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ST JOHN STRONG – “Love City”
10/20/17 – 8:00 am – Reports came in last night – the water test from the beaches have confirmed it is safe to swim! WAPA also confirmed the initial wave of power will be restored in Cruz Bay, public schools and some other areas of St John. They did not specify what the “other areas” were but with the additional 100 linemen and trucks that arrived yesterday, the restoration of power will continue to move forward.
Oct. 19, 2017 – 1 pm – Diane, owner of Caribbean Villas of St John returned from the island yesterday. She was on St John for 10 days. While on island she went to our management homes to check on their condition. For the homes that had damage, demo has begun or is taking place and supplies are ordered for the repairs to be made. Owners, contractors and employees are already on island working diligently to have the homes ready for season.
While on island she attended the FEMA meetings which are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 am. Updates below:
- Beaches are open though the National Park is recommending waiting to go swimming until after the water tests come back.
- 100 linemen and utility trucks were arriving today. These are in addition to the 35 linemen that are already on island.
- Food Distribution is stopping because grocery stores are open and supplies are arriving.
- More restaurants are opening.
- Priority is getting the internet up and working for all businesses.
- The shuttle is up and running.
- The curfew has been expanded to 8 pm.
- The National Park Service has brought in additional workers to help clean up the beaches
- Now that roads are open, extra workers have been brought in to help with debris removal. Debris will be picked up that is within 10 feet from the roads edge.
- The road by Maho Bay is now open.
- New Jersey police came in to replace the New York Police. They are on island until the 21st.
- Public Schools are schedule to open.
- The Red Cross has left the island
Businesses open: Restaurants – Cruz Bay Landing, Lime Inn, Rhumb Lines, the Dugout to 420 Center, Sun Dog Café & Bar, Sam & Jack’s Deli, Chester’s, Dog House Pub, Hercules, Pizzabar in Paradise, Quiet Mon, Uncle Joe’s BBQ, Wok on the Beach. Grocery Stores – St John Market, Starfish Market, Pine Peace Market, Dolphin Market, Calabash Market. Both Gas Stations are open, Chelsea Drug, the Banks are open, the ATM by Starfish Market is operational, Post Office is open, Connections is open.
Plan to open – opening dates TBD – The Terrace, Morgan’s Mango, Skinny Legs, Miss Lucy’s, Margarita Phil’s, The Tap Room, The Bowery, St John Scoops, Longboard’s will reopen after taking a break, Low Key Watersports, The Thirsty Donkey, The Banana Deck, Ronnie’s Pizza, Ocean Grill, Ocean 362, North Shore Deli, Extra Virgin Bistro, Joe’s Rum Hut, Indigo, La Tapa, Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis. Some of these restaurants and bars are waiting for power and others are doing repairs but plan to open when completed.
During the 10 days Diane was on island she saw steady improvements being made. The island is working towards recovery. The beaches are still beautiful, the water is still a clear turquoise blue and is just as inviting. Because of the hurricanes, several of the beaches are wider now because some of the vegetation was lost. When you drive along the North Shore Road, you still have the scenic overlooks waiting to be photographed but as you drive along you can now see the blue water through some of the vegetation. The canopy of ‘green’ that enveloped the drive has changed and though this change is rather bittersweet, it does not make this picturesque drive any less beautiful. The sunsets are still breathtaking and the warmth of the island figuratively and literally are still there, just waiting for you to visit.
10/11/17 – 3:00 pm – We have more news coming in from St John. The ferry has added additional runs between Red Hook, St Thomas and Cruz Bay, St John. Currently the new ferry times from Red Hook to Cruz Bay are: 7:30a, 8:30a, 9:30a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:00p and 5:30p. The ferry times from Cruz Bay to Red Hook are: 7:00a, 8:00a, 9:00a, 10:00a, 12:00n, 3:00p and 5:00p.
Low Key Watersports is opening as of December 1st this year. Morgan’s Mango had damage from the hurricane but they are rebuilding and hope to be open for this coming season. Miss Lucy’s in Coral Bay had damage but the concrete building is still there. They are doing cleanup and hope to be open for season. Skinny Leg’s in Coral Bay is rebuilding. Woody’s, in Cruz Bay and Sam & Jack’s Deli is open.
When you drive around the locals are seeing the donkeys and pigs out and about. If you have driven around St John, you know this is a common site as you go exploring.
Wapa is predicting there will be power in Cruz Bay within the next two weeks. They are working on the poles and lines now. Wapa has also notified all villa owners to have an electrician check the meter boxes to their villa. An electrician will have to sign off on the box and if the box is damage, the home owner needs to have it repaired/replaced by an electrician. They are having this done so when power is restored area by area, the villa will be ready. Diane, owner of Caribbean Villas of St John is on island now and will be going around to our villas this weekend with an electrician.
The National Park Service is asking everyone to stay out of the park so their crews can continue to work on clearing and doing cleanup and repairs. They do not want to have a lot of foot traffic around while they do this. They are requesting people do not go swimming yet as the water has not been tested and there could still be run off from the hillsides.
If you follow Facebook, Steve Simonsen, a professional photographer has been posting pictures of the island. He has also done some swimming and snorkeling in the BVI’s and the waters were clear and the sea life is returning. His photos are beautiful! Once the water is tested in the National Park, I am sure we will see more underwater pictures. Follow us on Facebook for more island updates as well!
The hillsides are beginning to turn more green every day and the flowers are continuing to bloom. As with everything in life, changes are inevitable and each day can bring something new. One learns to adapt and overcome. You can see this happening every day on St John. Some people will leave and others will return. Others will look for an island adventure and move to this wonderful community, as they will want to experience first hand the life of living in the Caribbean. The restaurants and shops might change but the one thing I know will never change, is the feeling you get when you step off the ferry for the first, second or fiftieth time……it is a feeling of coming home, a feeling of being welcomed no matter who you are. Not every island has this atmosphere – St John is a place that will always be there, waiting for you to return, with its arms wide open, welcoming you in to its embrace.
We have more and more guests wanting to know how to help but there is some confusion on what sites can be trusted. Here is a link to a central source to find out information and make contributions for St John recovery. https://www.whattodo-vi.com/hurricane-irma-relief-in-the-virgin-islands-how-you-can-help/
St John Office – New Location!
Our St John Office is now located at Palm Plaza, Unit 1B, Rt 104 (South Shore Road)! Stop by and visit us! 340 776-6152
St. John Vacation Rentals, Villas & Condos
Jeep Rentals & Concierge
Driving on St. John is an adventure, it’s a great way to tour the whole island. This island is hard on vehicles which is why we recommend a Jeep. We have our own fleet of rental Jeeps because guests have told us they prefer to get their Jeep rentals from the same company as their villa rental. Another benefit is that if you have an issue with your Jeep, we are on-island to help you. No problem, mon!
Many guests want a private chef or other personalized service. We can suggest activities for your family or group. We can recommend local wedding / event planners. For those wanting to go sailing, power boating, snorkeling, or scuba diving we can suggest a company. We live here. We know the island well and are happy to assist you in any way we can!
We have been welcoming our guests at the dock with a smile since 1990.