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Westin Resort Will Be Able To Go Off Grid With Solar Array Approved by St. John CZMPage 2 VIPD Urge Credit Card Fraud Victims To File ReportsPage 8 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumber Yard Business Center, St. John, VI Email: email@example.com Web: www.pguinsurance.com (340) 776-6403 August 25-September 7, 2014 Copyright 2014 SUMMER PUBLISHING: NEXT ISSUE IS SEPTEMBER 8TH New VITRAN Bus Spotted While New Ferries Sit Idle in Cruz BayPage 7 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom OatResidents Are Heard on St. John Marina PlansCommunity members jammed the V.I. Legislature Annex in Cruz Bay before the CZM hearing on the plan for the St. John Marina in Coral Bay on Wednesday, August 20. FULL STORY AND ADDTIONAL PHOTOS ON PAGE 3. RELATED STORIES INSIDE ON P AGES 4 AND 5.Dionne Wells To Welcome All Public School Students to JESSPage 6 New Generation of Captains InductedPage 9
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TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 The St. John Festival and business owners in Coral Bay will be hosting a day of festivities around the communitys annual Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 1. The world-renowned Labor Day Parade will begin around about 11 a.m., starting from Cases by the Sea and traveling all the way to the Emmaus Moravian Ball Field. The After Parade will include a pie contest (at Pickles), food, arts and crafts vendors, childrens activities and music from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information or to join the parade contact Jackie Clendinen at 340-514-5355 and Megan Olson 340-643-0640. For the Pie Contest details contact Beverly at 340-693-5140. Vendors should contact Jane Johannes at 340-776-6450. St. John Zumba Fitness Party is having a fundraiser for Gifft Hill School on Saturday, August 30 at 9 a.m. at St John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. Zumba is an upbeat workout that combines fun music with easy to follow choreography. One hour Zumba class for $10 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Gifft Hill School. More informa tion can be found at http://bmacnealy.zumba.com. Zumba Fundraiser for GHS Is Aug. 30St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom OatThe Westin Resort will be installing solar panels throughout the resort after the St. of all buildings after a hearing on August 20.Continued on Page 18 Westin Will Be Able To Go Off Grid with Solar Array Which Might Improve Neighbors View of Resort from AboveIn preparation for upcoming public school year, a mandatory Julius E. Sprauve Schoool orientation for parents will be on August 28, as follows: K-5th parents 8:30 a.m. at JESS Cafeteria; 6th-8th parents 10 a.m. at JESS Cafeteria. During orientation, parents will have an opportunity to meet teachers. Teachers return on that day so classroom may not be ready for visits as yet. JESS Orientation Set for Aug. 28 St. John Tradewinds Virgin Islands National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal $15.00 user fee for boat moorings and the $4.00 user fee at Trunk Bay Beach on Monday, August 25. Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to join the party, said Park Superintendent Brion Fitzgerald. National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone. So come visit Virgin Islands and hike a trail, snorkel a reef, or join a ranger program. In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the United States when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916. Virgin Islands National Park was established in 1956 to preserve the scenic beauty and natural and cultural resources of St John. Today, there are 401 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve maghave fun and learn. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov. The work of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in the US Virgin Islands, go to www.nps.gov/ VI.NPS Celebrating 98th Birthday with Fee Free Day at Moorings and TrunkBy TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds Management committee granted the largest St. John resort permission to install enough solar production to be able to go off the grid after a sparsely-at tended hearing on August 20 prior to the contentious hearing on the St. John Marina proposal. With this in mind, Westin will now have the abil ity to be off the grid if necessary with the massive installation of solar panels approved by the full CZM committee, according to the CZM staff report. The St. John committee members approved the installation of a solar power generation system which will change the look of the resort from the surrounding residential neighborhoods on the hillsides above the resort although some members admittedly werent sure if it would be for better or for worse for neighboring property owners and potentially relieve the resort of the territorys onerous public utility rates by virtually covering every usable surface with solar panels. of solar panel structures throughout the resort and is consistent with the use permitted under the issuance of the (original 1983) permit, according to the Findings and Analysis by the CZM staff prepared for the committee members.Labor Day Events Set for Coral Bay
By TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y If their staff report has any bearing on their deliberations, the two members of the DPNRs Coastal Zone Management St. John committee who will vote on the 145-slip St. John Marina project will be strongly and public good of the project for the isolated Coral Bay environs. The St. John Marina will have real estate values and marketability, the CZM Preliminary Staff estimated that, conservatively, the construction of the marina has the potential to increase real property values 10 to 20 percent within 3 to 5 years. The marine facility will provide the amenities that boat owners require, including a fuel dock and in-slip refueling for the larger vessels, power, water, provisioning and pump out services, and will for the island of St. John to market to local, United States and inter national markets, the CZM staff report continued. The island of St. John is the only major Caribbean island in the region without a marina, the report added. The proposed marina site, in Coral Bay on the eastern end of St. John, is located in a well-protected embayment and is in easy reach of the British Virgin Islands. The marina will serve as a center for economic activity within the Coral Bay area, the CZM staff report continued. The proposed project is anticipated to have a positive socio-economic impact by providing increased tax revenues beyond its demand for ser vices provide by the Government, thus contributing to the island of St. John, the local Coral Bay community and the overall economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Developer and DPNR Partner The CZM decision meeting could come before the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) completes its ongoing negotiation of an operating agreement for the management of the DPNR-designated Coral Bay mooring area with the developer proposing a mega-yacht St. John Marina encompassing much of the harbor area currently used for public moorings. The CZM vote also could come without DPNR ever formally acin its collaboration with the developers of the proposed St. John Marina to jointly earn a $1.27 million St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 3 Thursday, Sept. 4thINDEX Crossword Puzzle ...............20 CZM Staff Analysis Addresses Public Good of St. John Marina Coral Harbor DevelopmentContinued on Page 19 2014 RAIN DATAat Trunk Bay(Courtesy of Rafe Boulon)4.1 INCHESFriday, August 22 passed over St. John. federal grant for the development of the territorys marine industry in 2013. I am looking to do the same thing in 30 days, a decision meeting with two commissioners voting, CZMs Anthony Richards told St. John Tradewinds after the St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Tom Oat
By TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y Brion Mor risette had long ago recused himself from considering any proposal for the development of a marina in of reasons. But Morrisette opened the CZMs second and most contentious hearing on the evening of August 20 by pointedly recusing himself yet again and sternly addressing his prior involvement in what is now the proposed St. John Marina,The Yacht Club at Summers End. subsequently raised the issue when a representative of the V.I. League of Women Voters challenged Atty. Morrisettes participation in the St. John CZM commission meeting because Morrisettes attendance created the quorum of three mem bers necessary to consider the two applications including one for the eighth change to the original 1982 permit for the islands major modern resort, now the Westin Resort, to allow the installation of a massive solar power system. The St. John CZM panel, continuing to operate with only three already considered and voted to approve a proposal by the Westin Resort to install a major solar heard the permit application for the latest iteration of a marina project in Coral Bay. First Hand Knowledge Ironically, Atty. Morrisette acof the issue. The marina project included property which had been part of a successful zoning application for a smaller marina project by a group including Morrisette in 2006. That project was never built. After the hearing, Atty. Mor risette pointedly addressed his critics. If I had not been present, there would have been no public hearing and the permit would have been deemed approved, Atty. Morrisette said of his self-recusal from the second deliberation. A lot was said, much of which is not true. I know that my fellow mem bers have the highest integrity, Morrisette said. Im here so we can go forward. said. I have done legal work for the applicant. I also was part of a marina approved eight years ago. is meaningless to me, Morrisette said. I am offended and I resent those who suggest otherwise. We have to have a quorum, Morrisette said of the CZM panels three current members the legal minimum number for a quorum on what is supposed to be a been asking for additional mem bers for years, If I didnt participate there would have been no public hearing and the permit would have been deemed approved, Atty. Mor risette reiterated after the hearing. Both applications before the committee on August 20, including the Westin solar power project, would have automatically been approved if the CZM had not period.4 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 Creating unforgettable vacations since 1996 toll free: 1-888-693-7676 tel: 340-693-7676 fax: 340-693-8923 www.islandgetawaysinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org CVISTA Walk to the ocean from this 4 bedroom villa, with heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, mid-week maid service, and conveniently located close to town. This Weeks Feature da Livio Ristorante Italiano SUMMER SPECIALS TUESDAY/FRIDAY/SATURDAY giroPIZZA (all u can eat) $ 25.00 THURSDAY giroGNOCCHI (all can u eat) $ 26.00 with a glass of wine reservations @ 340 779 8900 email@example.com ww.dalivio.it St. Johnian Attorney Reiterates Recusal on St. John Marina Permit DeliberationsSt. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat for the St. John Marina in Coral Bay. Morrisette, one of the three sitting members of the
By TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y St. Johnian community leader Robert before the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) hearing on the proposed St. John Marina The Yacht Club at Summers End on Wednesday night, August 20. Best known for allowing his familys Cruz Bay Texaco service station to be taken for construction of the then-controversial Cruz Bay was testifying on behalf of the St. John Marina proposal and he didnt waste any time getting to what he felt was the heart of the debate. It is important that you know what happened there, OConnor told the two CZM members present and the third member attending electronically by Skype and the packed V.I. Legislative Chambers in Cruz Bay in reference to the modern history of Coral Bay. The local people were forced to relocate, the car rental agency owner and part-time resort taxi driver averred. Because of the lack of opportunity these peoples families were forced to move. This project would help to revitalize Coral Bay, OConnor said. There are going to be many services, many jobs, entrepreneur ship, the island business leader added. This project will provide a lot of these. We need to provide opportunities in Coral Bay and St. John as a whole, OConnor added. OConnor Stays on Project OConnor Jr., chairman of the V.I. Port Authority, did not shy away from or downplay his association with the proposed marina past or present OConnor acknowledged he was a principal with St. Johnian Attorney and CZM member J. Brion Morrisette in a 2006 iteration of a marina proposal for the waters offshore of the same assemblage of Coral Bay shoreline properties and has remained a partner in the new St. John Marina project with principals Chaliese Summers and Rick Barksdale. (Although he has sold his interest in the property, Morrisette acknowledged that he had done some legal work for the developers and recused himself from the CZM deliberations on the St. John Marina.) The St. John Marina develop ment proposal is a greatly expanded version of OConnors plan which will be constructed incrementally, with the mega-yacht easterly portion of the project extending into the center of Coral Bay har bor, The Yacht Club at Summers John Marina for smaller vessels to follow. Most of the upland develop ment for the project will be done in a later phase as well, and a separate CZM application for that portion of the project has been submitted. After acknowledging his prior involvement in the development of and the CZMs 2006 permit ting of the 2006 marina proposal, OConnor focused on the history of Coral Bay and St. John in the 20th century. While the entire island community has bemoaned the 2014 closure of Coral Bays historic Guy H. Benjamin Elementary School, OConnor pointed out that there used to be three public schools in the Coral Bay community at the East End, Johns Folly and Emmaus serving the historic population center of the island. St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 5 Marina Project Would Revitalize Coral Bay St. Johnian CommunityTradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat at the CZM hearing on August 20. By TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y The developer planning a resort development on the Emmaus Moravian Church property encompassing the entire north shore of Coral Bay harbor enjoyed new and reinvigorated public support from opponents of the plan for the mega-yacht marina extending from the south shore of the bay at the August 20 CZM public hearing. St. John Marina principals have been forthright about the econom ic factors which could impact the scope and construction schedule of their planned two-stage development of the marina portion of their project and a separate CZM application for a multi-stage mixed-use development on upland parcels on the south shore of Coral Bay Boaters have been warily awaiting development plans for portions of the massive Moravian holdings in Emmaus which pur portedly encompasses the only pier or dock serving the scores of boats moored in Coral Harbor and the entire north shore of the harbor which historically has been used by boaters for access to their vessels and repairs. The development of an indeterminate portion of the Moravian property by an amorphous development entity which holds a longterm lease also challenges years of public use of the waterfront from vian property historic Fortsberg. Moravian Marina Defended At the Aug. 20 CZM hearing on the plans for the St. John Marina, numerous speakers opposing the developers CZM application purported to support the right of the Moravian waterfront property developer to meet the pending St. John Marina development plan half-way sharing Coral Bay Harbor equally. But Moravian Church congregation themselves, at a closeddoor meeting for members and regular attendees in April of this year, were not kind to the developers who hold the development rights to the churchs extensive waterfront property, according to one attendee at the April 26 church meeting. This is no quaint little resort hotel, the attendee said of the preliminary conceptual designs Moravian Plan for Coral Bay Resort Finds Reinvigorated Support Among Boaterspresented which included a multistory hotel in the area of the cur ketball court. The Emmaus congregation took them to task, the attendee told St. John Tradewinds. It was on par with what (the Summers End group) got the other night. she added.
