Good Morning, Good Morning! I generally start my day by Googling news articles about St. John, Virgin Islands. Often times, when I am at a loss for a story, this rabbit hole through Google will inspire something and lead me to my next topic. Well, this morning, I found an interesting article in regards to a world wide air quality study conducted by the World Health Organization. And, guess what? Both in the Cities and the Nations and Territories categories, our little slice of heaven down here ranked at the tip top of the lists!
Good Morning to you all. I’m afraid I have some not so great news to share with you today. Late Sunday night, a fire raged an apartment complex in the Grunwald area, about a mile from Cruz Bay. According to the release from the Virgin Islands Fire Department, nine apartments were destroyed. The occupants, St. John community members and workers, all made it out safely but are left with nothing. Including a roof over their heads.
Good Morning, Good Morning! And Happy Presidents’ Day to you all! I know that many of you are wrapping up a three day weekend away from work today so I wanted to keep today’s post light and breezy. We had an incredible day on the water yesterday that ended with some absolutely stunning golden hour hues and rainbows and, this morning, I wanted to share some of those pictures with you!
Good Morning, Good Morning and Happy Fri-YAY to you all! It’s been a bit since I gave you a bit of an on the ground re-cap of what’s going on here on island. And, Teddy and I have happily had family and friends visiting over the past few weeks so we have actually gotten out away from our desks and the boat work to ENJOY St. John a bit! It’s been amazing and there has been a lot going on this month. So kick back with your cup of joe while I catch you up a bit on some snippets of island life.
Good Morning, Good Morning! A few weeks ago, I posted an update about the future redevelopment of Caneel Bay. Virgin Islands National Park initially scheduled the public comment period, which began on January 18, to close on February 17. They announced this week that they would be extending that public comment period for an additional fifteen days to now close on March 4.
Gooooood Morning from St. John! A few weeks ago I told you about the Love for the Land Fundraiser to benefit the St. John Land Conservancy and I’m so pleased to report today that they are ONLY $12k short of their $50k goal! And, a lot of those funds raised are due to all of you and your generosity (and desire to win an all-expenses paid trip to St. John!). With that being said, THANK YOU, and good luck, to all of you who have already purchased your raffle tickets. And, to those of you who missed the memo, or forgot to grab your tickets, there is a still a little bit of time to do so before Valentine’s Day!
The story behind this beautiful island did not just begin when the Virgin Islands National Park was founded. But that is the narrative that is largely presented to new residents and visitors to St. John. A place that is beloved and coveted by thousands of people all over the world has a much deeper story to tell that is often glazed over by Americanized beach bars and burger joints, beautiful beaches and sunsets and adventurous day trips. Although, the current picture of St. John looks to be much like that last sentence, the history of St. John, the culture of St. John is very seldom accurately portrayed. And, in my opinion, the entire kaleidoscope of stories, not just the predominant rose colored lenses, are what makes this place truly magical.
Good Morning, Good Morning! It is fixing to be a BUSY Christmas here on St. John! As Jenn mentioned on Sunday, there are a ton of cruise ships on St. Thomas and on St. John. The ferry and barge lines are backing up and, even this week, it has been tough to get a dinner reservation! This is all good news for our island economy but I thought it might be time to put out some helpful tips and tricks for those of you who are traveling to spend the most wonderful time of the year with us here in Love City!
The Holiday Season is officially upon us! And many of you out there are pondering what to get your loved ones during this season of giving. Well, if the ones you love also love St. John, you’re in luck. Because there are plenty of ways to give the gift of Love City for the holidays.
Happy Fri-YAY everyone! A few weeks ago I started a little series called Love City 101. The goal of this series is to educate the new comers to St. John and give a little refresher to those of you who visit year after year in regards to island etiquette and ways for all of us to work together and take care of St. John and the people who live here. The first post in this series covered some common greetings on island and some protocol to follow while you are having fun around town. This second installment touches on ways to enhance your beach experience while also being courteous to the marine life and other happy beach goers that you are sharing your beach day with!