Grande Bay grows

Developers of the Grande Bay Resort project at Cruz Bay have announced they have added an additional building with 14 more residences. Celia Kalousek, the developer liaison, e-mailed last week there are four unsold units in the new building, ranging in price from $576,00 to $1 million. She has floor plans and pricing information available, at 340-715-3167. (This is not an advertisement.)

GrandbayMeanwhile, excavation for the project appears to be complete. Lots more "blue bitch" rock than they expected, which is why real estate sources suggest a completion date of Fall, 2006 – a year later than originally expected.

I do, I do

The 3rd annual Valentine’s Day Renewal Ceremony at Trunk Bay drew 52 couples to reaffirm their commitments.  Among them were Diane and Reed Shank of Cincinnati.  They were on island for the event last year and made it a point to return this year. "It reminds us once a year why we stay together," she told the St. John Source.  The longest-married couple, 5 years, was John and Barbara Achzet.  The ceremony had to be moved from the beach to a pavilion at Trunk Bay because of rain.  It was organized by Cathy Dove and Anne Marie Porter.

The $15.50 newspaper

Drbnyt_1 On the beach at Caneel Bay, Sunday afternoon, after a fantastic lunch at the beach side restaurant – Donna didn’t think the gioft shop’s price for The New York Times price was too high.

Utility pole still in the road

Pole The Water and Power Authority has not yet removed that power pole in the middle of the road beside the Enighed Pond commercial port. Although WAPA said it planned to get the job done last week, the agency said the ground was too wet from rain. The pole is on the left side of the road as you drive along the pond. The Port Authority said it had no choice but to pave around the pole, because its contractor was ready to do the work, and after three months’ notice WAPA still had done nothing.

More on Kenny Chesney

Local newspapers on St. John are taking some pride in the fact they have been reluctant to chronicle the sightings of Kenny Chesney, the singer.  But People magazine has not been, publishing a colorful story about Chesney in its Jan. 17 issue, calling him an "island cowboy."  Chesney is sometimes seen on island at the Beach Bar and Woody’s. (But, we didn’t tell you.  We respect his privacy, too.)

180 degree rainbow

BtrainbowEver seen a rainbow that goes from Great Cruz Bay to St. Croix?

That’s what we saw this morning from the deck of Blue Tang as one of those Caribbean showers misted through.

Fantastic!