6 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 By SUSAN MANN St. John Tradewinds Attorney General Vincent F. Frazer announced earlier this month that the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice has successfully completed its third Operation Sweep of both island districts. In joint cooperation with United States Marshals and the Virgin Islands Police Department, a territory-wide compliance check of all sex-offenders residing, attending school and working within the Territory was carried out between July 24, 2014 and August 11, 2014. All necessary actions are being taken to locate and apprehend sex offenders who are found to be in violation of territorial and/or federal sex offender laws for their failure to report to the Virgin Islands Department of Justice to register, stated Attorney General Frazer. The updated count indicated that a total of 59 sex offenders is currently registered in the St. Thomas-St. John-Water Island District and 36 sex offenders are registered in the St. Croix District. As of press time, the current registry indicated there is a total of eight convicted sex offenders living in the St. John community with one absconder. All convicted sex offenders are required by law to register with the US Virgin Islands government within three days of enter ing the territory or upon changing residences within the territorial jurisdiction. The reporting requirements vary based on the nature of the sexual offense conviction. AG Releases New Count of Sex Offenders Living V.I.Eight Registered Sex Offenders Reside on St. JohnBy TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds Many St. Johnians view the closure of the Guy H. Benjamin Elementary School in Coral Bay as a sign of the historic diaspora of an important but isolated native community which once supported three neighborhood schools in the East End, Emmaus and Johns Folly communities. St. Johnian educator and Coral Bay native Principal Dionne Wells is entitled to have bittersweet feelings. After splitting her time between the Julius E. Sprauve School at GBS, St. Johnian educator and Coral Bay native Wells is responstudents from GBS which also across the street from her childhood home. Im looking forward to a great year, Principal Wells said matter-of-factly before leading a tour of the latest artwork adorning the colorful light blue walls of the island-urban school on Friday, August 22. JESS is scheduled to open with 351 students up from 287 last year, including new students from St. Thomas and from the mainland, according to the principal. We have two of everything, Ms. Wells said grades kinder garten through eight. The department (Department of Education) was very good at said. We have a full complement of teachers and they (DOE) said they are looking for an assistant principal., Were trying to keep it St. John, the St. John Principal conUntil then, Principal Wells can savor her stewardship over the entire St. John public school population. The consolidation of the islands public school primary grades in one location, albeit noisy and dusty Cruz Bay, someday in the creation of a new St. John public education complex. As the deJongh Administra ernment House has pushed for progress on a long-promised new mid-island k-12 school, culminating in several public meetings resulting in a conceptual artists rendering a facility on a potential site. Until a new St. John education al center is more than a concept, Principal Wells has a succinct goal: Making sure my students receive the best education and that the St. Johnian educator said as she prepared for the opening of another school year.St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat St. Johnian Dionne Wells To Bring All Public School Students Under Her WingContinued on Page 22 crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 We ask that members of this community continue to visit our website at www. doj.vi.gov or go directly to usvi.nsopw. gov to access the registry and view the list of sex offenders in the territory.
By TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds As the one-year anniversary of their arrival in the U.S. Virgin Islands approaches, the $3 millionplus (each) VITRAN ferries have been parked up at the Loredon L. Boynes dock in Cruz Bay and they dont appear to be going anywhere soon. While there has been no announcement from Commissioner Darryl Smalls of the Department of Public Works, the bright blue, multi-hulled vessels emblazoned with the VITRAN logo were taken out of service quietly in early August after being abruptly put into service at the start of the St. John Festival in June. There were reports that governferries had been operating under a 30-day trial period and other reports that the insurance had expired for the government-owned vessels, clearly emblazoned VITRAN, but requests for information. The vessels had been heralded on their arrival in the territory from the stateside shipyard in November 2013, but the government could not reach operating agreements with the two companies holding franchises to provide ferry service between Red Hook and Cruz Bay. Government and ferry company of any operating agreement agreement which resulted in the two fer ry companies, Transportation Ser vices Inc. and Varlack Ventures, suddenly beginning operating the vessels in early July. After a litany of complaints, including allegations that passenger capacity of the new vessels commuting needs of the island workforce resulting in scores of commuters being stranded on peak weekday runs and claims of uncomfortable conditions for riders in even moderate seas on the passage between Cruz Bay and Red Hook. You have to ask some quessaid while declining to answer questions. You should take a ride, one captain suggested to a reporter in early August as the summer brought increasingly higher seas and the ferries subsequently came out of service. tinued to decline comment.St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 7 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom OatCruz Bay I and Red Hook I GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS F ACE AD V E R T I S E ON. . ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM WhatT oDoVI@gmail.com App-solutely Fabulous W hatT oDoV I www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook ber O pen 7 Ni ghts a Week open 6 days closed sundays693.7755 o r w w w .la t apas tjoh n.c o m By TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds The shiney-new, bright blue VITRAN bus actually looked like it was designed for St. John road conditions as it motored out of Cruz Bay on Thursday afternoon, August 21, on Centerline Road riding high on heavy dark tires from a heavy rain squall. The bright blue vehicle the same color scheme as the VIT RAN Ferries parked at the Cruz Bay dock is one of eight new buses in the territory, with St. Thomas and St. Croix each getting four vehicles and St. John two. Apparently the vehicle was on its way to the Department of Public Works garage at the Susannaberg Transfer Station since the VITRAN service does not run on weekends. The buses must run on the weekends, a Gifft Hill resident said.I Thought I Saw a New VITRAN BusVITRAN Ferries Out of ServiceWas Festival Service Trial Run?
