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Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

July, 2023

For decades, Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas has worked hand-in-hand with The Humane Society of St. Thomas.

Because the resort’s proprietors and staff believe in giving back to the community, our Flamboyan On The Bay on-premise Cat Sanctuary functions 365 days a year providing care and feeding to homeless feral and domesticated kitties. Nurturing also includes regular visits to the vet. When you see one tip of a cat’s ear has been “clipped,” it signifies the feline has been humanely trapped, spayed/ neutered — and returned ‘home’ to live in peace here at the resort.

General Manager Lori Baskin, Administrator Tracy Wayman and Front Desk Manager Carla de Montilla also participate in a number of community events during the year including St. Thomas Carnival activities. Lori and Tracy have been known to don numbers and race for non-profit fundraisers, as well.

It’s also a ‘given’ you’ll see Tracy flipping burgers at the annual Slider Showdown benefitting All Saints Cathedral School. Additionally, she volunteers at the annual King of the Wing culinary competition benefiting the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum.

The last thing our Flamboyan staff wants is recognition for volunteering — all the more reason to spotlight this selfless team that works silently behind the scenes to improve the quality of life in our island community.

If you would like to assist, donations to the care and feeding of our feline residents are gratefully accepted at the Front Desk. Thank you!

You also are invited to check out the St. Thomas Humane Society website where volunteers are needed for Pets With Wings. The well-coordinated program involves vacationers transporting a dog or cat from the island to a forever home on the mainland.

At Right: Flamboyan staffers Carla de Montilla and Tracy Wayman enjoy celebrating J’ouvert during 2023 St. Thomas Carnival.


For more information, visit humanesocietystthomas.org. To transport an animal through the Pets With Wings program at no cost to you, CLICK HERE.

Are you visiting and missing your furry friend? Visit the humane society and take a shelter dog on a field trip for the day! CLICK HERE to learn how.

Above: General Manager Lori Baskin spends a special moment with 17-year-old Foster, our eldest feline resident.

Top of the page: Tracy Wayman and Lori Baskin return from a fundraising benefit.

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A BIT ABOUT MELVIN L. CLAXTON

A UVI grad born in 1958, Melvin L. Claxton is an award-winning  American journalist, author, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his 1995 series of investigative reports on corruption in the criminal justice system in the U.S. Virgin Islands and its links to the region’s crime rate. That year, his series earned the Virgin Islands Daily News the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Claxton has won a number of national reporting awards and his work has been honored several times by the Associated Press.

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