Airline Update: More Daily Flights Being Added!

Honeymoon

Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! Today we’re talking about the airlines. I know that many of you are very eager to visit St. John. For some of you, that trip may be in the near future and for others, it may be several months or possibly a year or so away. Either way, we’re happy that you intend to visit whenever that may be. (Provided, of course, that you all wear your facial coverings when required, follow social distancing guidelines, etc.) Today we have some airline news that may help with your inevitable trip planning.

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Carnival at New Cruz Bay Tiki Bar

There is a new(ish) tiki bar in Cruz Bay called Drifters Tiki Bar at the previous Lumberyard location.  It is near where there were previously shipping container homes available for tour.

The tiki bar has tents setup this week with capacity limits being enforced, and virtual viewing available for people who want to watch from home and play it safe.

All content can be watched live on the USVI Festivals Facebook page.

Click here for previous post with more information about the Virtual St John Carnival: https://newsofstjohn.com/virtual-st-john-carnival/

North Shore Tour

Happy Sunday Funday!  For those of you who are dreaming about those Caribbean Blues this morning, here’s your fix!  I took a drive out North Shore Road and stopped at some overlooks this weekend to get some fresh air and take in the post-Sahara dust views.

You’ll still see a little bit of haze in these pictures but, man, it’s so good to have the vivacious blues back in sight.  You’ll also notice there is still a WEE bit of brown on the hillsides but after the dust cleared this week, we got a ton of rain!  Things should hopefully be greening up nicely very soon!

Enjoy!

Cruz Bay from the overlook

 

Caneel Bay from the overlook on North Shore

 

Caneel Bay gate – Still no updates on the future of the property…

 

Hawksnest Beach from Peace Hill

 

Gibney Beach from Peace Hill

 

Jumbie Bay with Great Thatch and the BVI in the background – Also from Peace Hill

 

Jost, boats and blues

 

Trunk Bay looking magnificent as ever! Have you noticed recently, the shoreline resembles the shape of a heart? 🙂

That’s all for this morning, but I hope these sights of STJ help to kick your Sunday off right.

Real Estate Spotlight : Seagrass Villa and New Site Navigation!

Good Morning and a happy weekend to you all!  This morning, we are sharing the amazing Seagrass Villa info with you once again in order to highlight some fresh changes we have made to the site.  Now you can find all of the Real Estate info in one place!

New Real Estate Listings tab^^ Click through on the photo to go straight to that page.

Additionally, we have added tabs in the navigation bar for Vacation Rentals, Local Livin’ Profiles, Bars and Restaurants, Boat Charters and Virus Updates.  We have sorted the most recent stories under each of these categories for easy viewing of YOUR favorite topics!  But don’t worry, they will all still be found on the main NOSJ page as we release the most current posts.

For more information on Seagrass Villa, contact Tammy Donnelly via email at 340 Real Estate!

We will be making continual updates to the site in order to help improve the overall reader experience.  Thank you to all for your continued following of this page and for sticking with me while I’m getting the hand of things 🙂  I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend!

New Video Series Featuring Love City Locals

A few weeks ago, we highlighted ancestral St. Johnian, Ital Delroy Anthony in our first “Local Livin'” profile.

When I saw this amazing video pop up on Facebook yesterday, I was beyond excited!

I reached out to the videographer, Spencer Chaney, about permission to share this with you and about our dual interests in sharing the stories of the beautiful individuals who make up the Love City Community.

Spencer has just moved to St. John and started his company, Island Media Co.  His goal with this mini-series, Rooted in the Caribbean, is to “give a voice to the unheard.”

This is episode 1 and I, personally, am very excited about seeing more of his work!

Enjoy!

 

Local Livin’- Stories from Love City – Nisha Jones

Right now, a vast number of people everywhere are battling mental health issues and many are heightened due to the pandemic, protests and general state of the world. Here, on St. John, these issues are further intensified as we enter another hurricane season with ongoing PTSD from the 2017 storms lingering and very limited access to local mental health care services. This is a story of a woman who was raised here, worked hard to realize and pursue her dreams and has committed to being a part of the solution to this problem locally….

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StJohn.Deals Launches!

We have some big news this morning that is going to help improve your overall St. John vacation experience AND support and promote St. John based businesses!

Do you remember when we mentioned the merger of News of St. John with a deals website and a radio station? Well, the next phase of STJ Media starts today with StJohn.Deals!

StJohn.Deals is a website, similar to a Groupon platform, which will allow travelers to purchase discounted lodging, boat trips, dining and activities, long before they arrive on vacation!

For the consumer, this site is a great way to see what’s out there and save a little dough on a lot of fun things.

For the business, this is not only an additional way for them to promote and highlight their services, but also to trade gift certificates for various forms of advertising.

I won’t bore you with the details…But check out the site at http://StJohn.Deals.

Let us know what you think and feel free to save some money by purchasing a gift certificate today!  Additional deals will be added regularly so please check back.

Businesses- If you are interested in submitting deals and/or advertising with us, please register here  https://stjohn.deals/my-account/

Sahara Dust Update

The Sahara Dust has been the talk of the island over the last several days.  It is widely viewed to be the worst (or best depending on your perspective) case in roughly five decades.  The sun looked like the moon, and at times you could barely see the gorgeous views of our beautiful island.  But alas, the dust is moving on from St John and headed towards the states.  That means today is a beach day!

CNN is reporting:

“people in places like Brownsville in Texas and Houston will likely wake up to a beautiful sunrise and a hazier than normal sky.  Forecast models show the thicker concentration blanketing most of Central America and Mexico Thursday.”
You can check out this post to see how intense it was just a couple days ago:

https://newsofstjohn.com/a-natural-phenomenon-on-st-john/

 

First Results from Surge in St John COVID Testing……..

There were two positive COVID tests last week and the first positive test from community transmission.  As a result, some people on island have been a little on edge as their friends and relatives swarmed the health department to get tested, and patiently waited in quarantine for the results.

The first two rounds of results are in, and the results are fantastic so far:

  • One June 22nd, the Health Department reported that 14 tests came back negative, and zero positive.
  • On June 23rd, the Health Department reported another 28 tests came back negative!  That is a huge number considering only 112 people on St John have been tested in total.  Two results are TBD.

This essentially means that the contact tracing that was implemented in the aftermath of the positive tests last week have so far come back negative.  This is a hopeful sign that there was not significant community spread following the two positive tests.

It is likely that a significant number of people will continue to get tested this week.  It is quite possible/probable that new positive tests will still be found in the coming days and weeks.  But 42 negative tests and zero positive tests this week is a very positive sign that the Governor’s policies are working and that community spread is very limited.

Please continue to be vigilant on island about wearing your mask around other people.  Our testing numbers are very good but we are all in this together to keep it that way.

Here is a link to the previous COVID update.

A Natural Phenomenon on St. John

I’m sure you all have seen the photos and news reports about the MASSIVE Sahara dust cloud moving across the Atlantic.  Right now, on St. John, the air is heavy.  The sky is invisible behind the layer of beige haze.

This is not an uncommon occurrence here for this time of year.  But this one is the largest and most noteworthy dust plume in over 50 years according to The Weather Channel.

A hazy Cruz Bay – Photo cred: Brent Porter Portney

The light haze is usually a welcome sight to Islanders.  Beautiful sunsets generally precede or follow the peak impact, bringing hope that the dryness of the air will suffocate tropical storms that are stifled by this natural phenomenon.

However this Father’s day, St John woke up to beige skies.  St Thomas was barely visible from overlooks.  Long-time residents are saying they have never seen anything like this.

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