By JAIME ELLIOTT St. John Tradewinds V.I. Police Department Assistant Commissioner Thomas Hannah urged persons who have been victims of credit card fraud to make a police report at their near est police station. We understand there have been a number of persons on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix who have experienced credit card that trend, Hannah said in a prepared statement issued by VIPD. It is imperative that once a victim the next step is to make a formal report to the proper authority, which is the police department or Contrary to at least one published report, VIPD follows spefraud cases, explained Hannah. In the last three months the VIPD has received a minimal number of credit card fraud reports, but we know the problem is more wide spread, he said. Once a report is received, VIPDs Insular Investigation Unit contacts the victims bank and, on a case by case basis, reaches out to other local and federal agencies, during the course of the investiga tion. V.I. Department of Justice Special Investigator James McCall often collaborates with the Police Department in these investiga tions. McCall assured the public that investigations into credit card fraud are not dormant. McCall told victims is to call authorities as soon as it [fraud] happens. Frauds have lately been originating mainly in Florida but can happen anywhere, and locals may be more susceptible to being defrauded using their credit cards at 8 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 VIPD Urge Credit Card Fraud Victims To File Reports PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION CHARLIE is a 2to 3-year-old Pit/Corgi mix who is great with kids and other dogs. He is currently going through heart worm treatment but will make a full recovery. Charlie is a happy-go-lucky dog!!!! various bars and restaurants on the islands, according to McCall. There can be various scams circulating in the Virgin Islands at any given time, McCall added. against fraud is to identify suspicious charges immediately, he explained. Check banks balances daily and report any unauthorized charges to your bank and to law enforcement. Talk about credit card fraud began months ago and has steadily increased. Discussions of credit card fraud began appearing on social media sites last month with more and more St. John and St. Thomas residents being targeted. Reported victims include customers of FirstBank VI, BancoPopular, Merchants Commercial Bank, ScotiaBank, Bank of St. Croix and Bank of America. Many of the victims reported having been at restaurants, a gas station and an ATM machine all in Red Hook before learning that their accounts were hacked, but there have been cases of fraud reported on St. Croix and St. John as well. Victims have been hit with charges ranging from $20 and less to thousands of dollars with compromised cards being used for purchases in locations from St. Thomas to New York City and even Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Compromised in Red Hook There are tons of people whose cards seem to have been compromised in Red Hook, said a St. Thomas resident. And the cards are being used for purchases in NY, Europe, St. Thomas and other places, so these people may actually be smart enough to sell the card information on the black market instead of trying to clone the cards themselves. I have two friends who were on vacation down here and when they got back to Boston, the same thing happened to them, said a St. John resident. It has happened to I know. Some of them had their accounts compromised and some had their accounts cleaned out. For me it was both my credit card and my Bank of America debit card. A woman in Uruguay tried to charge $426 on my card. My wifes card got hit two days ago right as we ate in Red Hook, said another St. John resident. I keep my cards in a brass card holder, but she didnt. Shes been checking our accounts every couple of hours since this started weeks ago, so she caught it after only $200 had been charged at a Dillards in Louisiana. I had friends meet us for dinner last night; all 10 were locals on St. Thomas and all 10 had their cards hit. Some victims were targeted back in June while others were hit in late July. My card was hit this after noon, said a St. John resident in late July. I got a call from Mer chants Bank about a $319 charge at a liquor store in New York City. They instantly canceled my card work for a new one. While I was sitting at a BBQ and talking about my card being hit today, a friend on St. Thomas got an email that his credit card had been hit for fraud, said the resident. This is absolutely ridiculous. VIPD Insular Investigation Unit detectives said they are investigating a few cases of cell phone and phone card scams where the con artists pretend to be a family member with personal details, according to the press release issued by the department. VIPD Insular Investigation Unit detectives are also investigating a few cases of cell phone and phone card scams. The con artists pretend to be a family mem ber with personal details of a relationship. They say they have been hurt, lost their possessions and cell phone and asks for phone cards so they can contact family members. After spending hundreds of dollars in phone cards, the victim discovers it is a hoax. Anyone who receives a phone call saying that a relative or close friend is in trouble or hurt; should try not to let emotions and sympathy for the person overcome common sense. Ask the person for a phone number to contact them, or an address to verify the information. Also attempt to contact the person at their regular cell phone or land line and contact their famperson before sending any money. This scenario, however, does have described as their experiences with credit and debit card fraud occurring after they used their cards at restaurants, gas stations and ATM machines. Some people have suggested the criminals might be using a credit card skimmer, a portable device which can be attached to a credit card machine, a gas pump or an ATM machine. The skimmer passively reads someones card data as the real card machine is working. VIPD St. Thomas/St. John District Chief Darren Foy said the effects of widespread fraud can be detrimental to the community. The Virgin Islands is a small community that can be adversely affected economically and socially because of the uncertainty of being a victim of credit card fraud, said Foy. The VIPD encourages you to report all telephonic scams, social media scams, and credit card/ debit card fraud that you may have information about. To report a scam call VIPD on St. Thomas/St. John at 774-2211 and on St. Croix at 778-2211. Victims can also call 911 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222TIPS. checking our accounts every couple of hours since this started weeks ago, so she caught it after only $200 had been charged at a Dillards in Louisiana. I had friends meet us for dinner last night; all 10 were locals one St. John resident
St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 9 held on Nicole Robin the history of the maritime of St. Johnians in that endeavor. ton vessel operators installed Tradewinds News Photos by Judi ShimelNew Generation of Boat Captains Inducted Into V.I. Captains AssociationBy JUDI SHIMEL St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y A new generation of marine professionals were inducted Friday, August 15 into the VI Captains Association. The ceremony conferred licensed marine operator status on twelve men and one woman who have completed a course of study and hands-on training at sea. On hand for that tribute were pioneering captains serving 35 to 40 years in the wheelhouse of companies like Varlack Ventures, Transportation Services of St. John, Boyson, Inc, Inter-Island Boat Service. Most of the thirteen will work for those companies. Representatives from Love City Car Fer ries, Caneel Bay Resort, Caribbean Performance and Global Marine also pinned captains bars on the shoulders of their respective operators. The VI Department of Health also pinned a captain who, newly licensed and commissioned, will serve that agency. Performing the honor was Liston Huntie Sprauve, the namesake for the St. John ambulance boat, is a retired 40year veteran of the local marine industry. He was also a crewman on the motor vessel Nicole Robin, captured by the Cuban military in 1973. Sprauve, along with fellow crew mates, James Penn and Loredon Boynes, Jr, received special recognition during the August 15 installment ceremony. Captain Cheryl BoynesJackson, granddaughter of Nicole Robin boat captain Loredon Boynes, Sr., told the story of a voyage gone awry. Late Captain Loredon Boynes Honored Capt. Boynes Sr. died in 1994. He was named on a list of deceased boat captains honored during the ceremony. A of illness, Boynes-Jackson said. On July 13, 1973, Boynes and the crew set out from Key West on a delivery run home to St. John, she said. One of the crewmen said the landmarks on the route put them too close to Cuba, Boynes-Jackson said, but the navigator said he had to get closer to view the landmass. But before they could, Cuban aircraft and patrol boats confronted the Nicole Robin and its crew. Loredon Boynes Sr. and his crew spent 19 days in individual jail cells until the U.S. State Department, with the help of Swiss diplomats, set them free. left with enough fuel to get to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, where they were met by family members who provided them with the means to return to St. John, Boynes-Jackson said. Then, along with Captain Malcolm Sprauve, she repreof bars on the shoulders of the incoming captains. Those being elevated to the status of captain include Greg Allen, Kareem Boynes, Rajhan Burton, Kaleel Cagan, Devon rancis, Deryck Fredericks, Hannah Hedrington, Jarvis Hodge, Margin Jean-Charles, Ceneca Lindo, Dion Otto, Elvis Smith and Aleek Thomas. Gallows Point Resort, Cruz Bay(340)776-0001email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.ocean362.com Bar & Lounge Opens at 5:30 pm Dining Room Opens at 6pm Wednesday-Monday Reservations Appreciated Full Bar Resort Casual Dress Credit Cards AcceptedLO C AL S ONL Y : 15% Off Every Night UNTIL WE CL OSE FO R OFF SEASON FULL VETERINARY SER VICESCanines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com
10 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 4.9 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded E d u c a t i o n A f t e r H o u r s S t J o h n T h u r s d a y A u g u s t 2 8 t h 5 : 3 0 p m 7 : 3 0 p m J u l i u s S p r a u v e S c h o o l S t T h o m a s F r i d a y A u g u s t 2 9 t h 5 : 3 0 p m 7 : 3 0 p m D e p a r t m e n t o f E d u c a t i o n ( M a i n C o m p l e x C h a r l o t t e A m a l i e ) S t C r o i x F r i d a y S e p t e m b e r 5 t h 5 : 3 0 p m 7 : 3 0 p m D e p a r t m e n t o f E d u c a t i o n ( M a i n C o m p l e x C h r i s t i a n s t e d ) St. John Tradewinds Greetings. We are now into hurricane season. Hopefully, all St. Johnians are prepared for whatever nature has in store for us. The recent 4.6 earthquake is a reminder that hur ricanes are not the only disaster we must prepare for. The members of St. John Rescue train regularly on Thursday evenings. We have been working on our equipment making sure that it will be usable when the need arises. Check out our website at www.stjohnrescue.com to keep up with our activities. On July 19, St. John Rescue Captain Rudell Call wood, EMT Jeffrey Allen, and I traveled to Water Island for a day of training and networking. We provided the Water Island Search and Rescue team with a CPR course in the morning and continued in the To The Rescue St. John Rescue Is Prepared for Hurricanesafternoon with First Aid. The 12 members of WISAR were totally engaged during the entire day. We hope to return later in September to continue with classes in Patient Assessment, Cardiac Care, Airway techniques and Oxygen therapy. The members of WISAR are a dedicated group of volunteers. It is a pleasure working with them. On August 9, we presented another CPR course. This course was attended by several employees at the ECO tour company in Coral Bay. St. John Rescue offers CPR training to all residents and visitors on St. John on the second Saturday of each month. The fee is $30 per person. Students who successfully complete the three-hour cation through American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). It is no secret that this has been a warmer than normal summer. for everyone. Water dehydration occurs when the body does not take in enough water to replace the amount it loses through sweating and excretion. Once this occurs you may begin to experience some serious and potentially life threatening symptoms. You can prevent dehydration by knowing the signs, such as: Sticky dry mouth Dizziness Constipation Thirst Dry skin Headache Tiredness For extreme dehydration that can sometimes be fatal you can experi ence: Lack of sweating Extreme thirst Rapid breathing and heart rate Lowered blood pressure Very hot dry skin Fever Fussiness in children Lowered mental status in adults If you experience any of these symptoms get yourself some waspot. For extreme dehydration you should call 911 (340)776-9110. It has been advised that an adult should drink approximately 8 eight oz glasses of water per day. Of course, this amount varies with your weight, environment, and your activity level. Over the past few weeks St. John Rescue has responded to the following calls: July 26 for a man in distress on Lind Point Trail, August 4 for a motor vehicle crash on Center line Rd, August 5 to Coral Bay for a man who fell off a ladder, August 7 to MKS for a patient transfer, August 11 to MKS for a patient transfer, August 14 for a female who injured her ankle on Reef Bay Trail, August 18 to Honeymoon Beach for a reported drowning with CPR in progress, August 18 for a man down at Caps. Events: July 28 for the Chaotic Kayac Event Training: July 17 for training on use and maintenance of our oxygen generator, July 19 to Water Island for CPR/First AId training, July 24 at Rescue HQ for Patient Assessment training, July 31 at Rescue HQ for Patient Assess ment training, August 2 at Rescue HQ for CPR training, August 19 and 24 at Rescue HQ for CPR training. Members of St. John Rescue serve our community with pride. We are on call for life. If you would like to take one of our CPR courses contact me at (340)626-5118 or at starvillas@ msn.com. St. John Tradewinds A 4.9 magnitude earthquake occurred about 30 miles north northwest of St. Thomas, at approximately 11:05 p.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was located at Latitude 18.7 degrees north and Longitude 65.1 degrees west, at a depth of about 24 miles. Residents on St. Thomas reported that the earthquake shook their homes including in areas such as Point Pleasant, downtown Charlotte Amalie and Nisky. However, no injuries have been reported, according to VITEMAs 911 Emergency Communications Center.
