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Cruz Bay Roundabout Comes Full Circle
Some motorists are still uncertain about what direction to drive when using
the roundabout in Cruz Bay. Drivers should yield to traffic in the circle and only
enter the circle by driving to the left and exiting at the desired turnoff location.
The painted arrows on the roadway also instruct motorists of the correction
direction to drive when using the roundabout.
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Fencing is being installed around the perimeter of Cruz Bay Creek.
VIPA Installing Security Fencing at Creek
St. John Tradewinds
The Cruz Bay Creek got a facelift last week, but
not the type for which many residents had hoped.
As part of a security mandate from the U.S. Coast
Guard, V.I. Port Authority (VIPA) began installing
security fencing around at the Victor L. Sewer Ma-
rine Facility, or Cruz Bay Creek, according to a VIPA
The project was scheduled to take about 30 days
to complete and is being funded by a grant from the
Transportation Safety Administration to the tune of
about about $59,800, according to VIPA Executive
Director Kenn Hobson.
Installation of the new security fencing started in
late Sepetmber by project contractor Julien Welding,
according to Hobson.
New Coral Bay Triangle Signage Moving Forward
St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat
Motorists and visitors coming into Coral Bay will be soon greeted by new signage
at the Triangle. Four, large, tall posts have been erected at the formerly iconic corner
in Coral Bay.
Free Film Screening Oct. 6 at Sputniks
St. John Tradewinds
The St. John Film Society is hosting a free screening of "The
Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil," on Tuesday,
October 6, at Sputnik in Coral Bay at 7 p.m.
The documentary is a vibrant and hopeful film about the re-
sourcefulness, determination, and optimism of the Cuban people
as they recover from economic crisis and make the transition to
a more sustainable way of life. This inspiring film offers a living
model of sustainability, as Cubans tell the remarkable story of their
nation's recovery and its transition to organic agriculture, renew-
able energy, effective mass transit, lowered consumption, better
health and stronger communities.
Visit the website www.stjohnfilm.com for more information
and details about SJFS's 2009 film series.
Volunteers Needed for Whistling Cay
Clean-up Scheduled for October 17
St. John Tradewinds
Volunteers are needed for a clean-up at Whistling Cay on Satur-
day, October 17, with Friends of V.I. National Park.
Sadie Sea will provide transportation and will pick up volun-
teers at the VINP dock at 9 a.m. It won't be all work, so volunteers
are urged to bring their bathing suits and snorkel gear and plan for
a day of beautification and relaxation. Volunteers should also bring
water and lunch.
For more information contact Emily Burton at eburton@
friendsvinp.org or call 779-4940.
Just Play Field Day Set for Oct. 12
St. John Tradewinds
St. John Community Foundation, in conjunction with "Using
Sports for Social Change" is hosting "Just Play Field Day" on
Monday, October 12, 2009 for youths aged 2-18. The whole com-
munity is invited to join in the fun and volunteer time and materi-
als to make this event the best possible.
Funding is needed for additional food, equipment and in-
surance. Even a small donation of $10 to $25 will help greatly.
Checks should be made out to the St. John Community Foundation
and will be restricted to this one event. All cash donations are tax
Volunteers are needed. Contact Paul Devine at 693-9410 or
514-6615 or email@example.com for more information.
KATS Starting Up on October 17
St. John Tradewinds
The Kids And The Sea (KATS) youth sailing program will kick
off the 2009 year this month. First time participants should meet at
Skinny Legs on Saturday morning, October 17, at 9 a.m. Return-
ing students should meet at Skinny Legs on Saturday morning,
October 24, at 9 a.m.
Applications are available at both Connections locations and
should be returned to Connections by Tuesday, October 13.
Next Recycling Meeting Is Oct. 20
St. John Tradewinds
The Recycling Association of the Virgin Islands, St. John Chap-
ter will host its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 20, at
6 p.m. at the St. John Community Foundation office on the third
floor of The Marketplace. Volunteers are needed and the public is
invited to attend. For more information call Paul at 693-9410.
St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009 3
Grande Bay Draws Fire at Public Hearing for Rezoning Request
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Grande Bay Resort came under
fire from a Department of Planning
and Natural Resources senior plan-
ner, a condo owner and residents
during a rezoning request public
hearing at the St. John Legislature
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Now is the time to take advan-
tage of the opportunity to relocate
the over-crowded Cruz Bay post
office, Boynes family representa-
tives told the crowd at a rezoning
request public hearing hosted by
the Department of Planning and
Natural Resources on Thursday
night, October 1, at the St. John
The Boynes' request to rezone
their parcel from R-4, residential
medium density, to B-2, business
secondary, for development of a
post office was the less contro-
versial of the requests heard at
the meeting, which also included
a presentation by Grande Bay
Resort developers (see story this
Officials have long sought a
new location for the island's sole
U.S. Post Office, which has out-
grown its current Cruz Bay loca-
tion. After years of discussion,
Noel Boynes' parcel at number
131 Estate Contant and Enighed
- fronting Fish Fry Road across
from the Enighed Pond Marine
Facility exit was identified
in 2005 as a possible site for the
new post office.
The property is not large
enough, however, to accommo-
date the U.S. Postal Service's
size requirements for post offic-
es under its current zoning which
includes setback restrictions.
With a change from R-4, to B-2,
the structure would be able to oc-
cupy most of the site and would
not be subject to setback require-
Plans for the proposed build-
ing consist of a 6,000 square foot
post office on the first floor with
a loading area, one handicapped
Building on Thursday night, Octo-
While the Grande Bay zoning
amendment request raised a num-
ber of issues, a less controversial
request was also presented at the
public hearing, which drew about
35 people. Boynes family members
parking space and a mezzanine;
about six parking spaces on the
second level; and about three of-
fices on the third floor.
The second floor parking
spaces would be accessed by the
public side road off of Fish Fry
Road and a stairwell and elevator
would allow access to the post
office below and offices above.
While no one spoke in oppo-
sition to the rezoning request,
DPNR officials raised concerns
over access to the site and am-
ple space for vehicles to turn
While exact plans for the
building are still being ironed
out, the project includes about
seven parking spaces, and the
USPS requires only five spaces,
according to Boynes family rep-
resentative Michael Spellen.
It's important for the rezoning
process to proceed in a timely
fashion in order to take advan-
tage of federal funding alloca-
tions, Spellen explained.
"The USPS has given us
time frames we must meet or
federal funds won't be there,"
said Spellen. "If we don't take
advantage of this, we might not
get another opportunity in this
generation to relocate the post
office. This has been ongoing
since 2005 and I don't know how
long they're going to hold out for
DPNR officials have 30 days
to make a ruling on the rezoning
request. Boynes family repre-
sentatives will next present their
case in front of the V.I. Legisla-
ture at a public hearing which has
not been scheduled yet. Senators
will vote on the request and for-
ward their determination to Gov-
ernor John deJongh.
Boynes Family Requests Rezoning
for New Post Office Location
shared their request to rezone par-
cel no. 131 in Estate Enighed and
Contant in order to develop a post
office (see sidebar on this page).
Most of the meeting was dedi-
cated to Bay Isle Associates LLP,
developers behind the condomin-
ium complex Grande Bay Resort
along the Cruz Bay waterfront. The
developers have already construct-
ed four of the project's planned six
buildings on two parcels which
are zoned R-4, residential medium
The developers are requesting a
zoning change on an adjacent par-
cel from W-1, waterfront pleasure,
to R-4, in order to construct a six-
unit condominium building the
fifth building, called Building E -
and an administration building with
a sundry shop.
While W-1 zoning allows for a
myriad of construction activities,
from a marina to a dock and other
businesses, the maximum resi-
dence allowed is a two family unit.
Hotels are allowed on W-1 parcels,
but must be on lots consisting of
at least three acres. Bay Isle's W-1
parcel is only 0.288 acres.
Under its current permit, Bay Isle
is allowed to construct a 12-bed-
room two-family dwelling on the
parcel. With the zoning change,
developers are requesting to build
nine bedrooms in six units in the
building and reduce the structure's
footprint, according to current proj-
ect architect John Bedminster.
"We're seeking to amend the
zoning to R-4 from W-1 to consoli-
date the parcel with the larger two
parcels we have already completed
construction on," said Bedminster.
"The R-4 zoning would allow us
to reduce the density of the project
and undo the spot zoning that oc-
curred many years before."
Bay Isle has already completed
construction of what developers
called a "shell" on the site, which
reflects what they are requesting,
not what they are currently per-
mitted to construct, according to
DPNR Division of Coastal and
Comprehensive Zone Planning se-
nior planner Julius Jessup.
"My problem is that your prop-
erty is zoned W-1 which allows
for a two family residence and the
building on the site in no way meets
a two family dwelling unit," said
Jessup. "Essentially your building
at Trunk Bay
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is a zoning violation. My problem
is that this has been pushed aside
and not addressed by anyone."
While the official correspon-
dence read by DPNR staff at the
public hearing included two let-
ters from the developer to the de-
partment, it did not include a letter
written by Jessup to DPNR CCZP
Director Marjorie Emmanuel rais-
ing his violation concerns.
St. John resident Pam Gaffin,
who spoke against the rezoning re-
quest, submitted Jessup's letter as
part of her testimony, making it part
of the official record.
In the letter, Jessup raises den-
sity and height concerns regarding
Grande Bay's Building E.
