Category: VI Insider

Coral Bay Donkey

The Plight of the Famed Coral Bay Donkeys

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 […]

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Hurricane Irma Maria Virgin Islands Senator Janelle Sarauw

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

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 […]

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Hurricane Irma Maria Kids and Families

Private School Needs Help to Cover Free Hurricane Tuitions

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 […]

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

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 […]

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St. John Hurricane Recovery Update: 9.27.17 SJCF-VOAD

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success” We are working on expanding strong partnerships with dedicated teams on the ground and in the states so we can identify each partner’s strengths and needs in the unified mission of helping St. John recover and rebuild. By sharing the tasks we will […]

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 State of St.John: Hurricane Irma/Maria Recovery Update From SJCF-VOAD 9.26.2017 

“Today is better than it was yesterday.”  … and this momentum, even if it feels like “going back to square one” or starting over, this is an opportunity to not simply fix what is broken, but to try again at giving the island what it truly needs with the support, knowledge and desire to make it even […]

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Irma/Maria UPDATE: SJCF-VOAD Report 9.23.17

The main message from all community meetings today was – conserve fuel, conserve fuel, conserve fuel!  *Information contained in this article is copied with permission directly from SJCF Director Celia Kalousek’s report 9.23.201 Can you hear me now??? Communications improving with more community wifi and hotspots being activated. The trees are beginning to bloom. People are […]

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 State of St.John Hurricane Irma and Maria Update From STCF 9.22.2017 

Together we Rise! St. John Strong is not just a catchy phrase, it captures the spirit of our community, but even the strong need support to recover from a disaster like this. This is a team effort and boy what a team that has come together! *Information contained in this article is copied with permission directly […]

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 State of St.John Hurricane Irma and Maria Update 9.21.2017 

“Paradise is not lost!” Message from St.John Community Foundation Director Celia Kalousek *Information contained in this article is copied directly from SJCF Director Celia Kalousek’s report 9.21.2017 Communications are limited, as expected, and teams are in the process of making an assessment of damage to the island’s infrastructure. Intermittent calls and internet exchanges are coming through […]

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Hurricane Irma Rescue Duck

St. Croix Hero Cindy Clearwater Steps up in the Wake of Hurricane Irma Catastrophe

As communications crackle back to life in St. John, USVI, you can almost hear the island residents take a deep sigh of relief. It will be short lived. This tiny island has taken the worst hit by Hurricane Irma as far as sheer devastation is concerned. Three out of every five homes have been destroyed. […]

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St. John Irma Relief Update 9.11.17

Residents of St. John – on island and off – continue their massive community effort of pulling together to save, feed and shelter one another in classic Love City spirit but say they still desperately need help from the federal government for security, food, water, gas, medicine, equipment and more.   So many reports coming […]

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Update on St. John Hurricane Irma Relief: How to Help Find Loved Ones on Love City

*This article was originally published on 9/9/2017, and will be updated continuously for accuracy and new developments.* LOVE CITY STRONG AND RESILIENT Today was a good day,  folks. More than just a Cat 5 has come our way. Love City is also receiving Cat 10 LOVE and support from world class search and rescue teams, […]

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Devastation from Hurricane Irma on Gifft Hill area of St. John

Hurricane Irma Relief for St. John in the US Virgin Islands: How You Can Help

*This article was originally published on 9/8/2017. It was last updated at 12:30 am EST on 9/11, and will be updated continuously for accuracy and new developments.* We’ve put together this article to consolidate accurate, locally-sourced information on how you can help the Hurricane Irma relief efforts on St. John, US Virgin Islands. Several different […]

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Stick Figure St. John

The Tap Room’s New State-of-the-Art Music Venue Will Blow Your Mind

Imagine a sweltering Friday evening on St. John. The sun has set casting bright flames across the clouds. Trade winds drain the day’s heat away, cooling sunburns, and whetting appetites for burgers, beer, and great live music. Board shorts, tank tops, and sandals are the attire of choice as you head up the steps to […]

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Hurricane Hole St. John

The Virgin Islands Boater’s Guide to Hurricane Preparation

– This guide is dedicated to the sailors and boaters of Coral Bay. Through their collective knowledge and wisdom, this work was possible. If you are a new boat owner in the Virgin Islands, the approach of hurricane season can be a confusing time. Your hair is guaranteed to be raised by the stories of […]

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Chrissann and Diago on boat

Quiz: How long will you last in the Virgin Islands?

Considering island life? Welcome to the Virgin Islands! This might be the perfect home for you. Then again, a short vacation at a luxury all-inclusive resort might be the better choice. Take this quiz to find out how long you will last in the Virgin Islands.

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Coral Bay Dinghy Battle

A Remembrance: The 2008 Dinghy Brawl for Safe Hurricane Moorings

This is really a story about how we come to call a place home. It is also a story about a day when an ill conceived dinghy rodeo took place in Coral Bay. It was one of those days that everything went so upside down that it left me wondering where in the world I had […]

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Virgin Islands Skydiving

3 Ways to Catch a Buzz in the Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Extreme and Adventure Sports Some of Youtube’s most popular videos are compilations of people doing extraordinary things like free climbing vertical rock walls, wing suit flying, and extreme surfing. Honestly, when I watch people doing the near impossible, I well up a little. The discipline, physical mastery and fearlessness needed to accomplish these […]

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