Good Morning, Good Morning! I do A LOT of Real Estate write ups. Probably at least two a month. And, while ALL of the homes are stunning and with their very own pieces of island charm, every once in a great while, I am sent the link to a home that literally takes my breath away and sends me into a dreamland. Whether you are in the market for a new home or not, you do not want to miss the opportunity to take an in-depth look at this breathtaking villa in Estate Catherineberg with expansive views from Cinnamon to Francis to the British Virgin Islands.
Good Afternoon and Happy Fri-YAY! This morning was a whirlwind of getting some drafts ready for next week, but I wanted to take a quick moment to share two joyous updates with you about the roads on St. John before I hit the on the water “work” on Asante for the weekend!
This week, I was in need of some fresh greens. And, rather than make my usual run to Starfish for a bag of Josephine’s locally grown freshies, I rang up a friend and we headed out a for a Coral Bay field trip to her gardens. I’m a little embarrassed to say that, although I always buy what I can of hers from the markets in town, I have never actually been to the gardens! And, man, was I impressed. It made for a lovely afternoon excursion AND I got an array of locally sourced produce. Win, win!
Good Morning, Good Morning! It’s been quite a while since we had a good beach break, right? Well, the past few months have been a whirlwind of busy here on St. John and, quite frankly, I haven’t had a beach break in months either! But, this weekend, Teddy and I took a rare whole day off and headed to Coral Bay for a day of fun. We hit the Brown Bay Trail to stretch our legs a bit before enjoying burgers at Skinny Legs and drinks at Salty Mongoose. All in all, it was a great day and I wanted to share the nature bit of it with all of you!
It’s that time of year again…The annual promotional partnership between Island Green Living and News of St. John kicks off today! And I am so excited to shine some light on this incredible and essential St. John non-profit while also giving all of YOU the chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to Love City. This year’s prize package is now live and is packed FULL of amazing excursions, dining experiences and, of course, five star accommodations and travel certificates. So, read on and follow along to find out exactly what one lucky winner will be experiencing on St. John AND the nitty gritty on what the crew at Island Green have been up to this past year.
Good Morning, Good Morning! I just wanted to take a quick moment this morning to alert anyone traveling out of the St. Thomas airport this weekend to abide by the three hour rule. Several Facebook posts from residents and visitors this past week have noted lengthy lines for TSA/Customs beginning as early as 11AM.
This month, 17 Gifft Hill School eighth and ninth grade students set sail for an incredible educational experience aboard a 1925 wooden Schooner for four days. On this beautiful vessel, the students learned much more than just sailing. A fully encompassing, round the clock maritime immersion provided by the World Ocean School ensured that the students on board would take home a vast amount of knowledge of the sea, of themselves and of the sailing world around them.
If you have driven Centerline Road between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, you might have noticed a few “bumps” in the road. While these bumps might not be a massive inconvenience in a rental car, they definitely have taken a toll on the lives of “island cars” over the years since Hurricane Irma. Well, we can soon kiss these detrimental dents in the concrete good bye in as soon as three months. Because yesterday a roadway project began that will mill and pave the road between Pastory and The Triangle in Coral Bay, according to St. John Island Administrator Shikima Jones-Sprauve.
Yesterday afternoon, a release from the Department of Public Works hit the press about a project beginning on Centerline Road. I looked closer at it this morning and was unable to draw many details from the release about the eight mile plus stretch of “highway” that connects the two towns of St. John. So, I excitedly called Shikima in hopes of gathering further information about the upcoming road closures and construction. And, as always, she was gracious with sharing the details about what to expect in the coming months.
First, I want to explain this scrape and overlay process versus a full road repair. Federal and local funding for these projects is released in bits and pieces. When the territory receives those funds, our government only has a certain amount of time to use them before it is pulled. The Federal government then reviews the work that has been done and releases more funding. A full road repair (think about the work that has been done in front of Starfish Market) would require digging, gravel, concrete, etc. With the current funds allocated, only a small portion of the road would be addressed. Also, keep in mind the WAPA underground project. Phase three incorporates Centerline Road and would require demolition of parts of the roadway. Think about how the roads are currently looking in town after the pass of Phase 1 (Shikima assured me that the repair of these roads is in the WAPA contract). However, to dump a ton of funding into one area of road that is just going to be dug up again in 2023-2024 doesn’t really make sense, correct?
So, the crews started mobilizing yesterday in the Pastory area and are currently marking the roads to prepare for the scrape and overlay job that will address the horrible road conditions on Centerline at TEN different locations between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. This work is the same type of project that was done on the Adrian Stretch (straightaway near Estate Cathrineberg) a few years ago. If a few choice areas on Centerline look anything like that smooth stretch of road over the course of the next few months, I’ll be stoked!
The Adrian Stretch, post construction – December 2020
So, this is what we should expect over the next three to four months:
Road crews on Centerline, beginning in Pastory (close to Cruz Bay) and working towards Coral Bay.
Traffic lights for one lane roads as work is being conducted.
Delays due to the construction (PROGRESS).
A few words of caution from our lovely island administrator. First, USE CAUTION on the roadways. Any setbacks could push this project further into the future and Shikima DID admit to me that she may have thrown a bit of a tantrum to get us moved up the list and get this project started! 🙂 Let’s all work together to keep this project moving smoothly AND to take care of the hard working teams on the road ways.
Second, these unavoidable traffic lights operate on sensors. If that sensor gets thrown off because someone runs a red light,etc., someone from ST. THOMAS has to come over with the proper equipment to reset it. Translation: More delays. So, if you are heading to the barge or the beach or work or a meeting, plan ahead and be patient. Shikima told me that this project has been a topic of discussion for 30 years and we are finally seeing movement! And, in roughly three months, we should be gleefully experiencing a stress free commute between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay 🙂
Good Morning, Good Morning! Tomorrow is International Mermaid Day! And, if you happen to be on St. John this week, you might spot some mythical creatures of the deep during your drive down North Shore road tomorrow morning…