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Ups and Downs of 2020: A Look Back at the News the Source Covered

It seems at times that the COVID-19 pandemic is the only thing that happened in 2020. But it’s been an eventful year, from beginning to end. The Virgin Islands lost some icons, took some economic damage and had some fun.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (Source photo by Shaun A. Pennington)

Governor Lists Priorities for Vision 2040 Initiative

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. opened the USVI Community Business Forum on Wednesday with a list of priorities aimed at building a workforce and attracting new businesses to the territory as part of the V.I. Economic Development Authority’s Vision 2040 economic development initiative.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Excise Tax Collection Can Resume in January, Court Rules

The Virgin Islands government can look forward to a return of excise tax revenues in 2021, thanks to a Wednesday ruling in District Court.

Bryan Asks for Extra COVID Precautions, Calls Special Session

As the territory’s COVID numbers creep up, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said extra precautions are necessary to avoid a shutdown, particularly as holiday travel and visitors arriving on the islands increase the threat of infection.

Government to Recall $100K in Unauthorized Finance Dept. Bonuses

The Bryan administration will seek reimbursement of $109,500 that former Finance Commissioner Kirk Callwood recently doled out to staff members in addition to their regular compensation.

Wayne Adams: In Death and In Life, One in a Million

A few days after St. Thomas writer, historian and entertainer Wayne Adams died from the novel coronavirus, the loss of life to the same disease was approaching one million people worldwide since March.

Wilma Marsh-Monsanto Remembered as Tireless Advocate for Native Land Rights

Tributes and remembrances are being offered at the passing of Wilma Marsh-Monsanto, 78, who died on Tuesday, Aug. 4, after a brief illness.

Save Coral Bay Sues to Shut Down Marina Development

Save Coral Bay, a nonprofit environmental organization has filed a lawsuit against the governor of the Virgin Islands and the Summer’s End Group LLC to block the construction of a marina in Coral Bay.

Bryan Asks For More Funding for Paul E. Joseph Stadium

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed a bill recently appropriating $8.2 million to help finish the long-stalled Paul E. Joseph Stadium project in Frederiksted, but said the plan needed another $3 million from next year's budget too.
The GERS office on St. Thomas.

Bryan Vetoes Bills Changing GERS Board, Cannabis Board

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. took action on 22 measures in the past week, vetoing six, including changes to the Government Employees' Retirement System Board and Cannabis Advisory Board, and signing 16 of them into law.

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