Feds to fund new/old ferry

Even as stimulus program dollars are paying for long-needed
repair work on Gifft Hill and South Shore road, there are more coming. 
Gov. John de Jongh said multi-billion dollar appropriations
bill just passed by Congress is worth $33 million for Virgin islands projects.

The Inquiring Iguana is pretty focused on St. John and scoured the legislation for what it means directly for the island.

  • $200,000 for the acquisition of a refurbished passenger ferry for St. John
  • $3.25 million for acquisition of land at Maho Bay and Hawksnest Bay for the National Park.

Other provisions in the bill provide for some new buses for Vitran and  a new 911 emergency communications center.

The Governor said he is "enormously grateful."

St. John Singers schedule

The Singers, folks from St. John and St. Thomas who just love to sing, plan three
holiday concerts. 

A Cruz Bay show will be Wednesday evening at the
Nazareth Lutheran Church
,  Coral Bay will host two concerts, Dec. 20
and Dec. 22, at the Emmaus Moravian Church.  All concerts start at 7:30
p.m. Tickets for children are $5 and for adults, $15.

featured performer will be Glychris Sprauve.  Born in Puerto Rico,
raised on St. Thomas, he is a multi-faceted performer as a tenor,
pianist, composer, arranger and musicologist. He holds degrees in Vocal
Performance from the Universities of Iowa and Maryland, and has also
studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Sprauve has sung
extensively through Brazil, Argentina and the Caribbean.

Cruz Bay business for sale

DetailsA gift shop in the Raintree Court, next to the Fish Trap restaurant,
has gone on the market. 

Donna Wheeler, an agent with David Jones Real Estate chose to use Craigslist to offer Tropical Details.

Asking price
for the 625-square-foot gift shop and island boutique is $215,000. 

listing says, "Current owner receives numerous requests for
shipments. Potential for Web business."