Maho Bay Campgrounds series

A schedule of lectures and workshops has been organized by Maho Bay Campgrounds.  Workshops are being offered in Qigong, Tantra, yoga and the natural mysteries of the world.  Tantra Yoga will be the subject Jan. 23 at 7:30pm. "Rediscovering the inherent preciousness and openness of our being" will be the subject of a presentation by Annette Koop on Jan. 30.  The sessions will be held in the St. John School of Arts classroom in the Lumberyard, near Polli’s restaurant.

Real estate: inventory up again

GrossThere’s a new "most expensive" property on island.  It’s a three-year-old, 5-bedroom, 4.5 bath, 6,600-square foot waterfront contemporary mansion at Fish Bay.  Newly offered on the Multiple Listing Service at $9 million. It, and 85 other residences, are on the market, two more than last week – and another record.

Land offerings also continue to rise, with the MLS now showing 202 properties, 5 more than last week.  There was no change in condos (23) or commercial opportunities (12).

Caribbean air fare sale

Spirit Airlines is offering great air fares to St. Thomas.  But you have to act fast.  "Warm Up Winter Sale" fares end Monday night

Flights from Atlanta to STT, $99 one way; New York Laguardia, $179, and Washington National, $129. Details here.

Lysistrata reading – a few years later

Deanna Somerville spent the weekend trying to find somebody to lend a big screen TV set for the world premier of a record of a worldwide reading of the ancient Greek anti-war play Lysistrata.  The St. John resident and about 200 people were part of the island’s participation in the effort in March, 2003 at the Fish Trap restaurant. Now a documentary film of the project has been produced.  "We don’t know if we’re in it, Somerville said, so she may well be surprised when "The Lysistrata Project" is shown Monday night at Bellevue Village on Gifft Hill. 

Real estate revaluation begins

If history is a guide, the valuations of St. John villas are about to skyrocket. 

Reassessment of commercial properties on the island was completed last spring, with increases of 250 and 300 percent reported in Cruz Bay. 

The next step in the territory-wide property revaluation will begin in February when data collectors, finished with their work on St. Thomas and St. Croix,  head to St. John to review residential real estate.  They are expected to photograph and measure every property

Police to enforce cell phone ban

Early in February, island police are expected to begin issuing citations to people using handheld cell phones while driving.  Fines of up to $500 are possible under the bill signed into law by the Governor in December, the Virgin Islands Daily News reported.  Drivers are allowed to use hands-free phones, which do not require one’s hand to leave the steering wheel.  The law does not prohibit cell phone use in an emergency situation where drivers call for help.