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Volunteers who assisted with the cleanup effort pose for a group photo. (Photo submitted by Howard Forbes Jr.)

Coki Cleanup Removes 600 Pounds of Debris from Ocean

A crew of 16 volunteers dove at Coki Beach on Saturday. Their goal – to remove debris from the ocean. Covering a quarter mile, the crew retrieved 601 pounds of rubbish.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw tells the Olive family she finds their proposal is economically sustainable and environmentally friendly. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Territory’s First Water Park May Be Coming to STT

The Virgin Islands family planning to bring the territory’s first water park to Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas gained some solid support from senators during Friday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
Surfing together on the island of St. Thomas in the early 1970s stand, from left, Don Edwards, Harry Hunter, Mick Kollins, Byron Newland, Charles Edwards and Michael Kiddon. (Photo provided by Don Edwards)

Local Surfing Mavericks Share Territory’s ‘Tubular’ History

Surfing is not the first thing that comes to mind when looking at the pristine sheets of sea that surround St. Thomas, but in 1967 Don Edwards moved to the island and was one of the surf pioneers.
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Ban on Toxic Sunscreen Moves Forward

The Committee on Rules and Judiciary unanimously approved the ban of toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens on Thursday, moving bill 33-0043 forward to the full Senate. If it is enacted before January 2021 it will make the V.I. the first state or territory in the U.S. to have legislation against the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.

NOAA Predicts ‘Near Normal’ Hurricane Season, But Data Are in Flux

While meteorologists continue to predict that the upcoming hurricane season, which officially starts Saturday, will be near normal to slightly below normal, some of the data supporting that prediction are changing, leading to the possibility of a more active season.

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