Thursday, June 22, 2017

Island Issues

South Pacific: Islanders Await Hillary Clinton at Pacific Islands Forum

The government of the tiny Cook Islands is busy preparing for an unusually high-ranking guest at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum – including having to borrow SUVs from residents.

(Rarotonga image from cookislands.org.uk)

With 15 diverse member states scattered over the vast South Pacific, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) always …Read More: South Pacific: Islanders Await Hillary Clinton at Pacific Islands Forum

Breaking Island News

Australia: 20-Year Island Hermit David Glasheen Faces Eviction

The sole inhabitant of Australia’s Restoration Island has lived there in peaceful solitude for almost 20 years, but this island hermit may have to find a new home.

(Image of Resto by australia.gov.au)

When it comes to some private islands, the phrase “use it, or lose it” seems to apply …Read More: Australia: 20-Year Island Hermit David Glasheen Faces Eviction

Governments buying Islands

USA: Illinois Philanthropist Donates Private Island to Conservancy

An environmental foundation in Illinois received a very generous gift from a local donor on Thursday – a beautiful 170-acre island in the Upper Mississippi River.

(Upper Mississippi River image by the NPS)

The trend of islands transferring from private to public hands continues this month, with the recent donation …Read More: USA: Illinois Philanthropist Donates Private Island to Conservancy

Celebs visiting resorts

Australia: Hamilton Island Launches Celeb-Studded Audi Race Week

One of the premier private island resorts Down Under is hosting what may just be the most extravagant sailing regatta of 2012 – and plenty of famous faces have shown up for the party.  

(Image Courtesy of Hamilton Island Resort)

The international sailing calendar is filled with glamorous galas …Read More: Australia: Hamilton Island Launches Celeb-Studded Audi Race Week

Celebs visiting resorts

Caribbean: Richard Branson to Host Tennis Pro-Am on Necker Island

The sports-loving founder of the Virgin media empire is opening up his exclusive tropical island to some of the greatest tennis players on earth, along with deep-pocketed amateurs.

(Image Courtesy of Vladi Private Islands)

For tennis fanatics, there is no greater thrill than the chance to play a game with …Read More: Caribbean: Richard Branson to Host Tennis Pro-Am on Necker Island

Breaking Island News

USA: Rent the Exclusive Private Island Resort of…Alcatraz?

The once-feared island across in San Francisco Bay is now a favored tourist attraction, and visitors can even rent the entire island and spend the night.

(Image of Alcatraz by John O'Neill)

Since the mid-19th century, the small island of Alcatraz has been a terrifying beacon in San Francisco Bay. …Read More: USA: Rent the Exclusive Private Island Resort of…Alcatraz?

Breaking Island News

USA: Thousand Islands to Light up the Night on August 14th

In a spectacular nighttime display, on Tuesday, August 14th Singer Castle and surrounding islands on the St. Lawrence River will be ablaze with vivid lights or magically illuminated by searchlight.  

(A Floating World by Paul Malo)

In the glory days of the Thousand Islands, over a century ago, the …Read More: USA: Thousand Islands to Light up the Night on August 14th

Auction Results

USA: Pennsylvania Man Buys 9 Islands for Under $23K

At a recent auction, one determined bidder snapped up two clusters of isles along the picturesque Susquehanna River for an unbelievably low price – but what will he do with 9 private islands?

(Mack’s Island in the Susquehanna River)

For those who have ever dreamed of island ownership at a …Read More: USA: Pennsylvania Man Buys 9 Islands for Under $23K

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