"While the building permit states
that the building is a two family
dwelling unit of three stories, a re-
view of the plans makes it fairly ob-
vious that that assessment is incor-
rect," Jessup wrote to Emmanuel in
May 2009. "There is nothing about
this plan's unit density that makes
it acceptable as a two family dwell-
Jessup's concerns were raised
with DPNR's legal counsel, who
determined Bay Isle was not in
violation of its permit, according to
Five people spoke in favor of
Bay Isle's rezoning request, em-
phasizing the project's ample park-
ing and near completion and the
company's community support.
"I'm in support of this project,"
said Julian Harley. "There is plen-
ty of parking, the density is down
and the infrastructure is there like
for any other building in Cruz Bay.
They've also done a lot for the
Four people spoke against the
rezoning request alleging develop-
ers are not building what was origi-
nally planned or permitted.
After building something illegal,
Bay Isle partners are now request-
ing a zoning change to make what
is already there legal, according
Attorney Michael Sheesley, repre-
senting Grande Bay condo owner
"Building E has been in viola-
tion since the inception of the per-
mitting process," said Sheesley.
"They are not addressing the issue
that they have built something that
is in violation. They want you to re-
zone this parcel to permit a building
they've already built in order for it
to be in compliance."
Despite the developer's asser-
tions that the rezoning would scale
back the density of the project, it
will do the opposite, according to
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4 St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009
State Energy Program Rebates Exclude Major Power Users
St. John Tradewinds
New federal stimulus funds for
alternative energy can be coupled
with the State Energy Program to
reimburse homeowners in the U.S.
Virgin Islands for half the cost of
adding solar energy production
systems which could meet the
needs of an average home, accord-
ing to the V.I. Energy Office.
But the territory-wide program
won't be available to most of the
largest residential energy users on
St. John vacation rental home
owners because the rebates are
only available to V.I. residents, ac-
cording to Don Buchanan, a VI.
Energy Office Media Information
Specialist who answered questions
from a group of 13 island residents
at a September 29 meeting spon-
sored by the St. John Chapter of
the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber
"You've got to pay your taxes in
the VI.," said Buchanan.
"That knocked out a huge mar-
ket," said an alternative energy
company owner in the audience.
"Is this about saving energy or
who deserves it," asked Andy Rut-
nik, former Commissioner of the
V.I. Department of Licensing and
"What do I tell my owners,"
asked one property manager at the
energy office presentation who said
vacation rental home owners face
$3,000 a month power bills during
high season from guests who leave
doors and windows open with the
air conditioning on.
"It has to be a resident," Buch-
anan reiterated. "There are some
people who are adamant that it
should just be for residents."
"There's enough money we
can go with anyone," said Rutnik,
who is a real estate agent, arguing
against the restriction. "It's wrong
- it's about energy conservation,
not how you are on the social lad-
The American Recovery Act
energy funds, which became avail-
able October 1, will rebate ho-
meowners for 50 percent of the
costs of a solar power system that
produces two kilowatts of energy
per hour almost twice the for-
mer 30 percent limit, according to
Also, although energy officials
expect Virgin Islands dealers to be
able to meet any increased demand
for solar energy equipment, the
"What do I tell my owners," asked one
property manager at the energy office
presentation who said vacation rental home
owners face $3,000 a month power bills during
high season from guests who leave doors and
windows open with the air conditioning on.
new federal program also allows
the stateside purchase of an entire
system, the energy office official
"You don't have to do it from
the V.I. dealers, but we encourage
you to deal locally," said Buch-
anan, adding residents have com-
plained about territory prices and
availability of equipment. "We
said 'go ahead but only if you
go for a full system'."
Requiring residents buying their
solar equipment outside the terri-
tory to purchase complete systems
is intended to help guarantee that
it will be installed, but the territo-
ry's alternative energy equipment
dealers are expected to be able to
handle any increased demand, ac-
cording to Buchanan.
"We think it's good enough,"
added Buchanan, who acknowl-
edged concerns about the ability
of local distributors to meet any
increased demand. "We think it's
going to work."
A two-kilowatt solar power sys-
tem would produce two kilowatts
of power per hour of sunlight and
the Virgin Islands has an average
of five hours of sunshine per day,
for a total of 10 kilowatts per day.
The average home uses 15 kilo-
watts per day, according to the
energy office media information
But, forthcoming State Energy
Program funds could also provide
50 percent rebates to a homeowner
for the necessary equipment to
produce three kilowatts per hour,
according to the V.I. Energy Office
official, who said the state pro-
gram is expected to become effec-
tive "within a month."
The energy programs also pro-
vide 30 percent rebates for the pur-
chase of "one of each" Energy Star
appliances, according to Buch-
anan. That program will begin in
October and run "until the money
runs out," he added.
The American Recovery Act
also has $1 million in funding on
a "first come first served basis" for
non-profit organizations to install
solar and wind power production
capacity, including wind turbines,
according to Buchanan.
The size of individual grants
has been increased from $20,000
to $50,000, according the energy
official, who said there have been
"a lot of churches on St. Croix"
who have expressed interests in
There are currently two St. John
wind turbine proposals in the ap-
proval process one of which
will be 30-feet tall and located in
Estate Concordia, according to
one of the meeting attendees.
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By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
More than a year after the an-
nouncement by Governor John
deJongh that St. John will get the
new school residents have been
pleading for for decades, the Vir-
gin Islands government is taking
the first step toward making the
school a reality.
Government officials are work-
ing with the National Park Service
to hash out the details of a request
for proposals for surveys of the 55-
acre parcel in Estate Catherineberg
- the proposed site of the new
school and the 115-acre prop-
erty in Estate Grange on St. Croix,
which the NPS plans to acquire in
exchange for the Catherineberg
The bid process and studies are
being funded by a $200,000 grant
the Virgin Islands received last
year from the Department of the
"The request for proposals will
allow us to carry out the cultural,
archaeological and environmental
study that's required before mov-
ing forward," said Government
House spokesperson Jean Greaux.
"Optimistically, we're looking at
right after the first of January for
studies of both properties to be
completed, but that's ambitious.
More realistically, we're looking
at the first quarter of 2010."
Progress on the new school is
not moving quickly enough for
Unity Day Group education com-
mittee chairperson Lorelei Mon-
"It needed to happen more than
20 years ago," said Monsanto,
who's long been an advocate for
the construction of a new school
on St. John. "We have a high drop-
out rate and our crime rate is in-
creasing. When you have misedu-
cation, you have more problems
St. John public school students
have long had to make the trek to
St. Thomas to attend grades 10
through 12. The Julius E. Sprauve
School only admits students up to
In June of last year during a
press conference with West Vir-
ginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, de-
Jongh announced that the Virgin
Islands government would acquire
the 55-acre estate of Ethel May
Bishop which was deeded to
NPS Working on Survey for Proposed New School Site
the V.I. National Park upon her exander Hamilton lived, owned by the Armstrong Trust, the nation's founding fathers.
death in 1968 in exchange for The Hamilton property, located will likely become a national park Approximately 10 acres of
115 acres on St. Croix where Al- in Estate Grange and privately commemorating Hamilton, one of Continued on Page 21
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officials, including Governor
John deJongh, broke
ground at the area's first
ARRA funded project.
St. John Tradewinds News Photo by T. Oat
Ground Breaking for Route 104 Construction
By Tom Oat
St. John Tradewinds
Gov. John P. deJongh Jr. headed
a list of dignitaries in a ceremonial
groundbreaking September 26 on
South Shore Road for the terri-
tory's first public works project
under the Obama Administration's
American Recovery and Reinvest-
Called Route 104 St. John Phase
II, the 2.8 mile project was con-
tracted to VI. Paving, a St. Croix
company which did major road
work in the Coral Bay area several
years ago. The project includes
road reconstruction, pavement
overlay, drainage improvements,
guardrails and new signage, ac-
cording to the Public Works De-
Gov. deJongh praised the proj-
ect for "a local contractor employ-
ing a local workforce,"
"That puts our local people back
to work," said Gov. deJongh. "But,
more than 1i% Lhini'' it gives us
road improvements that are very
"The benefit of that is exactly
what President Obama wanted,"
added Gov. deJongh, who thanked
V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna
M. Christensen for her efforts on
behalf of the territory. Delegate
Christensen was unable to attend,
but was represented at the ground-
breaking by a staff member.
The U.S. Virgin Islands has re-
ceived approximately $18 million
in Federal funds for roadway con-
struction and safety improvements
under the Obama Administration
"We've obligated 100 percent
of the funds," deJongh told the au-
dience at the groundbreaking.
V.I. Public Works Commis-
sioner Daryl Smalls said the St.
John project addressed some
much needed repairs, including to
the Guinea Gut crossing between
the Westin Resort and Greenleaf
Commons apartments which was
almost washed out during recent
"This project will have an im-
pact" on public safety, said Smalls,
who promised "to work aggres-
sively to complete projects."
Road Construction Is First Use
of Stimulus Money in Region
By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
When construction begins on Gifft Hill and South Shore Roads
in the coming week, it will mark a major accomplishment for the
territory it was the first use of stimulus funds for roadwork in
the region, which includes the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The event drew the territory's top brass including Governor
John deJongh, who was on hand for the formal ground breaking.
"So far, in this region, we're the first to get any of our stimulus
projects off the ground," said Department of Public Works Materi-
als Program Manager Thomas Jones. "It's really an accomplish-
ment for the territory."
