Bran, I wasn’t being negative just not memorable like some other places have been this trip.
As to if what I say is true about chef now owner at Be Cool, I did not ask him in our conversation which was about my quest to find “Carol” (see other post). It was Carol, formally of L’Estiment, that told me that.
Oyster Pond plans to reopen this Friday, 3/5. with "expanded Italian menu". Good news.
Yes we were told that when we were at Porto Cupecoy place. We took our time trying the Porto location because I thought it was just pizza so when in the mood for more it wasn’t considered. Food was the best Italian we have had on island. Hope they add that to the Oyster Pond location.
This may result in 100 new moorings -- who will administer them and the whole plan has yet to be determined
But perhaps it will result in a good step in the direction of the marine industry
[i][With over 200 new vessels registered by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, the installation of additional moorings across the U.S. Virgin Islands has become paramount to sustaining the demand for transient vessels.
At Thursday’s Senate session, the Legislature ratified a minor Coastal Zone Management permit issued to Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association, Inc. for the installation of 100 helix-type anchored moorings, to be affixed to the seafloor.
The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association, a non-profit, was awarded a $562,000 grant from the Economic Development Authority, matched with over $308,000 raised locally, to install the moorings.
Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association executive director Oriel Blake said the new moorings will be installed primarily in St. Thomas, while the remaining moorings would be evenly distributed between St. Croix and St. John. The exact locations will be determined after public hearings are held, Blake said.
“I’m glad that we are trying to put some moorings, because at this time so many boats have come to our shores and quite sure a lot of our corals are being destroyed at this time,” Sen. Franklin Johnson said. “People are anchoring just about any and everywhere.”
The moorings will not only reduce anchorage, Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte said, but could provide a boost to tourism in the territory.
“The moorings will boost the U.S. Virgin Islands tourism industry and are expected to create or retain numerous jobs in routine surveillance, management and regular maintenance, as well as provide additional options for Virgin Islanders interested in a career in the marine industry,” Boschulte said.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a shift to the marine industry, and Boschulte said the U.S. Virgin Islands became the destination of choice for the boating community.
“With airports and seaports closing across the Caribbean and restrictions and quarantine rules tightening, mariners were seeking a safe haven. Particularly ahead of the hurricane season,” Boschulte said./i]
Similar views wrt restaurant value judgements for Grand Case restaurants especially Oceans 82 which has the location/view but we always leave less than desired fir the price. We are never disappointed by Bistrot Caraibes for welcome/food/service.
I almost always book two one-way tickets and have often found it to be less expensive, sometimes by a lot, than a round-trip ticket. That's not my reasoning for booking one-ways, just an added benefit. I, too, have never been asked to show a return ticket.
Good for you! Surprised that someone would hold to a 7 day requirement THESE DAYS, but maybe demand is higher this summer than I would have thought. Personally, I don't care for the decor of Villa Velaire, but as I said, I am in the minority in that respect. Bella Serra doesn't have the sweeping corner views of Velaire, but the view is still quite lovely and it is quite private. I think you will enjoy it there.