Coral Bay gets shopping center

Cocoloba_1 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.)

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  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

New Cruz Bay business


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.