June 28, 2006 – Although the V.I. Port Authority board Tuesday authorized the finalization of a contract between the agency and a major cruise line for year-round use of the authority's Crown Bay facility, spokesman Carol Henneman was mum on the details.
"They didn't reveal the name [of the line]," she said Wednesday.
The board met Tuesday in executive session to discuss the contract, as well as to name the Crown Bay manager. Henneman said she didn't have that information either.
The board, meeting in regular session, agreed to negotiate with Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade, and Douglas Inc. to figure out how to stabilize the dredged spoils now occupying needed space at the Enighed Pond Marine Terminal.
Additionally the VIPA board approved a $77,665, five-year contract with the St. Croix firm, Bio-Impact, to provide technical help in the mangrove mitigation project at Enighed Pond. The authority agreed to plant mangroves at the pond in exchange for approval to dredge the pond to make it deep enough for barge traffic.
The board also approved a $630,008 contract with Siemens Logistics and Assembly Systems Inc. to install a new baggage claim system at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. The agency came under fire in the spring when the baggage claim system malfunctioned.
The board members also agreed to mandate that barge companies using its facilities provide commuter ticket books for frequent travelers.
Board president Robert O'Connor Jr. could not be reached for comment.
Those attending Tuesday's meeting included O'Connor and board members James Rodgers, Hector Pequero, Public Works Commissioner George Phillips, Tourism Commissioner Pamela Richards and Attorney General Kerry Drue. Planning Commissioner Dean C. Plaskett and Leslie Milliner were absent.
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