DPW was ready to begin the project as soon as the governor
signed off on it, Jones added.
The contract for the road work, which will cost an estimated $5
million, has been awarded to St. Croix-based V.I. Paving.
The roadway will likely remain open to motorists during its
much-needed face lift, Jones explained.
"Right now we're anticipating a lot of one-lane closures," he
said. "We will have a lot of total reconstruction of the roadway
The repairs will address water flow, which constantly leaves
Gifft Hill and South Shore Roads pockmarked with deep, danger-
ous potholes, Jones added.
Work will involve reconstruction, rehabilitation and reasphalt-
ing of the road from the Susannaberg landfill all the way to the Pine
Peace basketball courts.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, including rainfall, the proj-
ect is estimated to take approximately four months to complete,
according to DPW St. John Deputy Director Ira Wade.
"Water is a big issue," Wade said. "Replacing swales will in-
crease the longevity of the road, and reduce the amount of main-
tenance that we should have to do on the roadway. We're going to
stop water infiltration."
In addition to installing swales, culverts will be replaced and
two and a half miles of road will be overlayed during the project.
St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009 7
Centerline Road To Become Safer for
Pedestrians with Construction of Sidewalk
By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
Pedestrians who traverse the busy, and often un-
safe, stretch of Centerline Road between the Islandia
building and the Seventh Day Adventist Church in
Cruz Bay can rest easy knowing their walk will soon
be much safer thanks to the planned construction of a
sidewalk in that area.
The project was jump started approximately four
months ago, when St. John Administrator Leona
Smith approached Department of Public Works St.
John Deputy Director Ira Wade about the feasibility
of making that stretch of roadway safer for pedestri-
ans, Wade explained.
"At the time, I told her we didn't have any funding,
but that I'd speak to the commissioner and some of
the other department heads to see what the feasibility
was that we could get it done," Wade said. "About
two weeks ago, I sat down with the administrator
and we decided to see if it was possible to use some
"It appears that we're going to be able to put the
sidewalk into the department's safety program," said
the DPW Deputy Director.
Wade estimated the project will cost less than
$100,000 and should take approximately six weeks
to complete. Before construction can begin, however,
the government will need an easement from Islandia
building owner Inga Hiilivirta and the Seventh Day
Adventist Church, giving DPW permission to install
the sidewalk, explained Wade.
"I don't anticipate any problems with that because
my understanding in speaking with the administrator
is that she had been in communication with church
leaders who were advocates of putting the sidewalk
along the road there," Wade said.
Some rocks will need to be removed from the road's
shoulder, which will be stabilized during the project.
Construction may also involve some hammering.
The approximately 800-foot sidewalk, which will
be installed on the eastbound side of Centerline Road,
will help get pedestrians off one of the road's busiest
stretches, Wade explained.
"Many, many people walk from Pastory down into
Cruz Bay, and that particular area of Centerline Road
is extremely important because traffic is so heavy," he
said. "We want to get people off the street."
The only potential problem with the installation
of the sidewalk will be the loss of approximately six
parking spaces for tenants of apartments on the west-
bound side of Centerline. Those residents will be ad-
vised to park elsewhere, according to Wade.
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V.I. Embarks on Journey To Comply
with Federal Sex Offender Law
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By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The Virgin Islands has a long
way to go in order to come into
compliance with the Sexual Of-
fender Registration and Notifica-
tion Act, or SORNA, by July of
The act, which was passed in
2006, mandates that all states and
territories make changes to the
way they handle sex offenders and
requires them to come into "sub-
stantial compliance" with federal
The Virgin Islands has been left
in the dust over the past decade
as most states and territories have
made their sex offender registries
available to the public online. In
the Virgin Islands, information
on local registered sex offenders
is still only accessible to law en-
forcement, government agencies
and the attorney general.
The penalty for failing to come
into compliance by July 2010 is a
10 to 15 percent loss of Edward
Byme Memorial Justice Assistance
Grant Program funds, and because
SORNA is an unfunded mandate,
some states are simply deciding to
cut their losses, explained V.I. De-
partment of Justice spokesperson
"Coming into compliance will
cost more than the amount of fund-
ing we'll lose, and there are a lot
of states out there that aren't go-
ing to do it," she said. "It's going
to be a major hurdle because it's
an unfunded mandate, but we've
"A lot of other
jurisdictions have a
tier system in terms of
and determining how
long they have to
register for. We're
to a tier classification
based on the crime
of the offender to
decided this is an important issue.
Coming into compliance will ben-
efit us in the long run."
The Virgin Islands is tackling
the complete overhaul of its sex
offender statute head-on, begin-
ning with the formation of a Sex
Offender and Notification Task
Force, which includes representa-
tives from the Office of the Gov-
ernor, the VI. Police Department,
V.I. Superior Court, the Office of
Probation and Parole and the VI.
Department of Justice. Investi-
gative Services, Department of
Health and Human Services, the
Bureau of Corrections and the
Sexual Offender Registry Board
are also represented in the task
"We have all these people look-
ing at the existing statute and the
new federal statute," said Lezama.
"They're coming together because
these are the stakeholders who will
play a role in implementing and
enforcing the new statute."
While federal law spells out
some specific requirements for
states and territories such as the
responsibility to track local reg-
istrants and notify other jurisdic-
tions when an offender moves -
the Virgin Islands is left to make
many big decisions on its own.
"We have to look at how we're
going to classify these people and
who's going to be eligible to reg-
ister," said Lezama. "Should a ju-
venile offender enter a treatment
program instead of being required
to register? These are the things
the task force will be responsible
for, giving input into how the new
statute is written."
Current Virgin Islands law re-
quires that offenders register for
either 15 years or a lifetime, de-
pending on the severity of their
crimes. Sex offenders who com-
mitted their crime against a minor,
along with violent sex offenders
and violent predators, must regis-
ter for 15 years. Sexual predators
and those with two consecutive of-
fenses against minors are required
to register for life.
The Sexual Registry Board, an
entity separate from the recently
formed task force, will be respon-
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By Susan Mann
St. John Tradewinds
On August 1, sales clerk Jim
Rudolph was getting ready to close
Now and Zen, a retail shop in Cruz
Bay, when a rental vehicle pulled
alongside the shop.
"Is it okay if we park here just
to pick up a pizza," Rudolph said
the male driver asked him.
Rudolph told the man it would
be fine, as long as he was coming
right back, he explained.
The female occupant went up to
Cafe Roma while the male stayed
in the vehicle and almost immedi-
ately V.I. Police Department Police
Officer Derrick Callwood arrived
and despite two local vehicles
parked nearby started to write
a traffic citation to the rental car,
"When I saw the officer writ-
ing a ticket, I said to him, 'come
on, give the guy a break, you don't
have to give him a ticket,'" said
Callwood stopped writing the
ticket and instead placed Rudolph
under arrest. Rudolph, who has no
criminal record, said he did not
understand what was happening
"He told me that I was arrested
for interfering with him while he
was carrying out his official du-
ties, that I was going to jail, and
my bail would be $1,500," said
Rudolph was taken to the Le-
ander Jurgen Command where he
learned that residents cannot post
bail on St. John. While arrestees
can be held in Cruz Bay, they are
transported to St. Thomas to post
At the time of his arrest and
during the night he spent at Jurgen
Command Rudolph was never
read his rights, or offered the op-
portunity to make a phone call, he
The following morning, Sun-
day, August 2, Rudolph was trans-
ported to the Bureau of Correc-
tions on St. Thomas where he was
placed in a jail cell at about 9 a.m.,
St. John resident "Kent" John-
ston arrived at about the same time
to hand deliver the $1,500 bail, but
ran into another problem, accord-
ing to Johnston.
"The front desk officer told me
St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Susan Mann
Parking problems in Cruz Bay led to the arrest of a resi-
dent who is questioning VIPD procedures.
I could not post the bail money
because the police department has
lost the key to the room with the
lock box," Johnston said.
The only person who had the
key was the VIPD District Chief,
who was not responding to phone
calls, Johnston said he was told.
"I'm really sorry, you are doing
what you are supposed to do, but
we can't do our jobs," Johnston
said a desk officer told him.
On Monday morning, August
3, Rudolph was ordered out of his
jail cell, without knowing where
he was going or why, he explained.
He found out by questioning other
prisoners that he was being taken
for his advice of rights hearing at
V.I. Superior Court, he explained.
"I was really beginning to won-
der if I was in the United States,"
V.I. Magistrate Judge Alan
Smith heard Callwood's testimony
and found probable cause to up-
hold the charges against Rudolph.
Callwood said under oath that
he felt threatened and feared for
his safety due to Rudolph's behav-
ior, that he repeatedly told him to
"stand back" as he was writing the
citation, and that Rudolph refused,
according to Rudolph.
Smith scheduled Rudolph's
arraignment for August 27 and
released him on his own recog-
nizance at about 10:30 a.m. As
Rudolph exited the court room he
again heard the words, "put your
hands behind your back," be-
ing spoken by Callwood, he ex-
Rudolph spent the rest of the
day being booked and processed
for an arrest for which he had al-
ready appeared in court and been
released on his own recognizance,
He finally left the St. Thomas
jail at about 3:30 p.m.
