Supporters, opponents of gay marria...

Supporters, opponents of gay marriage rally in Emancipation Garden

ST. THOMAS - Advocates and opponents of a bill that would formally legalize same-sex marriage in the territory met face-to-face Thursday morning in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas. Opponents of the bill, who have unified under the group "One Voice Vir
Jury finds St. Croix man not guilty...

Jury finds St. Croix man not guilty of murder

ST. CROIX - A V.I. Superior Court jury deliberated for about two more hours Thursday morning before returning not-guilty verdicts on all of the charges against Elijah Ritter, who was charged in the 2013 murder of Sheldon Phillips north of Frederiksted to
Kids Count report takes a look back...

Kids Count report takes a look back to move forward

ST. THOMAS - The latest Kids Count report takes a look at trends affecting the territory's children during a 20 year period, finding some disturbing trends but also showing some positive signs for the future of Virgin Islands youth. The Community Found
Frazer says he has no intention of ...

Frazer says he has no intention of looking into Fawkes' lawbreaking

ST. THOMAS - Despite stating two weeks ago that he would look into the shredding of public records by Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes, V.I. Attorney General Vincent Frazer said Thursday he has no intention of investigating the matter. Fawkes asked
VIPD provides candidates' police re...

VIPD provides candidates' police records

ST. THOMAS - After the V.I. Elections System failed to turn over police records for all 2014 primary election candidates, the V.I. Police Department did so this week. All the records were clean. For the first time in an election season, the Elections S
Contraband charges dismissed agains...

Contraband charges dismissed against convicted murderer in Golden Grove

ST. CROIX - The case against convicted murderer Roberto Smalls, charging him with introducing contraband into Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility almost a year ago has been dismissed in V.I. Superior Court. Smalls, who is serving a life sentence wi


Archaeologists Dig Into Bellevue Es...

Archaeologists Dig Into Bellevue Estate History


Alan Armstrong and Christian Williamson

BELLEVUE ? Archaeologists last week kicked off the first wave of discovery in a project expected to take about four years at the historic Bellevue Estate property on Gift Hill Road.

The land is owned by St. John Community Foundation and under a long-term lease to St. John Historical Society, which plans to construct a cultural and historic center at the site.

SJHS members envision the center as an elegant island-style building with a climate controlled archive and exhibit area as well a meeting space.

Before SJHS can get moving past the planning phase of the project, however, Northwestern University Ph.D. candidate Alan Armstrong will take a closer look at what?s on, and in, the ground at this historically-rich site.

Armstrong, along with Syracuse University graduate student Christian Williamson, arrived on St. John July 14 to get started on a two-week archaeological dig of the Bellevue Property, the former site of a Dutch cotton plantation dating to around 1720.

St. John CZM May Go High Tech To Re...

St. John CZM May Go High Tech To Review Coral Bay Marina Plan in Electronic Meeting


The miracle of modern internet technology may bring a decision on a marina development to Coral Bay in record time if the St. John Coastal Zone Management Committee deliberates on the  proposed 145-slip project over the internet.

After decades of talk, the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has deemed the permit application for the first true St. John marina to be complete and the permitting review process is officially under way.

With the five-member St. John Coastal Zone Management Committee still stuck at three members, DPNR officials are hoping the three can meet electronically to review the application for the 145-slip project which has been year?s in the planning, Anthony Richards, DPNR Major Permits Coordinator told St. John Tradewinds on Friday, July 18
?We are going to try Skype,? Richards said of the plans to use the internet conferencing system to conduct their deliberations.

St. John Marina Plan Will Change Co...

St. John Marina Plan Will Change Coral Bay ? Both on Water and on Shore


Rendering of The St. John Marina ? Waterside View

Coral Bay ?  ?The center of the St. John Marina is located at approximately 18°20?36?N, 64°42?50?W,? according to the Environmental Assessment Report for the ?St. John Marina, the Yacht Club at Summer?s End.?

