Crown Bay Marina—Strong after Hurricanes Irma & Maria

Dear Friends and Family of Crown Bay Marina,

First I would like to apologize for not posting earlier, but just when we thought that we were making great progress after Hurricane Irma hit on September 6th, Hurricane Maria decided to join us in the USVI as well. Thank you for all of your Facebook comments, likes, and emails and calls with concern and support.

I am writing this from Maine, where I have been most of the summer. Although it is hard to be so far away, I have been in contact with my Crown Bay family daily through mostly text, but also calls from our Assistant Director, Liza Lord. Liza has reported the following information to me. 

First and most important, we have accounted for our entire Crown Bay family and they are safe.  Liza, Jerry, Heidi, Eustacia, Jenielle, Steve, Karl, Felix, Frank, Norman, Melvin, and Santa and their families are all safe. Flemon Lewis , owner of Interscope Security and his team of security officers are also all safe. Some have lost their roofs, some have lost their entire homes, but they are rebuilding their lives and working daily to clean up the aftermath of two back to back CAT 5 hurricanes at Crown Bay Marina.

Crown Bay Marina faired quite well, considering. We did not lose any roofs from our buildings.  We lost a door on the Mail Stop and a window in the Marina Office, and we no longer have a guard shed, but the up land portion of the marina faired very well. We have a large generator for our tenants, so Tickle's was able to open and serve food on the day after the first storm.  AT&T opened to offer charging stations and then they started giving phones to people who lost theirs in the storm. Your Choice Laundry was open almost 24/7 to allow people to start to dry some of their storm soaked posessions. Island Marine Outfitters was open during open curfew hours. Style A Dog was open during open curfew hours for pet food and supplies. Mail Stop started working on their repairs to ensure that they could be open once the USPS opened. Our above ground fuel tanks were full as part of our hurricane plan to ensure that we had weight in our tanks. For this purpose we were also able to dispense gasoline and diesel rations. Next week, Scoops and Brew will be open to serve coffee to the relief workers early in the morning and then later in the day for the public. Yes, believe it or not, our little Amish Gazebo is still standing. We have a large cistern and people were able to get water, and take showers. This could not have happened without a plan. CBM has been managed by Marina Management Systems, in Boca Raton, FL since 1998 and this is obviously not their first hurricane. So, we had a great plan and we worked the plan before everyone left for the day.

Unfortunately, most of our beautiful palm trees are gone. And we lost some picnic tables, and WiFi equipment, fencing, a work platform, etc. but this will all be replaced.

On the docks, we do have some damage to our concrete docks. We were already planning to do some work on the docks this year as normal maintenance and Mark Knopf at ProMar was already working on the pre-casting of the project. Looks like we will be refocusing Mark and his guys to some damaged areas instead. We have already started communicating with Mark.

Directly after Irma hit, and before relief boats and cruise ships started to arrive on St. Thomas there were a number of volunteer relief boats needing a place to dock. I'm proud to say that we were able to receive these volunteer supply boats from Puerto Rico that returned with evacuees twice a day 2 days after storm hit. There were lots of volunteers making that happen at the marina on the ground and in conjunction with the owners of the Pizza Pi boat and the owner of Scoops and Brew working from the States, with the folks at East End Excursion Boats and other volunteer Captains to make these trips possible.

Today's report from Liza was very positive. Our Crown Bay family met this morning and post Hurricane Maria, they are ready to work together to ensure that Crown Bay Marina is even better and stronger when you return to our docks and our stores this season.

Again, we thank you for your warm remarks and offers for prayers. They were very much appreciated. Please continue to keep sending your support, I will share your messages with the folks that make all this happen. I hope to return to my Crown Bay Marina family on October 20th. Prayers that the St. Thomas Airport opens soon and for all of those that have experienced these storms.

Please feel free to message me on our Facebook page with your questions or concerns. I will continue to check in a number of times a day until our telephone service, and internet service are back up at the Marina. There is also a What's going on St. Thomas page on Facebook that you may want to follow our progress in bringing America's Paradise back to the Paradise you all love.

VI Strong—Crown Bay Marina Even Stronger!
Jane Wherren, Director of Operation

Crown Bay Marina Celebrates National Marina Day

A growing interest in National Marina Day has sparked lots of questions about this special celebration and we’d love to answer those that we’ve received most frequently as well as share a little of how we got involved in this unique event at Crown Bay Marina.

What is National Marina Day?
National Marina Day is a nationwide boating event dedicated to growing boating participation across the country. With involvement from marinas in the Americas and Caribbean islands, Crown Bay Marina has taken part over the past three years.

