Having owned Villa Tesori for well over a year, and now seeing daylight at the end of the tunnel, (we already got hit by the train a couple times).... We pay attention to the detailed statement which our property manager sent every month. A house in the islands takes a great deal of maintenance and upkeep, especially if there was none done for years before you bought it.
Like government issued documents, the monthly statement was as understandable as ancient sanskrit. Rarely was there enough rum or wine in the house to allow us to decipher it. One bill was vague constantly. It was always for around 300, we could never figure out the gf, ff, cfp abbreviations. It was my wife who finally figured out what some of the abbreviations meant on our statement...then she dropped it in my lap.
Having found the rosetta stone of statement deciphering, at least for one page....Lisa asked if i realized how much we were spending on goldfish. Um, no. So i looked into it. This is going to come as a shock to some, but goldfish are not native to the Virgin Islands. They must be imported, which obviously makes them worth their weight in gold...we have a couple bills to prove it. Even worse, they have a half life at Villa Tesori of about 2 weeks. Either the Jumbies or their evil minions the mongoose must be responsible for their early demise at VT. Over 300 per month spent on Goldie.
Considering the fish pond is fresh water and attracts large numbers of bees and mosquitos it was obvious to us that getting rid of the pond made sense. Armed with common sense, and a desire not to spend over 300 per month on golden pond, I called the property manager and told her our decision........she said no.
This is where most people fail to understand its the Virgin Islands, just because you own the home does not make it yours, or that is what some property managers think. So we kept replacing goldfish, paying someone to feed the goldfish, to clean the pond and to replace the pumps which break often. You can't make this stuff up.
We recently changed property managers and are now represented by Laura and John Brego of Destination St. John. Very nice people and wonderful to work with. They are in the process of moving Goldie to another pond where he will have other fish friends to visit with without worrying about Jumbies or their minions the mongoose.
We plan on turning the pond into a planting bed with some type of flowers to attract hummingbirds. Goldie has left the building....
Laura and John can be reached at the link below. We appreciate their efforts on our behalf of not only saving Goldie, but also as our friends.