Terminix Offers to Pay Family $87 Million for Poisoning


As you may recall, a family was sickened when visiting our island in early 2015. It appears a settlement has been reached. Please remember that this was an isolated incident. Here’s the story from NBC News:

Termini has offered to pay $87 million to the Delaware family seriously sickened by a pesticide at a U.S. Virgin Islands resort last year, the company said in an earnings report Thursday.

About $3 million related to the family’s claims have already been paid, and a “tentative settlement agreement” has also been reached relating to any of the civil claims, according to ServiceMaster Global Holdings, the Memphis-based company that owns Terminix.

In addition, the company in March said it would pay $10 million in fines and restitution for using the banned chemical methyl bromide — a highly noxious and odorless gas — at units at the St. John resort where the family was vacationing in March 2015.

The Environmental Protection Agency prohibited the chemical, which can lead to nervous system and respiratory damage, for residential use in 1984. American growers, however, have been able to use it in certain cases on their fields.

Stephen Esmond, wife Theresa, and their teenage sons fell ill not long after checking into their rooms, which was above a fumigated unit. They were brought to a Philadelphia hospital to recover from severe respiratory trauma, according to NBC Philadelphia.

The EPA later found the toxic pesticide was used several times in the past at the Sirenusa resort. The resort’s owner, Sea Glass Vacations, has said it was unaware that Terminix was using the banned chemical and said it ended its contract with the company.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a criminal investigation into the case.

Click here to read the full story on NBCnews.com.

Top Restaurant Lists For Sale

bistro bar Want to run a successful restaurant on the beach in Cruz Bay? Well now may your chance as one of St. John’s premier restaurants just listed for sale.

Since opening in 2008, Waterfront Bistro has built a growing and loyal year-round client base by consistently delivering an exceptional experience combining quality food offerings, thoughtfully executed cocktails and picture postcard views from a dramatic vista directly on idyllic Cruz Bay beach. The result is a loyal following of locals and tourists alike whose accolades have established the Bistro as one of the Virgin Islands preeminent destination restaurants. Building upon the Bistro’s eight years of success, the owner’s new business ventures create an opportunity for a qualified restaurateur to step in and take advantage of several additional avenues for growth.

Waterfront Bistro is located directly on the beach, between High Tide and Joe’s Rum Hut, in Wharfside Village in Cruz Bay. It is being offered for $999,000.

For more information, please contact Corby Parfitt of USVI Sotheby’s International Realty at (340) 643-6340. bistro 1

It’s Going to Be Christmas in July!

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Hey folks, it’s going to be Christmas in July this Friday night at Drink! Here are all the details…

The party starts at 9 p.m. and they’ll have DJ Top Notch shredding some dance music and Christmas tunes as well. There’ll be a snow machine, glow sticks, an ice luge … everything Christmassy and magical. And this year, they’ll be throwing in the ‘Ultimate Santa Snow Down’ with a battle of the Santas around 12:30 a.m. The party is sponsored by Smirnoff and Corona so there will be drink specials too. Oh and people are encouraged to dress the part of holiday cheer! Hope to see you all there!

Nest & Co. Up For Sale Again

nest and co outside (1)Nest & Company, the women’s and home boutique located at Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay, has just listed for sale. The asking price? $225,000. Here are the details straight from its listing:

“Nest & Company, located at Mongoose Junction, a high-traffic location with many boutique & fine dining establishments. Within the Nest lies luxury, beauty & peace. Nest & Co.’s boutique focuses on finding delicate, exquisite items made from top-quality materials. For the body, the mind, the home & the soul, you’ll find the perfect gift for a loved one or for yourself such as jewelry, candles, stationery, bedding, books, clothing, home decor, lotions, soaps & more. Visiting the shop becomes a sensual experience filled with fresh aromas, soft fabrics & gentle colors. Serving gourmet coffee from Carpe Diem Roasting Company. Well established for over 8 years, a favorite shopping experience for tourists & locals. Equipment & inventory included with lease & option….”

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Nest & Company is listed for $225,000. Please contact Diana Beam at (340) 775-0949 or dbeam@remax.net.

Residents to Be Featured on HGTV Tonight

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Hey folks, you all should tune into HGTV tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST because chef Shaun Brian of Ocean 362 and his wife Ally are going to be featured on Tiny Houses, Big Living. The episode is titled “Young Couple Builds Dream Tiny Island Home.” Here’s what HGTV had to say about the episode:

Shaun and Ally’s busy work schedules are perfectly suited for the low maintenance lifestyle of tiny living. Their family and their Virgin Island community step up to help the young couple complete their dream home perfectly situated on a hillside overlooking Coral Bay. In order to enjoy the island scenery and tropical ocean breezes, Shaun and Ally incorporate a wrap-around porch and open living room walls. At 350-square-feet with no height restrictions, Shaun Brian and Ally can have a spacious master bedroom loft, a fancy gourmet kitchen, an outdoor shower under the stars and a deck with spectacular views.

The episode airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST and again tomorrow at 12:30 a.m. EST. Be sure to watch!

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Shaun Brian in his tiny house that will be featured tonight.

Only One Barge Running…

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Just a heads up folks, the Captain Vic is the only barge running today. The Island Vic is having problems and is not running. The General II is also not running due to a ramp issue, according to a pseudo news site. And the Mister B. has been sitting at Enighed Pond since it was seized by federal marshals back in January.

This isn’t good. Garbage is piling up, fuel cannot get to the island and construction is at a standstill, as heavy trucks are not able to travel between Cruz Bay and Red Hook on our only running barge.

So what’s the latest on the Mister B? Well the Plaintiff in the case, Revere High Yield Fund, has requested that a hearing be held regarding its sale on or before August 12. They maintain that Boyson has yet to file any motions asking to “vacate the arrest” of the vessel, so therefore it should go up for sale. A new issue has arisen, however, which has to do with the defendant’s representation and their relationships with one another and the companies involved. It’s a lot of legal speak, but if you’ve got some time on your hands, here are a few court documents that may interest you: