Community Meeting Happening Tuesday

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Hello everyone and happy Saturday! Today’s post is more so for those of us who live here on island, but we thought those of you reading in the state would be interested in knowing what’s happening here as well.

This Tuesday, the Governor’s Hurricane Task Force will hold a community meeting, and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at the Julius E. Sprauve School in Cruz Bay.

The purpose of this meeting is to have the community work together to create a foundation for better resiliency and recovery. Information on St. John’s long-term recovery will be provided, as well as updates on key projects happening on island.

On the Market: Successful Short-Term with No Storm Damage

cb overlook 2Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today we’d like to tell you about a very good deal here on island. It’s the perfect place for someone who is looking for an undamaged investment property, or perhaps you’d prefer to live in one unit and rent the other. Please take a few minutes to check out Coral Bay Outlook…

Coral Bay Outlook has panoramic views of Coral Harbor, Hurricane Hole and beyond. The property fortunately did not sustain any structural damage from last fall’s storms. It’s a successful short-term rental that has two bathrooms and two baths upstairs plus a nice kitchen, living space and covered porch. The downstairs unit has one bedroom, one bath, a kitchenette, combination living/dining area and also a private, covered porch. The property has room to add a pool, spa or even an additional cottage behind the main house. Check out a few pics:

cb overlook 1cb overlook 4cb overlook kitchencb overlook living spacecb overlook outdoor showercb overlook unitcb overlook outdoor diningCoral Bay Outlook is listed for $795,000 by Tammy Donnelly of 340 Real Estate Co. For more information, please contact Tammy at at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com

Chili Cook-off Happening this Weekend

2018 chili fundraiser

If you are lucky enough to be on island this weekend, there’s a great event happening in Coral Bay that’s not to be missed!

The St. John Land Conservancy will hold its second annual chili cook-off this Sunday. April, 22nd at Indigo Grill. The event begins at noon, and participants are still encouraged to join.

The cost to enter is $50. Participants are asked to bring three gallons of warmed chili plus any toppings to accompany your dish. You are also asked to bring a Crock Pot (or alternate way to keep your chili warm) plus an extension cord to plug it in.

Not into making chili? Well you are also encouraged to attend! Vendors are welcomed too, and can set up a table for just $25.

There will be a first place winner plus a people’s choice winner. There will also be live music, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Want to participate? Click here to view the registration form: Contestant Registration Form. And please disregard the deadline. You can also email Alisha and Kelly at fundraising@stjohnlandconservancy.org

All proceeds will be donated to the St. John Land Conservancy, a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to the protection of St. John’s land of important historic & natural beauty. Since its inception, the Conservancy has helped preserve 3.6 acres at Haulover on the East End. This unspoiled beachfront property was slated for condominium development. It has also helped secure 1.1 acres on the easternmost tip of Lovango Cay. For more information on the St. John Land Conservancy, please visit its website at www.stjohnlandconservancy.org

 

Cinnamon Bay Isn’t Reopening Anytime Soon

The cottages at Cinnamon Bay - Images taken in March 2018

The cottages at Cinnamon Bay – Images taken in March 2018

Well folks, I wish we had better news to share with you today. Sadly it does not look like the Cinnamon Bay campground or the concessions at Trunk Bay will open this year. :(

We briefly emailed with Brian Stewart, the president of Redwood Parks late last week, and he stated that they are planning “a phased reopening starting with Trunk Bay in 2019.” Mr. Stewart did not specifically mention anything regarding Cinnamon Bay. He went on to say, “I know you’d like more detail but that’s all the specificity I have right now.”

We also chatted with Steve Black, the Virgin Islands National Park’s new acting superintendent. He stated, “Mr. Stewart told me this week the same thing that he told you that he was not planning on opening either Trunk or Cinnamon concessions this year, but he also told me that maybe Trunk could possibly open in December.”

