December 19th, 2014
It won’t help the spotty wireless coverage on the North Shore or East End, but your cell phone reception, email and data should be much better along the South Shore now.
AT&T has just activated a new cell site to expand its 4G LTE coverage in Cruz Bay, Southside Road, the Westin, Contant Point and other South Shore areas.
AT&T launched its 4G LTE network in the Virgin Islands in June 2013.
The tower is on at the top of Jacob’s Ladder, actually a little higher, off Beth Cruz Road. (Google it.)
December 18th, 2014
A picture from the recent post about the artisan burger menu at Waterfront Bistro.
Notice anything missing from the renovated dining room? (Besides the starched linen tablecloths.)
“When we were doing the remodel, the inspector said that tree is rotting from the ground up, it has to go,” says the manager.
Bonus points if you remember what St. John Waterfront Bistro was called in its previous, Italian restaurant life.
December 17th, 2014
The new ferries seem to be in regular service. Seem to be anyway. Here’s proof they’re running. (Not exciting video, but you’ll watch it.)
December 16th, 2014
The Public Works Department is evaluating park-and-ride lots in Coral Bay and near the clinic, reports the St. John Source, so you could take the bus into Cruz Bay and not worry about parking.
The new buses are very nice. The bus fare is $1, and it’s free for senior citizens.
The buses also don’t run on weekends or holidays, but the Source says Public Works hopes to resume weekend service if ridership and revenue picks up.
December 15th, 2014
Russ just had a milestone birthday, and he wanted a watch for his birthday present.
We headed to Freebird Creations to watch shop. (Freebird is an OSJ advertiser.)
Since I told him his budget was $500, I was thrilled that the watch he liked best was $200. A Swiss Wenger Commando. The price was favorable to online prices, plus it came from a St. John merchant.
If you see Russ, ask him what time it is. His wrist flips to life just like it did in the pre-smartphone days.
December 12th, 2014
Have you seen the new Joe’s Rum Hut?
The open kitchen has been replaced by an inside bar with windscreens for sports afternoons (the kitchen is now where I Scream used to be), and the exterior seating area around the bar was recently expanded.
An even better setup. (“The locals love hiding out inside, visitors love looking at the water,” one manager told us.)
Mike Garbo is still cooking, and if you like comfort food, this is the spot.
December 11th, 2014
If you’re on island, stop by the St. John Animal Care Center this afternoon. It’s the annual holiday open house.
It starts at 5:30 p.m.
Bring treats to put in the stockings hung on kennel doors, have something to eat and drink and consider adopting a dog or cat.
Donations are always welcome.
December 10th, 2014
Learn to make hot sauce, kayak in the Hurricane Hole Mangroves, hike Ram Head under a full moon or take an archeology boat trip.
Those are just some of the adventures offered in the 2015 Seminar Series from the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park.
All outings are led by botanists, park rangers, archaeologists, culture bearers and other experts, and all are reasonably priced. You’re also supporting St. John’s National Park.
Click here to see a list of this winter’s outings.
December 9th, 2014
Sargassum seaweed has made its way back to St. John again this year, and it’s particularly plentiful. (Here’s the Google.)
It’s allowed to accumulate in places like Hart Bay and on the North Shore, but it will not be allowed to accumulate on the beach in Cruz Bay.
DPNR sent in a team Monday to rake it up and haul it off.
That’s not a bad thing. The seaweed can smell horrible by the time it washes ashore and bakes in the sun.
December 8th, 2014
After permit delays, work is underway on turning the former Joe’s Diner into The Longboard St. John.
If the new restaurant’s menu is anything like its sister restaurant in Huntington Beach, California, expect it to be Baja California, with fish tacos and the like.
No announced opening date, other than early-2015.
Cruz Bay is really going through a restaurant renaissance right now. That’s a great thing.