St. John Couple Featured on Good Morning America

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Image credit: STJ Creative

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! We first introduced you to Marty Bruckner and Lauren Saia back in November. The couple lives here on island, was engaged to be married and chose to take their engagement photos amid the destruction following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Those images went viral and brought much-needed attention to our plight here on St. John.

Originally scheduled to be married this past February, Marty and Lauren postponed their wedding, instead focusing their efforts on the island’s relief efforts. Well Marty and Lauren’s dream wedding finally happened this past weekend all thanks to some very generous businesses. Their story was so special that it was featured on Good Morning America yesterday. Please check out their story below:

“A tragic event doesn’t have to be so tragic.” So true.

Congrats Marty and Lauren! We are all so darn happy for you both!!

Finally, The Day Has Come!!

A barge is seen in Princess Creek Tuesday afternoon

A barge is seen in Princess Bay Tuesday afternoon

Great news to share with you all today … the damaged boats are finally being removed from Hurricane Hole! How exciting is that??!!

As you all probably know, roughly 50 damaged vessels remain in Hurricane Hole following last September’s storms. The Stafford Act prohibited FEMA from providing funding or assistance for the removal of these boats, which is why they were not removed by the Coast Guard and its contractor, Resolve Marine Group, which cleaned up the vessels in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. Well funding was finally provided and signed off on by the President. Great news all around.

Cleanup began Tuesday in Princess Bay. (Hurricane Hole is comprised of four different bays.) Cleanup in Princess Bay will continue today, Wednesday. They will begin removing vessels from Borck Creek tomorrow, and then they will move on to Otter Creek between August 17th and 19th. Work will begin in Water Creek on August 20th.

Once work is completed in Hurricane Hole, the recovery vessels will move over to Mary Creek. Boat removal is expected to begin in that area on August 24th.

Hurricane Hole - Image taken from Google maps

Hurricane Hole – Image taken from Google maps

For those of you who would like to track the progress, you can look for the barge that is doing the work on an App called Marine Traffic or on its website at www.marinetraffic.com. In a nutshell, the App and website allow you to track vessels throughout the world. (We wrote about it back in 2014. Click here to read that story.) The tug that is pulling the barge which is removing the vessels is called the Meagan Ann. Here is a screenshot we took from the App Tuesday afternoon, so you know what to look for if you decide to track it.

marine traffic appWe will keep you all posted on this. Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Popular Cruz Bay Restaurant Closing

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A popular Cruz Bay restaurant is closing its doors for good. We’re sad to tell you all, but today is the last day for Ocean Grill.

The restaurant, which is located over in Mongoose Junction, has decided to close after being open for 12 years. Here is what they had to say on their Facebook page:

“Ocean Grill would like to thank all our customers for their support over a great 12 years. However, we are one of the many hurricane impacted businesses to face a tough business decision and we have decided to close Ocean Grill…None of us are leaving island. Just Beach and Leeward Islands Plumbing will continue to happily be open for business.”

Despite the amazing progress our island has had over the past year, tourism is still down. So if you are able do, please go ahead and book that trip and help boost our economy. We would all be super appreciative.

And for the businesses on island reading the blog, Patty would like you all to know that she will be selling everything from the tables and chairs to kitchen equipment including an ice maker and generator. The sale will begin sometime next week.

Thank you to Patty, John and the staff of Ocean Grill for the great food, service and experiences over the years. Ocean Grill will be truly missed.

Cruz Bay Gets New Palms!!

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Image credit: Carolyn Huber

A little normalcy returned to Cruz Bay over the weekend thanks to the owners over at Grande Bay.

Eight brand new palms were planted in the sand along beach in front of the resort Saturday, replacing those that fell during last season’s storms. The palms were purchased by Grande Bay Resort Homeowners Association, and we thank them tremendously for that!

(Grande Bay is split into two entities: 1. There are Grande Bay owners; the majority rent their units as vacation rentals. 2. There is also the fractional timeshare program.)

Here’s another pic taken from the street:

Image credit: Carolyn Huber

Image credit: Carolyn Huber

Looks great, doesn’t it!

Not on island? No worries! You can see them for yourself on Grande Bay’s webcam. Click here to check that out, as well as the island’s other webcams. 

On the Market: Land with Expansive Views

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View of Coral Bay

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! A great piece of land just listed for sale over in Coral Bay. It’s a downhill build, which is an easier build here on island, and it has great views of both Coral Bay harbor and Hurricane Hole. Because of its easterly facing location, it has great breezes and sunrise views. Its located at a quiet end of the road location, yet it’s still close to the heart of Coral Bay.

Check out a couple of pics and this quick drone video:

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View toward Hurricane Hole (that haze is actual Saharan dust)

This parcel is being offered for $275,000 by Tammy Donnelly of 340 Real Estate Co. For more information, please contact Tammy at at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com

GoPro Video: From Mongoose to Cinnamon

Trunk Bay overlook - August 9, 2018

Trunk Bay overlook – August 9, 2018

Hello everyone and happy Friday! Let’s end the work week off right with a little video of the beautiful North Shore… shall we?

As I mentioned yesterday, the island is very green in many areas. Our friends over on the Coral Bay side could still use some rain, but the North Shore is starting to get pretty darn lush once again. It’s such a beautiful site! It was such a nice day yesterday, so after we finished up a News of St. John island tour, we popped the GoPro onto the Jeep and took a little cruise up North Shore.

The video below clocks in at just over 13 minutes. It’s in near real time, and we added some fun Caribbean steel pan music for you to listen to while you cruise along one of the most picturesque roads in the world. Enjoy!