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A bustling Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is on the left, while Frenchman’s Reef, on the right, is unopened and awaiting major repairs that have been delayed by the coronavirus. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Frenchman’s Reef Near Deal with New Partner to Restart Construction

The Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef Resort on St. Thomas is close to a deal with a third-party investor that could see the property reopen by the end of 2022, the Economic Development Commission board of directors heard on Tuesday.

EDA Board Sets Rules for St. Croix Film Production

A film production may be coming to St. Croix – if it agrees to spend at least $1.5 million and employ 117 Virgin Islanders – according to a recent meeting of the Economic Development Authority Board of Directors.

COVID-19 Test Maker, Hemp Grower Seek Industrial Park Leases

The Economic Development Park Corporation considered new lease requests at its meeting on Tuesday, including from the manufacturer of rapid COVID-19 tests and a hemp grower seeking to build a processing plant.

Call Center Told to Rethink Wage Scale in Bid to Obtain EDC Benefits

A stateside call center hoping to expand to St. Croix got schooled in the economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday at a public Economic Development Commission hearing.
Emancipation Day Drummers play in front of Fort Frederik at the end of the Walk to Freedom. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

Emancipation Day ‘Walk to Freedom’ Draws Over 100 in its 20th Year

The 20th year of the Emancipation Day “Walk to Freedom” drew a diverse group of more than 100 residents in the Fort-to-Fort trek on July 3. Participants walked 15.6-mile from Fort Christianvaern to Fort Frederik.
USVI Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson testifies virtually before the Rules and Judiciary Committee. (Screenshot of streamed session)

Rules Panel Forwards Nelson’s Cannabis Board Nomination

The Rules and Judiciary Committee on Friday forwarded the nomination for Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson to serve on the Cannabis Advisory Board.

Government Shuts Down Local Farmers Markets in Coronavirus Response

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Friday confirmed that local farmers market have been shut down as part of the territory's efforts to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Agriculture Commissioner Positive T.A. Nelson criticized abusive farming practices during Tuesday’s Finance Committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature Photo)

Safe, Cash Stolen from STX Agriculture Offices

As preparations for the upcoming Agrifest near completion, a safe with $12,000 in Agrifest fees and deposits was stolen from the V.I. Department of Agriculture offices in Estate Lower Love on St. Croix last week.
Dr. Janice M. Vaughn-Knox tells the gathering at a St. Thomas conference that learning about the medical benefits of cannabis "rocked my world." (Source photo by Shaun Pennington)

Physicians Say Cannabis Therapy is Not Religion, It’s Science

Mother and daughter duo Drs. Janice Vaughn-Knox and Rachel Knox told a small gathering of health professionals, cannabis growers and processors on St. Thomas, that cannabis works.
Marijuana leaves (Yahoo photo)

Bryan Nominates 4 to Seats on Cannabis Advisory Board

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has nominated four people to take seats on the Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board, which is charged with creating the regulations and policies governing the medical marijuana industry in the territory.

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