Considering how Redwoods has not done any clearing in the campground area at Cinnamon, nor has it begin to clean up their areas at Cinnamon Bay in any way, I can’t say I’m surprised. I did hope, however, that with the water turned on at Trunk that Redwoods would being operating the concessions sooner than later.

The clean up of the concessions area at Cinnamon, the cottage area and the campground are the sole responsibility of Redwoods. It is not the responsibility of the National Park Service.

Because there is a concessions contact in place, the National Park Service cannot allow any other business to operate the concessions at Trunk.

“Because we recognize the extreme inconvenience of not being able to provide basic food or beverage service to our Trunk Bay visitors,” Mr. Black said, “we remain diligent in working through the issues that will hopefully result in the return of these services prior to December 2018.”

The National Park Service is currently waiving all fees at Trunk Bay. The National Park Service will reevaluate this on a monthly basis, Mr. Black said, in order to decide when an appropriate time to resume charging will be.

We will keep you all posted on this. In the meantime, have a wonderful Monday everyone!

On the Market: Panoramic North Shore Views

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Today I’d like to tell you about a home that recently listed for sale in one of my favorite neighborhoods on St. John – Catherineberg. This neighborhood can be accessed from both Centerline Road – around mile three at the Virgin Islands National Park sign or via North Shore between Peter Bay and Cinnamon- and it has some of the most incredible views on the island.

Cinnamon Tarn is a three bedroom, 2.5 bath villa with panoramic views of St. John’s North Shore. These views do come with a price tag. So if you are lucky enough to have a lovely bank account, this home may be for you! And for those of you like me, take a look and dream along with me. :) Here are the details straight from 340 Real Estate Co.:

Location, Location, Location! Cinnamon Tarn sits on a knoll with panoramic views of St John’s North shore beaches: Cinnamon & Francis Bay, Mary’s Point & Jost Van Dyke, Tortola & beyond. The architecture and stone work is reminiscent of the Danish sugar mill ruins, one of which you pass on the way to the villa. This 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath villa has a spacious Great Room and gourmet kitchen, large enclosed porch which leads to a master bedroom suite on either end of the veranda. Each private suite has ensuite baths & stone showers. The veranda opens up to an expansive deck & heated swim spa of 13×6.5×3 ft deep. The secluded second level library/bedroom is reached by an internal staircase & has it’s own private deck. The villa setting is very private and secluded with gated access, easy driveway.

Now please go ahead and check out some pics:

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Amazing views, right??!!

Cinnamon Tarn is listed for $3,497,000 by Tammy Donnelly of 340 Real Estate Co. For more information, please contact Tammy at at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com

Beach Olympics & Doggy Photo Shoot Happening this Weekend

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The view from Drink St. John

Well folks, if you’re lucky enough to be on St. John this weekend, our friends over at Drink in Cruz Bay are gearing up for two very fun events.

The first event happens this Saturday at 2 p.m. on the beach in front of Drink. Anne Bequette, owner of STJ Creative Photography, will be offering a donation-based photo shoot for all of the island’s dogs and their owners. So if you’re visiting island and miss your puppy, this is definitely the place to be. If you have a dog on island, this event is not to be missed!

All proceeds will be split between animal rescues, the Animal Care Center and the Love for Love City Foundation.

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And on Sunday, Drink is at it again, holding its first ever beach olympics. Here is the official event description straight from Drink:

It’s time to go for the Gold in Cruz Bay! With the Winter Olypmpics behind us, it is time to start training for the Spring Olympics at DR!NK!!! This is a team competition so grab 3 of your fiercest friends that have the stamina to withstand 4 grueling events on the beach for a chance to win $500!!! The Beach Olympics are open to all competitors with all skill levels. The events are not service industry related (although they may involve drinking) so come on down linemen, contractors, jewelers, boaties, teachers, vets, everyone! Do you have what it takes to bring home the gold?

The event starts at 11 a.m. The team entry fee is $50, and spectators are encouraged to check it out. There will be drink specials, and food and snacks will be provided by Dog House pub and Irie pops.