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LoveUSVI
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I have been reading this forum for several years and posting from time to time for a year.

After many trips, and purchasing land six years ago, I am ready to sign contracts to start building my dream home as soon as the permits are issued. (FYI this will be mostly a home to live part time while not traveling. My spouse and I will retire when the house is completed and no employment is sought in the USVI.)

I have found this forum to provide lots of useful information, but I must confess that I am now a little bit concerned about building my dream home in STT. Part of that has been how disappointed I have been for the lack of respect among some people on this forum (just two recent examples: “Sick and Tired Again” and “Hi Everyone”). I appreciate the volunteers who answer the same questions over and over again. The people I have met on island, including my neighbors, are delightful, but now I wonder whether over time they will also be unrespectful and provide a negative environment. I have no interest in living in a place where negativity prevails.

The natural beauty of the Virgin Islands is world class (I make this statement as a world traveler). Certainly there are drawbacks (crime, government, debt and ratings). The Virgin Islands share the same issues that other small islands in the world face, including cost of living and cost of construction. What I am most concerned about is whether these issues have changed the attitude of people and make them more negative and cynical (as shown in recent posts) vs all the positive aspects of living in the USVI (as reflected on another recent post… “What do you love about the Virgin Islands?”). For instance, my impression is that people in Hawaii are happy. But I prefer the nature in the VI and it is closer to family in the East Coast.

Any thoughts will be appreciated.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 6:38 pm
SausageInTheCan
(@SausageInTheCan)
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Gigifreesprit is just another troll that got tried of running scams on Craigslist.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 6:44 pm
CruzanIron
(@CruzanIron)
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Well, instead of moving to the VI where the people on this page comment, you could move to the VI where the people on the secret facebook page live.

They appear to be two different places. :@)

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Posted : August 10, 2016 6:50 pm
Gigifreespirit
(@Gigifreespirit)
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You're the actually the negativity the author of this post speaks of. Smh. You don't know me from a can of paint. Talking about someone who you don't know isn't a reflection of them but a reflection of you and FYI, I'm sure you meant to say tired not tried.

Gigifreesprit is just another troll that got tried of running scams on Craigslist.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 6:57 pm
Spartygrad95
(@Spartygrad95)
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Well, instead of moving to the VI where the people on this page comment, you could move to the VI where the people on the secret facebook page live.

They appear to be two different places. :@)

Since the Olympics are going on, I award you a gold medal in commenting.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 6:58 pm
SausageInTheCan
(@SausageInTheCan)
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You're the actually the negativity the author of this post speaks of. Smh. You don't know me from a can of paint. Talking about someone who you don't know isn't a reflection of them but a reflection of you and FYI, I'm sure you meant to say tired not tried.

Gigifreesprit is just another troll that got tried of running scams on Craigslist.

LMAO!!!!

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Posted : August 10, 2016 6:59 pm
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
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can they be awarded more than 1 gold medal

Well, instead of moving to the VI where the people on this page comment, you could move to the VI where the people on the secret facebook page live.

They appear to be two different places. :@)

Since the Olympics are going on, I award you a gold medal in commenting.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 7:01 pm
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
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if you are going to be basing your move on people that are on a message board, something is really wrong

I have been reading this forum for several years and posting from time to time for a year.

After many trips, and purchasing land six years ago, I am ready to sign contracts to start building my dream home as soon as the permits are issued. (FYI this will be mostly a home to live part time while not traveling. My spouse and I will retire when the house is completed and no employment is sought in the USVI.)

I have found this forum to provide lots of useful information, but I must confess that I am now a little bit concerned about building my dream home in STT. Part of that has been how disappointed I have been for the lack of respect among some people on this forum (just two recent examples: “Sick and Tired Again” and “Hi Everyone”). I appreciate the volunteers who answer the same questions over and over again. The people I have met on island, including my neighbors, are delightful, but now I wonder whether over time they will also be unrespectful and provide a negative environment. I have no interest in living in a place where negativity prevails.

The natural beauty of the Virgin Islands is world class (I make this statement as a world traveler). Certainly there are drawbacks (crime, government, debt and ratings). The Virgin Islands share the same issues that other small islands in the world face, including cost of living and cost of construction. What I am most concerned about is whether these issues have changed the attitude of people and make them more negative and cynical (as shown in recent posts) vs all the positive aspects of living in the USVI (as reflected on another recent post… “What do you love about the Virgin Islands?”). For instance, my impression is that people in Hawaii are happy. But I prefer the nature in the VI and it is closer to family in the East Coast.

Any thoughts will be appreciated.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 7:02 pm
Spartygrad95
(@Spartygrad95)
Trusted Member

The answer is the world is becoming more jaded and cynical. This happens when the vast inequities from.The haves and have nots continue to increase. Surely a world traveler has seen this.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 7:07 pm
CruzanIron
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One only has to look at the political structure of the VI and be aware of the political activity (and lack of it) to see that doom is coming.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 7:10 pm
ms411
(@ms411)
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Well, instead of moving to the VI where the people on this page comment, you could move to the VI where the people on the secret facebook page live.

They appear to be two different places. :@)

I agree, and though it may have been said in jest, there are various population segments here. The affluent are generally very positive, and those who are not have varying attitudes ranging from bitter to gracious.

Just be nice all the time no matter what and you'll be fine.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 7:45 pm
TommySTX
(@TommySTX)
Advanced Member

to the OP,

Just take a look at the commenters here. There are basically less than a dozen that comment on just about everything. Good or bad that is not a good sample size for life here in the USVI. There is some great advice here and there is a good amount of useless bickering for some reason. My best advice, as someone who has used this board for direction and tried to help others when my knowledge will do so, is to ignore the petty arguments from the regulars and focus on the direct answers to questions that some people provide. Everyone's experience will be different moving/living/vacationing here so take that into consideration. One person's nightmare is another's dream.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 7:54 pm
Matt T
(@Matt_T)
Advanced Member

Ignore the negativity. It is very unrepresentative of the population here. This place is just like any other- its what you make of it. Some love it, some don't. Some thrive, some dive, some simply can't survive.

See post: "What do you love about the Virgin Islands" for a different perspective than what is offered on this forum.

Edit: Woops sorry, you already saw that post.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 8:11 pm
Spartygrad95
(@Spartygrad95)
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Ignorance is bliss

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Posted : August 10, 2016 8:17 pm
islandjoan
(@islandjoan)
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Sparty and CruzanIron are cracking me up and so is this thread. They deserve a gold, silver and bronze.

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Posted : August 10, 2016 11:00 pm
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