An island couple is doing their part to encourage Jet Blue to begin service to the islands. The low-cost/high-service airline announced plans last year to acquire more planes and increase service to the Caribbean, but didn’t get specific. Now, Mark and Nanci Shekleton are suggesting an e-mail campaign to persuade the airline to put St. Thomas on its route map. "We’ve blitzed them with e-mails the past week. although it’s a long shot," conceded Nanci who, with her husband, own Sea View Vacation Homes, a villa management agency. Contact the airline at http://www.jetblue.com/speakup/questions.asp.
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The owner of Cocoloba Shopping Center said he built it because, "We felt like it was needed." Jim Phillips added, "The area seems to be growing." Among the tenants are Aqua Bistro, a restaurant and bar. Its owner, Marc Kaye, told the St. John Source dinner entrees are less than $20 because, "I want local people to come." Cocoloba, next door to Voyages de St. Jan, also has Sugar Apple, a jewelry and clothing store that moved from the Shipwreck Landing strip, down the road. Several other stores are offering women’s clothing, while Castaways sells new and consignment furniture. Also setting up for business in the project, which Phillips runs with his wife, Genoveva Rodriquez, are a leather shop, hair salon, masseuse and, soon come, Lily’s Gourmet Market. (Photo by Franz Jaggar.)
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.
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The 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.)
If 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/
Check back Wednesday for details about a new "fishy" retail operation opening this week. It’s a Natural.