Verge to coach U.S. free-skiing team

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee announced this week that two skiers with Sun Valley ties, Jasmine Campbell and Veronica Gaspar, have been nominated to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in February.

On Monday the International Ski Federation (FIS) officially confirmed that Campbell, 22, formerly from St. John, Virgin Islands, met all qualification requirements to participate in two alpine skiing events, giant slalom and slalom, at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

She is the daughter of John Campbell, who represented the Virgin Islands in alpine skiing at the 1992 Winter Games in France. Jasmine along with parents John and Jen, and brothers Ryon and Ross, moved to Sun Valley when she was nine.

Jasmine Campbell came through the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation program and is currently training with the SVSEF in preparation for the Olympics.

Gaspar, 18, also from St. John, graduated from the Community School and Sun Valley Ski Academy in June 2013. Having been accepted to attend college at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Gas-par elected to take a year off and compile the necessary five FIS qualifying finishes to make the Olympics

Jewels of the Virgin Isles: Victor Provost
By Loán C. Sewer, Special to the Source — January 24, 2014

Jewels of the Virgin Isles is a feature series profiling Virgin Islanders in the diaspora who are excelling in their respective fields and/or positively representing the USVI abroad.

“There was no single moment that launched my career, simply a series of small steps, friendships and lots of hard work,” says Victor Provost, a master steel pan player from St. John who has turned his childhood passion of music into a full time profession.

Provost is a Virgin Islands ambassador, sharing his pride and cultural heritage with audiences around the world, but he always makes time to go back to his source, the Virgin Islands community…. Read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Don Dilego & Bree Sharp
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Chris Klein & the Boulevards
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
Plus Comedian Tim Hofmann!
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. East northeast wind 17 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Off the Beaten Track App Presents: Salt at Salt Pond Bay

Salt Pond Bay St. John US Virgin Islands
Screenshot of the Salt Pond at Salt Pond Bay

The St. John Off the Beaten Track App and Salt Pond Bay

In the above screenshot, you can see the Salt Pond Bay pond at a time when salt was available for harvesting. In order for this to happen we need to have an extended period of dry weather with brisk east to southeast trades. With all the rain we’ve been having lately there’s no chance of finding salt there now. You can download the St. John Off the Beaten Track for iPhone and iPad free of charge (until 12/31/13) from the App Store and for Android phones from Google Play

Salt Pond Bay: Salt Information
Learn all about how salt is formed in the pond

St. John Virgin Islands Natural Sea Salt
St. John Virgin Islands all natural sea salt

Salt Pond Bay Map
Want to know where it is? Check the app

St. John Events

Friday November 29

Walk to Fortberg
St. John Historical Society & Fortberg Committee
Information: Gibert Sprauve 340-344-3556

Mongoose Junction
Evening in the Courtyard
From 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
Presented by: Coral Bay Yacht Club & Skinny Legs
Single-Handed & Gaffers Race
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

Saturday November 30

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
All Classes: Traditional, PHRFI, PHRFII, IV24 & Pursuit
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 11/29

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Steel Pan
6:00 – 10:00
714-6169

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Northeast wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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