1. Due to recent rains, the island is as green as it ever gets. Even the cows on the hillside at the far end of the Grand Case airport runway finally have some green grass to graze on. Hopefully, residents' cisterns are filling up.
2. Construction progress continues at the undesired and much-hated twin skyscraper project in Cupecoy (Fourteen at Mullet Bay). The proposed 20-story tower closest to the ocean is growing; it is now at three stories above grade. The second tower is still a hole in the ground.
3. The new Starz Casino at Porto Cupecoy was over-staffed and devoid of gamblers on the night we visited. Just a few sad-looking people playing the slots, and several bored-looking employees looking at empty gaming tables. The old Starz Casino building hasn't been touched in a while -- no signs of construction there. It's empty and needs repairs.
4. The new government-supplied booths for vendors in Marigot are flat-out ugly. They are shipping containers.
5. The Perch at Orient Beach is offering only a limited menu because this is the low season for tourists. The only food items offered are hamburgers and mahi burgers -- no fries or salads available. All the usual drinks are still being offered, of course. The Club Orient beach looks good -- the floating raft is back, and the sargassum isn't noticeable.
Fritz, The twin towers will be located between the golf course and the old Starz Casino, on the access road to the American University of the Caribbean. The site used to be an untended grove of banana trees.
Until your mention, I hadn't heard of it. I'll check it out.
According to the Facebook information, the farm is known as Sxm Fisheries NV: "Please visit us on Tigris road in Cupecoy to purchase locally grown fresh and organic veggies. (Follow the road that leads to CIA [Caribbean International Academy] and continue until the end of the road. We are located on the left side with a green roof, you cannot miss us.) Most veggies will be harvested upon arrival... call us on 5270215 to reserve your veggies."
Carol, I forget when we were there, but it was no later than 9:00 pm. I'm sure the real gamblers show up later than that.
The shrinking of the Perch menu is only temporary, as far as I know -- just until the tourists start coming back. Their mahi burger is still an excellent sandwich -- better than almost any fish sandwich available in the U.S.
Bluesfan, I visited the organic farm at the end of Tigris Road. No one was there at the time. What you'll see is a small plywood building (closed when I visited) beside a large vegetable garden entirely surrounded (on the sides and top) with green plastic netting. The vegetable plants looked healthy and attractive. There was a large plastic water tank on site.
A hand-lettered sign said, "Open on Saturdays, 9:00 to 5:00."