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CZM Plans to Make Site Visit for Yacht Haven Gazebo Installation

The Coastal Zone Management Committee remained undecided during a meeting on Tuesday about a permit request to demolish a non-functioning water feature within Yacht Haven Grande on St. Thomas and replace it with a gazebo.
VIPA Director Carlton Dowe in 2016 file photo)

VIPA and DPNR Could Resolve Debts if Senate Approves Land Swap

To negate a long-standing debt owed to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the Virgin Islands Port Authority requested Senate approval for a disposition of property.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw tells the Olive family she finds their proposal is economically sustainable and environmentally friendly. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Territory’s First Water Park May Be Coming to STT

The Virgin Islands family planning to bring the territory’s first water park to Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas gained some solid support from senators during Friday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
The Rules and Judiciary Committee gather on Thursday to discuss nine different bills. (Photo Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Eight Bills Moved Forward, Two Held in Committee

Senators of the Rules and Judiciary Committee moved eight bills forward on Thursday, holding two additional bills in the committee for further discussion. Three of the approved bills focused on government responsibility and appropriation of funding.

Floating Businesses Expose Regulatory Loopholes, CZM Officials Say

Several testifiers shed light on the ongoing Department of Planning and Natural Resources permitting issues at Thursday’s Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing, pointing out that projects like the floating bar Lime Out don’t require Major Land Permits vetted by the Coastal Zone Management Commission.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw chairs the Senate Committee on Rules and the Judiciary Wednesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Rules Committee OKs 8 Nominees, Passes on 2 Others

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee rejected the nomination of Vincent Joseph to serve on the Government Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees and Edward Foerstal to serve on the Coastal Zone Management Commission.
Three of the four dolphins recently arrived at Coral World check out their new surroundings. (April Knight photo)

CZM Approves Increase in Dolphin Numbers at Coral World

The V.I. Coastal Zone Management Committee on Thursday approved Coral World Ocean Park's request to change their permit, allowing the park to take in four more dolphins. Under the revision, Coral World will increase its dolphin population from four to eight.

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