The VI Consortium reported: Virgin Islands National Park is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in America and is a major economic contributor to the Island’s economy, which is why it will be an important part of rebuilding after this devastating hurricane season,” said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.“We are very excited to declare the park open for business, just in time for the holidays when many tourists visit the Islands.”“We’ve reached a major milestone at Virgin Islands National Park,” said Virgin Islands National Park Acting Superintendent Darrell Echols.Thanks to the generosity of literally thousands of good hearted Americans donating funds, goods, and services to those in need the rebuilding process is coming along.One of the programs Robin highlighted is the Adopt-a-Family Nov 11 update: The New York Times reports that Caneel Bay Resort "has generators, so it has been able to supply food refrigeration and ice to some island residents, and it has provided accommodations for some recovery workers.Rather green debris will be composed: Nov 14 update: Yelena Rogers, one of St John's wonderful wedding photographers, spent yesterday at Hawksnest & Honeymoon beaches and reports that the National Park has done a fabulous job of cleaning debris and repairing the buildings and has officially 'reopened' both areas.She reports and and details through stunning photos how just how beautiful both spots are today; we urge you to take a look at Yelena's Facebook page for more photos showing the current condition of the beaches of St John which clearly shows that wonderful beaches await: Nov 13 update: St John, St Thomas, and St Croix were all featured this morning on ABC's Good Morning America's program.Nov 3 update: Our sister island of St Thomas saw its first cruise ship arrive since the hurricanes visited us about 60 days ago!It was a beautifully blue sky day to welcome the Seabourn Odyssey into the Charlotte Amalie Harbor.
While she found many (most) still without electricity and many with homes that had been destroyed or badly damaged, she found the people of the islands resilient and committed to the rebuilding of their homes and infrastructure and our island spirit in good health.We cannot thank the Mayor and his entire team enough for their efforts.Dec 13 update: Maho Bay beach, the very popular National Park beach, is now officially open! Yet another airline announced this week that they have scheduled new flights into St Thomas (STT) airport. Lineman from the states and WAPA (USVI) are at work a mile away from Great Expectations installing new utility poles and wiring! Doesn't this photo of WAPA line workers look like an enticing 'Christmas Tree': Nov 27 update: Our wonderful linemen worked every day -- including Thanksgiving day -- through the 'holiday' weekend bringing lights and power to more St John homes and businesses.Many of the poles being installed on the north shore and in Coral Bay area are composite and have arrived on St John in a very efficient telescoping manner: Nov 8 update: It looks like Jet Blue is once again offering non-stop flights to St Thomas (STT) airport from Boston's Logan airport starting in January -- and, at a super fare! Nov 7 update: When we think about Cinnamon Bay most of us envision the beautiful turquoise waters or the white silky sandy beach or the water toys which are available for rent or the campgrounds but today we are thinking about electricity!The utility crews staffed jointly by WAPA (the USVI utility company) and BBC Electric from Missouri have a goal of 'heating up Cinnamon' today!“Maho Bay Beach reopened last Wednesday, we finished the rest of the beaches Thursday and Friday, and the remaining work at Annaberg Sugar Mill was completed Friday afternoon.We are excited to welcome visitors back to their park.”Dec 15 update: The Bloomberg USVI Recovery Team just announced that by this weekend, all beaches, trails and roads across St. The clean-up continues with more signs of progress across St. The Bloomberg team has been a remarkable partner and leader in the rebuilding of St John.Starting February, Spirit Airlines will be flying several flights a week. According to the Virgin Islands Consortium, the USVI Director of Tourism held several meetings over the holiday weekend with executives of Jet Blue and Delta airlines urging them to add more flights to St Croix and St Thomas now that the islands are 'back in business'.The good news is that both airlines agreed to add flights: Nov 22 update: Big news today announced by the National Park Service -- they have officially reopened the Virgin Islands National Parks!In the last week, parts of the island’s power supply have gone back on line".Nov 10 update: Our friends at Love City St J snapped this great photo of a new Virgin Islands flag being raised to honor our Veterans and all those helping the US Virgin Island rebuilding effort. Nov 9 update: Power is getting closer to Great Expectations!