Why does Crown Bay Marina enjoy participating in National Marina Day? 
We want to give back to the community and allow children to have exposure to marina activities that they may not have taken part on before.

When does National Marina Day take place?
From Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Engaging in community service provides children the opportunity to become active members of their community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large. Crown Bay Marina in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of the Virgin Islands is providing an opportunity for children to be exposed to a nationwide boating event that is geared toward educating children about the boating industry.

National Marina Day is a nationwide event dedicated to growing boating participation across North America. Marine businesses collaborate to hold events that introduce the public to boating through on-water and landside activities at Marinas in every corner of the country. Crown Bay Marina takes part by hosting events that cater to children ages 7–13 from the Boys and Girls Club of the Virgin Islands.

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The overall objective is to provide the participants with engaging activities and learning experiences that aid in the development of skills needed for the boating industry. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts and other adverse circumstances; the recreational activities available for children to participate in are at an all-time low. Nevertheless, Crown Bay Marina is pleased to redress this situation by offering a taste of the boating lifestyle. The activities provided encourage non-boaters to get out on the water and acquire boating knowledge from a wide array of activities.

Each marina holds a unique event, but has the purpose of celebrating boating with fun-filled exercises that the youth can enjoy. Ultimately this extraordinary event caters to the needs of the community by providing children with the boating experience of a lifetime. Crown Bay Marina has hosted National Marina Day events for 3 consecutive years and we anticipate that it will continue to flourish and provide boating education for the community. 

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National Marina Day 2017 was very special at Crown Bay Marina. The morning began with a curious group of children who arrived at Crown Bay ready to enjoy a light breakfast while gathering on our two provided tents. Shortly after the kids received a demonstration on how to use fishing lines, bait and tie knots, handled by Jerry from Crown Bay and Mekisha and Sarah of Fishing and Wildlife. Valerie Peters explained the importance of the Blue Flag USVI and its positive impact on marine life, and the kids were eager to get fishing.

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The children walked along the docks of the marina and they all made an effort to hold the title of “First Catch of the Day”. The competition began and volunteers as well as CBM staff helped out. The children spent hours strategically thinking of the ultimate goal—catching the most fish. They weighed, recorded and released their catch back into the ocean and were surprised by visits from sea turtles, jellyfish and lobsters.

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Once the fishing was over the kids were treated to a boat ride around Water Island with Captain Benji, they were full of smiles, singing and laughing as they boarded the boat fully clad in life vests provided by the CBM staff. They returned to a lovely lunch of hot dogs and burgers and got ready for an afternoon of games that included ring toss, Jenga and blind-folded Duck Catch, the prizes and healthy competition added to the excitement of the day which closed with ice cream provided by Scoops and Brew and awards, prizes, trophies and t-shirts.

For a full National Marina Day photo album, please visit our Facebook page >
For more information contact Liza Lord at (340) 774-2255

Balls of Bliss Acupressure Tools Opens at Crown Bay Marina

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Lay back, relax and let the well-being flow. Balls of Bliss Acupressure Tools offers a safe, affordable, effective and easy to use alternative healing treatment.

Acupressure is one of the safest and most effective ancient healing arts. An alternative medicine technique similar to acupuncture, and based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the goal of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices.

Balls of Bliss Acupressure Tools, now open at Crown Bay Marina, right in the heart of St. Thomas, is dedicated to enhancing the body's natural abilities to heal itself while guiding you to find your body's energy to relieve pain naturally and maintain good health & balance. At Balls of Bliss we apply acupressure techniques using Balls of Bliss Acupressure Tools for a few minutes each day helping release muscular tension and restore the flow of vital energy. 

We have found Balls of Bliss Acupressure Tools to be very effective in: 

  • Relieving tightness due to lower back and/or sciatic nerve pain
  • Releasing tension from the muscles in all areas of the neck, shoulders and back
  • Flushing out toxins, enabling the nervous system to relax
  • Increasing blood and oxygen flow even in the deepest body tissues, blocking pain and promoting overall well-being 

PDF DOWNLOAD: Brochure "Acupressure Healing by Balls of Bliss"

BALLS OF BLISS ACUPRESSURE TOOLS
Come see us right on site at Crown Bay Marina.
Kevin and Mona|  Tel 1: (340) 201-8718|  Tel 2: (340) 626-5677
ballsofbliss@gmail.com|  www.ballsofbliss.com

Crown Bay Marina at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016

The team at Crown Bay Marina is excited and getting ready to attend the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Please come see us and we'll be happy to give you details about Crown Bay, our unique offers, brochures, and special welcome-surprises for our booth guests.

