April 20, 2002 – With a bit of a flourish, Nancy Ryan on Saturday tugged the covering off her rendering of a colorful sign to hang at Cruz Bay's ferry dock.
The St. Thomas business and management consultant came up with the winning design for the St.John Community Foundation's contest to develop a sign system for St. John. The signs will direct visitors and residents not in the know to places like restrooms, to the V.I. National Park Visitor's Center and to other locations around the island.
The signs feature a palm tree on a blue background with a black and white checked border.
Ryan won a three-day trip to Little Dix Bay Resort on Virgin Gorda. The sign ceremony in the gazebo at Cruz Bay Park was the centerpiece of the island's Earth Day celebration, held annually in the park.
This year saw only a few groups setting up displays, where the park is usually more crowded.
And Rob Crane, who organized a community clean up on Saturday morning, said no one showed up for the garbage bags and gloves he expected to distribute to folks willing to pick up trash.
"People who live here don't come out when it's cloudy," park ranger Pat Dinisio explained, glancing skyward at the clouds that hung overhead all day. She was staffing a booth that explained the park's recycling program.
Dinisio and fellow ranger Deanna Somerville organized a contest in four St. John schools that had students collecting recyclable trash from their schoolyard and wherever else they found it.
"Last year they collected one ton of recyclables in two weeks," she said.
Doug White, a St. Thomas architect who spends a lot of time in St. John, was on hand with an exhibit by the St. John Recycling Council and his Center for the Environment.
As he showed passers by the sand, crushed glass and glass pavers made from the crushed glass, he said that while the Recycling Council bought a glass crusher to recycle bottles and jars, it can't find a place to put it.
He said the group needs only a space 3,500 to 5,000 square feet in order to set up the crusher.
Once that is done, the group will sell crushed glass for fill and use in concrete and asphalt.
"There's an endless supply of raw material," he said.
He said that St. John generates 1.5 tons of waste glass a day. In St. Thomas, the figure sits at 15 tons and in St. Croix, at 10 tons.
These glass bottles and jars now go to landfills.
John Levering, owner of John Levering and Associates, represents companies that make environmentally-friendly products.
He said he was working on a project to set up a small eco-friendly industrial park in St. John where waste products could be made into products usable through the territory.
Levering said that while large projects on other islands bring in off-island developers, he would like to see St. John's industrial park attract residents who want to develop their own businesses.
While the other exhibitors leaned toward the practical, St. John resident Kevin O'Donnell set up his art from recycled materials. A rendering of Coral Bay, with its Emmaus Moravian Church, Skinny Legs Bar and Restaurant and Coral Bay Marine, among many businesses, was made from flotsam and jetsam washed up on beaches around the area.
"Drunk Bay is my favorite," he said of the remote beach out by Salt Pond that sees an incredible variety and amount items find their way to that beach.


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