North shore online

Reprint from St. Croix Avis Newspaper, Sunday-Monday, June 21-22, 2009

St. Croix– A new Web site created for and about the north shore of St. Croix is gaining members in an effort to promote the natural beauty and commercial potential of the community.

The completely not-for-profit site, www.northshorestcroix.com, highlights many of the natural wonders stretching from Salt River to Hamms Bluff and allows for a forum to post pictures and discuss the unique characteristics of the area. In an effort to reach out to visitors the site also features area businesses and services available. But it also brings residents together for community activities and initiatives.

cane_bay_stcroixThe free site will ideally bring the community together in an arena of positive self-promotion, said founder Eric Nelson.

The site is also part of a bigger project to establish the North Shore St. Croix Association, which would bring the community together in order to plan events and promote the community.

“Our association hopes to preserve and enhance the beauty of the north shore. Our ideas include new events like a farmers market, community days for beach beautification, and perhaps a walking path someday,” states the site’s opening page.

On the “Destinations” page north shore businesses and sites such as Annaly Farms, Carambola Golf and Country Club, Carambola Beach Resort, the Beast, Spratnet Beach Bar, The Wall, Cane Bay Beach, Full Moon Beach Bar, Virgin Kayak Tours, Cane Bay Dive Shop, real estate opportunities and more, are featured.

The site’s events calendar highlights poker night, lobster and jazz, and yoga sessions in the north shore area. There is even a Google map of the north shore of St. Croix, which marks key destinations. The news section of the site keeps members informed about new members, activities in the community and even has a poll trying to gauge the issues affecting the community.

Nelson said the site and the association are still in their early stages of existence and in the near future they will hold an official membership meeting. When they begin to have meetings, Nelson said they will establish what is of most importance to the members and in what direction they will go.

For now the siteĀ  is a place where residents and visitors alike can go to stay connected about what’s going on around the north shore of St. Croix.

“It’s to help the people who are here but to also share the beauty of the north shore,” said Nelson.

After the first two weeks of existence the association gained 37 members, and today they are up to 90 members strong.

Nelson, who lives on the north shore with his wife and three daughters, is a professional Web designer and like many he was inspired to get involved in his community after President Barack Obama was elected.

Nelson said he is constantly meeting people who comment on the beauty of the north shore and thought he could easily create a site that offers a connection for progressive actions.

“In my eyes the north shore is a precious Caribbean gem with so many friendly, creative people who really care. I hoped that by building this Web site I could get the ball rolling and then let the members lead the way. So far the response has been very positive, new members seem excited, and we’re looking forward to our first meeting,” said Nelson.

Nelson is encouraging residents, businesses, organizations and visitors to go to the new Web site and join. As membership increases, the association hopes it will give the north shore a more unified voice toward preservation and improvement issues. So far members have mentioned ideas such as; promoting the north shore as a destination, historic appreciation, crime prevention, beach beautification, and various other methods designed to improve the north shore experience.

An occasional e-mail will be sent out to let members know about meetings and progress. The free sign-up form is located on the right side of the Web site at www.northshorestcroix.com.