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HUD Allocates Territory Another $53.59 Million

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $2.3 billion Tuesday to support the long-term disaster recovery process in hard hit areas in 15 states and four territories. According to HUD, the U.S. Virgin Islands is getting $53.59 million of that, bringing HUD’s total USVI allocated funds to $1.92 billion.

USVI Population Likely Lower As 2020 Census Ramps Up

The U.S. Census has opened offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas, as well as in each of the U.S. insular territories, in anticipation of the upcoming 2020 Census, Assistant Interior Secretary Doug Domenech said.
Crowds throng the checkout lines at the grand reopening of CostULess on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

Crowd Clamors at Return of Cost-U-Less on St. Thomas

Cost-U-Less, the giant grocery warehouse store, welcomed thousands of customers back after a two-year absence from the St. Thomas marketplace. An estimated thousand shoppers witnessed a 7:30 a.m. ribbon cutting.

St. Thomas Solar Farm Being Rebuilt Bigger Than Before

The V.I. Water and Power Authority board approved an agreement with BMR USVI Renewables, LLC to redevelop the Donoe solar farm on St. Thomas. Before Hurricane Irma, the solar farm had a capacity of 4.188 megawatts, and it will be redeveloped with a capacity of 5.025 megawatts.

Post-Storm Recovery Contractor AECOM Donates Defibrillators

AECOM, the main company overseeing dozens of subcontractors doing hundreds of millions of dollars in federally funded hurricane recovery work in the territory, donated seven defibrillators and seven sets of emergency lights to the V.I. Fire Service for use on St. Thomas and St. John.

Gov. Bryan Bypasses Procurement Rules for Luis Hospital Work

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has issued an executive order declaring a state of public exigency for Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, according to the hospital.

Frenchman’s Reef to Reopen and Expand in 2020

Frenchman’s Reef resort, the territory's largest hotel, should reopen as a Marriott in 2020, along with a new, adjacent resort under Marriott’s Autograph Collection banner, according to parent company DiamondRock Hospitality.
Richard Motta (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Pace of Recovery Picking Up as USVI Braces for New Storm

Richard Motta, director of Communications for the governor, opened a news conference Monday with information about an area of disturbance the National Hurricane Center is watching for possible development later this week.

New HUD Guidelines Bring Delayed Block Grants Closer

The U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development has published its guidelines for the dispersal of $774.1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for mitigation activities in the Virgin Islands.
Paradise Covenant Ministries relief drive volunteer Jacqueline Clendinen shows off some of the donated items received Saturday for victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

Veteran Relief Team Gears Up to Help Bahamas

One week after Hurricane Dorian devastated islands in the Bahamas, volunteers on St. Thomas mobilized what they called a long-term relief drive. Organizers began their work on Friday at a church in Vitraco Mall near Mandela Circle.

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