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"White Goods" Trash Collection


Posted August 25, 2017     We now have a 4th dumpster at the trash collection site. It has been clearly marked "For White Goods Only", such as refrigerators, washers, freezers, etc.

This 4th dumpster is here temporarily so get your white goods down there soon.



Volunteers Needed!



Posted July 26,2017     This Saturday, July 29th Millie Lovett has organized a great clean-up at the ferry dock. WICA would like to encourage all WICA members to volunteer in cleaning up this area. Thanks Millie!


And Then There Were None!!!


Posted July 19, 2017     And then there were none...Under the direction of WICA President, David Roselle and with the help of the Government Task Force, 22 more abandoned vehicles were removed from Water Island, for a total of 42 vehicles removed this year!

Thanks also to all who contributed to the success of this project. Good job WICA!



Sad Passing

Posted July 11, 2017  Many long time residents & visitors to Water Island remember "Tuck & Sue". Sadly, Tuck (Tom) passed away recently. Below is his published obituary. Many Water Islanders remember that Tuck was associated with the Hotel in its day, and also was known for his kind care of animals. He often spent his own money to find homes for animal's on Culebra. He would take them to a vet in Puerto Rico and have them fixed and cared for before being adopted. He was a very kind man.

Thomas Owen Meacham Jr. born October 16, 1939 in Plainfield NJ, died June 25, 2017 at the age of 77 at Hospice House of Citrus County, Lecanto, Florida.  He was surrounded by his wife, Susan Ventura and siblings Margaret Meacham Smith and her husband Karl, Eugene Meacham, Sheila Meacham Dunn and Michael Meacham.  Dozens of nephews, nieces and cousins living across the United States and in Europe survive him as does Tom’s countless friends and partners.  Family members who predeceased Tom are his parents Thomas Owen and Margaret Rossi Meacham and brother Sean (Nip).  
Tuck, Tucker or Tom, all names by which he was known, was a communicant of the Catholic Church.  He grew up at Sycamore Farm in Shrewsbury, NJ.  He attended school in Red Bank, NJ; graduated Delbarton High School in Morristown, N.J. and after receiving his BS at Villanova University, worked for the specialist firm Walters Peck on the New York Stock Exchange.   He left Wall Street to follow his heart and entrepreneurial drive to develop property in the Caribbean, Virgin Islands and Central America that included Ship Wreck Landing, Coral Bay, St. John, USVI; Honeymoon Beach Restaurant and Bar, Water Island, USVI; Posada La Hamaca Guest House, Culebra, Puerto Rico; and an extensive land development in Costa Rica. 
Tom held a special love for animals and was instrumental in the creation of an animal rescue service in Culebra which saw hundreds of rescued dogs and cats into good responsible homes. 
The greatest thrill and joy throughout Tom’s life were the numerous aeronautic activities in which he engaged: Hang gliding, paragliding, skydiving and parachuting.  He attained expertise in the practice of his many passions that included fly-fishing, springboard diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and skiing. Tom traveled extensively throughout the United States that included a year long journey through Alaska and Canada.

Easily shortlisted for ‘The World’s Most Interesting Man’, Tom was kind and absurdly generous, bound only by his rules, funny and stern, fierce, loyal, and brave; like a lion or a knight.  Husband, brother, friend, benefactor, adventurer, storyteller, inventor, entrepreneur.  Family and friends valued his life and mourn the loss.  Service celebrating Tom’s life to be announced. 
Those wishing to honor Tom in a way that will continuously give, may choose one of the organizations that help so many:
Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast,
PO Box 641270, Beverley Hills, FL 34464 (
Friends of Culebra Animals, Inc.,
P.O. Box 527, Culebra, PR 00775 (http://www.


Happy 4th of July!

Posted July 4,2017.    Water Island and all of our residents and visitors would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe 4th of July!






Tax Time!

