The new logo for the new organization dedicated to solving wider issues facing St. John.
As the Island Green Building Association approaches its 10th anniversary in 2014, the local non-profit that works to promote sustainable and environmentally responsible development and construction in the Virgin Islands has decided to expand its mission and broaden its membership.
IGBA is proud to announce the creation of the Island Green Living Association, which will act as a larger umbrella organization, allowing the non-profit to focus on wider solutions for the issues facing St. John, including loss of natural resources, mounting waste and recycling challenges, crippling energy costs and economic uncertainty.
With the creation of IGLA, the group hopes to brand St. John as a ?green tourism retreat? and tackle other issues by joining forces with the public and other organizations to develop sustainable living programs.
A section of Centerline Road near the Estate Upper Carolina subdivision, left, initially damaged more than three years ago, has been passable in only one lane for more than six months.
More than three years after a portion of Centerline Road was undermined ? and following months of promises from the Department of Public Works ? nothing has been done to stop the island?s sole road connecting Cruz Bay and Coral Bay from continuing to crumble.
As heavy rains lashed St. John last week many residents feared Centerline Road would be washed out completely.
?The work was supposed to be started in October and the funds were supposedly in place,? said one resident who commutes from Coral Bay to Cruz Bay on Centerline Road. ?I feel enraged and lied to. And it?s really scary especially with all the rain we?ve been having.?
Several sections of Centerline Road and at least one section of Fish Bay Road were undermined by heavy rains during Tropical Storm Otto in October 2010. DPW crews on St. John placed orange cones near the worst sections of Centerline Road and Fish Bay Road as officials applied for Federal Highway Administration funds to fix the roadway.
Two years of delays were blamed on the lengthy FHA applications process, according to DPW Commissioner Darryl Smalls.
Heavy rains this past May sent a section of Centerline Road near the Estate Upper Carolina subdivision tumbling down the Carolina Valley hillside. Since then, the partially blind corner has been passable only in one lane.
Following months of pleas and petitions, in July DPW officials installed signage and speed bumps on either side of the compromised roadway and erected a berm around the crumbling section of Centerline Road.
DPW?s plans, specifications and estimates for the road repair project were finally approved by FHA on May 23. Bid packages for the estimated $1 million project were issued in mid-June and initially due by July 16. That deadline was extended an extra 60 days and DPW finally chose Island Roads as the contractor in August.
Relax on your private deck and enjoy views of Cruz Bay harbor, above, at this pool level corner unit at Lavender Hill.
After enjoying a gourmet dinner at one of Cruz Bay?s fine restaurants, imagine home being just a short stroll up the hill where you can relax on your deck while soaking up views of the harbor below.
The one bedroom, one bathroom pool level Unit 10E at Lavender Hill Condos, for sale for $450,000, can make that a reality, explained Islandia Real Estate owner/broker Merry Nash.
?One of the nicest things about this unit is its really nice views of the boats in the harbor and how short of a walk it is to dining and shopping,? said Nash.
The unit is located on the pool level, yet is located just far enough away to afford plenty of privacy, Nash added.
?Another nice thing is how this unit is on the pool level, but not right next to the pool,? she said.
The first floor corner unit, 10E is fully air conditioned and, in addition to be close to the
The fifth grade at Gifft Hill School showed off their dance steps before family and friends recently. As part of the Dancing Classrooms Program, students hosted their culminating event at the school. The program-wide competition is scheduled for April on St. Thomas.