St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 11 By TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds The developers of the St. John Marina The Yacht Club at Summers End want to work with the Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) to remove derelict vessels and clean-up Coral Bay Harbor and to raise any additional funds necessary to clear the bay of man-made debris, according to one of the development partners who is also an active CBCC member. The CBCC has received a grant of $90,000 from the NOAA Marine Debris Program and NOAA Restoration Center for in Coral Bay, the community organizations founder announced at the start of testimony at the August 20 public hearing on plans for the St. John Marina proposed for the south shore of the bay. The CBCC project is focused on removing derelict vessels in Coral Harbor and cleaning up marine debris along shorelines, in mangroves and in the boat mooring ar eas, according to a CBCC statement. CBCC has committed to providing in-kind services and funds for a total project value of nearly $140,000, according to the press release. If more is needed, we will raise whats necessary, said St. John Marina partner Rick Barksdale. There are a number of sunken vessels in the area of the proposed south shore marina, and the St. John Marina principals also are in negotiations with the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources for a partnership to clean up Coral Bay Harbor and to organize and manage moorings in the public waters which have a substantial liveaboard boating community and no formal anchor ing plan or fueling or wastewater pump-out facilities. Product of CBCC Planning That grant came out of the (CBCC) Marine Uses Planning Team, St. John Marinas Barksdale said. I was part of the group that put together the concept. My suggestion was to try to get a professional contractor, Barksdale added. If more money is needed, the marina developer said, then we just need to raise the additional funds. Summers End was looking forward to possibility of working with whoever received the grant, Barksdale added. We are absolutely looking forward to it, We want to look at how can we prevent this from ever happening again, he added. CBCC is currently seeking to hire an employee to manage the derelict vessel project and other functions, according to the organizations founder, Sharon Coldren. For decades, on an on-going basis, cleanup, removal and disposal of marine debris, and rescue of grounded vessels (two sailboats were rescued after T.S. Bertha recently), have been accomplished by boaters, the Coral Bay Yacht Club members, the Coral Bay Community Council and other community volunteers, said Coldren in a press release. The moorings maintainer, charter boat captains, marine services store, and shoreline restaurants all participate. However these volunteers have been frustrated by the lack of funding to remove the grounded and sunken wrecks that leave visitors with the erroneous conclusion that Coral Bays boaters dont care environmen tally, said Coldren. This federal NOAA grant funding for derelict vessel removal will raise the morale of all who continu ously work to keep the bay clean. The main task in this Coral Bay Community Council project is to remove abandoned and derelict vessels from Coral Harbor, Coldren continued. For a variety of reasons, over the last 25 years since Hurricane Hugo, approximately one dozen grounded vessels have not been removed. Environmental Hazards These vessels pose an environmental hazard, which can be prevented with removal, the community activist added. For instance, serious storm waves could move the vessels causing battering of the surrounding mangroves and stripping the seagrasses. This project will allow seagrass to regrow and mangroves to put down new roots, returning the area to more pristine conditions. The mangroves, seagrasses, and corals of Coral Harbor are rich and unique thriving nursery habitats known for their wildlife diversity: For example, black tip reef sharks and lemon sharks use these shalseagrass meadows that cover most of Coral CBCC Receives NOAA Grant To Remove Derelict Vessels from Coral Bay Harbor www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat above. 50% OFFEVERYTHING! STOREWIDE SALE!August 25-30 SELLING? BUYING? RENTING SEEKING? GET RESULTS!St. John Tradewinds Continued on Page 18
12 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 Real Estate Sale Course Offered for V.I. ResidentsSt. John Tradewinds Individuals interested in learning more about the real estate industry are being urged to register for the Real Estate Sales course offered by the UVICELL Center. The course, Real Estate Practices and Principles, will be held 6 9 pm on Monday and Thursday beginning September 11, 2014. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus. The Real Estate Sales course is designed to expose individu als to the real estate industry for the Real Estate Salesperson licensing examination. A variety of topics will be covered includ ing Real Estate Theory, Mathematics, USVI Rules and Regula tions and all applicable sections of the VI Code. For fees or more information on the course, call 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu. DPNR Partnership With Developer Will Implement Redesigned and Regulated Coral Bay Mooring FieldBy TOM OA T St. John Tradewinds The principals of the proposed St. John Marina the Yacht Club at Summers End may have a decision from DPNRs St. John Coastal Zone Management (CZM) committee on their entire marina development plan before they can complete an agreement with the agency to implement al Harbor as part of their marina development. The marina developers are already in a partnership with the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) through a 2013 grant of $1,273,689 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the development of a marina in Coral Bay, according to a January 2014 press release from V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen. We are working on reaching an agreement with them, St. John marina principal Rick Barksdale told St. John Tradewinds after the CZM hearing on his groups plans for Coral Bay. Our understanding is its under legal review, Barksdale said of the operating agreement needed to start work on the moorings. Everything is subject to permitting, Summers End is looking forward to possibility of working with the Coral Bay Community Council as the recipient of a federal grant to clear derelict vessels from Coral Harbor, Barksdale said. (See related story on CBCC grant.) We are absolutely looking forward to it, the developer said. We want to look at how can we prevent this from ever happening again.UVICELL Offers New Course for Real Estate BrokersSt. John Tradewinds The UVICELL Center is set to launch a new real estate industry with a desire to become a licensed real estate broker. The Real Estate Broker Exam Review course will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays beginning September 6. Sessions will take place at the UVICELL Center, located at #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted, St. Croix. Participants must be a V.I. Licensed Real Estate Salesperson or an attorney licensed and admitted to practice in the U.S.V.I. This eight-week program will serve as guide and review preparing individuals for the V.I. Real Estate Broker Exam. Reasons to become a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the U.S. Virgin Islands include the abil ity to go out on your own, negotiation of commission splits, status recognition with buyers and sellers, and much more. For fees or more information on the course, call Angel Swindell at (340) 692-4230, email email@example.com or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.
St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 13 6th Annual Just Play Day Set for Monday, October 13St. John Tradewinds Using Sport for Social Change will bring back, for the sixth Each person will be given a free t-shirt and water bottle for the event. A full lunch will also be provided by Mathayom Privates Chefs to each attendee at the event. Brenda Reckor-Wallace will once again be the event moderator. DJ Adonis will be spinning the music for the event, and William Schouten (aka T-Rex/Juggernaut) will be the guest of honor. About William Schouten: Schouten has dominated the NAPF and Caribbean super-heavyweight division of this sport for many years. He is currently training for the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships later this year and the North American Regional, Caribbean and Pan-American championship games of 2015. Schouten brings a winning attitude to the games and proudly represents the U.S. Virgin Islands. T-Rex or Juggernaut as many call him is completely dedicated and always eager to share his vast knowledge and experience with the next generation of Virgin Islands lifters. Schouten is grateful for all the support and encouragement that he has received, from his family, coaches, friends and the community as a whole. Mr. Schouten operates under the theory nothing is impossible. Volunteers are needed and encouraged to sign up as well. Preregistration is required. To sign up, please visit http://www.usingsportforsocialchange.com. Volunteers will be asked to do general tasks such as keep score and keep the kids moving in the right direction. Sponsors are greatly needed to make this event a meaning ful and memorable experience for all. Any business or individual who would like to help sponsor this event, visit http://www.usingsportforsocialchange.com/2013_just_play_sponsorship_levels. More information about this event can be found at: http:// www.usingsportforsocialchange.com. By JAIME ELLIOTT St. John Tradewinds Soaking up the views of quaint Coral Bay harbor from the expansive decks at the elegant Villa Madeline, youll feel worlds away from it all. Yet this two bedroom, two and a half bathroom Estate Eden home for sale for $1.395 million is only a few minutes from the fun shops and restaurants in the quiet Coral Bay area, explained Holiday Homes of St. John sales associate Sandra Mohler. Villa Madeline is a luxuriously appointed two bedroom Villa located in Estate Eden overlooking Coral Bay, said Mohler. This quiet hillside estate offers plenty of privacy and tranquility as well as easy access to restaurants and services nearby. The masonry home offers plenty of Caribbean charm with gorgeous stone walls and a clay tiled roof. Villa Madelines well-maintained grounds boast lush tropical landscaping offering the plenty of privacy. The villa has classic stone walls and clay tile roof with a modern well built interior that provides guests with all the amenities, said Mohler. with plenty of space for relaxing with friends, hosting dinner parties or just curling up with a good book. The great room boasts a beautiful wooden exposed beam ceiling and a stunning natural stone wall. Step from the great room right into the open-plan kitchen where a gourmet will feel right at home. The kithcen at Villa Madeline boasts hard wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Each of the two bedrooms at Villa Madeline is an elegant master suite boasting an en suite bathroom. Both bedrooms are air conditioned and offer the utmost in privacy. The amenities dont end inside at Villa Madeline. Step outside the sliding glass doors of the great room out onto your own spacious deck. The top level boasts lounge chairs and a hammock; the perfect vantage point from which to soak up those harbor views and enjoy the cooling breezes. The lower portion of the deck at Villa Madeline features a refreshing swimming pool and relaxing hot tub. Plenty of space for lounging, an outdoor dining table, an outside shower and grill make enjoying the tropics from the elegant Villa Madeline decks the per fect island past time. The pool deck has a BBQ and is a great place to enjoy the expansive views of the Coral Bay valley below, said Mohler. With privacy as well as easy accesss to restaurants, beaches and shops, Villa Madeline is a popular vacation rental, Mohler added. Villa Madeline is an ideal vacation villa, said the Holiday Homes of St. John sales associate. It is a popular short term rental that is well maintained where guests love coming back year after year. That beauty if matched by the homes masonry construction, Mohler added. The quality of the construction ensures many years of enjoyment for this unique villa, said Mohler. For more information on Villa Madeline, call Mohler at Holiday Homes of St. John at (340) 7748088 or on her cell phone at (340) 514-5968. Enjoy Privacy and Views at Villa Madeline in Estate Eden St. John Tradewinds News Photo in Estate Eden and has views of Coral Bay harbor.St. John Tradewinds News Photo St. John Tradewinds On Saturday, October 18, the Animal Care Center of St. John will present the No Fleas Please Flea Market Sale at WinstonWells Ball Field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual event it a major Animal Care Center Fundraiser with emphasis on the fun. Donors are invited to drop off gently used household items at the ACC shelter located near the library and can call the ACC with questions at 774-1624. There is someone on the island that can make good use of the items you no longer need! Such as: tools, sports equipment, books, (no encyclopediae or National Geographic); toys, clothing, kitchen utensils, lamps (in working order), pictures/frames, dishes, pots and pans, furniture (no appliances), electrical products (working order), bedding (in good condition no stains), decorator pillows, curtains, etc. All toiletries and hygiene products will be given to the St. John Community Foundation to be distributed to the homeless. The ACC understands homelessness and will make a donation from Vendor tables will be available for a $30 donation, if you wish to sell your own items. Save the Date: Flea Market Is Oct. 18
