ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Public Finance Authority has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in federal court, claiming its financial consultants and bond counsel caused the V.I. government to sell tax-exempt bonds that were not legally exempt, resulting in h
Hundreds cast ballots on first day ...

Hundreds cast ballots on first day of early voting

ST. THOMAS - The first day of early voting was a busy one, with more than 100 people coming into each district office to cast their ballots. Some people were upset that their ballots were not scanned by the voting machines, and a few people thought that
VIPD unveils new home for K-9 offic...

VIPD unveils new home for K-9 officers at complex on St. Croix

ST. CROIX - Met with a rousing round of applause, K-9 Police Officer Luca was commanded by his partner, V.I. Police Officer Jason Viveros, to pull the ribbon that officially opened the newly built K-9 Complex at the Patrick Sweeney Police Facility in Gol
V.I. Public Finance Authority files...

V.I. Public Finance Authority files multimillion-dollar lawsuit against 2 companies

ST. THOMAS - At Tuesday's V.I. Port Authority board meeting, port officials said they expect to close on the agency's bond sale by Thursday. Chief Financial Officer Valdamier Collens told the board that the bonds went up for sale last week and were very
'Take Back the Night' silent marche...

'Take Back the Night' silent marches, events planned Thursday across V.I.

ST. CROIX - Residents across the territory will be pausing with millions across the nation on Thursday to take a stand against domestic violence in their communities. "Take Back the Night" ceremonies will take place in Frederiksted on St. Croix; Cruz Bay
V.I. philanthropist Peter Gruber di...

V.I. philanthropist Peter Gruber dies

ST. THOMAS - Peter Gruber, Virgin Islands resident, philanthropist and supporter of the sciences and education, died Saturday. Gruber leaves a lasting legacy with his Gruber International Prize, which honors ground-breaking work in the fields of cosmolo


SAVE THE DATE: Second Annual Coral ...

SAVE THE DATE: Second Annual Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar Is Set for Dec. 13 at Pickles in Paradise

 Mark your calendars and dust off your jingle bells. On Saturday, December 13, the Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar returns for its second year to Pickles In Paradise on route 107 just past the Coral Bay Triangle.

At last year?s event, hundreds of St. John residents and island visitors alike reveled at the surprise hit party of the season. While enjoying non-stop music, dancing, eating, drinking, shopping, and a surprise visit from Santa Claus attendees raised over $12,000 through fundraising raffles, contests, auctions, and a yard/plant sale to support Coral Bay Community Council activities.

This year?s party promises to be even bigger. More entertainment! More shopping! More kids activities! More prizes! More Bizarre! More Bazaar!Holiday Shopping: Naughty or nice, find the prefect handcrafted island gift for everyone on your list. Browse the wares of vendors offering unique art, crafts and edibles suited to every taste. Share your island life with friends and family by shipping home locally made specialties.

Vendors and Artists: Register for your vending space today! Generate holiday cash while supporting your community and having fun. Preferred placement for those who register and pay early; 6 ft. table space or 10?x10? tent spaces available. Rental tables are available on request. Email the committee at or contact Nancy Stromp at 775-0533.

On The Market: Enjoy Water Views an...

On The Market: Enjoy Water Views and Great Price at Partially Completed Pastory Site




Estate Pastory is an affordable starter property.



Imagine enjoying beautiful tropical sunsets over Pillsbury Sound as you watch the lights of St. Thomas flicker to life in the distance from your own dream home on Love City.

With a driveway excavated and a main home started, this Estate Pastory site offers a unique opportunity for the right buyer, explained 340 Real Estate broker/owner Tammy Donnelly.

The site is located just a short drive from Cruz Bay?s exciting nightlife and shopping at 5GF Estate Pastory. A partially constructed home sits on a 0.33-acre site just wating to be snatched up for $175,000, according to Donnelly.

?You can?t beat the price with a water view and all the work that has been done,? said the 340 Real Estate broker/owner. ?This would be a great project for someone to complete.?

The home is being sold as a land listing, yet there are several improvements to the site, Donnelly explained.?This is being offered as a land listing,? she said. ?The land has a cistern, a house structure and what looks like a decent roof.?

Coral Bay Athlete Mimi Roller Eying...

Coral Bay Athlete Mimi Roller Eying Olympic Bid for 2016 Brazil




Island sailing sensation Mayumi ?Mimi? Roller.



CORAL BAY ? Coral Bay Olympian Mayumi ?Mimi? Roller and sailing partner Kayla McComb recently wrapped up a successful summer as the pair continue working toward qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Roller is home on St. John for the rest of October helping out at her family?s Coral Bay Garden Center  and will head up to Clearwater, Florida in November to continue training with sailing partner McComb and gear up for several winter regattas.

This summer saw the pair competing in Europe and the northeast as they continued to improve sailing a trapeze-style 49erFX, a high performance skiff. The Brazil Summer Olympics will be the first time 49erFX ? a somewhat recent advancement of the men?s 49er skiff with less sail area ? for women?s class. And Roller and McComb are hoping to be in that first Olympic women?s 49FX fleet.

