No more plastic bags

September 22nd, 2016

If the Governor signs it, plastic bags, even biodegradable ones will be banned in the Virgin Islands.

The St. John Source reports the VI Legislature gave final approval to the territory wide band this week, an effort to ease the Virgin Islands’ overflowing landfill problems.

Starfish made the switch to paper quite some time ago.

This will really throw the St. John Market off its game, where the checkers regularly double-bag everything, even one lime.







StJohn-VillaRentals.com is up and running

September 20th, 2016

As of September 14, the new St. John-only villa rental site StJohn-VillaRentals.com is out of beta testing.

The folks who are running it say they are beginning to build a larger collection of villa rentals, and they plan a major marketing push to boost brand awareness and traffic.

“Early adopters can expect their properties to be highlighted in these promotions as we look to reach vacation planners looking at visiting during the upcoming season,” says David Pinardi, who also runs the OnIslandTimes website.

Check out the site here







Never too early to think TURKEY

September 19th, 2016

Thanksgiving may seem like a long way off, but it’s not that far off, and Sam & Jack’s Deli would like to feed your gang again this year.

Like years past, it’s priced by the person (there are always leftovers) and if you order early you get a discount. Get your order in by October 31 and it’s $55 per person. After that, it’s $60.

You’ll get a time window for picking it up, cold the day before, or hot or cold on Thanksgiving Day.

And there are discounts on wine too.

Click on the menu below…







Vintage USVI Transfer Day video

September 16th, 2016

The USVI is already making plans for what should be a big day this winter: The 100th anniversary of Transfer Day.

The Danish government officially transferred its Virgin Islands to the U.S. government, for the bargain price of $25 million, on March 17, 1917.

The Tourism Department is ramping up a big advertising campaign. The Senate’s working on an official Transfer Day bill. There’s even a Virgin Islands Centennial 2017 Facebook page.

You can read about the history of Transfer Day here.

And check out this old newsreel reporting on Transfer Day in 1917…







Paving part of John Head Road

September 15th, 2016

The North Shore’s infamous John Head Road, a bumpy, rocky, multiple switchback road from Centerline Road to the North Shore Road is getting paved.

At least part of it.

The National Park Service says paving the lower portion of John Head Road will run through October 10 and require its temporary closure to through traffic.

“Paving this portion of the John Head Road will improve driving conditions and greatly reduce water erosion caused by storms,” a NPS announcement says. (Here’s the announcement.)

That road, as gut-jarring as it is, is what’s known as Catherineberg, and is home to some of the nicest villas on St. John, and most definitely some of the nicest views in the Caribbean.

Never tried John Head Road? Come along for the fast-mode ride in this old Jeep Cam.







New concessions at Trunk Bay, cottages at Cinnamon Bay

September 14th, 2016

Come October 1, a new company is in charge of services at Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay.

Redwood Parks Company LLC has been awarded a 15 year concessions contract from the National Park Service, replacing Caneel Bay, which has operated all the commercial services at Trunk and Cinnamon for the past 40 years.

The new company will add more cottages and eco-tents at Cinnamon Bay and a new food and beverage facility and a new retail outlet at Trunk Bay.

“Redwood Parks Company operates outdoor adventure and resort destinations for municipalities, state parks, national parks and local tribal nations. In the US Virgin Islands, we’ll look to the National Park Service, local residents and current employees for guidance on how to be a good steward and member of the community,” said Redwood Parks founder Brian Stewart in a statement.

“Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay are magnificent destinations that will benefit tremendously from new facilities and improved services.”

You can get a pretty good cheeseburger at Trunk Bay. And, one of the best rum punches on the island.







Concordia redevelopment in the works?

September 13th, 2016

The future of Concordia Eco Resort may be coming into focus.

There is a skeleton website from LaVie Boutique Resorts (“A resort designed for the regenerative economy”) that has no information, but David Silverman has posted what looks like preliminary plans for Concordia’s reboot.

He stresses the conceptual plans are in the very early planning stages, and it is unclear if a new developer has actually closed on the transaction.

Check out David’s Facebook post and the plans here.







What we’ve missed

September 11th, 2016

We took a month off. It turns out airplanes go other places! Here’s some of the stuff that we’re told has gone on…

-Ocean Runner bought Low Key Watersports and has new boats

-Sweet Plantains is now Skipper’s Brit Pub (beer garden!)

-X On St. John has closed

-The new Tap Room build-out is almost done

-Ruth at St. John Spice has posted her annual restaurant closing list. (Holy Cow! 16 years Ruth!)

The free Stroopwafel United Airlines is now handing out in coach is the stickiest, sickeningly-sweetest thing you will ever chew on. You will immediately want to brush your sticky teeth. (I had two though.)







Damn Bananaquit!

August 2nd, 2016

A few weeks ago, I noticed a Bananaquit expressing great interest in my hammock.

He would land, and look around suspiciously, and then grab a thread in his little beak and fly away.

In a week, the stolen threads had added up to a significant gap in the top of the hammock.

Two months later….this. That must be one heck of a comfy little nest the little bastard has.

Time to log on to hammocks.com again.







The St. John Experience: Bar Wars

August 1st, 2016

On Island entrepreneur Jason Hubert and his fleet of drones continues to find new ways to entertain.

His St. John Experience app is adding new videos of things going on around St. John.

Installment Number One is last weekend’s Bar Wars at the Beach Bar.







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