14 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 Crossword Answers (Puzzle located on Page 20) Letters to St. John Tradewinds The Summers End Group would like to thank St. John CZM committee members Andy Penn, Edmund Roberts and Brion Morrisette, DPNR Acting Commissioner J.P. Oriole, DPNR staff, CZM staff, Legislature Annex personnel, VI Police Department and many others for a well-coordinated CZM public hear ing for the permit application of the St. John Marina. Wed also like to thank the public for their comments both for and against the proposed project. We look forward to responding to those comments by referring to answers to concerns already covered within the permit application and any additional information required by CZM or the public to provide transpar ency and clarity for the proposed St. John Marina project. came from St. Thomas including Percival Clouden, CEO of the USVI Economic Development Author ity, and Monique Sibilly Hodge, Assistant Commissioner of the USVI Department of Tourism, both of whom supported the St. John Marina application, and deserve thanks as well. Wednesdays presentation by the Summers End team showed that many of the concerns previously agreed upon during the 2013 Marine Uses Planning Team meetings held at the Guy Benjamin School had been incorporated into the St. John Marina plan including wastewater pump out, fuel dock, harbor clean up, installation of proper mooring tackle, and much needed management of the harbor. The presentation also highlighted the fact that the proposed St. John Marina is a team effort whose expertise in areas of marina design, planning and development, as well as stormwater management, marine and terrestrial biology, civil planning, marina construction and operations, real estate development and commercial construction exceeds 150 years of experience. Due to time constraints what was not focused on as much was the incorporation of input into the proposed plan from the hundreds of hours spent by the St. John Marina development team in meetings and communication with territorial and federal agency tion, VI Comprehensive & Coastal Zone Planning, DPNR Enforcement, VI Waste Management Authority, DPNR Public Works, VI Fish & Wildlife, VI Building Permits, VI Dept. of Labor, VI Economic Development Authority, VI Dept. of Tourism, DPNR Commissioner, CZM Director, DPNR/CZM legal counsel, US Army Corps. of Engineers, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, US Fish & Wildlife, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Dept. of Transportation, US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection and more. As the permit application for the St. John Marina moves through the process, Summers End will continue to be accessible through our principals, Marine Uses Advisory Panel, and informational meetings like those held previously with the monthly gathering of St. Johns pastors, and congregational meetings at Coral Bay churches. Again wed like to thank everyone who continues to support the St. John Marina and the respectful way in which you express it. Words of support and encour agement or additional comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Rick Barksdale, managing partner of St. John Marina The Y acht Club at Summers EndAfter reading Mr. Barksdales letter to the editor, it made me realize about climate change. This writing is nothing but one big snow job. This marina is no way to any of our problems. First let us take a look at his so called Economic Strangulation. Yes, it is true that all these stores have comical that Mr. Barksdale could say Guy Benjamin school is gone, when they seemed to get over a mil lion dollars and Guy Benjamin got nothing except what Coral Bay community does for it. Such as the boaters who have always done fund raisers for them. Mr. Barksdale what have you donated. Skinny Legs, Miss Lucys, Shipwreck, Coral Bay Mini mart and many others seem to be thriving. Maybe they just arent cooperating with the Econom ic Strangulation. If this project goes through, the environment will change immensely. First, that area is a natural silt fence. Dredging will be nothing but a total disaster for Hurricane Hole. Once disturbed, the silt will go to the mouth of Coral Bay only to be pushed back in by the seas. Maybe we can put up signs and tell the silt Do Not Enter. Lights will have to be put on the docks if only for insurance purposes. No more star gazing for you folks out there. If this marina becomes the boom they are claiming it to be, a sewer treatment plant will have to be install. so the odor and noise from running I want even start on the social aspect. All I will told the native IndiansBe part of the solution, not part of the problem, well lets just say that it didnt turn out to well for the native Indians. And last but not least, Im sure this project will be EDC. The people of the Virgin Islands are already EDC projects start up the people of the V.I. will not be able to survive. In all honesty, this marina is as good as an idea as giving the government more raises. Gary Emmons, St. John, VIOver the years Ive scoured the Caribbean for a manageable island to live on. Ever since retiring from a 40-year career as a reporter Ive wanted to live somewhere peaceful, quiet and relatively free of commercialism. Bay, as a real possibility. I have now learned that there are plans afoot to install a marina -information that almost made my half my head explode. Ive been coming to St. John for several years, so I know a bit about the politics and policies the govern the island. I was pretty much resigned to making peace with all that; compared to the craziness Ive lived with in Texas, St. Johns is almost minor league. But a marina on Coral Bay? Really? Then I got a copy of a press release someone circulated that included insulting, gratuitous references to St. Johns slave trade that almost made the other half of my head go boom! If the point being made (and I sometimes lost track of the precise point being made, other than the marina should be built) is that development would be good for that side of the island, then by all means build nicely landscaped affordable housing for island employees; a landscape architect could develop community gardens for people who cant get Josephines goodness. Have some successful developer shore up infrastructure, or donate money to the island for lights and guard rails on curvy roads. I guess Im having a hard time understanding why whatever passes for civilization these days has to come to St. John beyond whats already here. Civilization is only a ferry ride away for those who must have it. The long-winded press release reads like yet another case of people moving here to get away from urban craziness, staying a while, then deciding maybe it would be good to have urban craziness closer after all. Next some Californian will want a swimming pool! I hope St. John doesnt let any ill-advised, unsustainable development happen. Im primed to move in a year or two. Ellen Sweets, Austin, TXFuture Resident Urges Caution
St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 15 St. John Youth Coalition Letters to St. John TradewindsA group of islanders has had a number of meetings to help improve the territory. To change the government and improve operations we must have the present Senate pass a bill this year for next year and the future. The bill must reduce the Senate to nine members four from St. Thomas, four from St. Croix and one from St. John as was voted by the people a few years ago. This was the bill that Arnold Golden put forward. Each island will then have its own Island Council in place of the Island Administrator. St. Croix and St. Thomas will have 11 members in their island councils be as per the present Island Administrators budget for the next year. The above program could be a great help and save a great deal of money and the people would be taking part to improve the way of life in these good islands. Any change would take a great deal of thought on the part of all government, and especially on the Senate. As it is now we are living in The Good Old Days, but this world has changed. It is necessary to keep up with the modern times, as much as we would like to keep things as they are. Unfortunately, those days have left us behind and now is the time to try and catch up! Vote in November. Norm Gledhill As we all have learned in our lives, one mans trash is another mans treasure, and to each his own. Its a good personal quality to be aware of and not to push your own beliefs onto others. For example, for me, an appreciation for Coral Bay includes the natural beauty of course, and I also appreciate that it took many years and many lives lived in a peaceful, idyllic fashion to create the tone and something and it is a precious resource in this world. For The Summers End Group beauty appears to be found in Ferragamo leather, Ralph Lauren Cushions, Crystal Champagne and MultiMillion Dollar Yachts. That is what inspires the group, drives the group. It is having that lifestyle that deeply motivates them and drives their pushing. The fact that I believe until their values are being pushed on me. It is not appropriate to imagine that we all think theirs is a better way to live. Certainly there are many wealthy people here who are happy to leave that life style behind, to simply breathe deeply taking in the healing quietude that generations have created here. The strategy from SEG has been pushy from the start as well as disingenuous. By seemingly aligning themselves with individuals, committees and commu nity groups they were all the while working in secret with DPNR and being coy about their intent. I urge the Governing bodies looking deeply into this not to be fooled and manipulated by a pushy strategy. Hurrying never works on matters small or large and to imagine that this all has to happen right away project than to a more solid foundation. Their own words speak about streamlining all the permits necessary as though they have been told it is on, they call anyone who does not agree with them names and they have set themselves up in adversarial relationships with boaters and landowners already. They have already eroded the trust they would common unity. Perhaps trust and a working relation ship is not what they want. Again pushing, they state soon as possible and they use the word enforcement when describing DPNRs role in the partnership. The Coral Bay community was told by DPNR to Coral Bay rather than those with more appropriate knowledge for the task of mooring inspections. The last exchange between DPNR and Coral Bay a miscarriage of justice ensued. Are we to understand that the pushy nature of this group will be joining forces with DPNR to enforce their new regulations? Will Summers End be developed at the end of the see many problems, too many big problems with a group trying to push a grandiose plan on a community that is not suitable in its present form and that will do more harm than good. Be wary and see the big picture and use the kind of caution a good boater does, Slow is pro. Rather than be swayed by pushy salesman and women who have only their own beliefs and values on the table. Stay strong for St. John and enjoy the integrity that would be connected to your name for making sound A cadre of locals to serve the elitist guests in their Private Club that looks like a Plantation is something are forcing a design that is as poorly conceived as the business plan and they are rushing forward. If a train conductor gets on the power too soon coming out of a curve there is great danger. If he thinks he is in the clear and powers up, he will lose the caboose and all the cars attached to it. A great catastrophe ensues. Use caution when thinking of uprooting what took generations to create and please move slowly in considering something that is of such importance for the islands health. The SEG has pointed out that the Park has 70 percent of the island and it seems their point is that they only want to ruin just this one corner of it! Paul T sakeres
