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abogadamama
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My husband is flying out tomorrow,  and my goal is to be in stx by July 1.   We are looking forward to this new adventure, but hope to make some friends and contacts before we arrive.  I'm an attorney and will be looking for work on the island.  We also have a 13 yo son. 

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Topic starter Posted : April 18, 2019 11:15 pm
Fishbait
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Safe travels and welcome! 

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Posted : April 19, 2019 2:46 pm
sttanon
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Posted by: abogadamama

My husband is flying out tomorrow,  and my goal is to be in stx by July 1.   We are looking forward to this new adventure, but hope to make some friends and contacts before we arrive.  I'm an attorney and will be looking for work on the island.  We also have a 13 yo son. 

Lee Rohn would be one firm you could inquire into......

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Posted : April 20, 2019 7:48 pm
speee1dy
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enjoy your new home 

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Posted : April 22, 2019 2:32 pm
Ahuffer
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Shouldn't be too tough & this seems like a good place to start. Sounds like an exciting thing to be doing and makes me miss that sense of adventure I felt. I'd definitely try to make your son as comfortable as possible with everything. That's a weird age to begin with and adding in a change of scenery could be difficult for him. 

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Posted : April 26, 2019 3:29 pm
Mamaofmia
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Good afternoon! My husband and I are also moving down. He will be there in a couple of weeks, I'll be about a month behind him, after tying up loose ends. He will be working on the refinery. A local friend helped secure his job and a home to rent.

If I may ask, what is the local "mood". Our friend said many people are unhappy. I'm one who mentally prepares for my travels.

Thoughts?

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Posted : June 20, 2019 1:19 pm
stxsailor
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I wouldn't say many people are unhappy. A few may be frustrated not being able to find affordable housing. Some people are happy being unhappy. Been here 8 years and I'm happier than I've ever been. Even with months of no power after Hurricane Maria. haven't shoveled  or driven in show in 8 years. Booze is cheap, food is awesome, beaches are uncrowded, people are friendly for the most part, life is good.  No kids so I can't offer any info there. 

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Posted : June 20, 2019 2:28 pm
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Mamaofmia
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Wow, thank you @stxsailor.

Our friend keeps telling us, "it's one love here". I understand those who refuse to embrace happiness, I was one if them, once upon a time!  We are looking forward to being there. 

I'm excited to immerse myself in the culture. Would also love to give back, to the community. I've inquired about the animal rescue center. I'm told it is nice and they are great with the animals.

We are from the South, I'm used to being friendly, everywhere I go.

Thanks again and have a great evening!

Tracy

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Posted : June 20, 2019 2:51 pm
stxsailor
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The animal Welfare Center is doing amazing things here and they are very overwhelmed with animals being brought in, they always need volunteers. The animal welfare center has a thrift shop that needs help as well. Like I said we have amazing restaurants here.  Good local food and anything else you can think of. In my opinion we rival the restaurants in The French Caribbean and St Maarten. Any thing from fancy dining to come as you are restaurants, beach shacks and we are just ramping up our food truck scene. A local brewery that makes great beer and does many family friendly events. 

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Posted : June 20, 2019 5:10 pm
Mamaofmia
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I cannot wait! Our friend told us about this job, two years ago. It's been quite a wait, however, I'm certain it will be worth every, nerve wracking moment! 

I will get our home in order, stock groceries and so forth, before putting in an application to volunteer. I want to familiarize myself beforehand. I'm looking forward to creating a positive rapport and impact. 

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Posted : June 20, 2019 5:20 pm
Scubadoo
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There are more volunteer opportunities than you can shake a stick at.  Something for everyone.  There are several older forum threads on this topic.

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Posted : June 20, 2019 8:20 pm
Mamaofmia
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Excellent! I do love animals, however, there may be other organizations I could consider. Thank you! I just spoke with our friend, he's a Native of St. Croix. I believe he is as excited to show us all around the island, as we are to be part of it. He's secured a home on the South side, for us.