We'll be located at the Dockwalk Captains' Hideout in Bahia Mar, which we proudly sponsor.

The Captains’ Hideout provides a space for superyacht captains and crew to relax and get away from the stress of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. To join us at the Hideout, please register in advance of the show here.

As well as providing complimentary breakfast, lunch and refreshments to hard-working crew, the private area is a great place for crew to catch up with old crewmates and industry contacts. In addition, high-speed Internet, soothing massages and a selection of activities and competitions are on offer for crew to enjoy in their limited downtime.

The Dockwalk Captains’ Hideout, which offers professional networking opportunities throughout the day, is supplemented by The Dockwalk Party, a fun-filled evening event for crews to enjoy together after a long day’s work. Organised by Boat International Media in conjunction with Dockwalk magazine, the Dockwalk Captains’ Hideout caters specifically to a highly targeted global audience, representative of our readership that we know inside out.

What: Crown Bay Marina at FLIBS 2016 (Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show)
When: November 3-7, 2016

Our booth: Dockwalk Captains' Hideout • Bahia Mar Hotel • Commodore Ballroom

Clyde Tapp and Liza Lord are returning to represent Crown Bay Marina at FLIBS 2016.

Crown Bay Marina is awarded the Blue Flag for the fifth year in a row

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We are very proud to have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for Sustainable Tourism for 2016–2017. The St Thomas Source recently published a complete article that summarizes the significance of this well known award as well as our great sense of accomplishment.

Four Beaches and Two Marinas Awarded Blue Flag for Sustainable Tourism 

BY KELSEY NOWAKOWSKI — SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

After an extensive annual review process, four of the territory’s beaches and two of its marinas will once again fly an eco-label that recognizes them for their dedication to sustainable tourism.

Known as the “Blue Flag Program,” the status is designated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and is based on compliance with 32 criteria, including environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management and safety.

The flags this year were awarded to:

  • St. Thomas: Emerald Beach, Great Bay Beach and Crown Bay Marina.
  • St. Croix: Green Cay Beach at Tamarind Reef, the Palms at Pelican Cove, and Green Cay Marina.

All have received the award at least once before. Crown Bay Marina and Green Cay Marina have now been certified for the fifth year in a row.

FEE sets the criteria the sites must comply with, but it’s all guided by information from the United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization. There’s also a $1,000 application fee and the beaches must cover some of the water monitoring costs.

“The Blue Flag Program is increasingly being conducted within a wider context, improving the environmental quality of beaches and marinas and the management of coastal areas in a holistic way,” said the V.I. Blue Flag coordinator Valerie Peters. Peters explained that having multiple stakeholders on one beach can be very challenging, since part of the beach could be managed, but not all of it. At Emerald Beach, the Blue Flag designation only covers the part of the beach that is maintained by the resort.

“It is a system that does not curtail recreation and tourism in the coastal area but rather deals with it through a wide range of subjects, activities and users that have direct and indirect interactions with the coastal environment,” Peters added. 

When the territory’s Blue Flag sites raise their flags on Dec. 1, they can promote the designation on their websites and social media accounts. The V.I. Department of Tourism, the V.I. Hotel and Tourism Industry and the national Blue Flag website will promote their eco-conscious status.

According to Peters, anyone interested in coastal conservation, sustainability, marine eco-systems, water safety and quality will appreciate the designation.

The sites must apply for designation every year even if they’ve been awarded the status in previous years. A team of national jurors from agencies and departments including the Environmental Protection Agency, V.I. Waste Management Authority, Coast Zone Management and the Department of Education review the applications and conduct an on-site inspection.

“The Blue Flag Program serves to encourage authorities and managers to provide beaches and marinas with a certain level of environmental quality, cleanliness, and safety standards for local populations and tourists” Peters said.

Peters said that not all of the benefits of having Blue Flag status are obvious, and listed the following additional additional advantages:

  • Clean beaches and regularly monitored bathing water quality,
  • Environmental education activities and information for residents and visitors,
  • Access to life saving equipment and other safety services,
  • Healthy and safe coastal environments,
  • Preservation of the local natural resources,
  • Promote sound environmental values and sustainable lifestyles,
  • Bring together the tourism and environmental sectors at local, national and regional levels,
  • International exposure and recognition for the USVI, and
  • Foster community pride.

Founded in 1987, the Blue Flag Program started with 10 participating countries and is now found in 48 countries and more than 4,000 beaches and marinas around the world.