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Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte presents to attendees of the semi-annual Revenue Estimating Conference. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Tourism Figures Rise, But V.I. Is ‘Under Siege’ on Cruise Ship...

Tourism has been rebounding in the territory since the 2017 hurricanes. Air visitors are up by 43 percent in the past year, hotel tax revenue collections are up 40 percent and cruise ship arrivals are up only 3.8 percent, to just under a million passengers.
Jenifer O’Neal testifies Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Financial Heads Oppose Bill They Say Bypasses Procurement Rules

Jenifer O’Neal, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Clarina Elliott, executive assistant commissioner at the Department of Finance, had a long day at the Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday as senators debated bills.
From left, Vincent Richards and Eric Castro Testify at Tuesday’s hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate OKs Sub Base Leases for Music Makers and Cement Producer

The Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday voted to approve government leases to Panyard People and Universal Concrete. Both government properties are in Sub Base on St. Thomas.
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.
Toby Derima (Photo provided by VIPD)

VIPD’s New Spokesperson is Toby Derima

Toby Derima, a 22-year veteran of the V.I. Police Department, is taking on the role of public information officer for the department, according to a statement from Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor.
Acting Deputy Chief of Police Operations David Cannonier testifies Monday on two traffic bills. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Forwards Stay Left and Driving Under the Influence Bills

The U.S. Virgin Islands is known for its laid-back attitude toward the consumption of alcohol. However, senators and members of the V.I. Police Department are concerned that that attitude might be too costly to continue.

More Income Tax Refunds On the Way

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has authorized the Bureau of Internal Revenue to pay out an additional $11 million in income tax refunds to tax filers in the territory this week.
A cannabis bud (Image from the Wikimedia Commons)

Nominees for Cannabis, Chiropractic and Other Boards Move to Senate

Experience as law enforcement officers may have curbed the enthusiasm of Sens. Novelle Francis Jr. and Kenneth Gittens for the potential relaxation of medical marijuana laws. Francis said Wednesday, though he questioned the laws, he was bound to follow them.

Bills on Negligent Homicide, Molasses Pier Advance to Full Senate

On Wednesday the Rules and Judiciary Committee moved four bills with favorable recommendations to the full Senate without a “nay” vote, including bills to form a Medicare fraud unit and an increase in punishment for negligent homicide.
Jean-Pierre "JP" Oriol, commissioner-designee for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. (Submitted photo)

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Streamline CZM Process

A Senate panel voted favorably Wednesday to move a bill to amend V.I. Coastal Zone Management laws to the Rules and Judiciary Committee.

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