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Kamabesu Villa

St. John, USVI — In the Wake of Irma…

We're All Here, Because We're Not All There

St. John is where I feel at home. It is where we made friends who became like family. For 10 years Bryan and I lived, worked, parented, played, birthed and invested there. We still return and feel the love several times a year. I have a deep passion for this island.

We want to put a big tribute to Randle Elmore, Kamabesu Villa's caretaker, who worked tirelessly for three days to prepare for Irma's arrival. We heard from him Thursday that he, his girlfriend Elizabeth Jeannine Mercier and three dogs were safe in the hurricane room under the club house. My entire family's focus is on making sure Randle and his family are safe for the duration. We pray constantly for the security of our many dear friends who are staying there to help rebuild. We know there is looting, we know there are some nasty characters taking advantage of the core people and we despise their behavior but this will not be what is remembered months from now.

St. John is called Love City because the community is so tightly knit and trust among neighbors and friends runs deep. Once you've lived somewhere isolated and dependent on outside resources. understanding how friends shift to family in the course of a year through just the routine of daily activities, is expected. You help one and other.

There is an island saying, "we're all here, because we're not all there." It has so many meanings. Right now, it hurts because I'm not there. Those of us in the community that were off island for this catastrophe are in constant communication. It also means we may be a little nuttier than your average Joe, but we're also a unique crew that would rather live without all the conveniences and merchandising that is normal state side for the beauty of the islands. It means, we're all HERE, in our hearts and not way over THERE milling about on our own.

St. John may have lost her shine but if you know a St. Johnian, you know they are already buffing her back up. It'll take a minute but like they say on island, soon come.

For those asking about Kamabesu Villa, the main house was severely damaged in the storm but thanks to local resident John Littlechild, our overly cautious builder who added our pool deck and 3 bedroom Club House in 2008, those features still stand. We are glad if for no other reason than it stood and protected/protects Randle Elmore, Elizabeth Jeannine Mercier and their 3 fur babies. Please join us in praying for their continued safety.

When you see that island glimmer again over the next year or so, be sure to come back. The Virgin Islands will NEED your return. The color drained from the land but the sea is already swirling with her brilliant blues. And that means, the beaches will return very soon and we need those who love a good beach back on island!

Thank you!
Katie

PS- To see recent photos please visit our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/kamabesuvilla

Entry to Kamabesu after Irma
Entry to Kamabesu after Irma
South Side of Kamabesu
South Side of Kamabesu
Kamabesu's Deck
Kamabesu's Deck
Kamabesu's Club House
Kamabesu's Club House
Fish Bay
Fish Bay
Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay
Caneel Bay
Caneel Bay
Cinnamon Bay Campground
Cinnamon Bay Campground
Governors House Cruz Bay
Governor's House Cruz Bay
Peter Bay
Peter Bay
Skinny Legs Coral Bay
Skinny Legs Coral Bay
Ms Lucys Coral Bay
Ms Lucy's Coral Bay
Westin Lobby Second Floor
Westin Resort Lobby Second Floor
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USVI Flag
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