Rudolph's incident report, com-
pleted by Callwood, lists delaying
and obstructing justice while inter-
fering with an officer discharging
his duties; disobeying a lawful or-
der after refusing to comply with
an officer who was on a traffic
stop; and refusing several times to
step away when told to do so by
Defense attorney Samuel Jo-
seph entered a plea of "not guilty"
on Rudolph's behalf at the August
27 arraignment before Judge Kath-
While awaiting his trial, Ru-
dolph came forward with his story
because he sincerely hoped that,
"by sharing how he was treated
by an officer of the VIPD with
the general public, it might lead to
changes that would prevent anoth-
er resident or tourist from being
treated in the same way."
In an August 21 written re-
sponse to St. John Tradewinds,
VIPD Commissioner Novelle
Francis stated all "questions posed
are best answered by the Attorney
Francis suggested that Rudolph
file a complaint with the Internal
Affairs Bureau if he felt "an of-
ficer of the VIPD had acted inap-
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Dogs, Pet Owners Learn Responsibilty at Dog Ownership Day
By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The Marketplace went to the dogs on Saturday, Septem-
ber 26, thanks to the St. John Animal Care Center's Re-
sponsible Dog Ownership Day.
The ACC teamed up with the American Kennel Club to
present the event, featuring free health screenings by Dr.
Jan Perkins, educational information from Dr. Laura Pal-
minteri and doggy d6cor by St. Thomas shop How 'Bout
Dogs and their owners congregated on the second floor
of The Marketplace, where in addition to receiving health
screenings and checking out the flashy pet accessories, they
were given information on how to be responsible dog own-
ers and good canine citizens.
The AKC's 10-step Canine Good Citizen test was dem-
onstrated, analyzing how dogs react to other dogs, whether
they come when called and if they accept a friendly strang-
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time to work with their dogs to pass the test," said ACC
education chair Paul Jordan. "There will be two AKC-certi-
fied examiners who will administer the test."
The V.I. is the first place outside the United States to
celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Day, an event which
has been observed in the states for the past seven years.
Jordan helped convince Senator at Large Craig
Barshinger to sponsor the bill designating September 26 as
Responsible Dog Ownership Day in the territory. The bill
passed unanimously, and events teaching responsibility to
dog owners took place on St. Thomas and St. Croix last
month as well.
The event was important for Jordan, a long-time owner
of bull terriers.
"All dogs need to be good citizens in the community," he
said. "Their owners need to be responsible for their dogs.
Education is good for people as well as dogs."
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and heartworm medicine for island dogs. She looks forward
to the event growing in future years, she explained.
"I want to get cats in on it too," said Perkins. "Hopefully
the event will grow in the future. Animals need the basics,
just like we do."
Local vet Palminteri manned a table full of information-
al materials, and educated event-goers on how to treat and
prevent fleas, ticks and island parasites.
How 'Bout Your Pet owner and St. John resident Stacey
Alvarado was excited to bring pet accessories to the people
of St. John at the event.
"St. John doesn't have a store like mine, so I wanted to
bring fun accessories," she said. "There's been a great in-
Alvarado hopes to eventually open a store on St. John,
Dogs at the event also enjoyed bobbing for tennis balls,
and trying out the tunnel portion of a dog agility course.
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St. John Tradewinds
You see Mauri Elbel's by-
line in the Tradewinds often
- what fun to see her in per-
son these past weeks as she as-
sisted MaLinda at the newspa-
per. Now she's back in Austin
with her baby and husband in
their new house. We'll miss her
but this is her second home, so
come back soon, Mauri!
at The Beach Bar
It's the only show in town!
The new band "Jazz VI," with
Louis Taylor on piano, Joe
Ramsay on sax and flute, An-
drew Cameron on drums, Dale
Harrigan on trumpet and flu-
egel horn, with Tabari Lake on
bass (he's a 15-year-old mem-
ber of the Young Lions). From
4 to 7:30 p.m., new tunes, new
faces and a great jazz beat! See
your old friends there. If you
are a musician, they might in-
vite you to sit in.
Plans Being Made for
Sprauve School Gala
No date, as yet, but Caneel
Bay will announce the time
soon. With the poor economy in
mind, the committee will make
Mauri with son Finn
at Trunk Bay
it easy on your pocketbook as
you donate toward the children
and their school.
Cid and Connections are
Best Chefs in Town
Did you ever wonder if com-
puters, messages, copies, mail
boxes, rental notices, typed
letters, passports, and photo-
graphs might become a little
monotonous after a while? This
could never happen at Cid's op-
eration! The ladies are the most
accomplished cooks on the is-
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ous meals for those of us who
need to eat. A million thanks to
these queens of cuisine!
VITEMA Deputy Director Urges
New Building for Better Response
by Sis Frank
Mauri Returns to Texas
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
While recent upgrades to the V.I. Territorial Emer-
gency Management Authority office in Estate Susan-
aberg have improved the island's disaster prepared-
ness, more needs to be done, according to the agency's
St. John director.
Modern air conditioning units, two large flat screen
television monitors, a dozen new personal comput-
ers and ergonomically-designed chairs now grace the
Emergency Operations Center conference room at the
VITEMA office. The single entrance to the building
and its size, however, limit the agency's capacity to
efficiently coordinate disaster responses, explained
Alvis Christian VITEMA St. John Deputy Director.
"If this building gets destroyed, I have to have
somewhere else to go," said Christian. "If Gift Hill
Road gets compromised, we can't get in or out of
An aging blue concrete structure located a short
distance from the current VITEMA headquarters,
would be the ideal location in which to construct a
state-of-the art Emergency Operations Center, ac-
cording to Christian.
"We could knock down this building and construct
a three-story structure that would be a one-stop emer-
gency center," Christian said.
Christian envisions a center where emergency
responders from St. John Rescue, the VI. National
Guard and VITEMA could coordinate efforts.
"There would be plenty of room for storage, sleep-
ing quarters, a conference room the whole nine
yards," said Christian. "Right now if an emergency
takes place, there is no where to sleep."
The building would also be accessible from Cen-
terline Road, Christian added.
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the new building could easily be accessed from Cen-
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enough elevation, it would be safe from tsunami ef-
Once operations move to the new building,
VITEMA's former office could be maintained as a
back-up, Christian added.
Christian has already had plans for the proposed
VITEMA building designed and hopes his dream of
a new emergency center structure will be realized in
the near future.
"There have been a lot of improvements here at
the VITEMA office, but I want and I need that new
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* Aqua Bistro 776-5336, Restaurant closed from Sept. 8 to
Oct. 7. Bar remains open Monday through Saturday.
* Asolare 779-4747, Only open Monday, Wednesday and
Friday evenings until further notice.
* Baked in the Sun 693-8786, Staying open
* Balcony 774-8470, Staying open
* Banana Deck 693-5055, Reopening October 15
* Beach Bar 777-4220, Staying open
* Cafe Concordia 693-5855, Closed until November 1
* Cafe Roma 776-6524, Closing Oct. 1 until Nov. 1
* Caneel Restaurants Entire resort closed until Nov. 1
* Chloe and Bernards 714-6075, Open; Closed Tuesdays
* Crazy Crackers Oopen
* Da Livio's 779-8900, Open; Closed on Sundays
* Donkey Diner 693-5240, Closed Aug. 30 to Oct. 28
* Fish Trap 693-9994, Closed Aug. 30 to Oct. 13
* Happy Fish 776-1717, Closed Sept. 28 to Oct. 26
* High Tide -714-6169, Open
* Hinds Restaurant 775-9951, Open Friday, Saturday and
Sunday nights for dinner.
* I Scream Staying open
* Inn at Tamarind Court 776-6378, Reopening mid-October
* Island Blues 776-6800, Staying open
* Jake's Staying open
* JJ's Texas Coast Cafe 776-6908, Staying open
* La Tapa 693-7755, Reopening mid-October
* La Plancha del Mar 777-7333, Staying open
* Lime Inn 776-6425, Closed Aug. 31 to Oct. 30
* The Lucky Pagoda 774-9900, Staying open
* Maho Pavilion 776-6226, Until mid-November
* Miss Lucy's 693-5244, Not available.
* Morgan's Mango 693-8141, Staying open
* Ocean Grill 693-3304, Sept. 7 to Oct. 5
* Paradiso 693-8899, Closed on Wednesday evenings but
call for hours and reservations
* Rhumb Lines 776-0303, Closed Sept. 28 to Oct. 14
* Shipwreck Landing 693-5640, Closed Sept. 5 to Nov. 10
* Skinny Legs 779-4982, Reopened Oct. 3
* SoGo's 779-4404, Staying open
* Sun Dog Cafe 693-8340, Staying open
* Sweet Plantains 777-4653, Closed Aug. 30 to Dec. 2
* Waterfront Bistro 777-7755, Not available
* Woody's Seafood Saloon 779-4625, Reopened Sept. 20
* ZoZo's Ristorante 693-9200, Reopened Oct. 1
St. John Tradewinds
T. J. Stiles, an occasional visitor to St. John and
an eminent historian has written the definitive biog-
raphy of Cornelius Vanderbilt entitled The First Ty-
coon, published by Knopf, 2009.
Before we had "as rich as Rockefeller" we had
Vanderbilt as the first American tycoon. He died in
1877. If he had been able to liquidate his $100 million
estate at full market value he would have received $1
out of every $9 in existence. By contrast, Bill Gates
with his net worth of $57 billion would receive $1
out of every $138 circulating in the U.S. economy.
