October 27, 2017

On the evening of Friday, October 27th, 50 long days after Hurricane Irma devastated St. John, a small section of Cruz Bay finally saw the light. Residents and businesses in Cruz Bay, in the section from Wharfside Village to the police station, began plugging in their fans, stuffing their refrigerators, and flicking on house lights for the first time in nearly two months. Rejoice!

While everyone else waits for the repair trucks to finally make it to their neck of the island, at least The Lime Inn, the Beach Bar, Joe’s Rum Hut, High Tide Bar & Grill, and other nearby businesses are now serving much needed hot food and cold drinks at lunch and dinner.

St. John’s roughly 4000 remaining residents will most likely not see their electric meter turn until early next year. Living without electricity, running water, fuel, and a means of communication has its challenges.