This is Tory Lane and his partner Sara Stevens, who plan to swim around the entire island, a 35 mile adventure. They’ll do it in stages, with a leg or two each weekend. They are also looking for some help from boaters.
Tory and Sara were swim team buddies at their high school in Connecticut years ago. After going their separate ways, they crossed paths again, this time on St. John.
The two started their great Around the Island Swim last weekend, swimming about 2.5 miles from Salt Pond to Little Lameshur. This weekend they hope to swim legs 2 and 3, Lameshur to Reef Bay and then Reef Bay to Chocolate Hole. It gets a bit dangerous after that.
“When we swim from Chocolate Hole to Frank Bay, we’ll be going through some heavy boat traffic at Great Cruz Bay and the barge channel, and we really need a boat escort to look out for us,” says Tory. “Then Frank Bay to Caneel Bay will take us right across Cruz Bay. Speeding boats might not be able to see swimmers in the water.”
They’d also like some company getting them from Caneel to Trunk, and then again on one of the final legs from East End to Friis Bay.
“That’s a mile and a half across open ocean. We really need some boat support there,” Tory says.
Tory and Sara hope to reach their goal by September, and say when they do, they’ll have a big party at Salt Pond, where their Swim Around the Island started last weekend.
Why do this? “We love to swim and this bumps it up from just swimming back and fourth at the same beaches. And it’s a great way to train for the Love City triathlon.” (Leg #1, below.)
An appeals court says the 2006 property tax bills are indeed invalid, and the governor is backing down from trying to collect them.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As a result of the decision, the Tax AssessorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office will be rescinding the 2006 property tax bills,Ã¢â‚¬Â Governor deJonghÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office said in a statement. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In addition, the executive order which was issued setting due dates for those property tax bills will be vacated.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In other words, that 2006 property tax bill can continue to sit somewhere in a dusty corner of your desk. Right where itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been since last summer.
The Virgin Islands government is out about $28 million by not collecting these taxes. The last year for which property taxes have been paid was 2005.
That looks like a signature piece of art from the Sloop Jones studio. But look more closely.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually a circuit breaker box cover painted up by Terry McKoy, aka Sloop.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In my travels installing satellite systems lately, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been in many homes, and the newer ones of poured concrete seem to have their electric panels in places where they need to be covered,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sloop says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lots of people cover them with wall hangings, but my neighbor Sally decided she wanted me to paint hers.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And so is born another line of art in the Sloop Jones franchise. A talented artist, and a clever businessman. He’ll probably even get some Website to write about this. (You think?)
As a bonus, commission his work for your box, and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll actually be legal.
This jumble of road signs in Cruz Bay basically says you currently canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t turn right and go up the hill past WoodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. The rest wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really help anybody.
Go straight, take the next right, and go up the hill past RonnieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pizza if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re trying to get out of town. Or…stay straight ahead and go to a beach. That’s a much better detour in your day.
High Tide bartender Richard Schulenberg, who says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s had the truck for going on four years now. So whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s with the paint job?
He bought it from his friend Mike, one of several buddies whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d moved to St. John from San Antonio.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were having a party one night and MikeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brother-in-law, whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d gone to St. John Hardware and bought every color of spray paint they had, decided to paint the truck,Ã¢â‚¬Â Richard tells us. Ã¢â‚¬Å“When the sun came up, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when we all saw it for the first time, and I really dug it so I bought it a month later.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In addition to LOVE CITY on the passenger side, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a marlin on the driverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side and a fishing woman on the hood.
Richard admits itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no Lexus, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why he likes it. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The stereo works, it runs well and my girlfriend doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind if I take my dog to the beach in it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
One of St. JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most-historically interesting boats is for sale.
The Motor Yacht Cinnamon Bay, Lawrence Laurance RockefellerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s personal boat on St. John in the 1970Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s, can be yours for $125,000.
Current owners Dan and Donna Ristuccia, who operate M/Y Cinnamon Bay as a charter boat, are ready for a new chapter, although they are in no hurry.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve decided weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to spend more time with friends and family back in the states, and you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really do that when you own a business like this down here,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dan tells us. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We love what weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in no hurry, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re ready to make a deal if the right buyer comes along. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a special boat and it needs a special buyer.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Dan and Donna have been running the classic, wooden boat for three years now. It can take up to 40 passengers, but most excursions are much smaller. And the boat has hosted plenty of celebrities over the years, including, under Dan and DonnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ownership, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Don says they have met a lot of people and made a lot of friends on Cinnamon Bay, and have a huge appreciation for the boat.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“She is unique. There is nothing else like her that I know of in the Virgin Islands and probably not the world.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For fans of the charter, Dan says not to worry. They are still happily Captaining Cinnamon Bay and realize it may take awhile to find the right buyer. And, with a new house in Fish Bay, the couple has no intention of leaving the island, even after M/Y Cinnamon Bay finds a new owner.
For a truly indulgent treat, consider their airport pickup. Get yourself to Crown Bay, and for a little more than $500, you and five or more of your friends can be good and relaxed by the time the 90 minute luxury cruise gets you to St. John.