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‘New Schools’ Open House Draws Crowd on St. John

The crowd that gathered on St. John Wednesday evening to discuss plans for the construction of a new school differed on what grades it should serve and the kinds of programs it should offer, but there was one area of consensus: the school should be relocated to property now owned by the Virgin Islands National Park in Estate Catherineberg.
Three of the four dolphins recently arrived at Coral World check out their new surroundings. (April Knight photo)

CZM Approves Increase in Dolphin Numbers at Coral World

The V.I. Coastal Zone Management Committee on Thursday approved Coral World Ocean Park's request to change their permit, allowing the park to take in four more dolphins. Under the revision, Coral World will increase its dolphin population from four to eight.
Abandoned cars such as this were removed from the lot last summer. (Source file photo by Amy Roberts)

VIPA Delays Reopening of Gravel Lot Near Cruz Bay

The Virgin Islands Port Authority has delayed the reopening of the gravel parking lot near Cruz Bay until December while it considers an expansion to include approximately 1,200 feet of adjacent undeveloped property.
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Bryan Signs Budget and Bills, with Some Reservations

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed a slew of bills into law Tuesday, including the Fiscal Year 2020 V.I. Government budget bills.

Senators Pounce on WAPA Credit Card Use, Contract Overruns

WAPA Executive Director Lawrence J. Kupfer came to the Senate Committee of the Whole Tuesday to share a plan to transform the authority. But senators were concerned the plan was nothing but promises.

Governor Says WAPA Has a Big Week Ahead

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday recent WAPA blackouts have affected the entire V.I. economy, the education system, the health care system, as well as all residents individually.

Horse Racing Commission Chairmanship Still Under Dispute

Senators voted Friday to move forward a bill that would change requirements for the chairman of the Horse Racing Commission, but a dispute over who occupies that position has not been resolved according to commission members.

Sustainable Roof Project Creates Shingles from Recycled Plastic

The VI Wise Sustainable Roof Project is the brainchild of Kimberly Shumaker, who started it shortly after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated homes across the territory, leaving many without proper roofs.

St. John Schools, Offices Closed, Flash Flood Watch Wednesday

Tropical Storm Karen did relatively little damage Tuesday but there are isolated power outages, St. John ferries won't start until noon and more rain is on the way, administration officials said at a 6:30 a.m. press conference Wednesday.
Sen. Kurt Vialet chairs the Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Finance Committee Moves 31 Appropriation Bills

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday moved 31 bills involving the appropriation of money and fiscal year budgets for government entities to the Rules and Judiciary Committee. The action took two hours.

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