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Posted June 5, 2017     In a V.I. Daily News article on June 3rd they had this article about 2017 Property Taxes -

2017 Property Tax Bill Being Issued.  The 2017 Property Tax bills are being issued to all property owners on record as of 1 Jan 17.  The bills
will become due on 30 Jun and will become delinquent if not paid by 30 Aug 17.  
Property tax bills can be paid online at  Tax office telephone is 340 776 8505.
Last year many Water Islanders did not get a hard copy of the bill in the mail. Regardless, they were penalized if not paid in the allowable time.


Thank You WICA!!!

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Posted June 2, 2017     The next time you see David Roselle, the President of WICA, please make sure you thank him and give him a BIG pat on the back! You probably don't recognize the Water Island road in this picture because it has NEVER, NEVER looked like this. It is the Dump Road.

David has done a fantastic job coordinating with the Department of Public Works to get reclaimed asphalt spread on the dump road.

Great job David! Thank you for helping improve the quality of life for Water Islanders. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

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Maybe? Finally?

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Posted May 20, 2017     Fiber Optic Cable may be coming TO YOUR HOUSE! We received word from Alex Randall that a crew from an internet provider, Orbitel, was on Water Island recently. They are interested in providing internet by Fiber Optic Cable to the residents of Water Island.

They will be contacting residents to see if anyone is interested in receiving extremely fast internet service at a competitive rate. They indicated to Alex they would need about 25 - 30 homes to sign up to make the committment to service the island.

So, stay tuned and keep an eye out for any correspondence from Orbitel.


Important Information!



This subject was discussed at the WICA EC meeting held on May 13, 2017. It was decided that a committee be formed to draft a letter to the U.S. Virgin Islands Government, from the Water Island Civic Association, outlining the potential effect this RFP would have on Water island AND the U.S. Virgin Islands Government.

If any Water Islander wants to contact the Virgin Islands Government reference this RFP you can contact;

Commissioner Lloyd Bough Jr. (

Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty (

David Mapp, Acting Director VI Port Authority -

You can read the RFP HERE.


WICA EC Meeting!

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Posted May 11, 2017     The next Water Island Civic Association Meeting is Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9AM at the Firehouse. The WICA meetings are open to all so come out and get involved.



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Posted May 3, 2017      If you have been to the ferry dock over the last month or so you probably noticed the ragged, torn Virgin Islands flag on the mast. Well, NO MORE!

Thanks to Jane Wherren and Crown Bay Marina for the donation of a brand new Virgin Islands flag for the Water Island ferry dock!



Caution! Caution! Caution!


Posted April 25, 2017     Any Water Island boater going between Water Island and St. Thomas, please use EXTRA caution when approaching St. Thomas! A dolphin extension is being placed at the cruise ship pier area and IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE AND A TREMENDOUS HAZARD!

We've already had several Water Islander deaths in this area, please use caution.



Season Is Coming To An End!

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Wally & Peggy Leaving For The Summer

Posted April 22, 2017     Another season is almost behind us now on Water Island. A lot of our friends are beginning to leave for the Spring/Summer up north. We wish them all well and look forward to seeing them later this year.



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Posted April 19, 2017     If you have  been to Honeymoon Beach the last couple of days and noticed how good all of the Palm Trees look, take a moment and thank Rachael Ackley!

Rachael was kind enough to take on the task of coordinating and supervise the trimming of all the Palm trees AND having fresh Palm fronds put on the palapas.

A number of donations were received to accomplish this task;

Water Island Civic Association -            $1,250

Heidi Erwig - Heidi's Honeymoon Grill - $1,500

Rachael Ackley -                                  $500

Topsails -                                            $500

Lisa Bertrand - Dinghy's Beach Bar -     $250





Posted March 15, 2017     At the Jan 17 Annual Meeting, WICA agreed to donate $1000 to Lucky Paws Foundation.  The Foundation pays local vets to “fix†the cats and there is no cost to the person who brings in the cat.  The Foundations objective is to reduce the proliferation of wild cats.  

In the last 2 months, the Gidleys and Learmonts have captured 19 cats and taken them to St Thomas to be fixed under the Lucky Paws Foundations arrangement.  Of the 19 cats, 10 were female.  

