Islands frozen out of airline fare cuts

Logodelta Last week’s price cuts by Delta Airlines apparently won’t benefit Virgin Islands residents or vacationers.  The new pricing, matched quickly by  American and U.S. Airways on competitive routes, applys only to flights in the 48 states.  A spokesman for Delta Airlines told the Virgin islands Daily News there are no plans to expanding its new price program to the VIs. Both American and U.S. Airways are already offering some limited price reductions to the Virgin Islands. 

Coral Bay worries about watershed

The pace of growth and development in Coral Bay has prompted its community association to produce a two-page brochure about the importance of protecting the environment.  "Runoff, erosion, sedimentation and bad land use" threaten the area, according to the document, available online at http://www.coralbaycommunitycouncil.org/.  The Coral Bay Community Council meeting will hear about the matter from volunteer vision coordinator Terry Mahr.  The group’s president, Sharon Coldren, said she hopes the brochure will persuade land owners to insist "that builders follow good procedures" such as clearing only for the footprint of a house and preserving trees and leaving guts undisturbed.

Richard’s to be replaced?

LogomarketplaceA new restaurant is coming to the Marketplace, according to a news release from the shopping center that also said merchants plan a sales promotion for next Monday, Jan. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m.    No details about the planned eatery were offered.  The Richard’s Grill space on the second floor has been advertised for lease for several months.

A magician and balloon artist will be on hand for the Festival activities which will also feature games, entertainment and discounts.  The Artists Association of St. John will offer watercolor painting instruction.  And there will be free popcorn for all! 

New businesses showing and selling include Bite, the men’s clothing store, Nest & Co., offering gifts for the home and body; St. John Cabinets and Interiors and St. John Executive Suites, temporary and virtual office services.  And, the Marketplace says, there is a new restaurant "coming soon."

Virgin Voice lands at airport

LogovirginvoicesThe five-year-old free monthly VI "Virgin Voice" has won a deal to be distributed at the Cruzan Rum tourist welcome booth at the St. Thomas Airport.  The publication regularly includes feature stories about St. John.  The Web site is VirginVoices.com.

Red Hook work soon begin

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In about a week, the ferry dock at Red Hook may be more challenging than ever as the V.I. Port Authority begins work on a $4.5 million construction project.  Plans call for new cargo and passenger boat docks as well as a large covered waiting area.  A larger parking area and a new barge ramp are also planned.  Darlin Brin, the Authority’s executive director, said the work will take about a year, according to the St. John Source.

It was party time!

They were looking for thousands at Foxy’s annual year-ender party on Jost Van Dyke.  The 40-year tradition at the Great Harbor usually draws about 600 boats and 8,000 people on New Year’s Eve, the Virgin Islands Daily News reported.  "Everything is jamming," said Foxy Callwood, the dreadlocked businessman who started it all with a beach side bar so long ago. "There is eating and drinking and there is music on the big stage on the outback.  It’s just people having a good time."

There were good times on St. John, too.  Not the least of which was Steve Simon’s jazz concert/party at the Westin resort. Read all about it here.