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Caneel Bay Update: NPS Narrows Public Comment Scope to Two Options

Caneel Bay Update: NPS Narrows Public Comment Scope to Two Options 1

Good Morning, Good Morning!  It has been a LONG time since we did a proper Caneel Bay update.  And with the window closing rapidly on the expiration of the Retained Use Estate (the RUE is the 40-year Rockefeller contract) it is good to see some new traction on the part of the National Park Service (NPS) in these hopefully dwindling months of Caneel Bay Acquisitions, Inc. (CBAI) control of the once thriving resort property.  We probably won’t have any true answers about the next steps at Caneel Bay until the NPS makes their decision based on this final round of public comments (Spring 2023).  But this is one of the final steps on narrowing the scope of what’s next.  And NPS is on the hunt for more community input to add to this important decision-making process.

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Getting to the BVI and What to Expect Upon Arrival

Getting to the BVI and What to Expect Upon Arrival 2

Good MORNING!  Now that the dust has settled on the easing of the British Virgin Islands’ restrictions on foreign charters, there are still a ton of questions flooding in.  How do we get to the BVI?  How much is it?  Is there any type of COVID-19 requirements?  Do my kids need a passport?  TONS of questions flood the ole inbox every week.  So, I thought it might be time to address all of these concerns and answer all of your questions to the best of my abilities. 🙂

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Where to Stay Spotlight: Leisure and Luxury Combine at Cay Syrah Villa

Where to Stay Spotlight: Leisure and Luxury Combine at Cay Syrah Villa 3

Often times, when I write these villa posts, I simply read a TON about the particular home (reviews, websites, owner comments, etc.) and then go from there.  But when Cay Syrah Villa came across my desk, I saw something special in it that begged me to come take a closer look.  I linked up with the Property Manager, David, in order to do a little walkthrough of this awesome vacation rental located in a lovely neighborhood just outside of Cruz Bay.  And, well, the magic is in the details of this unique rental with sprawling indoor and outdoor living spaces that are ready for your whole family (or group of friends) to come and enjoy!

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Good Times Round the Bend

Good Times Round the Bend 4

Good Morning, Good Morning!  I have some slightly bittersweet news to share with all of you today.  After nearly three years of spinning tales and truths of Love City to all of you beautiful people out there, I am moving on from my role as sole contributor and manager of News of St. John.  I know, I know…I’m feeling a little nostalgic about it as well.  But all good things must come to an end, and I will be popping in from time to time to check in and update you on St. John happenings and tales from the sea in the future.  In the meantime, here’s what’s next for the blog…And for me!

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Recycling Made Easy on St. John

Recycling Made Easy on St. John 5

Good Morning, Good Morning!  If you have been following along, you have probably realized that I am a strong and passionate supporter of the recycling and waste reduction programs here on St. John.  When I moved here from Colorado in 2012, I was absolutely appalled at the wide range use of straws, disposable plastic cups and Styrofoam and even more put off by the lack of any type of recycling program on island!  Well, here we are, a decade later, with a non-Reef Safe sunscreen ban, an incredible reduction in non-compostable plastic use on island AND an incredible recycling program right here on St. John!  How far we have come…But, just like anything else in the world, if you don’t have the proper information on HOW to utilize the programs that are in place (or simply don’t know that they are in place!) they probably won’t be utilized.  So, here’s the 411 on how to recycle while you are on St. John!

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Mandatory Beach Break: Cinnamon Bay

Mandatory Beach Break: Cinnamon Bay 6

On Sunday, I had the rare day off with opportunity to head to the beach for a bit!  We headed out North Shore Road from town without expectations about which beach we would hit; knowing based on the boat’s schedule for the upcoming week and the crowds in town that the parking lots would likely be overflowing.  So, we drove until we found a parking lot with an open spot.   And settled in for the afternoon at Cinnamon Bay 🙂

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Enter to Win a One Week Stay at Lovango Resort + Beach Club!

Enter to Win a One Week Stay at Lovango Resort + Beach Club! 7

Good Morning, Good Morning!  A few months ago, the St. John Land Conservancy (SJLC) launched their Second Annual Love for the Land Fundraiser, giving all of you the opportunity to win a week-long stay for two at the luxurious Lovango Resort +Beach Club including St. John dining, activities AND airfare credits.  And every ticket purchased in an attempt to win this incredible prize goes towards a great cause: Preserving the cultural and natural resources of St. John from unsustainable development. It’s a win, win!   But the window of opportunity to win this contest is closing with the drawing happening just after Valentine’s Day (February 18)!  So read on to find out more and get your tickets today!

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St. John/St. Thomas Car Barge Schedules…Kind of :)

St. John/St. Thomas Car Barge Schedules...Kind of :) 8

Good Morning!  I had a few requests after yesterday’s post on ferry schedules for a similar post regarding the car barge.  I always tell folks that the people ferry is pretty much the ONLY thing on St. John that is timely and reliable.  The car barges, however, do not fall into that same category.  It seems like, a lot of times, one of the barges is down for repairs, contracted out elsewhere or getting an inspection of some sort which really throws off the schedule for those of them that ARE running on a given day.  So, a timely and accurate portrayal of what the car barge schedule looks like today, let alone over time, is a bit more difficult to tackle.  But I’ll do my best with the disclaimer that these schedules, although sometimes very reliable, can also change on the daily.

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Love City 101- Protecting the Creatures of Land and Sea

Love City 101- Protecting the Creatures of Land and Sea 10

Good Day everyone!  Wow- I was just reading through the comments from last week’s Love City 101 Revisited post and there was SO much thoughtful insight from so many of you that I decided to jump into the next few parts of this series right now!  I do so appreciated all of your positive commentary and, although I am admittedly not great at replying to all of it, I DO read all of it and take it to heart.  So, with that being said, let’s jump into one of our favorite things about St. John, the furry friends on land and all creatures of the sea…And best practices on how to allow them to thrive in the busy-with-people environment here on island.

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