So what is the impact on Water Island of just getting 10 females fixed.  The local vets say that a female is likely to have at least two litters per year.  Each litter will average 5 kittens.  So do the math.  By having 10 females fixed, we have reduced the potential population growth by 200 kittens.

If you are interested in helping catch the cats and taking them to the vet on St Thomas, contact Linda Gidley 9340 690 2814) who will provide live traps and instructions on the how to get the cats fixed.

A Big THANK YOU! to the Gidleys and Learmonts!


Let There Be Light!

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Posted March 10, 2017     Thanks to the efforts of WICA President, David Roselle, we now have lights at the ferry dock!

As of this minute they are on all the time but as soon as WAPA fixes a problem with the photo cells they will be off during the daylight hours.

These lights help make the dock area and the dock a MUCH safer area for pedestrians and boaters.

A BIG "Thanks" David!


WICA EC Meeting!

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Posted February 10, 2017     The next Water Island Civic Association Meeting is Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9AM at the Firehouse. The WICA meetings are open to all so come out and get involved.


Sad, Sad, News

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Posted February 8, 2017     On February 3, 2017, our longtime friend Roland passed away.

Just a month ago we celebrated Roland's retirement after working on Water Island for 54 years. We will miss you our friend!

Relatives and friends are respectively invited to attend the viewing on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Church of God of Prophecy, Estate Hoffman, from 9 to 10 a.m. Service follows at 10 a.m. Interment is at Smith Bay Eastern Cemetery.


Cats, Cats, and More Cats!


Posted February 3, 2017     We all know that there are many wild cats in the bush on Water Island.

Lucky Paws Foundation has arrangements with two vet clinics on St Thomas who will “fix†the cats at NO COST.  The Water Island Civic Association made a donation to Lucky Paws this month.

All you have to do is catch the cats and take them to the vets.  “Fixing†is done on Tuesdays thru Friday at two vet clinics.

If we do not start to take care of the problem, it will get worse.  So please consider helping out.

Call Linda Gidley if you need a live trap and to get more information on the location of the vets and procedures to follow.    Cell 340 690 2814


We Have Lost Another Long Time Friend


Posted January 24, 2017     Lee Shaffer has passed away. Lee was our volunteer auctioneer at the annual Water Island Auction. Lee was a very good friend to Water Island and will be missed. Lee's sister, Jane Rex, has provided the below obituary;

Lee Humphrey Shaffer, 62, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2017 at Hamilton Pointe in Newburgh. He was born on August 27, 1954 to Anne Ford Shaffer and Gerald Shaffer in Evansville.

Lee attended Washington Elementary School, Bosse High School and Indiana University, where he graduated in 1976 with a degree in Business.

While at IU, Lee lived at the Phi Delta Theta house where he developed long-lasting friendships with his "Brothers in the Bond."

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Indiana Hoosiers fan.

After graduation, he continued in the family auction business, hosting many auctions of real estate and personal property.

Recently, Lee had resided at a Willow Park Retirement Community and developed many friendships there.

He was preceded in passing by his parents, and is survived by brother, Tom Shaffer (Joyce) of Walterboro, SC and sister, Jane Lee (Rex) of Loveland, OH. He is also survived by niece, Lauren Shaffer McKinney and nephews, Andrew Shaffer and Benjamin Lee.

Visitation will be held at East Side Christian Church, 2001 Bayard Park Drive, on Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 am. A celebration of life service will follow at 11:30.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to East Side Christian Church.


Thank You Mary Dunakey!

Posted January 7, 2016     A big "THANK YOU" goes out to Mary Dunakey for a fabulous Christmas Light show this year! Mary spends countless hours working on the Christmas Light Show so that all Water Islanders and visitors are captivated by the Christmas spirit.

Thank you VERY MUCH Mary!


We Will Miss You Dear Friend

Posted January 2, 2017     Joanne Bohr's wonderful mother, Marita Poline, passed away yesterday surrounded by her loving family. Marita and her husband of 68 years, Barney, were regular visitors to Water Island and became friends with all of us. We will miss you but never forget you Marita!

Here is her official obituary -

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