In 1977, Laurance Rockefeller separated the “Premises”, the land that Caneel Bay Plantation sat on, from the “Improvements”, the structures and operation of the resort. 150 acres of the “Premises” were deeded to the Rockefeller family land trust, Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc. (JHPI); the structures or “Improvements” on that land were kept by Caneel Bay, Inc. with a future Deed that would revert the “Improvements” to Jackson Hole Preserve on September 30th, 2023
What is the fundamental issue between the U.S. Government, NPS and EHI/CBI Acquisitions? The following 3 Part Article will attempt to delve into some of the key components of the 1983 Indenture, scripted by Laurance Rockefeller in 1983, that outlines the Retained Use Estate (RUE) leasehold within that document which is central to both parties’ pending Motions for Summary Judgement. The author will do her best to explain the facts in detailing what has already transpired and what the future may hold.
There was a substantial turn out at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Elaine Ione Sprauve Library & Museum of Cultural Arts on June 13th as St John residents were thrilled to tour the refurbished library, the first completed FEMA recovery project to open its doors on St John.
The opening ceremony began with an Invocation by Father Anthony Abraham of Our Lady of Mount Carmel R.C. Church, followed by a moving rendition of the National Anthem and Virgin Islands March by the talented, well respected St John Island Administrator, Shikima Jones-Sprauve.
In honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month, we are exploring the earliest inhabitants of our beloved Virgin Islands. The Taino were a creative, peaceful culture who left a unique cultural legacy in the Caribbean. For those who are unfamiliar with the term “Taino,” it refers to “the Arawakan-speaking peoples of the Caribbean who arrived from South America over the course of 4,000 years,” according to an article in National Geographic.
There are exciting new options for visiting the islands of St Croix, Anegada and Virgin Gorda starting this month.
The St. John Historical Society is a membership-based, non-profit organization. Throughout the past 49 years, the Society has been an authoritative source on St. John, meticulously documenting, preserving and then sharing with the public the history of this very special island.
Trunk Bay…The name, the place, the photos and artworks all evoke visions of an Island Paradise. Condé Nast Traveler deemed it one of the top 10 beaches on the planet, National Geographic says it has no equal. Everyone who loves St John and its natural splendor has a special memory of this idyll bay with its pristine turquoise waters, sugar soft sand and lush vegetation. But, …
… how many can say that it was once their home. Yes, entirely and exclusively. The Denham-Boulon family can and we should be forever grateful for its transfer to the Virgin Islands National Park Service in the late 1950s.
Island Health & Wellness is a St John non-profit Primary Care facility that offers low cost health care to residents and visitors alike. Their first Gala, hosted by Zozo’s Caneel Bay, is Sold Out. You can click here for all the details on the event.