Vanderbilt made his fortune in the transportation
industry starting with one of his father's Staten Is-
land ferry boats and ending with consolidation of the
He joined the east and west coast of the United
States through his steamship connection in Nicara-
gua. Delivering the California 49ers' gold, he fueled
the development of Wall Street as America's finan-
Stiles reports that Vanderbilt's life spanned George
Washington's colonial society to the days of John D.
Rockefeller (a fellow deal maker) in a corporate in-
Vanderbilt was not an educated man but he under-
stood business and profited from that knowledge. He
pioneered the giant corporation but balanced it with
personal integrity. He was no stranger to the West In-
dies and Central America.
Stiles finds him responsible for the defeat of Fili-
buster William Walker in Nicaragua. The Oxford
English Dictionary describes filibusters as one of the
bands of adventurers who between 1850 and 1860
organized expeditions from the United States, in vio-
lation of international law, for the purpose of revo-
lutionizing certain states in Central America and the
Spanish West Indies.
The infamous William Walker was stopped from
his continuing conquest by Vanderbilt's refusal to
carry his fellow adventurers from the United States.
During the Civil War he donated his armored steam-
ship, The Vanderbilt, to the Union. At that time the
Navy had nine steamer frigates; none that matched
his steamer's speed, armor, or size.
Captain Raphael Semmes of the CSS Alabama
ruled the Caribbean Sea for the Confederacy and kept
the U.S. Navy and commercial shipping in constant
fear. The only Union thing he came to fear was the
Even though Semmes had already captured or de-
stroyed 64 U.S. merchant ships, Semmes wanted to
capture a steamer carrying California gold to New
York. Vanderbilt successfully persuaded the U.S.
Navy to convoy the gold steamers through the treach-
erous Caribbean and none were ever captured.
After the war, in an effort to heal a divided nation
and to bolster the practices of formal education and
its usefulness, he donated $500,000 to the Southern
Methodists who were establishing a university to help
rebuild the South. The Methodists insisted in renam-
ing their endeavor Vanderbilt University. He stayed
in close touch with the University and his total dona-
tions reached a million dollars before his death. His
family continued donating another $2 million.
The book has enjoyed excellent reviews in news-
papers and magazines nationwide and T.J. recently
completed an extensive well-received United States
book tour. He is an excellent speaker.
T.J. Stiles' parents, Dr. Clifford and Carol Stiles,
are winter residents of St. John where they enjoy the
company of their Moravian brothers and sisters at
Bethany and the beauty of our island.
T.J. is speaking in Dallas today (October 1st).
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have him speak
to us on St. John?
by Chuck Pishko
A New World Class Historical Biography
With Personal St. John Ties
St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009 13
Screenings Oct. 7
St. John Tradewinds
Delegate to Congress
Donna Christensen an-
nounced the Friends of the
Caucus Foundation will of-
fer free glaucoma screen-
ings in the Virgin Islands
On St. John the screen-
ings will be on Wednesday,
October 7, from 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. at St. Ursula's
for October 16
St. John Tradewinds
Pastor Dennis Estridge
and members of the St. John
Pentecostal Church of God,
located on Gift Hill Road,
will host the leadership
conference, "It's Just for
You," on Thursday, October
15, and Friday, October 16,
at 7:30 p.m.
For more information
call 777-6674 or 642-0135.
Cactus Blue Will Offer Authentic Mexican Fare
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
St. John residents will soon be
able to satisfy their Mexican food
cravings with authentic sizzling
south of the border fare without
emptying their wallets.
Nile and Courtney Wright are
opening a Mexican grill and mar-
garita bar which will be called
Cactus Blue if lawyers determine
the name is available at the for-
mer Stone Terrace location along
the Cruz Bay waterfront.
The Texas-natives, who have
been living on St. John for about
five months, signed a lease for the
Stone Terrace location last month.
With the opening of Cactus Blue,
the newlyweds are realizing their
dreams, explained Courtney
"Nile has owned restaurants and
bars in the past and we decided a
little over a year ago when we
were engaged that we wanted
to move to an island and decided
on St. John," she said. "We were
married at the end of March and
moved here and seven months
later we're opening the restaurant.
That was the goal all along."
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true," Courtney Wright said. "We
feel really blessed. Things are re-
ally falling into place."
While St. John is new to the
Wrights, the restaurant business is
certainly not. Nile Wright's mother
owns the famed San Antonio Mex-
ican restaurant Jacala, which has
been a landmark in the Lone Star
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While the couple plans to bor-
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"Being from Texas we know
good Mexican food," she said.
"We'll use some of Nile's mom's
recipes, but we'll put our own
stamp on things. Our idea is to
have traditional Mexican dishes
and also add a Caribbean flare to
The Wrights are still in the pro-
cess of creating the Cactus Blue
menu, but have definite ideas about
the prices they will feature.
"With everything that is going
on with the economy right now,
and things being a little shaky,
we're definitely looking to keep
our entrees moderately priced,"
said Courtney Wright. "We're
hoping to keep entrees priced be-
tween $12 and $20 and offer good
To wash down all the tasty
Mexican fare, the Wrights will be
whipping up icy cold margaritas
and have already designed a signa-
ture "Mexican martini," the couple
ensures will sate even the thirstiest
With a few renovations on their
to-do list, the Wrights have been
pleasantly surprised how well
work is progressing.
"Everything is actually go-
ing really good and everything is
falling into place," said Courtney
Wright. "We don't want to rush
things, but work is moving along
The couple is hoping to open
the doors to Cactus Blue around
November 15 and hope to wel-
come a big Love City crowd.
"I definitely think that good
Mexican food is needed and we
couldn't be happier with the loca-
tion," said Courtney Wright.
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All residents living in the Virgin Islands should be
on high alert! Horrific news and a death sentence for
us and our children, their environment, and future!
On Tuesday, August 11, 2009, the people of the
Virgin Islands learned via the media of the negoti-
ated agreement between the U.S. Virgin Islands and
Alpine Energy Corporation. The agreement stipulates
that Alpine Energy raise the capital to construct two
incinerator plants located on St. Thomas and St. Croix
with turbines, generators and exhaust stacks (height
unknown) for each furnace.
I believe the VI. government and the corporation
acted deliberately and knowingly in concert with cap-
ital interest to deceive Virgin Islanders into believ-
ing that the method of incineration using petroleum
coke and garbage is without collateral damage to our
health, our environment and our economic future.
These stacks will not only create an eyesore, but
will emit invisible dangerous toxic poisons, in effect,
causing extraordinary harm to our communities and
A quick science lesson: conglomerate solid waste
and petroleum coke are combined and ignited in a fur-
nace, which in turn will vaporize water into steam.
The steam will power a turbine, which rotates an al-
ternator or a direct current generator to produce elec-
tricity. Large amounts of oxygen is needed to maintain
high temperatures in the combustion process within
the furnace; the process releases through the exhaust
stacks into the air highly toxic chemicals such as di-
oxin, mercury, lead and many other toxic agents.
Long term exposure from this polluted air, or im-
mediate for those whose immune systems are com-
promised; the young, the elderly and the unborn,
may result in illnesses such as cancer, genetic dam-
age, brain damage, birth defects, respiratory illnesses
Last year just before Christmas your lovely News
Editor Jaime visited the offices in The Marketplace
and asked us what we wanted for Christmas.
I told her that I would like a trip to Machu Picchu,
which I thought was as likely as a trip to the moon.
Well, I just returned from Machu Picchu. It was a
like pneumonia, decreased lung function, aggravated
asthma, non-fatal heart attacks, bronchitis.
Mercury and lead have already been found to be
hazardous to sea life; the flue stacks will emit more of
these metals into the atmosphere, into our Caribbean
sea and circulate into the world's ocean and into our
Virgin Islanders will not only suffer from the toxic
impact; the economic impact will be as far reaching.
The cost of operating these plants; all costs contain-
ing and monitoring the toxic by product of the fur-
naces (ash) will be born by WAPA customers.
While the United States is weaning itself off oil
through renewable green energy the Virgin Island
consumer will be tied to the oil industry and the price
of oil well into the 21st century. Much of the solid
waste does not come from you the public; the waste
is generated by commerce, affluent untaxed corpora-
tions, unencumbered by responsibilities. These plants
will impact our ecological tourism as well, transform-
ing paradise into an industrial park. There are other
methods of managing our garbage: recycling!
I allege that the planning and the executing of this
agreement are tantamount to domestic treason on the
part of our own public officials whether elected or ap-
Virgin Islanders should contact the Governor's
office and every Senator. The VI. government must
cease and desist carrying out this contract with Alpine
Energy Corporation. Virgin Islanders must not wait to
act; it may be too late! This egregious act is harmful
to all unborn and present living things in and out of
the sea that makes the Virgin Islands home.
R. Victor Johansson
St. John resident
wonderful trip, much grander than I expected, and I
want to thank you very much for asking.
During the trip I kept thinking about what I was
going to ask for this Christmas this year.
Impressed With New Island Market
Editor, is very helpful and polite, they must be from another
The new market in Great Cruz Bay is the place go, world. Plenty of level parking and you don't have to
and save your dollars. drive up a steep and dangerous hill. Good shopping.
Its very well laid-out and well stocked and the staff Norm Gledhill
The photographs which ran along with the article "Rain Tapers Off for Love City Triathlon" in the
September 21 October 4 issue of St. John Tradewinds were incorrectly attributed. Pretlow Majette took
the photos which ran with the piece. Our apologies to Pretlow for this oversight.
