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V.I. Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor testifies about the department's proposed budget at a hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Police Unions Call for Removal of V.I. Police Commissioner Velinor

In a letter to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., members of three police unions signed an official notice of no confidence in the Virgin Islands Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor and called for his removal.

Amended Shoreline Access Bill Answers Some Questions – But Not All

At a Senate hearing last week, a bill mandating owners of shoreline properties to provide public access to the shore was forwarded to the Rules and Judiciary Committee despite several looming questions, some of which have now been answered by amendments. 

New Net Metering Program Opens Door for Backup Batteries

A new net metering program introduced this year by the Virgin Islands Energy Office creates an opportunity that will allow home generators to sell excess power to the V.I. Water and Power Authority.

STJ Poetry Club Celebrates One Year Anniversary

For the last year, a group of poets belonging to the group Rhyme & Lime have come together to share their passion during events at Bajo El Sol Art Gallery in Cruz Bay, St. John. Oct. 31 will mark the group's one-year anniversary.

Senate Panel OKs Shoreline Access Bill Despite Constitutional Questions

A Senate committee on Friday approved by a 5-2 vote Bill No. 33-0108 which, if signed into law, would require owners of shoreline property to provide suitable public access.

Port Authority Opposes Free Parking Bill for STJ’s Gravel Lot

Legislation that would mandate the Enighed Pond Gravel Lot offer free parking was held in the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning Friday after being contested by Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe.

Senate Panel OKs $375,000 for Beach Access Construction

The Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would, if signed into law, allocate $375,000 toward the construction of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps or walkways on at least two beaches in each island district.

Sports Commission Gains Traction, Developing Sports Policy Handbook

The V.I. Sports Commission, which is primarily mandated to market the territory as a destination for amateur and professional sporting events, is beginning to develop a handbook that will contain official information on sports officers and administration.

Senate Extends State of Emergency By 60 Days

The V.I. Senate voted during Tuesday's legislative session to renew and extend the U.S. Virgin Islands state of emergency order by another 60 days due to the ongoing health crisis.

Legislature Votes to Sever Its Salary from Lowest-Paid Commissioner’s

In a unanimous vote, Virgin Islands senators on Tuesday severed their salaries from that of the lowest-paid executive branch commissioner, currently the Sports, Parks and Recreation commissioner.





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