16 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail email@example.com or fax 693-8885. Monday, August 25 Virgin Islands National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal $15.00 user fee for boat moorings and the $4.00 user fee at Trunk Bay Beach on Monday, August 25. Thursday, August 28 In preparation for upcoming public school year, a mandatory Julius E. Sprauve Schoool orientation for parents will be Thursday, August 28, as follows: K-5th parents 8:30 a.m. at JESS Cafeteria; 6th-8th parents 10 a.m. at JESS Cafeteria. Saturday, August 30 St. John Zumba Fitness Party is having a fundraiser for Gifft Hill School on Saturday, August 30 at 9 a.m. at St John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. Zumba is an upbeat workout that combines fun music with easy to follow choreography. One hour Zumba class for $10 with 100% of the proceeds going to GHS. Sunday, August 31 Brush off that bike, break out the wd40 and start getting ready for the 15th Annual Love City Triathlon on Sunday morning, August 31, beginning at 7 a.m. School Starts T uesday, September 2, 2014 The 2014-2015 school calendar has an opening and closing dates for public schools are September 2nd, 2014 and June 19th, 2015, respectively. Saturday, October 18 On Saturday, October 18, the Animal Care Center of St. John will present the No Fleas Please Flea Market Sale at Winston-Wells Ball Field from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual event it a major Animal Care Center Fundraiser with emphasis on the fun. Saturday, November 22 The Rotary Club of St. John will hostb2014 Flavors A Taste of St. John on November 22 at St. Johns award-winning Westin Resort in the newly renovated ball room and will include adjacent rooms from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The fundraiser will include about 24 participating restaurants, live music by Cool Sessions, and a number of wine distributors and silent auction. ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS All meetings are now open. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6 p.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; Thursday 7 a.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; Sunday 9:45 a.m., Hawksnest Bay Beach; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral Bay NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday at St. Ursulas Church. AL-ANON MEETINGS For Al-Anon meeting location and times, please call (340) 642-3263 Letters to St. John TradewindsGood day. The purpose of this communication is to serve as notice that I cannot in good conscience participate in todays casting of lots by the usual means. within the time allowed by law, was illegally signed by proxy, and is thus illegal; therefore todays casting of lots is also illegal. As you are aware, my great effort and energy purpose of preventing this type of circumstance from ever occurring again. Yet it has. This time with the aiding and abetting of the Attorney General himself who had no legal authority to advise Board members to illegally certify said elec tion under emergency conditions created by the Boards own negligence. Several questions and allegations pertaining to this Districts Primary Election have gone unaddressed contrary to Title 18, Section 47, which requires alleged fraud and irregularities be investigated by the Board and reported to the Attorney General for prosecution. This did not occur and is also negligent. penalty of perjury that he has personal knowledge the election results are true and accurate. Mr. Boschulte was not present for any vote counting. Thus, he has said election results, and therefore he cannot certify them. My desire is to run for a Board of Elections seat and make a difference. My participating in todays casting of lots in the usual manner will be predicated an accomplice to the very illegality I have fought to change. Therefore, I cannot and will not pull any lot today. However (pursuant to both law and Supervisor Fawkes Note in the Special Notice section of her Aufor the candidate.), you will have to pull my lot for me; or (should I be forced to), please note that I will do so only under protest. At this time, the only legal option is a new primary. Regards, Harriet A. Mercer BOE GE CandidateThe Department of Defense sent out separation notices to 1200 Army captains, including 48 deployed to Afghanistan. They received eight to nine months of notice so they could prepare for civilian life. What good is the notice for the captains deployed to Iraq for the next eight or nine months? How will this affect their performance in a war zone? The next group to get the ax will be majors, and I cers who have not served the 20 years needed to retire The separations are part of the force reductions necessitated by the sequestration defense cuts. The projected savings in defense spending across all branches Our foreign aid is $37 billion annually. If we cut it by 2%, or $0.74 billion per year, we will save $3.7 tary forces. Surely, with some rational thinking, we can squeeze 2% out of the foreign aid budget without jeopardizing our interests overseas, which will allow us to maintain our current force levels and enhance our national security. Donald A. Moskowitz Londonderry, NH Congress is now on recess as of August 4th, returning to their seats in DC on September 8th while on recess, they are campaigning for the November elec tion. In their campaign speeches they make promises they probably can not keep. They visit VA medical centers, nursing homes for the aged, union halls, hold round table sessions, meet with constituents. In my opinion, items of this nature should always be on their agenda, not just 3 months prior to the elections looking for votes. Now that the VA has a new Administrator, the problems are not yet solved. Hopefully the new Administrator will make needed improvements as the investigation continues to turn up inappropriate discrepancies. The main item that needs to be addressed by Congress when back in session is House Bill HR-543 The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Act. We vets need help from the American people to call their members of Congress and urge them to support this House Bill. Navy Vietnam veterans are the most denied which makes no sense for VA benstill infected and sick with agent orange. The deadly herbicide was in the air and in our drinking water at sea, a proven fact by the Institute Of Medicine which the VA ignores. With Congress on recess in their home States campaigning, let them know that American people do have a voice. John J. Bury, U.S. Navy retired Media, PA
St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 17 Letters to St. John TradewindsWe hope that everyone has had an enjoyable and begins for students on September 2. We look forward to an exciting, engaging school year. This school year as we know will be the year when all public school students will be housed and educated at JESS. We look forward to a very productive year where our teachers get to collaborate, plan and implement new ideas as our primary goal is to provide all of our students with a quality education. We do sympathize with the closing of GBS and who knows what the future will hold but in the interim we as a community need to work together and make this experience the best for our children. Remember it takes a village to raise a child and at JESS we need the continued support and commit all of our elementary vacancies this school year and we are still diligently working on providing more opportunities to our secondary students. We are working hard with the department to complete our playground project. We welcome volunteers into our classrooms and we maintain an open door policy. Instead of making assumptions, why not visit the school and witness for yourself the great things that happen within our classrooms at JESS. Teaching is a profession of the HEART! Our entire staff from our kitchen workers, custodians, faculty, support staff and administration is committed to what we do and work hard to make each childs eduwe prepare them for the real world. Our motto continues to be, Our students come instruction centers on our students. Our focus continues to be on student achievement, school culture and teacher/leader effectiveness. We will continue with many of our existing programs that have yielded success for our students and implement new ones if needed. We will be sure to track students individual progress to better meet their needs. We are excited for this school year and the opportunity to make a differ ence in the lives of the children of St. John. In preparation for upcoming school year, a mandatory orientation will be held for parents on August 28, 2014 as follows: K-5th parents 8:30 a.m. JESS Cafeteria; 6th-8th parents 10 a.m. JESS Cafeteria. During orientation, parents will have an opportunity to meet teachers. Teachers return on that day so classroom may not be ready for visits as yet. You are welcome to stop in from August 20 up until the day of orientation to get a supplies list if you havent received one as yet and pay your fees and insurance. We will also have PE uniforms on sale, as they are required for all PE classes. Your cooperation and attention are appreciated. Dionne W ells, JESS PrincipalJESS Principal Welcomes StudentsThe Love City Pan Dragons Youth Steel Orchestra program survived a serious cash crunch this spring, thanks to several local businesses stepping up in response to our urgent call. Now that awaited funding has come through from Sports Parks & Recreation and VI Council on the Arts to help us through the rest of 2014, our focus has returned to a few chronic problems with our Youth Center headquarters that reduce our comfort and endanger the condition of our instruments. We have three issues that could be (we hope) easily and quickly solved by someone with the requisite skills who is willing to donate materials and a little ter (not a good thing!); Rainwater that runs under the wall in the southeast corner of the room and across asphalt parking lot); SP&R closed in our room under the eaves in preparation for putting in A/C, but has not been able to put in the equipment, so the room has lost the natural ventilation that used to refresh the air. The heat and humidity, despite six ceiling fans, and several fans on stands, has nowhere to go and makes us sweat and rusts our expensive steel pans. Would an exhaust fan (we have one that could work, I think) help? On September 5 we are starting up again after our annual post-Carnival break, and would love to have these problems solved going forward. If you are interested in giving us a hand, please call Elaine Penn at 998-3726, or Greg or Josephine Edward at Courtesy Car Rental at 776-6650. Elaine C. Penn, W ebmaster Love City Pan Dragons Y outh Steel OrchestraPan Dragons Seek Help from St. John Contractors Obituary William Stewart Rogers: 1927-2014 St. John Tradewinds William Stewart Roberts Robin Rogers, of 528 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, Rhode Island, died on August 12, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marcia Hersey Rogers. Their daughter, Caroline, is a longtime resident of St. John. Robin and Marcia were regular visitors to St. John and loved the island. Born in Newport on July 2, 1927, Robin was the son of Paul C. Rogers and Ilonka R. Rogers. He graduated from the Fessenden School in 1940, St. Georges School in 1944, the University of Wisconsin in 1949, and received a M.A.T. degree from Brown University in 1966. Robin began his career at St. Johns School in years and was named founding headmaster of The Pingree School, South Hamilton, MA in 1961. He is remembered as a rare and innovative educator who led with zest, discipline, iconic spirit, integrity, humor and hard work. He returned to St. Georges in 1974 as teacher and coach, and held the Anthony M. Zane Chair in History and English, retir ing in 1993. As one student noted More than anything he was a champion of us, these adolescent kids thrown together letting us know its ok to be who we are, but yet we can always do better. In retirement, Robin continued to pursue his lifelong interest in history, literature, chess, St. Georges School and the Red Sox. In addition to his wife, Robin is survived by 3 children, Caroline, Helene, and Paul, his daughter-in-law, Rosa, and grandchildren, David, Sam, Sebastian, and Elena.
