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Trial begins for St. Thomas man cha...

Trial begins for St. Thomas man charged in shooting death of convenience store owner

ST. THOMAS - Errol Nisbett Jr. is on trial in V.I. Superior Court this week for the 2012 shooting death of Ali Yanes, the owner of the Soto-Town Mini Mart. The jury was selected Monday and heard opening statements from the prosecution and defense befor
Legislators, delegate praise Mapp f...

Legislators, delegate praise Mapp for frank, hopeful tone of State of the Territory address

V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett and members of the 31st Legislature gave Gov. Kenneth Mapp props for his first State of the Territory address, praising its frankness while they also spoke of feeling hopeful. "I thought that it was a very substa

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National Park hosts open house toda...

National Park hosts open house today to discuss proposed fee hikes for mooring, Trunk Bay entrance

The V.I. National Park is hosting an open house and discussion today to get public input about a proposal to raise the Trunk Bay entrance fees and overnight mooring fees in the park on St. John. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Virgin Islands

The snowy weather in the northeastern United States caused more delays and cancellations on Tuesday for travelers in the territory. More than 6,700 flights into and out of the northeast were canceled Monday, including several into and out of St. Thomas.
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Police ID man killed in shooting at Hidden Valley

ST. THOMAS - Police have identified the man killed on St. Thomas Monday night as 21-year-old Ezekiah Joseph. Police initially said Monday night that Joseph's body was found in Tutu Hi-rise, but on Tuesday, a news release corrected that information, clari

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Concordia Eco-Resort Representatives ?in Discussions With Very Serious Prospect?

 

Concordia Eco Resort dots the hillside above Saltpond Bay with its eco tents and studios.

 

There is a potential buyer for the Concordia Eco-resort and eco-tourism guru Stanley Selengut?s remaining property overlooking Saltpond Bay, according to persons involved in the

?We are in discussions with a very serious prospect, but it is premature to share information,? Jack Zakim of Zakim and Zakim in Hackensack, N.J., a long-time St. John property owner who is handling the sale of the Concordia property for Selengut.

The Concordia property consists of Concordia Eco-Resort, which currently consists of 42 units of evolving iterations of leading-edge design, eco-tent units and resort support facilities, including a restaurant, on 50 privately-held acres overlooking Saltpond Bay in the adjacent U.S. Virgin Islands National Park on the southeast tip of St. John and accommodates about 4,000 people annually.

Permits for an additional 64 eco-cottage units previously approved by V.I. officials are currently lapsed and would need to be reinstated. The adjoining 13 one-acre lots on the hillside above the Concordia resort property, which could be incorporated into the expansion of the eco-resort, currently have deed restrictions proscribing further subdivision.

Although Selengut has said he hoped to find a buyer who would continue his eco-tourism goals; it is not known if that will happen.Ironically, Selengut had to close his historic Maho Bay Camps in 2013 when his long-term lease on that property expired and the property was sold to a private investor who reportedly intends to use that property for a private family compound.

Rev. Ray Joseph Honored at Governme...

Rev. Ray Joseph Honored at Government House

 

Governor Kenneth Mapp met with one of the territories oldest veterans, Pastor Ray K. Joseph on Friday, January 23. Veterans Director Designee Patrick Farrell had the distinct honor to introduce Pastor Ray Joseph to the governor at Government House, where he was received with honors.

Pastor Joseph served in the military for eighteen years during the Vietnam Era. He was born in 1932 and at 82 he stands as one of our eldest living Veteran Virgin Islanders. For many years Joseph served Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay. He is also a former member of the Health and Hospitals Corp. district board for St. Thomas-St. John. His wife, Shirley Joseph, is a former principal of the Julius E. Sprauve School.

?I am pleased to have welcomed you to Government house and I assure you that serving our Veterans is a priority and an honor,? Governor Mapp stated.

CBCC Urges Residents To Write to Ar...

CBCC Urges Residents To Write to Army Corps of Engineers with St. John Marina Concerns

JOHN?S FOLLY ­? About 30 people came out to John?s Folly Learning Institute, some from as far as St. Thomas, to hear more about Summers End Group?s planned mega marina for Coral Bay at Coral Bay Community Council?s Weekly Forum on Monday, January 19.

?We had a really nice turn out, about 30 people with some who came from as far as St. Thomas to find out what is going on with the marina plans,? said CBCC President Sharon Coldren. ?We had a round table discussion format and many people asked questions. David Silverman provided a lot of information about the Army Corps of Engineers process.?

Summers End Group (SEG) is proposing to construct a 145-slip mega-marina in Coral Bay harbor off shore of Island Blues as well as several restaurants, offices and parking lots in the Aqua Bistro area. The proposed development got the green light from local officials after sailing through a questionable St. John Coastal Zone Management Committee process late last year.

