Concordia expansion OK

Stanley Selengut’s five-year plan to add 15 tents at Estate Concordia Resort have been approved by the St. John Coastal Zone Management committee.  The approval also was given to a 3,760 square foot pavilion for yoga activities and a 7,410 square foot restaurant. 

Selengut told CZM he also wants to make his environmentally-friendly resort more environmentally friendly and plans that five of the new tents will be wheelchair accessible.

Beaches for all seasons

When the day’s most important question is, "Which beach shall we go to today," life ain’t bad, is it?

If you’re looking for solitude, Virgin Voices suggestsit can usually be found at "Francis Bay and Haulover, as well as the more remote Lameshur Bay." If you want to catch a glimpse of someone rich and famous, beaches at the Westin and Caneel promise the best chance.  For spectacular sunsets, check out Frank Bay.  Water sports lovers will want to visit Cinnamon Bay.  Perhaps reflecting St. John’s strengths, the Voice has no recommendation for a St. John beach for "socializing," while the frequently rowdy Magen’s Bay is the pick on St. Thomas.

Long distance power plan

The executive director of the VI Water and Power Authority is backing the idea of sourcing the islands’ power from Florida.  Alberto Bruno-Vega thinks "a pipeline from Florida Power & Light down through the Caribbean to Puerto Rico … (should be) extended a little farther ton the USVI," according to a report at Hardbeatnews.com.   "Being connected to the U.S. power grid could mean cheaper power, less local pollution and fewer outages," Bruno-Vega said.

VI Park looking for advertisers?

"This Reef Bay Hike is brought to you by the Mail
Center
", could be a greeting heard in the future as visitors begin the popular trek from Centerline Road to the ocean. That’s because the National Park Service is reportedly poised to adopt a new policy of aggressively seeking corporate sponsorship of park projects and facilities.

A group of former
National Park Service executives has strongly objected and warned Park
Service director Fran Mainella not to proceed. According to a
statement
from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, "Liberalized naming rights for trails, benches, rooms and other facilities (but not parks themselves), as well as display of logos and slogans on park literature, computer screens, and plaques" would be permitted. "Influence peddling will soon become a major recreational activity in our national parks," PEER worries.

Sprauve gala to fete alumni

The annual fund raiser at Caneel Bay Resort to benefit the Sprauve School has usually featured celebrity waiters, government officials, local business owners and community activists who are honored as they pour wine for the several hundred attendees.  This year’s event, Jan. 14, will feature Sprauve alumni, according to the St. John Source.  The school opened in 1955, with four classrooms, a kitchen, the principal’s office and cafeteria.  Funds raised will go to renovate the school’s Family and Consumer Science Classroom and lab. 

(We’ve bought our tickets.  To attend this wonderful island-wide event – great food, great company, music, and dancing, call 340-715-6622. And give.)

Real estate: condo listings decrease

The number of residences offered for sale on the island’s Multiple Listing Service increased again this past week, despite the holidays, to 84 properties, another record.

The number of condominiums offered for sale showed a decline for the first time in several weeks, down 2 to 23.  Land offerings, on the other hand, continued to increase, adding 2 to 197.

P1010529The number of commercial opportunities had one new listing for Caneel Bay-located Paradise Watersports. The scuba business and retail operation is priced at $315,000.