18 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 Bahai Community of St. John For Devotions and Study Circles, call 714-1641 7:30 p.m. Fridays; Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays 776-6316, 776-6254 Bethany Moravian Church Sunday School 9 a.m., Divine Worship 10 a.m. Calvary Baptist Church 13 ABC Coral Bay, 776-6304 Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday evening 6 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Christian Ministry Cinnamon Bay Beach Inter-Denominational, Sunday 8:30 a.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sun. 9 a.m., on St. Thomas 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, Divine Worship 8:30 a.m., 776-6713 Freshwater Church Sunday Service 10 a.m; Monday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Thursday Womens Bible Study 9 a.m. Saturday Mens Bible Study 10 a.m. Follow us on Facebook for Locations or call (340) 514-6578 Jehovahs Witness 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7 p.m. Saturdays (Espaol), 10 a.m. Sundays, 340-715-053 Missionary Baptist Church 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45 Worship, Tuesday 7 p.m. Bible Study 693-8884 Nazareth Lutheran Church Sunday 9 a.m., Sunday School 8 a.m. 776-6731 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Saturdays: 6 p.m.; Sundays: 7:30 & 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. in Coral Bay at the Johns Folly Learning Institute & 6 pm. in Spanish; Mondays: 12:15 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7 a.m. & Fridays: 7 p.m. Call 776-6339 for more information. St. John Methodist Church Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830 Seventh Day Adventist Saturdays, 779-4477 St. John Pentecostal Church Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m.Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m., Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m. 779-1230 St. Ursulas Episcopal Church Sunday Church Service, 9 a.m. Bible Class on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. 777-6306 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Church Directory Westin Will Be Able To Go Off Grid with Solar Array Does Not Substantially Alter Permit stallation does not substantially alter or modify the scope, nature or characteristics of the existing per mit. with an estimated yearly output estimated (sic) at 1584 wrote in a memorandum to committee members. lar company with basic goals such as to connect the consumer with their own energy generating potential and to enable the consumer to make their own energy choices, according to the CZM staff report. The structures will be designed for 150 mph winds, Westin has been a forerunner in technology, St. John CZM chairman Andrew Penn said after the vote. of the original Major CZM Permit for what is now submitted on May 21, 2014, according to the CZM staff report. The purpose of the project is to incorporate different types of solar structures within the Westin master plan, according to the CZM staff report. The project would include the new build of a car port structure to hold a solar array, the new build of a high bay cover at the tennis courts to hold a solar array, the installation of roof mounted solar arrays on various existing buildings, and the new build of several pavilions for solar arrays. There will be eight mini pavilions to replace existing canvas cabanas, the request stated. These pavilions will be of similar sizes as the cabanas, designed with gently sloping canvas roofs. The new version of the resorts Snorkels Restaurant will be of the same basic construction, according to the CZM staff report. CZM Members Agree In their vote to approve the request, the three mem bers of the St. John CZM agreed with and approved provisions before an almost empty legislative hall. As opposed to the second item on the agenda, the St. John Marina, all three members of the St. John CZM committee were able to hear and vote on the Westin Resort application to allow for the installa tion of solar panel structures throughout the resort. Meanwhile, the crowd assembled for the controoutdoor stairwell and spilling onto the sidewalk outside the St. John Legislature Building waiting for one islative audiences or destined to wait outside the hearing until called to testify. Continued from Page 2 The CBCC will work with the Coral Bay Yacht Club, the primary community partner in this project, the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), and others to complete this NOAA-fund ed project over the next 18 months, according to the CBCC release. The CBCC will work within the DPNR regulatory process to declare a boat abandoned, which includes newspaper advertising, and a competitive contracting insured local marine salvage contractors, according to the CBCC statement. The contractor will be responsible for maximizing the number of derelict grounded vessels safely removed and disposed of, given the grant funds available and contractor selection will be done in consultation with DPNR, NOAA, and other experts, according to the statement. We hope there will be enough grant funds for a contractor to remove all of the existing derelict vessels if not, we will seek private dollar contribu tions to remove the rest of them as part of the same contract, said Coldren The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Center for Marine and Environmental Studies will also participate. One or more graduate students, receiving stipends via the grant, will conduct environmental monitoring to assess the impacts of removal efforts on Coral Bays diverse marine habitats. The students will use their experience to provide public outreach and education to heighten the community conservation ethic and the protection of marine habitats. Dr. Tyler Smith, Associate Professor, will supervise the student environmental monitoring. Dr. Smiths faculty time will be provided pro bono as part of UVIs community service. To reduce future locally-generated marine debris, the Coral Bay Community Council will start a marine debris reduction and reporting program. The program will include all kinds of debris from litter thrown into ghuts and along roads to awareness of incidental oil/fuel spills by boats and outboard engines, and reAs part of the community in-kind matching funds (which place a dollar value on volunteer work), the Coral Bay Community Council is planning volunteer clean-up efforts at selected shoreline and mangrove area locations in cooperation with Coral Bay Yacht Club members, the Kids and the Sea program (KATS), and the Johns Folly Learning Institute. The Friends of the VI National Park is also contributing the value of their annual International Coast Weeks all-island volunteer cleanup to this effort acknowledging the importance of this derelict vessel removal project for St. John. Watch for announcements about these clean-ups and come participate. All community or church groups are welcome to join in volunteering in these clean ups to help preserve Coral Bays valuable marine environment. For further information please contact CBCC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 776-2099.CBCC Receives NOAA Grant To Remove Derelict VesselsContinued from Page 11
St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 19 Continued from Page 3 Crime Stoppers is asking you to continue to help law enforcement make the Virgin Islands a safe place to live, work, and raise a family. If you know something, say something as the cost of all crime is ultimately paid for by the law-abiding citizens of the community via higher prices and higher taxes. St. John On August 3 at about 6 a.m., the owners of Skinny Legs Restaurant in Coral Bay reported to the police that the business was broken into. Suspect(s) stole a safe that contained a large sum of money. Please help police solve this case. If you saw a vehicle leaving the business during the night hours, or may have heard information about the stolen safe, please let Crime Stoppers or someone in law enforcement know. St. Thomas On Friday, July 4 at 12:25 a.m. a man was in the area of Food Center in Frydenhoj when he was shot but doesnt know who shot him. He was treated for several gunshot wounds. Please share what you know about this shooting. Continue to help make our islands a safer place to live and visit by telling us what you know about these, or any other crimes, at www.CrimeStopper sUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also text USVI plus your message to CRIMES (274637). The minimum cash reward for the arrest of a homicide suspect is $1500. Our maximum reward is $2,500.Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin Islands recent years. CZM member Edmund Roberts attended the hearing by the threemember board electronically using the Skype internet program and Andrew Penn chaired the meeting. The two heard the marina application as CZM member Atty. J. Brion Morrisette recused himself from the second deliberation of the evening. (See related stories.) Statutorily, it should be done within 30 days, said Richards. We have to make the decision within 30 days. comfortable seating on the chambers benches. CZM Chairman Penn After much hullabaloo and callaloo, a total of 43 people signed up to testify and approximately 39 did testify as the hearing stretched for four hours, ending after 10:30 p.m. marine community questioning the size, scope and general feasibility of the marina project and the credentials of the developers and motives of various V.I. government agencies, especially DPNR. A handful of native St. Johnians spoke in favor of the project and its potential to bring jobs and economic development to the isolated eastern end of St. John. (See related stories.) The continued enhancement of our tourism product is crucial, said Monique Sibbly Hodge, Acting Commissioner of the V.I. Department of Tourism, speaking in support of the development. CZM Counsel Winston Braithwaite also attended the hearing. The plans for the proposed two-phase construction of the evendeemed complete and ready for committee action in July. The staff report was succinct in its assessment of the development plan. The marina and its related facilities are allowable uses permitted as a matter of right for the B-3 & W-1 zones under Title 29 V.I. Zoning, Building and Housing Laws and Regulations, according to the CZM Preliminary Staff Report. CZM Staff Report Supports Project Portions of the CZM staff report to the St. John committee read like a partnership between the V.I. government and the developers of the St. John Marina to bring economic development to the historical center of the island on the shores of Coral Bay. In partnership with DPNR, The St. John Marina developers were awarded a $1.3 million Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) through the U. S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWSs) Wildlife and Sport Fishing Restoration Program in their effort to encourage recre ational boating through the construction, renovation and maintenance of facilities for transient boaters, the staff report to the St. John CZM cant need for accessible marine access to St. John. Uncontrolled mooring within the bay and vicinity with limited facil ities to serve boaters has contributed to seagrass damage, trash accumu lation and water quality degradation, the CZM staff report continued. Construction of this marina and the associated upland redevelopment will provide a safe docking facility with necessary services to properly support the boating community, both local boaters and transients. Coral Harbor W ell Protected According to Summers End Group, the only demolition proposed for this marina will involve the relocation or removal of moorings within the marina footprint, the report said. Coral Harbor is designated as a mooring area by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. The area is a heavily-used mooring and anchoring area and only a portion of the moorings are legal. The area is heavily used for boat mooring and there are large scars associated with most moorings, even those with properly installed anchors; ropes with associated chains swinging from the moorings denude large areas of seagrass, the CZM report added. While there are new vessel scars, old vessel scars have healed and seagrass has recolonized. The habitat, while highly impacted, is capable of recovery if impacts and stresses are reduced, The bay is well-protected due to the constriction of its opening and its location in the upper bay, the report continued. This allows for protection during storms but results in restricted circulation and has led to a decrease in water quality with the increase in development in the watershed and boating activity in the bay, The conclusion is that existing ambient water quality is impacting the benthic community in the bay, according to the report. The marina has the potential to have an impact on water quality within the bay both directly and indirectly. the impact on water quality of the current manage CZM Staff Analysis Addresses Public Good of St. John Marina Coral Harbor DevelopmentSt. John Tradewinds News Photos by Tom Oat