A marina development group has proposed to construct a 145-slip marina on a dock extending 500 feet from the shoulder of Route 107 on the south shoreline of Coral Bay Harbor. The road would remain unchanged.

The two main sections of fixed docks and piers in the marina design are proposed to extend more than 850 feet along the shoreline from north of Island Blues south past Coccoloba Shopping Center and more than 500 feet into Coral Bay Harbor. 

Summer?s End has also proposed 19 associated moorings in the outer harbor in a development plan encompassing a large portion of the existing mooring area of Coral Bay Harbor.

?The marina consists of a total of 145 slips in two zones: Zone 1 or North Club, with 96 slips of varying dimensions and Zone 2, or South Club, consisting of 49 slips of varying dimensions, 12 moorings and minor revetment repair and red mangrove planting along the shoreline immediately adjacent to the marina,? according to the EAR for the project.

The St. John Marina Site Map

Management of Mooring Field
?The applicant is entering into an agreement with DPNR and will take over the management of the mooring field in cooperation with DPNR,? the document continued. ?The applicant will organize the mooring field and replace all the anchors and moorings with properly designed and installed moorings that will have negligible impact on the sea floor.?

The project also calls for the establishment of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in the marina?s shore component. The EAR is on file with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources Coastal Zone Management and at the Elaine I. Sprauve Library

St. John Deer Are Home on the Range...

St. John Deer Are Home on the Range ? Especially at Caneel Bay Resort


Mature male deer, such as this nine-point buck, above, are harder to spot. Photo by Dr. Caroline S. Rogers

Island deer are not shy about grazing in yards, above , and train their young early how to forage.

?What?s up with the deer??

That was a question posed by David Keplinger, a retired park ranger who was visiting St. John this spring.

When Keplinger worked in the Virgin Islands National Park from 1981 through 1992, he said he rarely saw deer. This spring he was seeing them every day browsing peacefully along roadsides throughout the national park.

Except for the East End of St. John past Haulover ? which is still ?goat country? ? and Ram Head on the southeast tip, deer are everywhere, according to ecologist Gary Ray. 

?Deer put a lump in the throat,? said Ray. For him, it?s not just because they?re dainty and wild and evoke childhood memories of Bambi.

It?s because they?re a non-native species that?s browsing on the vegetation, according to Ray. With no natural predators, their population is growing and changing the balance of the island?s ecosystem, Ray explained.

Non-native Species Browsing
?Their diet is critical. Deer have a broad diet, but they?re selective,? according to Ray. Deer like to ?graze? (eat herbaceous, grasslike plants) as well as ?browse? (consume shrubs and trees, more woody plants), he explained.

?The ground layer is dominated by tiny seedlings, baby shrubs and trees. How many seedlings can one deer remove in a day? We don?t know. In certain areas there are almost no seedlings.?

?I hike all the time. I keep mental notes on how many times I see deer,? Ray said. ?If I go on a loop for three to four miles, I?ll see about eight deer, in groups of one to two.?

As he hikes, Ray notices the plants deer prefer.

A blood stain on North Shore Road on Friday morning, July 11, was probably the result of a vehicular collision with a deer ? although the carcass had been removed.

On The Market: L?Autre Monde Will W...

On The Market: L?Autre Monde Will Wisk You Away To ?Another World?


Aerial view of the two-pod L?Autre Monde villa, above, and one of two pools, below.

Built with entertaining in mind, L?Autre Monde offers hosts and their guests plenty of space to mingle  and, when desired, to enjoy the utmost in privacy as well.

This four bedroom, four and a half bathroom custom built villa boasts breath-taking water views over Great Cruz Bay and is for sale for $5.25 million, explained Islandia Real Estate/Sea Glass Properties broker associate Lynn Giovanna.

Meaning ?another world? in French, L?Autre Monde truly takes one far away from the hustle and bustle of life, yet its Great Cruz Bay location means you?re only a few minutes? drive to the shops, dining and nightlife of Cruz Bay.

