Happy 4th of July Castaways! I hope you are spending the holiday on the sand and have a drink in your hand.

This week’s Caribbean Wrap up has a lot of great information. But before we dive into that, I’d like to acknowledge the passing of a truly great person, Captain John Brandi. Most of you probably know John from his St. John charter business, Palm Tree Charters. He not only gave tours of the Virgin Islands but special special memories to all he met as well. I did not have the pleasure of actually meeting John face to face, but we spoke several times and I sent him a bunch of Castaway swag. He was a special part of St. John and will be missed many, especially his lovely wife.

Caribbean Weekly Wrap Up

Papa’s Pilar and You can Help the Oceans: Papa’s Pilar, the rum that bears the name of Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishing boat, has launched a new campaign to encourage ocean preservation. Timed with World Oceans Day and Hemingway’s birthday, during the campaign Papa’s Pilar will donate $1 to the Ocean Foundation every time a fan posts a photo of themselves enjoying a glassed Papa’s Pilar near the water. –Story by Bahama Bob

US and Cuba to announce embassy openings: The United States and Cuba on Wednesday plan to officially seal the renewal of diplomatic ties begun last year, announcing the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than half-a-century. -Story by CNN.com

Baha Mar Resort Project In Nassau Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: The $3.5 billion Nassau megaresort, which had already delayed its scheduled openings in December and March, has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. –Story by Caribbean Journal

St. John Time Lapse, Turtle Beach: Enjoy three sunny hours on Caneel Bay’s Turtle Beach in just three minutes. –Story by On-St. John.com

Antigua – Shirley Heights At Dusk: I am on my way to Shirley Heights when Taurus Riley’s She’s Royal starts playing. It took me a while to realize it was not the radio from my taxi, but that it was my driver’s cell phone ringing. –Story by Uncover Your Caribbean

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Cheers,

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