New Incinerators Are Deadly
The Community Newspaper Since 1972
Christmas Wish Comes True
14 St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009
Letters to St. John Tradewinds
In July of 2006, Dwayne Isaac proudly became an
official officer of the Virgin Islands Police Depart-
ment. His goal was to be a peacemaker, to help pre-
vent violence in all forms and to devote his life to
serving the community.
September 26, 2009 will be the two year anniver-
sary of Officer Dwayne Isaac's death. As my friend,
Lorraine, often says, "the people of St. Thomas are
quick to forget and forgive." That is why I am writ-
ing today, as a reminder of what took place two years
The morning of September 26, 2007 it was broad-
cast over the radio that a police officer at the VIPD St.
John headquarters had committed suicide at approxi-
mately 6:00 a.m. At the time I thought it mighty pe-
culiar that a full investigation could be conducted in
such a short time. Within an hour after it occurred, al-
most everyone knew about it and like me, many were
skeptical. I heard over and over, "that boy didn't kill
Generally, it is very difficult for families to accept
that their loved one could take his/her own life. The
Isaac family is no different, and convinced the truth
has yet to be revealed.
We may never know what happened on that ill-
fated day, but in recent conversations with Dwayne's
parents, certain facts have come to light that makes it
even more of a mystery. During the fourteen months
that Dwayne served on the police force something
happened to disillusion him. He was scheduled for a
job interview just days after his death. He had made
plans with a woman dear to him who was attending
college in the States for a visit. Dwayne and his fa-
Rats are terribly unpleasant pests, potentially very
dangerous to our health.
They can e.g. infect people with bubonic plaque
which decimated Europe in the Middle ages. They do
lot of damage and it costs us lot of money and lot of
poison to keep the rat infestation on lower level.
A ray of new hope for fight against rats emerged re-
cently. Scientists discovered a new carnivorous plant
in the Philippines. It is described in the Popular sci-
ence as Nepenthes attenboroughii. The plant lures the
their were best friends. There was no indication he had
such thoughts on his mind. He left no note explaining
his so-called suicide.
The Isaac family first heard of Dwayne's death
shortly after 7:00 a.m. from an airport employee, an
ex-coworker of Dwayne's. Around 9:00 a.m. the As-
sistant Commissioner arrived with several other VIPD
officers to notify the family of the incident. In this
meeting Mr. Isaac was told Dwayne had shot himself
in the middle of his forehead.
After the notification Mr. and Mrs. Isaac went to
view their son's body at the morgue. They noticed his
head wound was located on the left side above his
The odd thing is Dwayne was right-handed. The
Isaacs were told an autopsy would be performed the
following day. They then left the hospital to pick up a
camera with which to take pictures of Dwayne. How-
ever, when Mr. Isaac arrived back at the morgue he
was told the autopsy was in progress and was refused
The Isaac family has many questions that remain
unanswered. Their requests for an autopsy report
have been unsuccessful; they are STILL waiting. Re-
cently, they were told the case has been closed. Until
Dwayne's death can be fully explained, for the Isaac
family there will be no closure.
Like so many other questionable deaths within our
community during the last few years, memories and
passion to know the truth fade. Forget and things
will never change!
Virgin Islands Resident
and Friend of the Isaac Family
rats with a smell of sweet nectar. When the rat tries to
lick it, it slips to the plant's waxy interior where it gets
stuck and digested by the carnivorous enzymes.
This is a tropical plant. It would be certainly worth
while project to explore the possibility to grow this
plant on our islands. That would be good use for the
stimulus money which could potentially bring great
rewards to everybody.
St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009 15
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Vehicle at 15 mpg and 12,000 miles peryear uses
800 gallons a year of gasoline. A vehicle at 25 mpg
and 12,000 miles per year uses 480 gallons a year.
So, the average clunker transaction will reduce US
gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.
They claim 700,000 vehicles so that's 224 mil-
lion gallons per year. That equates to a bit over 5 mil-
lion barrels of oil.
Five million barrels of oil is about one quarter of
one day's US consumption. And 5 million barrels of
oil costs about $350 million dollars at $75/bbl.
So, we all contributed to spending $3 billion to
save $350 million.
How good a deal was that?
They'll probably do a great job with health care
Letters to St. John Tradewinds
At What Cost Do We Forget
New Rat-Eating Plant Discovered
16 St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009
Letters to St. John Tradewinds
For Parents Only
The parents who prepare their children for the mission of good
over evil in the world will equip them to obey rather than simply to
know the Father's words of wisdom.
Getting ready for this mission of good over evil means parents
have to repent and start turning around from Satan's dead-end ways
of living that will end up getting them killed eternally. Parents are
supposed to be ambassadors of love, justice and peace to our com-
munities and neighborhoods, not Satan and hate.
Their presence is to slow down the corrosion and spoiling effects
of evil and to reinforce the message that peaceful coexistence, coop-
eration and communication are keys to helping complete the mission
of good must conquer evil, and love must triumph over hate.
Parents will need to show with action, not just words, that the mis-
sion can be achieved. Parents need to be agents of change and light to
the darkened and confused world of our children in the 21st century.
Old sinful ways and evil patterns are broken and a new freedom
in the Father's words of wisdom will be experienced without fear of
Satan and hate. Parents must decide what price they are willing to pay
to save our children from becoming statistics teenage pregnancy,
murder victims or someone charged with a violent crime of hate.
Parents should be blamed for not teaching their children about the
mission or the Bible from an early age. Back in the good old days,
children went to church every Sunday and one day of the week there
was Bible study at someone's house.
In the 21st century, "the Bible has taken the place of pornography
and pornography has taken the place of the Bible." Meaning pornog-
raphy was taboo and the Bible was everywhere in life and now the
Bible is taboo and pornography is everywhere because sex sells.
Parents are now afraid to raise their children with respect, disci-
pline and honor because of all those child abuse laws tieing their
hands from disciplining their children. In the Bible it says "spare the
rod, spoil the child."
The rod of correction has disappeared from our children's lives.
That's why parents continue to see the blood bath every day of the
week on the streets of our communities and neighborhoods. Satan
and hate continue to use our children as human shields in the battle
of evil over good.
Parents must now work together at 100 miles per hour to get rid of
all Satan's agents of destruction greed, jealousy, hate and selfish-
ness. And they must remember about his new agents of destruction in
the 21st century the internet, cable and satellite television -which
are in millions of homes with children who are left alone with Satan's
new agents of destruction to raise them.
Parents must realize their decision to start serving justice, love and
good should reassure them that their children will be protected from
indecent material on the nation's airwaves or the blood bath that Sa-
tan and hate still continue to control.
Parents must start explaining to their children that when love, jus-
tice and serving good conquer our communities and neighborhoods,
the blood bath will stop forever. In the 21st century this statement
should be parents motto love is the skies, justice is the Earth and
serving good is the sea. The Father's love over Satan and hate!
St. John Tradewinds' Keeping Track data comes from the V.I.
Police Department's Leander Jurgen Command Incident Log, an
unofficial record of calls to the station, reports and arrests on St.
Michelle Rosen and
St. John Tradewinds News Photo
Courtesy of the Rosen Family
Another Successful Of
Words like "fate" and expressions like "it was
meant to be" sometimes seem overused. In the case
of our cat "Peachum," however, they do seem genu-
Peachum is the latest cat to join our menagerie of
seven fabulous felines. We had scheduled a trip to the
Caneel Bay resort on St. John at the end of May. But a
change in our children's school schedule forced us to
move our vacation to the end of June. We arrived on
a Thursday afternoon and my wife Mia and I and our
two children, Alex and Michelle, quickly settled in to
enjoy our island paradise.
On our second night we had dinner reservations
at the Equator restaurant, a beautiful restaurant at
Caneel Bay that was built on the site of an old sugar
mill. As we walked up the path to the restaurant we
met Peachum for the first time.
Peachum was a beautiful orange and white male
cat. We could tell immediately that he was a gentle
soul. He followed us into the restaurant and proceed-
ed to beg for food from us. It was then we noticed that
Peachum's tail was injured.
As I am a small animal veterinarian, it was clear to
me that poor Peachum's tail had no voluntary move-
ment. I suspected his tail had been broken and that he
would need veterinary help. It was then we decided
as a family to see if it was possible to adopt him. My
wife always believes "where there is a will, there is
The next morning she inquired at the concierge
desk about adopting a cat from St. John. Luck was
with us as the head grounds keeper, Oriel Smith, has
helped many tourists rescue other St. John cats. The
concierge gave us his phone number. Mia called Mr.
Smith and he knew exactly who Peachum was. He
f-Island Adoption Story
was thrilled that we could give Peachum a good home
and agreed to help us.
The following night we met Mr. Smith at Pea-
chum's favorite hangout, the Equator restaurant. Pea-
chum was there and I was able to place him gently
into a carrier provided by Mr. Smith. We were sched-
uled to leave for New York the next morning.
Mr. Smith was wonderful and did everything nec-
essary to help us bring Peachum home. He contacted
a local veterinarian early in the morning so Peachum
could be examined and the necessary paperwork
signed. With about 20 minutes to go before our plane
left, Oriel showed up at the airport with our precious
cargo. He is a kind and wonderful man and we could
never have done this without him.