A group of Coral Bay residents and visitors opposed to the development formed the Save Coral Bay campaign to fight the marina. In just three months, the group has so far raised more than $89,000 and launched a several pronged legal attack.

As Save Coral Bay organizers wait to hear their case with the V.I. Board of Land Use Appeals, SEG must still obtain federal ACOE permits. ACOE officials kicked off the public comment period of the permitting process this month and Save Coral Bay and CBCC officials are urging residents to share their concerns with the federal agency.

?This is a process which coordinates information from EPA, NOAA, Fish and Wildlife Service, the Coast Guard and all the federal agencies involved,? said Coldren. ?All of that information is coordinated through the ACOE so that it allows for a federal response that is logical in terms of protecting the public interest.?

Saturday Night Traffic Jam

Saturday Night Traffic Jam

 A water truck accident on South Shore Road just west of Chocolate Hole scrambled many island dinner plans when it tied up traffic for an extended period from late afternoon into the early evening Saturday, January 24. Through access from both directions was stopped for an extended period while equipment was brought in to right the truck.

Armed Bandit Escapes with Money; Co...

Armed Bandit Escapes with Money; Coral Bay Store Owner Escapes Arrest

CORAL BAY ? When the Dolphin Coral Bay grocery store courier was accosted at gunpoint at the gate to the Cocoloba commercial complex on Route 107 along the shore of Coral Bay on Wednesday, January 21, at about 10 p.m. and robbed of the day?s receipts, store owner Nael Ahmad arrived on the scene from his home outside Cruz Bay in ?less than 10 minutes,? according to eyewitnesses.

The two V.I. Police Department officers on overnight duty on the island arrived on the scene ? together ? ?one hour and twelve minutes? after the robber had struck the courier with a handgun and fired two quick shots in the air before running off into the darkness, according to one of the witnesses who called to report the robbery.

The robbery was reported to the VIPD dispatcher by employees from the store and a number of employees and lingering customers at the outdoor bar adjacent to the gate, just steps from the struggle over the bag containing the grocery store?s day?s receipts.

Although there were rumors of an arrest later in the week, there were no announcements from the V.I. Police Department. There was no report of the robbery itself or any arrest in the police activity record provided to the St. Thomas V.I. Daily News.

Struggle With Lone GunmanWitnesses in the handful of bar patrons and employees related how the lone masked gunman confronted the courier as he exited the front gate of the Cocalobo commercial complex on Route 107.

On The Market: Enjoy Water Views an...

On The Market: Enjoy Water Views and Cooling Breezes at Unicorn By the Sea

 

 

 Originally constructed in 1993, this beautifully-maintained Unicorn By The Sea was fully remodeled in 2010.

 

 

FISH BAY ? Soak up stunning water views from every single room at the tropical paradise Unicorn by the Sea.

Perched atop a hillside in Estate Fish Bay, this three bedroom, four bathroom home is for sale for $1.595 million, explained sales agent Marty Beechler of Islandia Real Estate/Seaglass Properties.

Originally constructed in 1993, this beautifully maintained villa was fully remodeled in 2010 and features a unique and elegant open-air gourmet kitchen, two master suites as well as a private, stand-alone guest cottage.

Nestled in the desirable Estate Fish Bay neighborhood on a full 0.82-acre plot of land, Unicorn by the Sea is only a short drive from the gourmet dining, unique shopping and exciting nightlife of Cruz Bay. A few minutes drive from the home, and you?ll be sitting on one of the island?s famed North Shore alabaster beaches.

But with a refreshing swimming pool and cooling trade winds right at home, you might find it difficult to leave your own paradise at Unicorn by the Sea.

Enjoy those ocean refreshing breezes as you lounge on the spacious upper porch or stretch out by the tantalizing swimming pool and gaze at the azure waters below. Fire up the BBQ in outdoor cooking area and pour yourself a drink at the deck pool, invite a few friends over and make it a party.

On the upper level of Unicorn by the Sea, you?ll find the recently upgraded open-plan kitchen. Delightfully light-filled and airy, the kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

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A Major Addition to Virgin Islands ...

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands Park

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

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

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

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

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

Rum Battle in Caribbean Leaves Tax Hangover

Rum has set off a dispute between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over a tax the U.S. treasury collects on it.
Suit Claims Bank Knew Investments W...

Suit Claims Bank Knew Investments Were Bad

Virgin Island fund claims the bank defrauded investors by selling $1.2 billion in mortgage-backed notes that were expected to fail.
Resort With Tents

Resort With Tents

To the Editor: Your article on the ecological tent resort at Maho Bay on St. John, ''Resort Option in the Caribbean: A Tent'' (Dec. 6), nicely celebrated the success of the concept, its execution and its endurance. In crediting the developer,...

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