- Written by Special Posting
Jacqueline Wynter, from Native Son Ferry, shows off new tickets that will be used with an automated system. The $21,000 system is designed to keep better track of ticket sales and for quality control. Passengers holding tickets currently in use are asked to use them by October 1.
CORAL BAY — Nael Amhad made his decision to open what he calls “a mini St. John Market” in Coral Bay before the St. John Coastal Zone Management (CZM) committee hearing in August on plans for the controversial Coral Bay mega-yacht marina.
“I’m taking over Lilly’s,” the discreet grocery maven told St. John Tradewinds in early August, shortly after that former grocery tenant vacated the retail space on the second level in the Coccoloba commercial complex overlooking Coral Bay harbor and the potential future home of the controversial Coral Harbor mega-yacht marina.
“The marina is coming,” Amhad said self-assuredly of the major factor in his decision to add a fourth store on St. John to his St. John Market, Dolphin Market and Dolphin Market Wholesale.
Amhad had renovations underway and new coolers being moved into the space by early September – before a CZM vote on the plans for the marina in the Coral Harbor directly across the street from the store – as he continued his effort to dominate the St John grocery market in competition with the island’s Starfish Market in The Marketplace commercial complex in Enighed.
The Coccoloba commercial complex is under contract to the developers planning the potential marina and Ahmad is counting on its construction to support his investment in a modern grocery store for the community. He plans for the store to be open by November.
(photo by Bill Stelzer)
I admit I must have looked quite incongruous standing on the roof of my one-room cottage on Wednesday morning, September 10, dressed in my pajama pants and a Trinidad Charlie t-shirt as the distinctive whoop-whoop of the rotors of a large helicopter echoed through the broad valley above Virgin Grand Estates and the Westin Resort on the south shore of St. John.
I had already wandered through the quiet residential neighborhood filming the aircraft as it slowly floated up and down the valley, eventually concentrating on an area deep in the center of the ghutt near what is known as the pig farm.
The large black helicopter at times was at eye level to the Bethany Moravian Church nearby while descending over the ghutt at the center of the broad valley between Pastory and Gifft Hill and sweeping up and down, its doors wide open on both sides and dark-clothed figures visible inside looking out.
Eye-level Helicopter Surveillance
Back in my cottage getting ready to go to work when the noise again intensified, I had climbed the rickety stairs to my roof deck to film the ominous aerial war machine while it hovered over my neighbor’s beautifully landscaped ridge-top home.
VIPD officers are ticketing vehicles parked in the “Villa Rental Companies Only” parking spaces nearby which formerly were 30-minute public parking spaces — although there is a DPW sign posted on the parking spaces which are on V.I. Port Authority property — and no apparent legal authority to reserve parking spaces for private vehicles designated as belonging to Villa Rental Companies or allowance for individual rental property owners meeting guests.
CRUZ BAY — A St. John Realtor and vacation rental property owner and manager successfully fought the parking ticket issued her vehicle while parked in the Cruz Bay waterfront space marked “LOADING AND UNLOADING FOR LICENSED VILLA COMPANY— and established new Virgin Islands Territorial Court case law.
With Solomonic certainty, the appropriately serious Judge ruled that it took longer than one half hour for a representative of a LICENSED VILLA COMPANY to load or unload a vehicle when meeting arriving guests at the Loredon L. Boynes Sr. Dock.
Denise Obbagy, owner of Caribbean Palm Properties, LLC., a villa rentals and management company, with her husband John, who are both brokers with Tropical Properties in Cruz Bay, was found not guilty of parking in one of the two spaces between the signs.
Register and VOTE in the November 4th election! You can register every Tuesday and Thursday at the Elections Office in Cruz Bay — just off the Roundabout (toward the Laundromats).
The best time is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You must be registered 30 days before the election, so don’t delay. You need your passport or birth certificate and something that shows you live here (name/address on utility bill, driver's license, etc.) to register.
Call first! 776-6535. More info at www.vivote.gov