When we arrived home in New York I immediately
took Peachum to my hospital. After careful examina-
tion and x-rays I determined that Peachum did indeed
have a fractured tail. The tail was completely para-
lyzed and would have to be amputated. In addition,
the fracture occurred at the sacral vertebra of the spine
and involved nerves that supply the urinary bladder.
As of now, Peachum cannot urinate on his own and
needs to have his bladder manually expressed three
times daily. In time I hope his condition will improve.
He recovered well from his surgery and is adjusting
to his new home. The other cats and dog in our house
are starting to accept him and he never fails to finish
In the end, we found a precious new addition to
our family. Peachum was lucky to have adopted us,
people who will always love him and have the ability
to take care of his special needs. This truly was meant
Ron Rosen, DVM
Roslyn Heights, NY
St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009 17
American Legion Co-Ed Flag
Football Scores and Standings
St. John Tradewinds
Good weather, the coolness of the evening and a great crowd set
the tone for the opening games of the 2009 American Legion flag
football fall program.
Now in its fifth season, the program has had great success and
this year the American Legion has made some exciting changes.
All games will be played on Friday nights under the lights at Win-
ston Wells ball field starting at 6 p.m.
Two games per evening will provide a great night of entertain-
ment and a great venue for the kids to show off their athletic skills.
Games will be played through November 20 with the league cham-
pionship on November 27. Please come on out to the games and
support the great St. John youngsters.
Packers 25 Patriots 21
The first game of the fall season pitted the Packers against the
Patriots in a hard-fought battle that saw the lead change three times
in the game. Veteran Packers coach Preston faced off against sec-
ond-season coach Alex of the Patriots. It looked like Alex would
come away with a victory as his team started the scoring and led
through most of the second half but the powerful Packers managed
a late touchdown for the come from behind win.
Broncos 21 Raiders 6
It was all Broncos in the first half as they led 14-0 going into
half time. The coaches did a wonderful job with the players as they
showed some great passing and long runs which set the tone for
the scoring. In the second half the Raiders, under the guidance of
rookie coach Rick, stepped up with good defense and came back
with a score of their own. The Broncos, however, managed another
TD late in the game to seal the victory.
Standings as of 9/25/09
Team W L PF PA
Broncos (RED) 1 0 21 6
Packers (Green) 1 0 25 21
Patriots (Blue) 0 1 21 25
Raiders (Black) 0 1 6 21
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St. John Police Report
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St. John Police Dept: 340-693-8880 St. John Fire Station: 340-776-6333
Friday, September 18
6 a.m. A citizen c/r shots fired in Fish Bay.
5:50 p.m. -A St. Thomas resident c/requesting
police assistance to get his children. Police assis-
No time given A citizen p/r an auto accident
in the area of Cruz Bay.
Saturday, September 19
5:40 a.m. An Estate Zootenvaal resident r/
that someone broke into his residence. Police as-
3:30 p.m. A citizen p/r that someone broke
into the establishment where she works and stole
several bottles of liquor. Burglary in the third.
Sunday, September 20
8:45 a.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the
area of The Valley. Police assistance.
12:45 p.m. A citizen c/r an auto accident in
the area of Jacob's Ladder. Auto accident.
8:30 p.m. A citizen p/r her children's father
didn't return her children at the court appointed
time. Contempt of court.
Monday, September 21
12:35 p.m. A Coral Bay resident c/r some-
one removed items from his home. Burglary in the
Tuesday, September 22
12:00 p.m. An Estate Catherineberg resident
p/r he was involved in an accident. Auto accident.
10:00 p.m. A visitor r/ his villa was burglar-
ized. Burglary in the third.
Wednesday, September 23
1:0 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident p/r he
was involved in an auto accident. Auto accident.
Thursday, September 24
10:40 a.m. An Estate John's Folly resident
p/r that someone entered her apartment when she
was not at home. Police assistance.
10:55 a.m. -A citizen r/ that someone removed
her camera from the office at St. John Christian
Academy. Grand larceny.
11:20 a.m. An Estate Adrian resident p/r that
his partner stole a trailer from him. Grand larceny.
2:00 p.m. -A citizen c/r a suspicious vehicle in
the are of Chateau Bordeaux.
4:00 p.m. A Beach Bar employee p/r that
someone was inside the business. Attempted bur-
4:30 p.m. A citizen r/ a burglary at his resi-
dence. Burglary in the third.
7:20 p.m. A Cruz Bay citizen r/ he was as-
saulted by his girlfriend. Aggravated assault and
Friday, September 25
10:18 a.m. A Freeman's Ground resident p/r
being harassed by another male.
1:20 p.m. A Jacob's Ladder resident p/r that
her husband approached her. Contempt of court.
2:10 p.m. An Estate Zootenvaal resident p/r
that someone tried to hit him with their vehicle.
Assault in the third.
10:23 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident r/ that
her husband is having a disturbance with several
males. Police assistance.
Saturday, September 26
1:40 p.m. -A citizen c/r a burglary at Wild Jas-
mine. Burglary in the third.
Sunday, September 27
7:30 a.m. A citizen c/r that someone tam-
pered with her vehicle. Vehicle tampering.
Monday, September 28
3:25 p.m. -A citizen c/r an auto accident in the
area of Susanaberg. Auto accident.
9:37 An Estate Pastory resident c/r a family
disturbance. Disturbance of the peace.
Tuesday, September 29
7:54 a.m. -A citizen r/ an auto accident with a
pedestrian. Auto accident.
8:40 a.m. -A citizen r/ a D.O.A. in the Majes-
tic Construction yard. D.O.A.
9:04 a.m. A citizen r/ a group of possible il-
legal immigrants in the area of Coral Bay. Police
11:05 a.m. -An Estate Chocolate Hole resident
c/requesting police assistant to retrieve her vehicle.
4:15 p.m. -An employee atAsolare Restaurant
r/ he received useless checks from his employer.
Drawing/receiving useless checks.
10:10 p.m. A citizen c/r an auto accident in
the area of Estate Bethany. Over turned vehicle.
11:30 p.m. David Lyons p/ at Jurgen Com-
mand, under arrest and charged with negligent
driving, D.U.I. Bail set at $1,000.
Wednesday, September 30
2:10 p.m. An Estate Carolina resident p/r
someone broke into her house. Burglary in the sec-
5:25 p.m. -A VIPD Officer assisted a federal
parole officer in apprehending a federal fugitive.
One Matthew Willy was picked up by deputy mar-
No time given A visitor c/r that her rental
residence was burglarized. Burglary in the third.
3:36 p.m. -A citizen c/r an auto accident in the
area of the VI. National Park dock. Auto accident.
18 St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009
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Tuesday, October 6
Representatives of the GERS
will be on St. John on Tuesday,
October 6, at the St. John Ad-
ministrator's Office at the Bat-
tery from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, October 6
The St. John Film Society is
hosting free screening of "The
Power of Community: How
Cuba Survived Peak Oil," on
Tuesday, October 6, at Sputnik
in Coral Bay at 7 p.m.
Friends of the Congressional
Glaucoma Caucus Foundation
will offer free glaucoma screen-
ings in the Virgin Islands next
Wednesday, October 7
On St. John the screenings
will be on Wednesday, October
7, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St.
Ursula's Multipurpose Center.
Monday, October 12
St. John Community Foun-
dation, in conjunction with "Us-
ing Sports for Social Change"
is hosting "Just Play Field Day"
on October 12, 2009 for youths
Friday and Saturday,
October 15 and 15
Pastor Dennis Estridge and
members of the St. John Pente-
costal Church of God, located
on Gift Hill Road, will host the
leadership conference, "It's Just
for You," on Thursday, October
15, and Friday, October 16, at
Saturday, October 17
Volunteers are needed for
a clean-up at Whistling Cay
on Saturday, October 17, with
Friends of V.I. National Park.
Sadie Sea will provide trans-
portation and will pick up vol-
unteers at the VINP dock at 9
Saturday, October 17, 24
The Kids And The Sea youth
sailing program will kick off
the 2009 year this month. First
time participants should meet at
Skinny Legs on Saturday morn-
ing, October 17, at 9 a.m. Re-
turning students should meet at
Skinny Legs on Saturday morn-
ing, October 24, at 9 a.m.
Saturday, October 24
"No Fleas, Please," the third
annual Animal Care Center
(ACC) flea market, will be on
Saturday, October 24, at the
Winston Wells ball field.
Tuesday, October 20
The Recycling Associa-
tion of the Virgin Islands, St.
John Chapter will host its next
monthly meeting on Tuesday,
October 20, at 6 p.m. at the St.
John Community Foundation
office on the third floor of The
Saturday, November 7
The Veterans Ball will be
November 7 from 6 to 11 p.m.
at the Westin Resort and Villas
ball room. In celebration of the
90th Anniversary of Veteran's
Day, Post 131 is hosting a cer-
emony and BBQ/pig roast in
Coral Bay on November 11.
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Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45 a.m.
at Hawksnest Bay Beach; Closed meeting for alcoholic only at
Nazareth Lutheran Church at 5:30 on Tuesdays; Open meetings on
Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at Nazareth Lutheran
Church in Cruz Bay; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m.
at Emmaus Moravian Church, Coral Bay.
Narcotics Anonymous has open meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
every Saturday at St. Ursula's Church.
