Sandy Spit is a picturesque little island located off of Little Jost Van Dyke over in the British Virgin Islands. Comprised only of sand and a handful of trees, it’s been a popular spot over the years for boaters, sunbathers, photographers and people simply looking to have a good time. But sadly when Hurricane Irma blew through back on September 6th – two months ago today – it took all of the island’s trees along with it. And now two St. John residents are looking to fix that.
Meet Monica and Connor. The couple traveled over to Sandy Spit last weekend with one purpose – to replant a group of coconut palms in an effort to restore Sandy Spit to its pre-hurricane state.
“I came up with the idea and we weren’t really sure about it, so I did a little research and Connor went to St. John Hardware and they helped tell us what would work best,” Monica told me last week “They asked what it was for and Connor told them we wanted to replant Sandy Spit, and they gave us the soil for free, which was amazing ! So huge shoutout to Kate Swan!”
The couple dug a few hole to see what was below the soil and found mostly saltwater at first. After a few more tries, they found a spot with soil underneath and no water. They placed the rooted coconut palms in the shape of a heart, added a mixture of soil and manure, and then watered each. They grabbed some sticks and pieces of driftwood found around the island to complete their heart.
Monica is asking anyone in the area of Sandy Spit to stop by and water the baby palms if you are able. There’s been a decent amount of rain falling, but every little bit helps.
So a big thank you for Monica and Connor for this wonderful act of kindness. It takes a village folks, and together we will all get through this.