CORAL BAY — After a site visit by officials of the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, DPNR notified Moravian Church Council officials the floating docks which serve the Coral Harbor boating community are not permitted and must be removed, according to Moravian Council representative Samuel Rhymer. The DPNR recently conducted site visit was to review the Moravian Church of the V.I. permit application for a mixed-use development which includes a marina.
Although the Notice sign is undated, the Moravian Council’s Rhymer told St. John Tradewinds the 30-day notice period would commence as soon as the Notice was published in St. John Tradewinds Edition of July 27, 2015.
The three-bedroom Mango Terrace Unit Three is priced to sell at $475,000.
CRUZ BAY — You’ll love the convenience of having all the world-class dining and luxurious shopping in Cruz Bay — not to mention the tranquil beach at Frank Bay, the exciting nightlife and several grocery stores — all within walking distance from Mango Terrace Unit 3.
This three bathroom, four bedroom condominium unit is for sale for $475,000, explained Merry Nash of Seaglass Properties/Islandia Real Estate. “This is a beautiful condo which was designed by Michael Milne and is located in Cruz Bay,” said Nash.
A short walk from Mango Terrace and you’ll be floating in the turquoise waters of Frank Bay beach or enjoying all that Cruz Bay has to offer. From this quaint condominium complex, which is comprised of only six units in two separate buildings, you’ll be able to soak up stunning water vistas and refreshing ocean breezes.
The layout at Mango Terrace means, unlike many condominium complexes, you’ll enjoy the privacy and quiet of not sharing any walls with your neighbors, Nash explained.
ST. THOMAS — The hopes of reopening the public school in Coral Bay were officially dashed by Gov. Kenneth Mapp during a July 1 appearance on a radio talk show.
“No,” Gov. Mapp said definitively when responding to a caller asking if reopening the Guy Benjamin Elementary School was possible.
It was likely that more public schools would be closed in the territory under his administration given the present set of circumstances, the chief executive added.
Gov. Mapp cited information from Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum that underlined a sharp decline in public school enrollment over the past few years.
“We’re not going to reopen the school in Coral Bay,” the governor said. “The reality is that the number of students in public education is drastically down.”
20 Percent Enrollment Drop Those statements are supported by a study released by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands in 2014 showing a 20 percent drop in enrollment. The shift has left classrooms without students or teachers and has also left the government to absorb utility and maintenance costs for unused classroom space, according to the study.
Larisma Maduro will be interning at Caneel Bay Resort.
ST. JOHN — Two St. John students have gained entry into the working world thanks to a partnership between Senator-at-Large Almando “Rocky” Liburd and the Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association.
“Hands on work experience is an essential part of a complete education,” Sen. Liburd said. “It is important that we offer summer jobs and internships in order to both teach young people about the working world and expose them to the various opportunities here in the Virgin Islands.”
“The students we selected demonstrated an interest in working in hospitality, however I trust the skills they obtain this summer will serve them in any career that they choose to pursue,” Sen. Liburd added.
Aariyah Athanase at Westin Aariyah Athanase, 17, of Estate Adrian, is looking forward to working in the Guest Services department at Westin Resort. Aariyah, who graduated last week from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School hopes to learn more about the tourism industry and to improve her communication and customer service skills.
“I chose to work in this area as I really wanted to learn how to better interact with people,” Aariyah said. “Networking is a big part of any job and it is especially important in the art world.
Aariyah will be attending the Savannah School of Art & Design this fall and hopes to pursue a career as a fine arts artist. She also sees a need for the territory to better develop its local artistic talent and incorporate it into the “tourist experience”.
“Art is an important part of our culture – this is a very colorful place,” Aariyah said.
ST. THOMAS — The French national indicted for trying to smuggle Cubans onto St. John in April has an August 3 trial date awaiting him. District Court Judge Ruth Miller set the start of a jury trial for Alain Leichtman, 71.
Leichtman was taken into custody by the U.S. Coast Guard April 29 as he attempted to leave St. John waters after dropping off 38 Cubans near Haulover Bay.
Leichtman is charged with encouraging and inducing aliens to enter into the United States, knowing and in reckless disregard of the fact that it was illegal to do so. He is further charged with inducing aliens to enter the United States as a means of achieving monetary gain.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 6 before District Court Judge Curtis Gomez.
The 38 Cubans Leichtman allegedly dropped off were picked up by federal authorities shortly after they landed on St. John were temporarily detained as material witnesses, pending trial.
An attempt by the defense to hold the vessel on which Leichtman brought his passengers from St. Lucia met with limited success. Dream Yacht Charter, owners of the catamaran Mazurka, petitoned the court to have their property returned.
The defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each of the 38 counts if found guilty at trial if the court determines his actions were taken for the purpose of private or commercial gain.
Caribbean Solar staff is all smiles on their company’s third anniversary.
ST. JOHN — The successful St. John energy start-up Caribbean Solar Company is celebrating its three-year anniversary by thanking their customers.
“We are very appreciative of our customers support,” said St. John native Kevin Schnell, and we want to do our best to make sure they know it. Their customers are obviously very appreciative of Caribbean Solar Company which was named 2015 Small Business of the Year by the local Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), Environmental Champion 2015 by the EPA, and back-to-back “Best of V.I. Awards” for 2014 and 2015 from the V.I. Daily News.
“We have also been fortunate enough to win projects from Gallows Point and Grande Bay, which are both being installed this summer (Gallows Point project is currently in progress),” Schnell added.
The “Grid Independence Program” that we are developing as well as information about our expanded monitoring services that will make energy consumption transparent and enable the end user to change consumption habits, which will ultimately save money by reducing energy consumption.”
Full Service Solar Company Caribbean Solar Company (CSC) is a full service solar system design and integration company that was established on St. John by Maya Matthews-Sterling and Kevin Schnell of St. John in 2012.
“CSC is a customer service driven solar energy company who is dedicated to providing quality systems to residents, business owners, nonprofits and governmental agencies throughout the Virgin Islands,” said Schnell. “We are committed to continued education to ensure that we are apprised of the latest advancements and best practices in our industry.”
“We have built our company on basic business practices: follow through with our promises, deliver a quality product and stand behind our work,” Schnell said succinctly.