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3 Sail Church
10 Sunday, St. John School of the Arts
Baha'i Community of St. John
Race Unity Devotions
7:30 p.m. Friday;
Study Circles 9 a.m. Sunday
Bethany Moravian Church
Cruz Bay, St. John
11 a.m., Sunday School 776-6291
Calvary Baptist Church
13 ABC Coral Bay, 776-6304
Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Sunday evening 6 p.m.,
Thursday 7 p.m.
Cinnamon Bay Beach
Sunday 8:30 a.m.
Christian Science Society
10:45 a.m. Sunday- Marketplace
7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
Sun. 9 a.m., STT. 776-2379
Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard
Cruz Bay Baptist Church
Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 776-6315
Emmaus Moravian Church
Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m. 776-6713
7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 7 p.m.
Saturday (Espaiol), 10 a.m. Sunday
Missionary Baptist Church
9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45 Worship.
Tuesday 7 p.m.
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Nazareth Lutheran Church
Sunday 9 a.m., Sunday School 8 a.m.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Sat. 6 p.m., Sun. 7:30 & 9:30 a.m.,
Spanish Mass 5:30 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.
St. John Methodist Church
Sunday 10 a.m
Seventh Day Adventist
St. John Pentecostal Church
Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday Prayer 7:30 p.m.,
Thursday Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
St. Ursula's Episcopal Church
Sunday, 7:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Every 3rd Sunday: Servce 9:30 a.m.
Bible Class, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
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Grande Bay Rezoning
Continued from Page 3
"The rezoning request boils down to Bay
Isle Associates requesting four more units to
increase the amount of its tax free profit,"
said Gaffin. "Four more units are not going
to result in more jobs to benefit St. John. The
only persons to benefit will be Bay Isle LLP
partners who will have four more units to sell
Continued from Page 5
Bishop's Estate Catherineberg property will
likely be useable for the island's new K-12
school, VINP Superintendent Mark Hard-
grove said at the June 2008 press confer-
ence. Hardgrove estimated the remaining 45
acres are dotted with cultural resources.
The new school remains at the top of de-
Jongh's list, explained Greaux.
"It's certainly still a priority," said the
Government House spokesperson. "The
governor continues to push it forward at ev-
Also behind the fight for a new school is
recently confirmed Assistant Secretary of
the Interior for Insular Areas Tony Babauta,
who plans to visit the Virgin Islands in No-
vember specifically to come to St. John.
"He's a strong proponent," said Greaux.
"We've been working closely with his office
Sex Offender Law
Continued from Page 8
sible for recommending to the court which
types of offenders are required to register.
"A lot of other jurisdictions have a tier
system in terms of classifying offenders and
determining how long they have to register
for," Lezama said. "We're considering mov-
ing to a tier classification based on the crime
committed and the amenability of the of-
fender to treatment."
The treatment of sex offenders is an ob-
stacle in itself, as the Virgin Islands current-
ly has no treatment programs in place. Other
jurisdictions allow an offender's registration
requirement to be voided once a treatment
program is successfully completed.
In addition to the implementation of treat-
ment for sex offenders, those involved with
writing the new statute will have many more
questions to answer.
"The task force will have to consider
whether we'll treat or punish juvenile of-
fenders," said Lezama. "Should offenders
be permitted at hurricane shelters? These
are some very real issues the board and this
task force have to look at and deal with."
Another hurdle for the task force will be
deciding where sex offenders can live. In
most states, offenders may not live within
a certain distance from schools. The small
size of the territory may hinder such a pro-
and short term rent."
The request will next be presented at a
public hearing before the VI. Legislature,
which has not been scheduled yet. Senators
will vote on the request and forward the deci-
sion to Governor John deJongh. DPNR has
30 days to make a decision on the rezoning
request, and will then prepare a report which
will be presented at the legislature's public
to ensure the process is continued."
Despite having lots of governmental sup-
port, it's still too early in the game to es-
timate when the island's new school will
begin welcoming students.
"It's way too early," said Greaux. "We
don't even know what will come back in the
studies, and we still have to formalize the
transfer of property. It'll be down the road
The new school can't be built quick
enough for Monsanto, who hopes the gov-
ernment remains transparent during the en-
tire process, she explained.
"I believe there needs to be some type of
clarity with the government telling the resi-
dents of St. John exactly where they are,"
said Monsanto. "Education should be some-
thing that's supported by everyone in the
community, and action needs to be taken.
We have to take part in education because
it's hurting all of us."
vision from being included in local law,
"It turns out that these people may not
have anywhere to live," she said. "That's an
obstacle we have to consider."
The V.I. DOJ has made strides with its
Web site, which will eventually host the
registry where the public can view informa-
tion on local sex offenders. A contract and
design have been finalized, and DOJ repre-
sentatives were scheduled to meet with the
Web design company earlier this month in
the next step toward getting the site up and
Also on the local DOJ's to-do list: launch-
ing a public information campaign aimed at
offenders, letting them know they have a
duty to register.
When the Sex Offender and Notification
Task Force met at the end of September,
they were expected to investigate where
each participating agency can lend a hand
with come into compliance with the federal
"We are in the very, very embryonic
stages," Lezama said. "At this point, the
role of the task force is really to look at the
local statute, look at the new federal stat-
ute, and determine or identify places where
each agency can help the territory come into
compliance. We just want all the key players
at the table so when the law is written, every
single aspect is considered."
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24 St. John Tradewinds, October 5-11, 2009
Planned Route Revised To Dodge Sharks
By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
While boating around St. John
might be a doable feat, swim-
ming around the island requires
a little more legwork.
Just ask Tory Lane and Sara
Stevens, two St. John residents
who swam around the entire is-
land in 15 separate legs over the
course of two months and
even revised their planned course
to dodge tiger sharks spotted off
the island's East End.
"It felt great to finish," Lane
said. "When we started, it didn't
seem impossible but it felt like it
would take forever. But it ended
up going by really fast."
Lane and Stevens are no nov-
ices to swimming. The two swam
for their high school and then
went on to swim competitively at
"We both enjoy swimming
and Sarah came up with the idea
and we just wanted to do it,"
Lane said. "We did one leg last
summer but got busy with other
things and never finished. So we
decided to really get busy this
summer and do it."
Beginning on June 14 at Salt
Pond Bay and traveling clock-
wise around the island, Lane and
Stevens spent every weekend
for two solid months donning
goggles and fins to swim 15 legs
measuring between 2.5 and 3.5
"We swam together the whole
time," Lane said. "Each leg took
just over an hour an hour-and-
a-half was our longest swim,
from Chocolate Hole to Caneel."
Originally, the two had planned
to swim a total of 35 miles
around St. John, cutting out ap-
proximately nine miles by swim-
ming straight from Privateer Bay
to Johns Folly and avoiding the
shoreline areas of Brown Bay,
Hurricane Hole and Coral Bay.
But a close encounter with
a 6-foot tiger shark made Lane
change their course.
"My brother and I were scuba
diving about a mile off the East
End, about 140 feet to the bottom
out there," Lane recalled.
Lane and his brother heard
Tory Lane and Sara Stevens swam around St. John in 15 legs over two months.
about a sunken boat located in
the area and took turns diving to
look for it late one afternoon in
"Normally, we go two at a
time, but that day we decided
to go separately because it is
too deep to anchor out there and
someone had to stay in the din-
ghy," he said. "So my brother
went first, came back up, and
then I went down."
Once Lane began his ascent,
he encountered the shark when
he was 100 feet below the sur-
"I looked over to my right, and
a six-foot tiger shark swam past
me and then did a loop and went
downbelow me and started swim-
ming straight toward me from
down below," Lane said, adding
that he did not have a spear gun
or a knife with him. "So Ijust put
my fins up to kick him away if
needed, and he just would swim
up to about a few feet away from
me and swim away. And he re-
peated this four times."
Kicking his way up the entire
time, Lane said the tiger shark
followed him all the way to the
"I've seen big sharks before,
but this one was definitely agi-
tated he was really trying to
check me out," Lane said. "It
definitely was scary, and I didn't
know what was going to hap-
The shark encounter occurred
just before Stevens and Lane
were about to swim the leg from
Brown Bay so they revised their
course by adding three more
shoreline legs, bringing the total
length they swam around the is-
land to 44 miles.
"I didn't want to swim in the
deep water anymore," Lane said.
"I was a mile off-shore, 100 feet
down with that thing. It spooked
Although Lane and Stevens
didn't encounter any more tiger
sharks, they did run into a couple
of nurse sharks.
"We saw two nurse sharks,"
Lane said. "But they are just big
catfish, so they are fine."
He said swimming the island's
north shore from Leinster all
the way to the East End in the
areas only accessible by boat
- was his favorite part of the
"There are no buildings out
there, there is no runoff and the
coral was just really healthy and
there are a lot of fish," Lane said.
"I liked the health of the reef, and
around Rendezvous, we saw a
large school of horse-eyed jacks
that were swimming all around
us, which was pretty fun."
Lane and Stevens had such a
great time on their swimming cir-
cumnavigation that they are plan-
ning to do it again this time
with their sights set on generating
money for local organizations.
"Next time around, next
March or April, we are going to
try to get some individuals or
businesses to sponsor each leg,"
Lane said. "We want to give the
money to more than one organi-
zation, maybe the Love City Pan
Dragons or Friends of the Park.
On October 24, St. John Brew-
ers and Woody's Seafood Saloon
are sponsoring a party to celebrate
Lane and Stevens' recent accom-
plishment at Oppenheimer Beach
at noon, and food and drink pro-
ceeds will benefit K.A.T.S.