Red Hook parking lot closes

The V.I. Port Authority has closed the parking lot at the Red Hook barge and ferry dock.  The move is part of the development of a new $9.3 million Marine Terminal at the location.  Space is needed for construction equipment and supply storage, so the lot has been put off limits for parking.  Temporary lots have been set up at the relatively nearby Kean  High School and the National Park Service facility.  Shuttle service between the temporary lot and the Red Hook terminal will be $1 each way.

New road paving begins

The Public Works Department expects to have three projects underway this week.  The first will pave Route 20 from Mongoose Junction to the post office.  Other jobs this week will include putting dopwn blacktop from FirstBank to Enighed Lane and on Route 201, from the area of W&W Fast Food to the Texaco station intersection.

Rendezvous condo project draws anger

Vocal opponents are protesting plans for a proposed 10-building, 44-unit condominium project on 5.6 acres above Rendezvous Bay

Atlantic Northstar LLC, the developer, told a meeting of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, it wants a group dwelling permit.  The land is currently approved for construction of 38 units.  The company said a condo complex would be less damaging to the environment.

Locals and off-islanders have received e-mails from Gretchen Labrenz of Cruz Bay Realty soliciting letters of complaint and objection to the project be faxed to Ms. Marjorie Emanuel at DPNR.  And an "emergency meeting" was organized by Nanci Shekleton, urging Fish Bay, Rendezvous and Gifft Hill residents to organize and consider hiring an attorney to fight the project.

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During the DPNR public hearing Charles McCallion, a partner in Atlantic Northstar, said, "We are not here to damage your island; we are not here to create problems – we are here as businessmen to develop what we have acquired legally." St. John attorney Brion Morissette reportedly replied, "This will not benefit the community.  It will only serve to maximize the off-island developer’s profits."

Labrenz said she is encouraging people in opposition to the Northstar plan to fax letters to Marjorie Emanuel at the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, office at the Cyril King Airport Terminal on St. Thomas (340) 714-9534.  The deadline for the public to comment is July 8.

Kenny and Renee say thanks

A week after the island’s biggest wedding in years, the St. John Times published a simple display ad.  “I’m pleased that the St. John community chose discretion  amid last week’s media chaos,” the announcement on page five read.

“Your actions kept this event private and for that we would like to express our deepest gratitude.  You all contribute to the remarkable atmosphere on St. John.”  The notice was signed, “K & R." 

The publisher of the Times confirmed the message was placed by Kenny Chesney and Renee Zelwegger, saying they appreciated the lack of news coverage of the event.

July 4th celebration begins

Seven steel orchestras rocked downtown Cruz Bay as a month of July 4th events began on island.  Steel pan players greeted arriving ferry passengers as well as locals who filled Cruz Bay Park for Pan-o-Rama 2005.

The event also offered locals and visitors the first chance to see the contestants vying for this year’s July 4h pageant titles of Miss St. John, St. John Junior Miss, and St. John Princess.  During breaks in the music, the contestants were introduced to the crowd.

Upcoming events:

June 17  Senior Variety Show at Winston Wells Ball Field
June18   Festival Bike race, National Park
                Festival Music Mix, Winston Wells Ball Field
June 19  Prince and Princess Selection, Winston Wells Ball Field

Governor OKs fuel efficient vehicle

It took a new law for Doug White, an architect and environmentally conscious citizen, to register his Low Speed Vehicle (LSV).  It is a four-wheel electric car which produces no emissions and is half the size of a regular car.  "I think this is great," White said after receiving his registration. Governor Charles Turnbull made registration legal when he approved a change in V.I. code to allow licensing of electric or solar vehicles which can travel at 20 miles an hour.  White had been trying to register his vehicle for five years.  Finally, after petitions from St. Johnians, a bill was introduced in the Senate to authorize LSVs.