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HFA: New, Streamlined Federal Home Repair Program Slated for September Start

The $225-million Envision Tomorrow home repair program could knock on home owners’ doors as early as September, Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith told The Source in a recent interview, with a simpler, more streamlined structure designed to avoid issues like the delayed contractor payments that plagued its post-hurricane emergency counterpart.

Ruling on Appeal Questions Contractor’s Charges

A rare ruling on an appeal filed in Superior Court points up the pitfalls a St. Thomas homeowner can face when fixing a storm damaged house. The case, originally filed in Small Claims Court, questions how much a contractor can charge for his services.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria inflicted heavy damage on the cabins at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station at Lameshur Bay.

Clarification: FEMA Prepares Grant to Restore St. John Research Station

A historic St. John research station once used by deep sea adventurers in the 1960s will be brought back from the devastation of back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.
Department of Public Works officials line up to testify Monday. (Contributed photo)

DPW Officials Tell Senators They Can Do More With Less

Getting the water taxis running on St. Thomas, keeping the territory’s town streets clean, stripping the edge of highways and building sidewalks in front of new developments were some of the concerns raised by senators at the Finance Committee hearing Monday.
VIPA Director Carlton Dowe in 2016 file photo)

Dowe Officially Returns to V.I. Port Authority

Carlton Dowe will return to the Virgin Islands Port Authority as its executive director after an official vote of approval from the authority’s governing board Wednesday.
Nathan Simmonds, director of finance administration at the Public Finance Authority, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee Monday. (Photo by the V.I. Legislature)

PFA Looking into Reprogramming Unspent Capital Projects Funds

The Public Finance Authority is exploring ways to address roughly $115 million in unexpended capital projects funding, a chronic problem among local agencies. Reprogramming them for other purposes is not off the table, Nathan Simmonds, the director of finance administration at the Public Finance Authority, told lawmakers Monday.
Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach explained how residents can recover claims owed by Real Legacy Assurance Company.

USVI to Pay Debts of Insolvent Real Legacy Insurance

Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach has ordered the V.I. Insurance Guaranty Association to pay outstanding claims for Real Legacy claims, including replacement cost holdback claims.
Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital in March 2018. (Bill Kossler photo)

JFL Reopening Could Be Delayed Until May 2020

Dyma B. Williams, acting chief executive officer of the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital, and her staff told Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and members...
Community members at Tuesday's watershed meeting discuss areas that need remediation.

Meeting Focuses on Watershed Protection

When more than 40 residents of Coral Bay gathered Tuesday night for a meeting hosted by the Coral Bay Community Council, they were given maps of their local area and then asked to break into small groups.
Juanita Gardine School is one of three St. Croix schools adding seventh and eighth grades to become K-8 schools/ (File photo)

St. Croix School District Makes Reconfiguration Official

The Department of Education officially confirmed details of how St. Croix schools will be reconfigured for the fall. The new roster also involves some school uniform changes.

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