Toughening up tests

Runners One more tune up race is scheduled to help competitors prepare for the 9th annual 8 Tuff Miles race, from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay, along Centerline Road.  Saturday, Feb. 12thn, runners will start from Mongoose Junction and to go Chateau Bordeaux, a distance of about 5 1/2 miles.  Water stations along the way will offer refreshments.  Race originator and organizer Peter Alter said registration for tyhe Feb. 26 race is available online at www.8tuffmiles.com.  There were  515 runners and walkers who crossed the finish line in last year’s race.  All entrants in this year’s race will get an official T-shirt, and the first 700 entries will receive a medal for participating.

Enighed delayed to mid-year

MoreenighedThe Enighed Marine Cargo Facility on St. John will be done by perhaps September, according to Darlan Brin, executive director of the VI Port Authority. That’s almost a year later than residents were told to expect when the project began.  He said when it’s done, all cargo and automobiles moving throughwill move from Cruz Bay "Creek" to Enighed Pond. Brin also said the renovation of the Red Hook marine facility where ferries and barges connect to St. John, will continue into spring of 2006, according to the St. John Source.  In remarks to the St. Thomas Rotary Club, Brin explained the $9 million project will include a new barge ramp, an 8,000 square foot terminal building, and a paved parking lot. (Photo by Franz Jaggar.)

I do, I do – on the beach

CathyandannemarieIf Valentine’s Day is coming, then Anne Marie Porter (pictured at right) is planning a big wedding at Trunk Bay.  This year is no different, as St. John’s barefoot minister and Cathy Dove (left) organize the 3rd Annual Celebration of Love with a free Vow Renewal ceremony at 5:30 pm.  Last year, 75 couples participated. Details at http://vivows.com/

New Cruz Bay business

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Check back Wednesday for details about a new "fishy" retail operation opening this week. It’s a Natural.

Kenny Chesney’s island homes

USA TODAY profiles St. John/Peter Bay resident Kenny Chesney, reporting the singer has two homes in the islands. (Interestingly, the piece mentions only the Caribbean, never St. John.  Same anonymity in a Washington Post pan of the new album this morning.  Suggests Chesney’s baked in the sun too long and lost his drive.   Must be the islands, ‘mon :).

His new album released this week, with lyrics like,Chesney "I’ve watched boats sail in and out of Cinnamon Bay" and a mention of the Quiet Mon Pub,on the second floor above La Tapa

The new CD’s title is "Be As You Are".  You can audition tracks here.

Country Music Television is also playing an hour-long show this week featuring Chesney. "Fans will be treated to intimate, acoustic performances of his new songs, video footage of his favorite island getaway and reflections on what the islands mean to him," the cable channel’s program puff says.   Here’s the broadcast schedule.

Park Supt. hails plan

Supt. Art Frederick said his proudest achievement in his first year at the V.I. National Park was the launch of a revised general management plan.  Frederick told the annual meeting of the Park’s Friends group the venture offered the chance to shape a vision for the park and surrounding coral reefs, according to a report in the Virgin Islands Daily News.   

Frederick said the new mooring fee collection program has been adjusted and is now more boater friendly.  Saying that about 60 percent of moored craft are paying fees, Frederick reminded the group, "The objective is not to collect fees, but to protect the seascapes and the fragile marine habitat."

The Supt. also reported that the $300,000 upgrade to visitor facilities at Hawksnest Beach is due to be completed by next weekend, and that a similar project is planned for Maho Bay Beach this year.  Rehabilitation of the North Shore Road, including repairs to guardrails and improving drainage, is expected to begin this summer.