Going for it!!!!!!!
HELLO...WE ARE NEW TO THE BOARD, HOWEVER WE HAVE BEEN READING IT FOR SOME TIME. I AM DAVID 36 MY WIFE 43 AND TWO GIRLS 9 AND 11..WE ALSO HAVE A 20 YEAR OLD, BUT SHE WILL FOLLOW LATER. A GOLDEN RETRIEVER AND 3 CATS...COMPLETE OUR FAMILY....I HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN MOVING TO THE STX SINCE I WAS 18 WHEN I WAS ON A CRUISE.I TOLD MYSELF A 100 TIMES I WOULD MOVE, BUT WIFE THEN LATER KIDS CAME AND I FELT THE RESPONCIBLITY OF PARENTHOOD,JOB AND EVERYDAY LIFE STOPPED MY THINKING IN THAT DIRECTION.A FEW YEARS AGO I STARTED AGAIN.MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN TO SEVERAL TROPICAL SPOTS INCLUDING MEXICO,TAHITI,AND TWO CRUISES TO THE CARABEAN.WE JUST CAN'T GET THE WARM WEATHER BLUE WATER AND WHITE BEACHES OFF OUR MINDS.WE ARE NOT ESCAPING FROM A HORRABLE PLACE,WE ARE LEAVING OUR BIRTHPLACE.YES WE WERE BOTH BORN IN THE SAME SMALL TOWN BY THE SAME DOCTOR TA BOOT.I JUST FEEL THE AMERICAN DREAM IS NOT ALL IT'S MADE OUT TO BE.YOU KNOW THE HOUSE THE CARS THE KIDS AND DOG AND HUSSLEBUSSLE NOT FOR ME.LUCKY FOR ME THE WHLOE FAMILY SEEMS TO BE AS LAID BACK AS ME,WHICH GOT ME TO THINKING ABOUT AN ISLAND AGAIN.EVERYONE IS FOR IT AND CAN'T WAIT TO MOVE.WE ARE PLANNING A PMV IN NOV THEN IF ALL GOES WELL A MOVE SOON AFTER.I AM GETTING CERTIFIED AS A SCUBA INSRUCTOR WITCH WILL BE COMPLETE BEFORE WE MOVE,I WAS HOPING TO GET IN THE DIVING FEILD FOR A JOB.CONSTRUCTION IS MY FEILD NOW WHICH IS ALSO A POSSIBLE FEILD FOR ME IN STX.I HAVE READ ABOUT PRICES AND HARD TO FIND EMPLOYMENT BUT FEEL WE CAN STILL PULL IT OFF.ANYWAY I JUST WANTED TO INTROUDUCE OURSELVES TO EVERYONE AND LOOK FORWARD TO REPLIES FROM YOU ALL.THIS WEB SITE IS GREAT I COULD NOT IMAGIAN TRYNG TO TO THIS MOVE WITHOUT IT ,THANKYOU ALL WHO JOIN IN.
Go for it, Dave!! 🙂
SCUBA instructors (PADI certified) should be able to find work. Check with Hal at Cane Bay Dive Shop (340-773-9913), he may have some leads.
Im right with ya! Im also a contractor here in NJ and am very skeptial about pulling off a living on St Thomas but still even after everyone is convincing me that im crazy, i cant get it off my mind! We plan to move as soon as our house sells this summer, I have a 32' boat here that i may or may not sell, to buy another when we arrive, (or just have it shipped there). But we are deff scared, im leaving my own busisnss behing after 16 good years, and a 100k+ income! for the "unknown". I plan to start the buiss down there or go into some kind of charter/fishing/diving & snorkeling enterprize with my boat and knowledge of boating.....(im sure another dime o dozen idea), but as long as i can pay my bills down there i wont complain...
My wife is a bartender and im sure she could find work somewhere, just seems to me that here in NJ its all about the "quanity" of life, when to us its more about the "quality"!
If I can quote Rob Schnieder's character from The Waterboy: "Yeww can dew iiiit!"
This forum is very good at giving savvy advice and answering questions.
Try going to www.virginislandsdailynews.com and check out the employment section for a sampling of what they are looking for there. It changes fairly quickly.
Good Luck with your ideas, maybe we will cross paths there in the future. I've lived there, and now want to return. Bob C.
STX has a serious need for contractors and land developers. If you build it, I will sell it! 😉
And others from this message board will be happy to buy it. There is a lot of opportunity here in the real estate and construction business for professionals with experience (and patience). Before you try to develop an entirely new business you haven't run before, take a look at the opportunities to continue doing what you know how to do well, assuming you enjoy the industry.
quanity vs. quality mmmm I TAKE QUALITY EVERYTIME.GOOD LUCK THIS SUMMER I WILL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU.
A QUESTION FOR ALEXANDRA MARSHAL.WHAT ARE THE CONRACTOR LIC.LAWS IN STX FOR BUILDING HOMES? ALSO WHEN I COME DOWN IN NOV.I WILL NEED A 7 TO 10 DAY RENTAL AND WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD HELP,MABEE SHOW SOME PROPERTY AS WELL.
Dave - the licensing laws and requirements depend up on the type of license you are trying to get. The more complex the license, the more that is required. For most government business licenses, you have to be living on the island at least 30 days before you can apply... but you also need to order a tax clearance certificate and include it with your application and that will usually take you a month or more to receive, anyway. The applications ask for all the usual information you would expect. They might also ask for a few odd items. Take it in stride and do what is asked without raising too much of a stink and you might speed up the process.
If you want to email me privately with more precise info about what type of license you would be seeking, I might be able to collect an application packet to mail to you. email@example.com
I don't handle many short-term rentals, but sometimes do have something available. Of course I'd be happy to show you around the island so you can see properties available and start to find your niche. Stay in touch.
Cheese and bread! You have a caps lock button for a reason. Use it!
SORRY TO AFFEND YOU DL, NATIVESON WARNED ME ABOUT BEING TESTED BY LOCALS, I GUESS THIS IS MY FIRST TEST. HOWEVER MY WIFE LIKES THINGS BIG.....It won't happen again......
Typing that is all capitalized is very hard to read since the text lacks the normal visual breaks that allow for rapid identification and scanning of patterns that facilitates quick comprehension. That's why you shouldn't type in all caps. If someone asks you to take off the caps lock it's probably so that he/she can more easily read your messages.
Also, typing in all caps portrays the writer as uncaring-- too busy to bother to hit the shift button now and then.
I'm not flaming you, just explaining why typing in all caps is uncool.
Hey Dave, one of the protocols of "Netiquette" is that if you type in caps it means that you are shouting 🙂
WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT US???
Thanyou for the simple explanation,it makes complete sence.What a great way to express yourself using text."SORRY FOR SHOUTING AT YOU":)