20 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com email@example.com Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486ArchitectureCrane, Robert Architect, AIA tel. 776-6356 P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831Art GalleriesBajo el Sol Gallery Located in Mongoose Junction tel. 340-693-7070 Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery Located at The Marketplace 340-693-8524BankingFirstbank Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881FurnitureCarlos Furniture 340-693-0016 Located at Tutu Park Mall on STT Free delivery and setup to St. JohnGreen BuildingIsland Green Building Association check www.igbavi.org for Seminar Series info and ReSource Depot inventoryInsurancePGU Insuracne Located at The Marketplace 776-6403; firstname.lastname@example.org Theodore Tunick & Company Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 Chat@pattongold.com LandscapingAlfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831Real Estate340 Real Estate Company, LLC 340-643-6068 or 340-779-4478 email@example.com www.340realestateco.com Debbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 email@example.comRestaurantsFish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Ocean 362 American Contemporary Cuisine For reservations, call 340-776-0001 Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531Wedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday www.stjohnweddingplanner.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory GOLD-TRIMMED ACROSS strong novelist? Caen title Dr.? badge earner? an Alabama university? month? Fallon used to transport popes? upbeat? alephs should never be forgotten? Leewards) Abbr. DOWN lieutenants often
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The required reporting periods to register include, 15 years, 25 years or a life time, depending upon the nature of the sex crime conviction. The law was passed by the VI legislative body in June of 2012, having been submitted by the Governor the the legislature amended the Virgin Islands Sexual Offender Registration and Community Protection Act of 1997, by increasing the reporting requirements for convicted sex offenders. The 2012 law also brought the territory into compliance with the mandates required by the federal Sex Offender Registration and sex offenders who do not comply with registration requirements are apprehended by law enforcement and face immediate incar ceration. The Department of Justice is the agency charged with monitoring the Convicted Sex Offender registration process in the Virgin Islands and states that it remains committed to protecting the families of the Virgin Islands Community. The department issued the following statement of instruction for readers of this newspaper, We ask that members of this community continue to visit our website at www.doj.vi.gov or go directly to usvi. nsopw.gov to access the registry and view the list of sex offenders in the territory. We further ask that if anyone knows the whereabouts of a sex offender who is required to register under Virgin Islands law, but has failed to do so, please contact us at 774-5666 on the island of St. Thomas/St. John or 773-0295 on the island of St. Croix and provide this information to one of our Sex Offender Registry Coordinators, continued the statement. The public may also provide this infor mation through the email address provided page lists all registered offenders currently residing in each of the territorys four, separate islands. Real Estate 22 St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 www.IslandiaRealEstate.com | www.SeaGlassProperties.comO: 340-776-6666 F: 340-693-8499 Villa Lantano | $5,900,000 5 bed | 5.5 bath | 5,568 sqft Serving St. John for Over 40 Years Rivendell | $5,250,000 4 bed | 4.5 bath | 6,350 sqft Luminera | $2,195,000 3 bed | 3.5 bath | 6,639 sqft Brisas Del Mar | $1,350,000 3 bed | 3 bath | 2,625 sqft Colibri | $2,990,000 3 bed | 4 bath | 5,420 sqft Ixora | $1,450,000 5 bed | 4 bath | 4,658 sqft Coyaba | $3,875,000 3 bed | 3.5 bath | 5,233 sqft Palm Terrace Unit 6 | $749,000 4 bed | 3 bath | 2183 sqft Casa de Sonadores | $2,650,000 5 bed | 4.5 bath | 10,300 sqft We Do Vacation Rentals! Providing professional rental management and marketing services for St. John s finest vacation villas and condominiums.For reservations For St. John or brochures business call1-800-338-0987 340-776-6152Vi e w o u r v i l la s a t w w w c a r i b b e a n v i l l a c o m Lumberyard Complex P .O. Box 458 St. John USVI 00831 C a r i b b e a nV i l l a s & R e s o r t sM A N A G E M E N T C O AG Releases New Count of Sex Offenders in V.I. RETAIL & OFFICE SPACEAmple Parking!100 to 4,000 sf AvailableFor more informationCall (340) 690-66991st Month Rent Free Continued from Page 6
St. John Tradewinds, August 25-September 7, 2014 23 COMPLETE REAL ESTATE SE R VI C ESST JO HNS OLD EST R EAL ESTATE F I R M SE R VI N G ST. JO HN F O R 54 YEA R S! INFO@HolidayHomesVI.com TOLL FREE: WWW.HOLIDAYHOMESVI.COM FISCH BAY 2X2 This charming well built home has many unique tile details and is sur rounded by lots of fruit trees. Solar panels net metered for low electric bills. CORAL COTTAGE This cute 3 bdrm Caribbean cottage sits on the hill side above Coral Bay with views from Virgin Gorda to Jost. Decks make it a perfect short term rental, on paved road minutes from town. COQUI COTTAGE Caribbean cute and ready to be loved! Studio layout with king bed in a solid masonry building makes a great start on this .5 acre lot. HALF MOON HOUSE Reef Bay Beachfront is the dramatic setting for this uniquely modern home. Extremely private with incomparable views and masterful construction throughout, this 5 bdrm, 4.5 bath home is an artistic state ment in a world class setting. ROTUNDA A private, gated estate in Upper Peter Bay bordering pristine VI National Park. 5 bdrm/5.5 bth villa w/ lavish outdoor bar, in nity edge pool, sen sational views across St. Johns North Shore to the BVIs. Beaches minutes away! WATERFRONT BEACH GARDEN ultimate privacy architecturally stunning Bali inspired 4 br. Home, 1ac. with pool, spa & surf!. EXCELLENT rental income!, spa & surf! WATERFRONT ON THE EDGE Breathtaking views of 8 islands, perfect private location, minutes from Cruz Bay w/ 500+ ft. of shoreline. Gated estate on nearly 2 ac. designed for island living & entertaining, heated pool, romantic master suite, 2 add. BR suites & extensive common areas, plus solar array. CINNAMON BAY ESTATE borders Ntnl Park in Catherineberg, private, gated setting, 3 bdrms, 23 ft wall of glass & outstanding views. Spacious living areas, wrap around decks, expansive sundeck, large pool, elevated spa & covered dining. VILLA MARBELLA Motivated Sellers! Stunning sunset views in Virgin Grand Estates, single level living under one roof, 3x3.5 with generous spaces, all masonry, and ne mahogany nishes! VILLA LE VIRAGE 4 bdrm/ 4 bth, masonry home w/ open oor plan, sweeping views, perfect pool deck, Pt. Rendezvous location. Exquisite great room, glorious porches, beautiful island stone work, tastefully furnished, tropical gardens. 2 bdrms up & 2 bdrms down w/ interior staircase. Excellent rental history. VILLA MADELINE A classic stone and tile roof exterior, with a modern, luxurious 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath interior plus pool and Bar beque deck. SAVE WAPA COSTS! SEA TURTLE VILLA is a green SOLAR NETMETERED contemporary home that cash ows! Amazing water views, sleeps 8, tropical landscaping, pool, & open architecture set amidst secluded privacy. PARADISE ON THE ROCKS Tropical living, big views & masonry home-centrally-located on Ajax Peak. Two units: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and great room upstairs; private entry 1 bedroom apartment downstairs. Rent one, live in the other! SONNENBERG AMAZING VIEWS Perched above Coral Harbor and Hurricane Hole with large pool, 4+ bedrooms and private apartment, Close to town in gated community. INVESTORS SPECIAL The ground work has been laid for a new owner to step in and complete this house! Completed is a masonary 2x1 apartment and a detached 1x1 wood cottage. The Company that gives back to St. John OWN A MONTH IN A LUXURY HOME Choose a 3 BR 3.5 BA or a 4 BR 4.5 BA villa in upscale Virgin Grand Estates. These 3,000 sq ft villas feature STT & sunset views, pool, AC & more. Priced from $50,000 LAVENDER HILL Luxurious 1 bedroom unit adjacent to pool with 2 decks. Walk to beach and town. Handsomely furnished, immaculately maintained, excellent rental man-agement. $459,000 MLS 12-249 $7,485,000 VIDEO MLS 12-424 $3,599,000 MLS 14-243 $1,950,000 MLS 14-335 $1,295,000 VIDEO MLS 13-432 $995,000 MLS 13-470 $950,000 MLS 13-392 $1,395,000 MLS 14-332 $372,500 MLS 13-498 $510,000 MLS 14-25 GALLOWS POINT Unit 9Cone bedroom, 1.5 bath loft with private deck/ patio, common beach, pool and spa. Restaurant and concierge services on property. Walk to town! $1,100,000 WATERFRONT MLS 14-244 PRICE REDUCED! $599,000 MLS 14-20 $8,000,000 MLS 14-100 BEACHFRONT VIDEO $1,850,000 MLS 14-233 NEW LISTING $699,000 MLS 13-129 $4,900,000 MLS 14-333 WATERFRONT PRICE REDUCED! $4,599,000 MLS 13-538 VIDEO WATERFRONT NEW LISTING SEARCH ENTIRE ST. JOHN MLS, VIEW PROPERTY VIDEOS AND NEWSLETTER/SALES HISTORY AT WWW.HOLIDAYHOMESVI.CO M LOTS OF LAND LISTINGS!! MOTIVATED SELLERS!! SOME SELLER FINANCING!! CAROLINA from $ 70,000 EMMAUS hillside $ 75,000 FISH BAY from $ 79,995 CHOCOLATE HOLE from $ 118,500 CALABASH BOOM hillside $ 135,000 HANSEN BAY hillside & WATERFRONT $ 144,000VIRGIN GRAND ESTATES from $ 150,000 GLUCKSBERG from $ 195,000 FREEMANS GROUND from $ 199,000CONCORDIA from $ 205,000LOVANGO CAY South shore from $ 250,000SAUNDERS GUT hillside & WATERFRONT from $ 299,000 UPPER MONTE BAY/RENDEZVOUS from $ 799,000PETER BAY/NORTHSHORE from $ 1,650,000 WESTIN TIMESHARES from $ 3,999/wkONE MONTH FRACTIONALS from $ 55,000 Dear EarthT alk: What are the environmental risks associated with beach resorts? Shine Shoukkathali via e-mail While they may put up with a lot of stress from wind, waves and weather, beaches and the coastal environments surrounding them are surprisingly fragile. The ecosystems which make up coastal areas have evolved over eons to their current natural states as to their geologic features and the types and distribution of native plants and animals that live there. When large numbers of humans move in, whether as full-time residents or vacationers, the dynamics of local ecosystems begin to change. If the growth is not managed well, this inundation with people can contribute to a wide range of environmental problems. For starters, development of any kind can scar ecosystems and seriously reduce or eliminate wildlife habitat. As houses, condos, shops, restaurants and other buildings begin to replace sand, grasses, trees and othwildlife that frequent such areas are forced to look elsewhere for suitable habitat if they An oft-repeated side effect of all this building is the removal of mangrove forests and sea grass meadows important natural buffers against destructive waves from storms as well as important wildlife habitat. Other examples of coastal development gone awry include boardwalks or marinas built near or on top of coral reefs; beachfront houses, condos, hotels or golf courses replacing sand dunes and meadows; massive amounts of freshwater getting diverted from Environmental Risks from Beach Resorts tourists; and sea turtles scared off from nest sites. The impact of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was much greater in more developed sections of coastal Thai land where mangrove and coral reef loss preceded the natural disaster according to the Climate Institute. In the absence of these natural protective barriers, the giant wave carried its energy all the way to shore, killing over 250,000 people and causing billions of dollars of damage, reported the group. In areas where natural buffer zones remained, such as the Phang Nga province, inland ter ritories were protected by large mangrove forest that dulled the waves impact and dissipated its energy. The indiscriminate conversion of natural shorelines and mangrove forest ecosystems for shrimp farming, urban settlements, tourism development and other often unregulated and unplanned human activities over the past several decades often make the coastal areas and its inhabitants much more vulnerable to the immense destructive force of the tsunamis, reported the World Wildlife Fund. Likewise, the hurricanes that have battered the U.S. in recent years have been far more destructive than those previous, and many blame unrestrained coastal develop ment. plus bill from the Katrina-Rita hurricanes might have been avoided if there had been tough, realistic plans to deter development in exposed coastal areas through buffer zones, wetlands protection, tough building codes and relocating settlements to higher land, reported the news service Common Dreams. The key to minimizing property damage and the loss of lives from such natural disasters may well be in what we allow to be developed. By now, most North American coastal regions have learned their lesson the hard way about the perils of unrestrained development, and new building codes now tend to be much tougher. But with coast-battering storms getting more frequent and intense, all bets are off as to whether our newer rules will be enough to protect beaches and surrounding coastal areas in decades to come.
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