The sailors spent, June, July and most of August travelling around Europe, competing in regattas from Finland to Spain. Their first regatta was Keil Week in Kiel, Germany, where they endured a week marked by high winds, capsized and broken gear. Despite not being able to finish a single race during the regatta, McComb and Roller  kept their spirits high and expected things to only improve.

?All in all, Kiel Week was a disappointing event to say the least,? said Roller. ?But we learned from each mistake and kept looking forward.?

Buses Everywhere!

Buses Everywhere!


 With the addition of a Gifft Hill route providing a loop from Cruz Bay to the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center, the new bright blue and yellow VITRAN buses have become a synchronized mass transit system spanning St. John with a round-trip schedule also running the length of the island between Cruz Bay and Salt Pond along the shoreline of Coral Harbor on Route 107.

While the new VITRAN buses continue to follow a one-way loop through Cruz Bay from the Loredon L. Boynes Ferry Dock by Wharfside Village and back to the First Bank corner on Kronprinsgaden, the narrow streets continue to present a logistical challenge. Will officials ever switch back to the one way traffic from the dock to First Bank?

Could a real police officer be present to reverse the traffic and allow the buses to drive straight up from the ferry bock past Connections.

Or, maybe Roland could do it ? outfitted with the appropriate uniform.

He looks very good in epaulets.

Caneel Bay Owner Awaits VINP Action...

Caneel Bay Owner Awaits VINP Action on Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Concessions



 Cinnamon Bay Campground is closed and quiet in early October as the operator CBI Acquisitions, the owner of Caneel Bay Resort, plans for a new season.


CINNAMON BAY ? Hoped-for negotiations for the contracts for the operation of the Trunk Bay concessions and the Cinnamon Bay Campground have yet to transpire, but the current concessionaire is preparing for still another season without an operating contract for the future of the concession properties.

When CBI Acquisitions acquired the Caneel Bay Resort properties, the real estate investment company inherited the moribund negotiations for the resort?s concession arrangements with the V.I. National Park for the two other North Shore properties historically connected with Caneel Bay management.

V.I. National Park Superintendent Brion FitzGerald said in late 2013 that the NPS hoped to open negotiations with potential operators of the two franchises in mid-2014 and to complete negotiations quickly, but the process has not gotten underway. VINP officials were not available for comment.

?We are constantly communicating with the VINP, but nothing recently regarding the concessions,? said Patrick Kidd, a spokesperson for CBI.

Sought-After ConcessionsSeveral players in the island?s tourism industry expressed interest in competing for the operating contracts for the Cinnamon Bay Campground and for the concessions at the world-renowned Trunk Bay, an increasingly popular cruise ship tour destination.

CBI is relying on the historic connection between Caneel Bay and the neighboring concessions to give the real estate company a strong argument for renewing the original concession, which has been expired for some time.

Dr. Laurie Bottiger Is Selected New...

Dr. Laurie Bottiger Is Selected New Head of GHS





Dr. Laurie Bottiger

GIFT & REGENBACK ? Dr. Laurie Bottiger, an experienced educator, has been selected as the new Head of School at the Gifft Hill School and will take the helm on October 13, the school?s Board of Trustees announced on October 8.

Dr. Bottiger has more than two decades of experience in education, including service as founding head of school at Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and as head of The Country School in Madison, Connecticut.

Bottiger stood out as a candidate because of her love for children, her immersion in educational theory that can support students? healthy development, her commitment to making education meaningful in diverse communities, and her track record of bringing in the resources necessary to provide challenge and nurture within a meaningful curriculum and a strong community, according to the selection announcement.

?Vision, Enthusiasm and Commitment??Dr. Bottiger will bring vision, enthusiasm, and commitment to the role of Head of School,? said Miles Stair, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. ?Dr. Bottiger has a deep background in education and administration that meshes beautifully with Gifft Hill School?s vision of academic excellence and community access to our offerings.?

?As a teacher, administrator and founding head of an academy, Dr. Bottiger has always excelled, and we look forward to the many additions she will bring to Gifft Hill School and the St. John community,? Stair said.

Dr. Bottiger expressed enthusiasm about her new appointment.

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands ...

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands Park

The National Park Service recently purchased the beach at Maho Beach and its surrounding hillside for the Virgin Islands National Park.
N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those Wi...

N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those With Limited Access to the Arts

A concerts series for veterans and an exhibition of work by artists with disabilities are among the projects awarded grants.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Vir...

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

Better than boating or diving, paddle boarding is a 360-degree experience, with vistas of land and sea all around.
Rum Battle in Caribbean Leaves Tax ...

Rum Battle in Caribbean Leaves Tax Hangover

Rum has set off a dispute between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over a tax the U.S. treasury collects on it.
Resort With Tents

Resort With Tents

To the Editor: Your article on the ecological tent resort at Maho Bay on St. John, ''Resort Option in the Caribbean: A Tent'' (Dec. 6), nicely celebrated the success of the concept, its execution and its endurance. In crediting the developer,...
Resort Option in the Caribbean: A T...

Resort Option in the Caribbean: A Tent

The island boasts an expansive national park and a few pockets of uninterrupted coastline, where one can set up camp.

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