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The abandoned STX Legislature building in Frederiksted. (File photo) Bldg March 2018

Editorial: Bill Would Make Some Property Owners More Sacred Than Others

Several senators are pushing a new law that would, on its face, force people who own shoreline property not just to allow access to the shore but to build public roads, public sidewalks and more, at their own expense. The proposal is unconstitutional, unfair and abusive.
Richard Motta (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Pace of Recovery Picking Up as USVI Braces for New Storm

Richard Motta, director of Communications for the governor, opened a news conference Monday with information about an area of disturbance the National Hurricane Center is watching for possible development later this week.

Neighbors File Notice of Appeal in Cuffy Land Access Dispute

Neighbors of St. Croix landowner Bernard Cuffy are challenging a Superior Court decision that allowed Cuffy to construct a road on a shared right of way. Cuffy, they say, lied under oath and to the community at large when he took his case to the media.

Hospital Board Tables Vote for New Chairperson, Approves Equipment Purchases

Before they got down to business, members of the Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation – the territorial hospital board, attempted to change the agenda and vote for a new chairperson Thursday.

New HUD Guidelines Bring Delayed Block Grants Closer

The U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development has published its guidelines for the dispersal of $774.1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for mitigation activities in the Virgin Islands.

Plaskett Says Trump Taking Defense Money For Wall Hits USVI Projects...

President Donald Trump recent diversion of Defense Department appropriations to spend on the Mexico border wall he promised in his campaign may hit some U.S. Virgin Islands projects, Delegate Stacey Plaskett said in a statement Wednesday.
George Hendricks stands outside his Whim home. Two years after Hurricane Maria took off his roof, blue tarp still covers the house. (Source photo by Wyndi Ambrose)

Remnants of Irma and Maria: Two Years Later, Blue Roofs Still...

Blue tarps are meant to last anywhere between 30 days and six months and yet, two years after Hurricane Maria, they still cover the homes of many of the territory’s residents in dire need of permanent roof repairs.

Racetracks Could Open in Both Districts in Less Than Two Years

If government agencies meet deadlines, the Clinton Phipps Racetrack on St. Thomas and the Randall “Doc” James Racetrack on St. Croix could be running live horse races and casinos within 22 months.
Dr. Laura Palminteri tells senators Tuesday that owners of race horses in the territory are in 'a difficult place.' (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

St. Croix and St. Thomas at Odds on Horse Racing Commission

The V.I. Horse Racing Commission voted Friday to change its leadership, with all St. Thomas members voting to put Dr. Laura Palminteri in charge and all St. Croix members voting to keep Jay Watson as chair.
Federal funding has been appropriated to help repair public housing such as the Walter I.M. Hodge public housing neighborhood on St. Croix, which still shows extensive damage two years after the hurricanes of 2017. (Aerial photo by Daryl Wade)

HUD Action Brings $744 Million Closer to USVI

The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a notice Wednesday that moves the U.S. Virgin Islands a step closer to being able to access some $744 million in federal funding.





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