I truly appreciate all the input. I will search the volunteer thread.

Have a great evening!

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Posted : June 20, 2019 8:43 pm
freiios
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And how we can do this? 

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Posted : July 15, 2019 5:04 pm
vicanuck
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I haven't noticed any change in the local mood over the past year. Its challenging to live here at the best of times so there will always be unhappy, struggling people trying to make ends meet. Don't worry, be happy.

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Posted : July 16, 2019 8:18 am
speee1dy
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@Mamaofmia

Mood?? im not sure what you mean. Who is unhappy? locals or newbies? 

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Posted : July 17, 2019 7:57 am
Mamaofmia
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@speee1dy

Our friend, who is local. He said many local people are unhappy, with all the workers coming to the island. I understand, not being qualified for the job opportunities, has them upset 

We are hoping to change that perception, if only within the two of us. Positivity, all the way! 

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Posted : July 17, 2019 12:16 pm
Fishbait
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If you look at some of the Facebook pages and read The Consortium you would think the place is falling apart. It's not really. In fact the Cat 5 hurricanes brought in more than billions of $$, they also may have ushered in a new era of modernization and new kinds of tourist attractions like AirBnB, Farm to Table foodie places, etc. There are problems to be sure, but I think most people are too occupied with family, work, worship, fun and just living to have it affect their mood much. 

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Posted : July 17, 2019 12:51 pm
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Mamaofmia
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@Fishbait

Happy to hear it. ✌

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Posted : July 17, 2019 1:01 pm
speee1dy
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@Mamaofmia

yes, that i understand. its not just that. non locals are renting up all the properties that locals were renting. there are stories about locals being kicked out so that the owners can get higher rents from statesiders.  

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Posted : July 17, 2019 2:15 pm
Mamaofmia
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@speee1dy

Oh my, I had no idea! Our friend found this house, for us to rent. 

The rent is high, I agree with that.

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Posted : July 17, 2019 2:21 pm
speee1dy
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@Mamaofmia

its what seems to happen in any are hit hard by natural disasters.  between that and Hovensa , its just harder now 

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Posted : July 17, 2019 2:45 pm
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singlefin
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It’s also what happens in areas that are “up and coming” or full of opportunity.

HGTV contributed greatly to St. Croix (prior to the hurricanes). After Maria, and the flood of relief workers (like after Hugo in 89), and now the refinery reconstruction, St. Croix is back on the map. As you will find when you arrive, it’s still a somewhat “undiscovered country”. 

When my wife and I started visiting here over a decade ago, people used to say Cruzan’s were perpetually waiting for their boat to come in. They used to joke about how it was always anchored just off shore, just out of reach.

They don’t say that anymore...

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Posted : July 17, 2019 4:59 pm
Fishbait
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There are also complaints about "gentrification" on Facebook STX groups. Those invariably descend into Facebook keyboard fights and race gets brought up. 

I'm not sure gentrification is the right term unless St Croix is in the very early stages of it. It isn't San Francisco after all. Much of stateside gentrification happened because people wanted to be closer to well paying technical jobs. Although the refinery is bringing in lots of people I don't see where a lot them will become landowners and stay long term.  

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Posted : July 20, 2019 10:38 am
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Mamaofmia
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@Fishbait

I agree, most of them won't stay. It saddens me to hear of the tension, regarding gentrification and race.

Living in the South, you learn quickly, that it is more widespread than you think. Sometimes, friendliness is of no use, from all directions.

I continue to spread smiles and greetings, everywhere I go, that will not change.

Thank you, for your response.

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Posted : July 20, 2019 11:12 am
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East Ender
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On St Thomas, at least, it seems as if the changes are due to newcomers who want St Thomas to be like their former home. We had neighbors seal up their windows from the tradewinds so they could a/c the place. Also things like those spy doorbells instead of learning to answer to the call of "Inside!" ? 

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Posted : July 21, 2019 10:32 am
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