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At left, Leia LaPlace, territorial planner for the V.I.Department of Planning and Natural Resources Comprehensive and Coastal Zone Planning, hears rezoning requests at the DPNR office in Frederiksted. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

DPNR Hears Plans for Medical Building, Restaurant

Requests to rezone two parcels on St. Croix, one for a proposed medical office building in Estate Diamond and the other for either a restaurant or car wash in Peter’s Rest, were heard by the territorial planner for the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
Dump fire on Tortola as seen from Cooper Island on Feb. 3 2020. (Photo provided by Matt Mullen)

Tortola Dump Fire Brings Misery to St. John Residents

One week ago, St. John residents from the East End to Cruz Bay were awakened during the night by the smell of smoke. Several...

Lime Out Directed to Cease Operations in Round Bay

Lime Out, the popular floating taco bar located in the water off St. John’s east end, has been directed to cease operations by the territory’s Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
Donna Boles and Nicole Angeli try to remove fishing line during a rescue from a green turtle’s mouth in December. (Photo provided by Claudia Lombard)

Green Turtle Returned to Sea After Rescue

Just a month after being rescued from under the Frederiksted Pier, bound in fishing line, a young green turtle nicknamed Josephine was returned to her home waters safely Tuesday by biologists from both the U.S. and V.I. Fish and Wildlife agencies.

Agriculture Committee OKs Bills to Help Farmers Access Water

The Committee on Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture moved forward two bills during a Thursday hearing on St. Croix that would help farmers keep a consistent water supply for agricultural needs.
In this 2011 photo, Central High students leave school early after a mysterious odor caused classes to be canceled. (Source file photo)

Central High Students Missing Second Week Due to Smells

Students at St. Croix Central High are now entering their second week without class and with no end in sight, due to ongoing complaints of an unpleasant smell. Central High School will remain closed on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Volunteers at the end of the Hull Bay Road Rock City Clean Streets event in 2017. (Photo supplied by Kitty Edwards)

Community Kicks Off Rock City Clean Streets

Rock City Clean Streets kicked off this week’s community cleanup on Tuesday and hopes to attract more volunteers as the weekend edges closer, finishing with a seven-day tidying effort of frequented communal spaces next Monday.

DPNR Opposes Rezoning Request for Agricultural Land on St. Croix’s South...

A request made by Longford Properties LLC to rezone 492.96 acres on the island of St. Croix from Agricultural Zone A-1 to A-2, which would allow for the acreage to be broken up into smaller lot sizes and used for affordable housing, was opposed by several testifiers during Wednesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
Environmental Program Manager Benjamin Keularts with DPNR discusses leaching fields and distances at which septic tanks need to be away from water sources. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Septic Systems Raise Environmental Concerns on Islands

More than half of septic systems in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have substantial problems and are significant sources of nonpoint pollutants, according to Carlos Velazquez a wastewater technician for RCAP Solutions in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

DPNR Gives Storm Water Advisory

Due to heavy rains this week, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff.





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