Coral World’s request for a permit to offer interacting with captive dolphins is subject of a hearing December 13 in Red Hook.
If this is an issue you feel strongly about, this might be your only chance to speak up.
A grassroots group called VI Dolphin Voices, which opposes it for humanitarian reasons, makes this argument against its financial benefits:
Since the majority of Coral World’s customers are cruise ship passengers, Coral World’s captive dolphin pen will not bring in additional tourism revenue.It will only move tourist dollars into Coral World’s coffers.Cruise ship passengers will get off the boat, which they would be doing anyway – they did not take their cruise for the sole purpose of going to see captive dolphins at Coral World -and they will either spend their $100 for that day at Coral World or at another St Thomas attraction.A cruise ship passenger spending their $100 at Coral World instead of spending that same $100 downtown shopping is not a revenue gain for the territory, it is a revenue gain only for Coral World.
After years of accepting mail orders and taking credit card information the old fashioned way, the store’s Website has a proper shopping cart.
And a bunch of new items too.
Well, Amazon does have that huge fulfillment network. St. John Spice still wraps and packs your orders by hand, and that’s Ron’s job. We’ve seen the operation. He’s got bubble wrap and packing peanuts down to a science. And he’s got Chairman status at the post office.
It’s not too late for Christmas shopping. Order by December 15. Check out the new online store, here.
Generally speaking, grocery prices are only modestly higher on St. John, but there are exceptions, and occasionally the exception makes your eyes pop out, like the $22 frozen Mac & Cheese or the $15 grapes.
Here’s another one.
A bag of romaine lettuce for $12.50. The very same brand that’s about three bucks in the states.
“It’s organic,” said the checker. “Do you want to put it back?”
“No,” I said. “I’ll just make sure I enjoy every bite.”
Tuesday, December 18 is Open House Day at the St. John Animal Care Center, 5 pm to 7 pm, and it’s your chance to stuff those doggie stockings.
Each shelter dog will have a stocking hung on his or her kennel door, and visitors are encouraged to bring treats, toys and other gifts to make their Christmas merry.
“Last year’s party was a huge success. We received so many treats and toys, and care packages from our stateside fans that we didn’t need to ask for more treats until just a few months ago,” says ACC volunteer Laurie Damron.
You can also see the shelter’s current pack of puppies. Cats and kitties too. And you can meet new shelter manager Kate Webster.
Can’t make it this year? Care packages are always welcome at ACC, PO Box 429, St. John, VI 00831.