?L?Autre Monde is located in the Great Cruz Bay neighborhood with protective covenants and restrictions and private dinghy dock access,? said Giovanna. ?This well maintained neighborhood is very popular for short term rentals. It is a wonderful area for a morning jog or evening stroll and you are just a few minutes from town, shopping, grocery stores, restaurants and North Shore beaches.?

 From the spacious deck at L?Autre Monde, soak up sunset views and watch as the lights of St. Thomas twinkle to life in the distance. Areas of the deck can connect to span the length of the entire villa, which is separated into two distinct wings.

?USVI Ambassadors With Netfa Romain...

?USVI Ambassadors With Netfa Romain? To Premiere Tonight on WMNS CBSTV2


Netfa Romain, right in photo, interviewing Rashawn Ross (trumpet player) of the Dave Matthews Bandfor an upcoming episode of ?USVI Ambassadors with Netfa Romain.?

ST. THOMAS?Award winning multimedia journalist, director and producer Netfa Romain has embarked on a journey to explore the talents and success of people from the United States Virgin Islands. USVI Ambassadors with Netfa Romain ? is set to premiere on CBSTV2 on Saturday, July 19, and will be hosted by multimedia journalist Netfa Romain for an eight-week run.

An influential voice in U.S. Virgin Islands journalism, Netfa Romain has teamed up with the USVI Department of Tourism to tell stories of U.S. Virgin Islanders who are true ambassadors to the territory. Romain sits down for in-depth interviews with key players from the worlds of business, entertainment, art, and sports who all call the U.S. Virgin Islands home.

?It is my hope that these stories will inspire the young and the young at heart in the territory. All of our interviews are insightful and will show how nice our talented people truly are.? Romain said ?This is a passion project that has been in the works for nearly three years, starting first as a small idea to it now becoming a reality. It?s been a great journey telling the stories of our ambassadors.?

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.
A Rum Battle, a Tax Hangover

A Rum Battle, a 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.

UPDATE: Five on remand, two denied ...

UPDATE: Five on remand, two denied bail for money laundering and drug charges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Five men who were allegedly caught laundering money in addition to being found with a substantial amount of cocaine, appeared before the Magistrates Court today, August 13, 2012. The session concluded with the men being remanded to prison until a next court hearing; two applications of bail were also denied by Magistrate Tamia Richards, who presided.
SOL: ?We are confident that we put ...

SOL: ?We are confident that we put in a very good submission?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) today, August 13, 2012 opened bids for the supply of diesel, lubricants and gasoline for their engines and vehicles. The bids are to cover the period September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2014.
UPDATE: Court against man leaving t...

UPDATE: Court against man leaving territory for ?unnecessary? treatment

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After being remanded to the Peebles Hospital for medical evaluation, Elrys Todman appeared at the Magistrates Court today, August 13, 2012, where he was instructed by Magistrate Tamia Richards, that the request for his case to be adjourned for him to be able to travel abroad would not be granted and his bail requirements would be increased.
MVP Rymer powers ?Canes to Champion...

MVP Rymer powers ?Canes to Championship victory!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI ? The Hurricanes were crowned Eva Simmons Fast Pitch League Champions on Saturday August 11th, 2012 thanks to Kye Rhymer?s Grand Slam and some too hot to handle pitching from Neville Smith in a decisive 7-5 victory over the East Invaders in Game 5.
CCT improves service in Jost Van Dy...

CCT improves service in Jost Van Dyke

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI ? CCT would like to inform its valued customers that cellular service levels have been fully restored in Jost Van Dyke and surrounding areas. CCT's investigation in to the degradation in service revealed issues affecting one of the cellular sites used to provide service.
?Showtime ain?t sleeping!? says Jug...

?Showtime ain?t sleeping!? says Juggo

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In an exclusive interview with Showtime Band member and vocalist Raul ?Juggo? Sprauve, Virgin Islands News Online was told that the band was ?very grateful that we came up and won again?, adding that ?The band really did good this year and we?re very happy that we came out victorious once again?.
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