Posts Categorized: VI Insider

Holding Back Progress Since Forever – Weird and Wonderful Coral Bay

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It has been over four months since the hurricanes have passed. I know, with a fair degree of certainty, that I will not return to the islands to live. I envision myself visiting my old haunts, many years from now, as a tourist. My friends will have aged. Businesses and houses from my past will… Read more »

In Celebration of Linemen

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The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have a new kind of hero. These men and women possess all the traits of myth. They are brave and selfless. They work in dangerous conditions. They give power back to the people – literally. They are the linemen who are restoring lights, refrigeration, computers, and all the conveniences… Read more »

What to Expect – The Realities of St. John Recovery, in First Person


Republished with permission By Fiona Russell Everyone who’s ever lived on St John has a story about their love affair with this stunning island of eclectic, creative people. I first visited from Puerto Rico with my family when I was 9 years old. I felt a deep peace here that called me home. Following Irma… Read more »

Big New Year Plans for What To Do’s Family of Restaurants

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At What To Do – VI, we take pride in our family of advertisers. This group of restaurateurs and food service professionals has amazed us with their resilience and creativity. In the face of one of the worst disasters most of us have ever experienced, these heroes of the industry have bounced back with charity… Read more »

5 Last Minute Gift Ideas That Support the Virgin Islands

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The Virgin Islands and many other Caribbean travel destinations were badly damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Based on research conducted by Virgin Holidays, many repeat visitors to the islands say that they will not be returning in 2018 because they believe the islands have not recovered sufficiently to support tourism. Whether this is true… Read more »

Astonishing Holiday Event Brings Brotherly Love to Coral Bay

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Holiday spirit in the US Virgin Islands is as resilient as ever post-Irma/Maria. A shining example of this brotherly love happened a fortnight before Christmas this year in the tiny community of Coral Bay. The tight-knit town on the island of St. John was not daunted by ninety days without phones and power when it… Read more »

Hundreds of Pets Saved From Peril by Island Dog Rescue

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After the destruction of Irma and Maria, Island Dog Rescue evacuated hundreds of dogs and cats out of the Virgin Islands and we are still doing it now. This is our story. Days before Irma hit, the St. Thomas Humane Society was overwhelmed with owner surrenders. I attempted to relocate thirty dogs to safety, but… Read more »

Direction & Activities – The St.John Community Foundation

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Reposted with permission from The St.John Community Foundation Direction and Activities Happy Thanksgiving week and thank you for your support of and interest in St. John’s recovery! The St. John Community Foundation is honored to be part of the massive and united effort underway to help St. Johnians put their lives back together. We helped… Read more »

A Bittersweet Thanksgiving for Displaced St. John Families

Bittersweet St. John Thanksgiving

Becky Ward will be home on St. John for Thanksgiving, but it’s a homecoming tinged with heartache. Though she; her partner, Patrick Rooney; and their two-year-old daughter, Hazel are returning, Patrick’s 10-year-old son, Jack, is staying behind in Virginia where he is now living with his Mom and grandparents and is enrolled in a new school…. Read more »

UPDATE: Nov 13 Results of Water Quality Testing at St.John Beaches


Here are the latest risk levels on St.John beaches as of November 13th, provided by Love City Strong and the Surfrider Foundation. This post also contains the original press release with the October 31st water quality results.  Please heed recommendations for safe swimming.       —————————————————————- OCTOBER 31ST PRESS RELEASE FROM: SURFRIDER FOUNDATION AND… Read more »

Update From St.John Community Foundation

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St. John CommUNITY Update – 10/26/17 This update is brought to St. Johnians by Love City Strong, The St. John Community Foundation, Coral Bay Community Council, St John Rescue, Virgin Islands Relief Fund, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Help.NGO‘s DIRT. Curfew update: 11p-5a until November 2. Party in the park!… Read more »

The Plight of the Famed Coral Bay Donkeys

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Although Coral Bay, St. John has been utterly devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria, there is no question that this resilient Caribbean town will spring back better and stronger than ever. Scratch below the surface of the bayside bars and snorkel tour outfits and you will find a cowboy spirit as tough and independent as… Read more »

6 Ways to Use Your Unique Abilities to Rebuild the Virgin Islands

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We all react differently in a disaster. Some hit the ground running. Within minutes, action-types are doing something to help. If not clearing roads or checking on injured neighbors, these first responders are making plans to get the basic necessities to the affected. Others step back to reflect, nurture, and plan. These organizers are our… Read more »

Private School Needs Help to Cover Free Hurricane Tuitions

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The opening of Gifft Hill School to all kids offers more than just education, it allows parents to get back to the work of rebuilding the island. By Andrea Milam Tuesday, September 5, should have been the first day of school for St. John children. Instead, that day was spent in a terrifying rush as… Read more »

A Contrast in Colors – Focusing on beauty and resilience in the aftermath of the storms.

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Savanna Goodman is a Pennsylvania native who has been living in the VI for the past 7 years. She describes herself as an eccentric with a unique point a view, a trait that has served her well as the owner of Alternate Aspect Photography and the idea person, coordinator and photographer behind the Our colors Will Not… Read more »