Hello everyone, it’s Friday. I don’t have too much to say today. Irma struck one month ago – September 6th. Over the last month, St. John has come a long way. As I mentioned the other day, some of the island’s beauty is coming back. We have some new leaves and growth sprouting up around the island. It’s a beautiful sight. I was able to take a quick swim at Hawksnest yesterday afternoon. That was lovely. But we still have a long road ahead of us.
The island is simply not ready for tourists yet. And yes, I understand that I will have some property owners who do not appreciate that statement. But that is the consensus here on the island. We need time. The island needs to heal. The majority of this island, if not all of us, rely on tourism. We need tourism to thrive. We need you all to come back. But the island is simply not ready for it at this time.
However there is hope. The goal here is to have power restored to the entire island – yes 100 percent of the island – by Christmas. Coral Bay may be running on a generator for a bit, according to those in charge, but it too will have power. Again, this is a goal and not a definitive statement. But it gives me hope (which is literally my middle name).
To end on a happy note because positivity is key, I cannot stress enough how hard people are working here on island. And they are working together, cohesively. It’s a beautiful sight, even more beautiful than the new leaves.
We will likely take the weekend off. I hope you all have a great one. Chat soon. -Jenn
PS: I took the pic above this morning.