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Under the Sea – Volume One – Sea Turtles

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Good Morning everyone!  I’m really happy to be sharing some very exciting news with you right now.  We have been hunting for other St. John residents to contribute in order to add to the voice and perspective of News of St. John.   And, I’m glad to say, we have a few fresh voices working on articles as I type this.  One of which, I am very happy share with you today!

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Mingo Cay Donated to Trust for Virgin Islands

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Last week, a local non-profit dedicated to the protection of “tracts of agricultural and natural landscapes that provide significant benefits to the citizens of the Virgin Islands” received a very special gift from St. John homeowner and philanthropist, Donald Sussman.  Mingo, a 50-acre cay off the northwest coast of St. John was dedicated to Trust for the Virgin Islands (TVIL) last Tuesday.

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Happy New Year!!! STJ 2020 in Review

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Good Morning and a Happy 2021 to you all!!!  FINALLY!  We made it 🙂

I want to take a moment today to share some reflections of some St. John memories of 2020.  Some are great.  Some are a little tough to hear again.  But all in all, I felt a timeline of this year, of all years, was important to document.

And what a year it has been.

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Caneel Bay Updates: Lease Negotiations and Panel Discussion

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We have all watched and waited…and then waited and watched some more….for some kind of movement from the infamous Caneel Bay Resort.  Once a a property of Laurence Rockefeller, the beautiful expanse of beaches, landscapes, restaurants, shops and accommodations has sat unoccupied and barren since Hurricanes Irma and Maria stripped it of its beauty and functionality on St. John in 2017 (With the obvious exception of the newly opened Zozo’s at Caneel Bay).

Well, a press release from an affiliate of CBI Acquisitions (CBIA) was released earlier this month and it seems like things are moving in a direction.  Finally.  Additionally, a panel of St. John residents and representatives aired last week, raising some support, some questions and some concerns in regards to this forward motion.

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USVI Makes History with First Sunscreen Ban in the US

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It may be a little known fact that the USVI officially banned sunscreen containing chemicals that damage the reefs and are potentially hazardous to humans this spring.  On March 30, 2020, the USVI sunscreen ban officially went into effect making the territory the first in the United States to implement this ruling to be followed by Hawaii and Key West in January of 2021.

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